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Acupuncture: An Overview for Nurses
This course covers the history of acupuncture, how it works, and the components of an acupuncture visit.
Back to School: Nutritional Requirements for School Age Children
Course expiration date: 10/8/2022
This course provides nurses with evidence-based approaches for identifying the nutritional requirements for school-aged children. Additionally, factors that contribute to pediatric nutritional issues with solutions for management are presented.
Care, Compassion, and End-of-Life Issues
Course expiration date: 4/9/2023
The principles of end-of-life care focus on providing the best possible care and emotional support for patients and families with compassion and respect for the dignity of the patient. This course presents information regarding standards and competencies of palliative nursing practice, body changes as death nears, physical comfort measures at the end-of-life, factors relating to advance directives, and cultural considerations when providing end-of-life care.
Challenges in Attaining and Maintaining Good Nutrition
Course Expiration Date: 2/21/2023
Teaching healthcare consumers about nutrition is an essential component of health maintenance and illness prevention and is within the nurse’s scope of practice. This course provides current information about nutrition best practices, as well as recommendations related to weight reduction and select eating disorders.
Communication in Healthcare
Course expiration date: 6/30/2021
This course discusses the fundamentals of communication science, impediments to effective communication in healthcare settings, and evidence-based strategies to improve communication with patients. The course also presents nurses with evidence-based strategies to improve the effectiveness of their communication with patients, families, and colleagues.
Complementary and Alternative Medicine vs. Traditional Medicine
In most grocery stores, the labeling on “all natural” drinks insist that shoppers are about to imbibe a healthy product, even if the liquid is an unusual shade of blue. Natural versus artificial is also poorly defined in healthcare, which is why objective definitions must precede any discussion about complementary and alternative medicine (CAM). This course explores the differences between CAM and traditional medicine.
Dietary Supplements: An Overview
Dietary supplements of many types are widely used by Americans. As a result, it is likely that nurse practitioners in a variety of settings will encounter patients who use these products. The objective of this course is to provide an overview of dietary supplements.
Documentation for Nurses, 3rd Edition – N1882
Course expiration date: 10/31/2021
This course explores the underlying purposes of documentation, professional and regulatory requirements and processes, and best practices for adequate documentation to accurately reflect the patient’s severity of illness and transition for care.
Healthy Aging, 3rd Edition
Course expiration date: 5/12/2023
This course provides nurses and healthcare professionals with the additional knowledge to help encourage, teach, and guide older adults to actively practice healthy lifestyles for optimal living. The course presents the needs of the older adult patient to help healthcare professionals develop person-centered plans to provide satisfactory care and improve patient outcomes. Additionally, the course will set the stage for developing a healthier society for all to age well and successfully.
Holistic and Integrative Nursing: Elements of Practice – N1815
Course expiration date: 8/31/2021
This course incorporates the five elements of practice defined as vital – energy, fire, air, water, earth, and ether – that have endured for centuries and provided a structural focus for sickroom management, creating healing environments, and the nursing care of whole patients. The course provides nurses with a broad understanding of how the five elements of practice are relevant today and guide them through the application of these elements to practice using various healing modalities. This in-depth understanding will provide a new perspective on clinical care, practice management, and quality of life for both the patient and the nurse.
Humor as a Nursing Intervention, 3rd Edition
Course expiration date: 6/30/2021
This course examines the holistic effects of humor on the health of individuals. The course provides foundational information on humor theories and discusses the effects of humor and laughter on disease outcomes. How humor may impact immune function is also considered. Suggestions of ways to add humor as an individual or as a facility are offered.
Humor in Healthcare: The Laughter Prescription, 3rd Edition – N1764
Course expiration date: 6/30/2021
This course presents foundational information about therapeutic humor, the difference between humor and laughter, the history of humor in health care, how humor develops as we mature, and how humor affects the biological, psychological, and sociological health of an individual.
LGBT Health: Improving Access to Care and Identifying Risk Factors
Course expiration date: 5/21/2021
Thiscourse will discuss the disparities in health care and increased health risksthat exist in the LGBT population, as well as ways to provide improved care forthis community.
LGBTQ Competency for Healthcare Professionals
Course expiration date: 11/8/2022
This course provides health care professionals best practices for management of LGBTQ individuals. The course addresses LGBTQ terminology, health risks and disparities, and statistics nationwide. It also presents ways to increase access to care for LGBTQ patients and discusses suggestions for increasing staff knowledge of, and sensitivity to, LGBTQ patients.
Medical Marijuana: Use and Indications
Course expiration date: 4/1/2023
This course presents the latest information about medical marijuana and is designed to help nurses understand its use, history, risks, benefits, and related best practices. The course is intended for educational purposes only and in no way, encourages, endorses, or supports the use of marijuana.
Nonpharmacologic Pain Management
Course expiration date: 4/30/2021
This course provides current content for non-pharmacologic treatment modalities of acute and chronic pain, including non-pharmacologic physical and cognitive behavioral modalities for pain management and indications for these therapies. With this knowledge, nurses will be able to both educate patients about pain and advocate for safe and effective non-pharmacologic pain treatment based upon scientific evidence.
Nurses’ Guide to Dietary Supplements – N1888
Course expiration date: 3/31/2021
This course presents nurses who work in ambulatory centers, private practice, pharmacies, hospitals, and community health facilities, with information to help develop practice guidelines and patient education materials about dietary supplements and participate in shared-decision making with people who are choosing dietary supplements for use in self-care.
Nursing Management of Sleep Disorders
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.
Obesity and Eating Disorders: Challenges for Care
Eating disorders and obesity are problems nurses confront on a regular basis. This course provides current information about the disorders, triggers, and strategies to help clients recover from eating disorders and overcome obesity and achieve and maintain a normal weight for their height and age.
Pain Management: Principles and Practice, 3rd Edition – N1776
Course expiration date: 2/21/2022
This course presents current information about pain and nursing care for persons experiencing pain. The course will provide an understanding of the physiological mechanisms of nociceptive and neuropathic pain. Nurses will be able to describe pain assessment for patients across the lifespan and will be able to identify evidence-based assessment for patients whose cognitive impairment, age, or level of consciousness makes them incapable of reporting their pain. The course also provide an understanding of the pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic treatment of acute and chronic pain, as well as treatment of pain at end-of-life. With this knowledge, nurses will be able to both educate patients about pain and advocate for safe and effective pain treatment based on scientific evidence.
Patient Safety: A Critical Practice Concern
Course expiration date: 12/17/2021
Safety comes first in patient care and inhealth-care environments. However, despite the focus on safety in health-careliterature and within health-care organizations, medical errors are the thirdleading cause of death in the United States. In fact, it is estimated that morethan 250,000 deaths per year are due to medical errors. It is imperative thatnurses and their interdisciplinary colleagues work together to establish a viableculture of safety in their organizations. This course presents the latestNational Patient Safety Goals as well as strategies to improve the safety ofhealth-care organizations.
Understanding Mindfulness Practices for Nurses and Patients
Course expiration date: 11/20/2021
This course provides an overview of mindfulness techniques, the neurobiological underpinnings of how mindfulness works in the brain, and evidence of the effectiveness of mindfulness in different areas of life. The course also discusses methods to foster mindfulness and describes how nurses can begin a mindfulness practice for themselves and their patients, including suggestions for guided sessions.
Yoga for Nurses
Course expiration date: 6/30/2021
This course provides a history of the science and practice of yoga and the many physical and mental health benefits for nurses and patients. It is important to learn and practice yoga postures, proper breathing, and meditation to help promote a balance of all three. Various types of yoga and the importance of the role of a yoga teacher for safe practice is discussed.