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Acute Care Management of Stroke – N25307
Course expiration date: 9/30/2022
This course provides nurses with the latest information about stroke including updates in anatomy and assessment and management of the stroke patient in the acute care setting.
Anxiety and Panic – N25305
Course expiration date: 5/20/2022
Stress and anxiety are very prevalent in today’s society. This course describes information provided by the DSM-5 regarding panic disorder, its incidence, prevalence, risk factors, impact, diagnosis, treatment, and nursing care for the adult client affected by panic disorder.
Basic ECG Recognition and Interpretation – N31978
Course Expiration Date: 3/2/2023
This course provides an overview of the most common, basic non-life-threatening rhythms to refresh your knowledge and increase confidence in your rhythm interpretation skills. The course reviews the normal sinus rhythms and the most common cardiac dysrhythmias to help you better understand the effects dysrhythmias have on patients and recommended nursing interventions.
Beyond the Basics: Implications for the Management of Atrial Fibrillation (AF) – N21946
Atrial fibrillation is a common healthcare problem. This course reviews the concepts of cardiac output, risk factors for atrial fibrillation (AF), classifications of AF, the pearls of obtaining a history and physical of a patient with AF, diagnostic testing, and the overall implications for pharmacologic management. Prescribing guidelines will be presented in subsequent courses. Nursing considerations and evidence-based practice guidelines are included in this course.
Cardiovascular Nursing: A Comprehensive Guide to Patient Care, 2nd Edition – N31791
Course expiration date: 7/1/2023
This course provides information to support nurses working across all healthcare settings who care for patients at risk for or that already have cardiovascular disease. The course can serve as a reference for nurses working in cardiovascular areas or provide those desiring to work in cardiovascular areas with an introduction to comprehensive cardiovascular care. Beginning with a foundation of cardiovascular anatomy and physiology, the course then progresses into the pathophysiology of cardiovascular disease. The content presented in the cardiovascular medications and risk factors chapter is referenced throughout the course as cardiovascular disease processes are discussed. Nursing application points in the clinical setting are integrated throughout to help in identifying key issues in the care of patients with cardiovascular disease.
Challenges in Pain Assessment and Management – N33536
Course expiration date: 3/20/2023
This course provides nurses with an overview of the physiology of pain and the differences between acute and chronic pain, focusing on assessment, pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic treatment modalities, and the challenge of pain management for the persons experiencing pain.
Child Abuse: Identification, Management, and Reporting – N32055
Course expiration date: 1/15/2023
This course presents the most common types of abuse, characteristics of each type of abuse, signs and symptoms, risk factors, and management of abuse. An overview of policies in the United States toward abuse and mandated reporting of child abuse is presented. The course will help nurses recognize the signs of child abuse so they can intervene in a timely manner to help save a child’s life.
Common Outdoor-Related Issues – N31977
Course expiration date: 1/7/2023
This course focuses on helping nurses expand their knowledge and improve patient care for those persons dealing with season-related disorders, outdoor disorders, and injuries.
Coronavirus (COVID-19) 101 for Nursing Professionals – N34861
Course expiration date: 9/11/2021
Coronavirus, caused by COVID-19, is a rapidly developing disease. As this disease continues to expand and engulf communities across the United States, it is critical that healthcare professionals become informed of the national standards of care provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other authorative agencies. This course provides the latest standardized information that is known about the identification, care, and prevention of the disease.
Crisis Resource Management for Nurses – N23099
After completing this course, the learner will be able to discuss how crisis resource management principles can be applied during an emergent situation.
Diagnosis and Management of Tick-Borne Illness – N33534
Course release date: 4/21/2020
Course expiration date: 4/21/2023
This course reviews the epidemiology, etiology, clinical presentation, workup, and management of three tick-borne conditions increasing in prevalence around the United States: Lyme disease, Powassan virus, and Rocky Mountain spotted fever. The course will help nurses distinguish between these tick-borne diseases and viral illness or erythematous rashes. Additionally, the course reviews post-Lyme disease syndrome, treatment of Lyme disease coinfections, and prevention of tick attachment.
Domestic Violence in the United States – N21244
This course will provide information about the prevalence of domestic violence and the impact it has on individual patients and on society. Different forms of domestic violence and the sequelae on selected populations’ health care will be discussed. Also, national laws will be reviewed to enhance the reader’s knowledge on the resources available and the legal issues encountered by victims of domestic violence.
Essentials of Trauma Nursing, 2nd Edition – N1880
Course expiration date: 11/30/2021
This course provides nurses working in the trauma care continuum with current evidence-based practice in the initial assessment, interventions, and evaluation of the trauma patient. Concepts of trauma systems, triage, trauma to specific anatomic regions, psychosocial aspects of trauma care, and care of the recovering trauma patient are discussed.
Human Trafficking – N29555
Course expiration date: 10/8/2022
This course discusses the scope of human trafficking including risks, common characteristics, and signs and symptoms of human trafficking. Intervention approaches and resources that help prevent and advocate against human trafficking are also presented.
Human Trafficking in Michigan – N33523
Course expiration date: 5/17/2023
This course is designed to provide a sensitive review of the issue of abuse in human trafficking and how it affects patients and their families. This course is a one-time requirement for Michigan nurses and nurse practitioners to improve their ability to practice evidence-based care to identify, care for, and report victims of human trafficking.
Human Trafficking in the United States – N33524
Course expiration date: 4/28/2023
This course provides a sensitive review of the issue of abuse in human trafficking and how it affects patients and their families. The course presents an introduction into this complex crime, focusing on sex and labor trafficking, the common signs, symptoms, and conditions that occur in people who have been trafficked, and insights into the facts surrounding human trafficking and relevant health risks for individuals.
Infusion Therapy: Essentials for Safe Practice, 3rd Edition – N35026
Course expiration date: 2/8/2024
This course provides an understanding related to selection of the most appropriate VAD for the patient, potential complications with an emphasis on identification of signs and symptoms, preventative interventions, and interventions to take in the event of occurrence, as well as safe infusion administration. The course is designed for both newer and experienced nurses. Newer or less-experienced nurses will learn the information needed to become knowledgeable and confident in providing infusion therapy-related care. For experienced nurses, the course provides a review of the basics and the opportunity to grow in understanding the professional implications of practicing infusion therapy.
Life Threatening ECG Rhythms: Recognition and Interpretation – N33533
Course expiration date: 3/1/2023
This course serves as an overview of rhythms that may be life-threatening, either immediately or over the longer term for health care providers who have an understanding of cardiac structure, function, the basic features of the most common cardiac rhythms, and basic patient assessment skills. The course reviews many life-threatening dysrhythmias and the appropriate initial nursing interventions for each. Confidence in ECG rhythm interpretation skills will help you communicate accurately with other members of the health care team and provide excellent patient care.
Loss, Grief, and Bereavement, 4th Edition – N1881
Course expiration date: 12/31/2021
This course provides essential information that nurses can use to help individuals, families, and communities cope with loss, grief, and bereavement or reflect on issues and practices related to death. The course presents the the role of palliative and hospice care in providing the highest quality end-of-life care and content on advance care planning.
Management of Addiction, Withdrawal, and Overdose – N35032
Course expiration date: 5/18/2023
This course is beneficial for all nurses who care for the general population, particularly populations at risk for opioid misuse, addiction, and overdose. The course reviews common terminology related to opioid use and addiction, the basic pharmacology of opioids, the roots of the opioid epidemic, the theory of prevention model, and the unique points of potential intervention to help nurses prevent, identify, and treat opioid addiction.
Management of Drug Challenges: Generic vs. Branded Drugs – N28952
Course expiration date: 8/20/2022
This course is appropriate for all nurses and advanced practice nurses who have responsibility for managing or prescribing medications for select individuals. The course addresses the history of brand versus generic drugs, the many controversies, the science behind the preparation differences, and the cost effectiveness of preventative care when using generic versus brand name drugs.
Medical Consequences of Acts of Terrorism and Disaster: A National Perspective – N23226
Terrorism has become a fact of daily life in the United States and most of the world. It is not always obvious when a disaster is a terrorist attack and not all emergencies or disasters are terrorist attacks. Understanding the basics of a disaster and/or terrorist attack, as well as the role the nurse plays in dealing with the medical consequences, syndromic surveillance/reporting requirements, and treatment, are vital to successful mitigation and response in a disaster or terrorist attack.
Naloxone: Understanding its Use and Effects – N30069
Course expiration date: 11/4/2022
All health care professionals (HCP) have a responsibility to understand the current opioid crisis and how they can contribute to countering this threat. All HCP who come into contact with patients have the potential to encounter individuals in danger of narcotic abuse. Awareness will facilitate an appropriate intervention. Those who may be more directly involved such as pharmacists, first responders, and emergency department personnel should consider more in-depth training. A thorough understanding of opioids, their misuse, and potential solutions to this public health issue will greatly contribute to improved patient health and quality of life.
Nursing Management of Atrial Fibrillation – N29566
Course expiration date: 1/16/2023
Atrial fibrillation is a common healthcare problem. This course reviews the concepts of cardiac output, risk factors for atrial fibrillation (AF), classifications of AF, the pearls of obtaining a history and physical of a patient with AF, diagnostic testing, and the overall implications for pharmacologic management. Prescribing guidelines are presented and nursing considerations and evidence-based practice guidelines are included in the course.
Nursing Management of Sepsis – N33521
Course expiration date: 3/12/2023
This course will provide nurses with an overview of the progression and treatment of sepsis, as well as an overview of screening tools available to recognize early signs and symptoms that will improve patient outcomes and reduce mortality associated with sepsis.
Nursing Management of Sleep Disorders – N33923
Course Expiration Date: 5/28/2023
This course provides a basic understanding of the assessment of sleep disorders, presenting the pathophysiology of common sleep disorders and how to recognize, diagnosis, and treat these disorders found in adults.
Pain Assessment and Management for Michigan Nurses – N33535
Course expiration date: 3/6/2023
This course provides nurses with an overview of the physiology of pain and differentiates between acute and chronic pain. The course focuses on assessment and pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic treatment modalities for the patient experiencing pain.
Patient Safety: A Critical Practice Concern – N21203
Course expiration date: 12/17/2021
Safety comes first in patient care and in health-care environments. However, despite the focus on safety in health-care literature and within health-care organizations, medical errors are the third leading cause of death in the United States. In fact, it is estimated that more than 250,000 deaths per year are due to medical errors. It is imperative that nurses and their interdisciplinary colleagues work together to establish a viable culture of safety in their organizations. This course presents the latest National Patient Safety Goals as well as strategies to improve the safety of health-care organizations.
Pediatric Headaches: Recognizing the Warning Signs – N28946
Course expiration date: 11/5/2022
This course will help nurses who are experienced in pediatrics or are new to the pediatric population to identify those with serious or life-threatening causes or “red flags”. The course describes signs and symptoms specific to children, distinguishes between different types of pediatric headaches, explores recurrent headaches in children and adolescents, and considers headache prevention strategies.
Pediatric Pharmacology: Asthma – N32053
Course expiration date: 1/13/2023
This course provides a review of the pathology, diagnosis, and treatment of asthma and discusses the causes, associated symptoms, and complications of this medical emergency. The course also describes diagnostic measures and potential pharmacotherapeutic approaches to management.
Pediatric Pharmacology: Diabetic Emergencies – N30995
Course expiration date: 11/18/2022
This course is intended for Advanced Practice Nurses (APNs) who are responsible for the primary care of diabetics in their practice or who may encounter patients suffering from a diabetic emergency. The course presents a background on diabetic emergencies that may occur as a result of this disease and outlines how to manage such patients. To best illustrate the seriousness of these situations, a series of case studies are presented to further characterize diabetic emergencies, their management, and potential complications.
Pharmacological Management of Atrial Fibrillation: Focus on Rate Control vs Rhythm Control – N24073
Course expiration date: 4/8/2022
This course provides best-practice and monitoring criteria for individuals with atrial fibrillation (AF). This includes the Vaughn Williams classification system, as well as first and second-line classes used for rate control in AF. The course describes the mechanisms of action of the first and second-line drugs, as well as drug side-effects and related nursing implications.
Safe and Effective Opioid Prescribing for Illinois Advanced Practice Nurses – N36142
Course expiration date: 6/29/2023
This course provides Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRNs) who prescribe controlled substances with an overview of the safe and effective prescribing of controlled substances, the pharmacology of opioids, and state and federal regulations pertaining to APRNs practicing in Illinois.
School Safety: Injuries on the Playground – N29562
Course expiration date: 1/16/2023
This course discusses the scope, intervention strategies, and nursing assessment appropriate to playground injuries.
The Alzheimer's Disease Caregiver: Nursing Interventions and Support – N33926
Course expiration date: 8/18/2023
With the population of older adults growing rapidly throughout the world, it is imperative that healthcare providers prepare for an increase in the number of persons who will need dementia-related care. This course provides nurses with information to effectively implement nursing interventions to optimize patient care and support caregivers of persons with AD.
Traumatic Brain Injury, 3rd Edition – N47290
Course expiration date: 2/19/2024
Given the rising rates of TBI, the renewed interest in limiting its prevalence and likelihood for reinjury, and its long-term cognitive challenges, nurses and specialists in brain injury and mental health are well positioned to deliver state-of-the-art care to patients and families. This course provides evidence-based information related to the detection, identification, etiology, pathophysiology, clinical manifestations, and diagnostic tools used for all levels of TBI.
Violence in the Workplace: Strategies for Prevention and Intervention – N28902
Course expiration date: 8/22/2022
It is imperative that anyone working in health care settings, not just nurses, respond to all types of workplace violence. This course provides information about the prevalence of workplace violence, how to recognize a potentially violent individual or group of individuals, how to reduce the occurrence of workplace violence, and how to respond to violence.
What Would You Do? Managing a Social Issue Surrounding Abuse – N33529
Course expiration date: 4/2/2023
Facing situations of suspected intimate partner violence can be challenging for a nurse. This course is designed to help nurses appropriately assist in intervening in the best interests of the patient suspected of being a victim of intimate partner violence (IPV).
Workplace Horizontal Violence – N29558
Course expiration date: 10/9/2022
This course provides an overview of horizontal violence, characteristics of both abusers and victims, and how to reduce the prevalence of horizontal violence in the workplace.
Cheating Death: Naloxone – N31443
Webinar course expiration date: 11/7/2022
Opioids, used (and abused) for millennia, have become a significant cause of mortality in the U.S. The treatment of chronic pain and widespread acceptance of opioids to treat it may have jump started the current epidemic. The emergence of newer, highly potent synthetic opioids appears to be adding additional fuel to the fire. Between 2001 and 2016, opioid overdose-related deaths spiked by 175%, accounting for 1.5% of all American deaths. A multi-pronged approach has been largely ineffective, with hundreds of people dying every day. Opioid overdose mortality is out of control. Death from overdose, though, is not inevitable. Timely administration of an opioid antagonist has been proven to save lives. Availability of this antidote is rapidly expanding. The challenge of healthcare professionals is to best understand the safe use of opioids, be able to recognize an overdose, and know how to effectively treat it.
Firsthand Perspectives of Violence in the Emergency Department, Lessons Learned – N19676
Webinar course expiration date: 11/1/2021
This webinar course has been previously recorded.
While there are different types of workplace violence (WPV), this course speaks to WPV between patients and staff. The case study and research presented is based on the Emergency Department environment, but workplace violence is seen in many different healthcare environments and is applicable to all healthcare providers. This course reviews the current evidence surrounding WPV and revolves around actual WPV cases and lessons learned.
Getting Personal: Stories of Success and Struggle in Addiction Treatment – N25298
Webinar course expiration date: 4/25/2022
This webinar course has been previously recorded.
What does substance use and abuse look like? Can we “see” it in our clinical practices, and if not, how do we “listen” for it? This webinar explores the challenges of identifying substance use and abuse and how to offer compassionate care when advising on the health risks of abusing drugs and alcohol. Personal case histories are presented to help learners understand what works and doesn’t work in addiction treatment and how we can guide our patients to making decisions for change.
Gun Violence in Healthcare – N29494
Webinar course expiration date: 8/29/2022
This webinar course has been previously recorded.
Gun violence is a significant problem. Gun violence is not created in isolation but develops from community and societal issues. There are antecedents and predictors of gun violence incidence and perpetrators. It is important for health care workers in all settings to recognize the potential gun violence situations and the consequences of gun violence. Developing a plan for active shooter situations is a vital to prepare healthcare personnel to cope before, during, and after an active shooter situation.
Introduction to Forensic Evidence – N25271
Trauma Informed Care: The Nurses Guide to Caring for the Sexual Assault Survivor – N22528
Webinar course expiration date: 2/21/2022
This webinar course has been previously recorded.
Sexual trauma is a widespread concern in the U.S. and, with 1 in 3 women and 1 in 6 men experiencing sexual trauma in their life, there is a high likelihood nurses in all settings will care for sexual assault survivors. This webinar provides an overview of the impact of sexual trauma, the basic principles of Trauma-Informed Care, and methods to implement Trauma-Informed Care into nursing practice.
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