Mental Health Specialty CE Courses for Nursing Professionals

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Addiction: When Patients Can’t “Just Quit”

3 Hrs
2 Hrs

Course expiration date: 7/18/2021

This course covers the epidemiology, causes and risk factors of addiction. It discusses the diagnosis of substance use disorders and offers a brief overview of medications used to treat withdrawal. The course gives detailed information on the medications used to treat opioid use disorder, alcohol use disorder and tobacco use disorder.

$22.95
Online
Elective

Advanced Practice Nurses Guidelines for Safe and Effective Controlled Substance Prescribing

3 Hrs
3 Hrs
Course release date: 9/20/2019
Course expiration date: 9/20/2022

This course provides an overview of the safe and effective prescribing of controlled substances for advanced practice nurses and all nurses who are responsible for the safe and effective prescribing practices for controlled substances.  The course presents three of the most common disease states that warrant more frequent prescribing of controlled substances. 
$22.95
Online

Alaska Advanced Practice Nurse Pain Management, Opioid Use, and Addiction

2 Hrs
2 Hrs
Course release date: 5/22/2020
Course expiration date: 5/22/2023

Advanced Practice Nurses (APNs) have a responsibility to understand the appropriate use of opioid medications, including the risks inherent to this category of therapeutic products. It is critical that they are well versed in the federal and state laws governing the prescribing of these products. The Alaska State legislation requires prescribers registered with the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) to complete at least two hours of continuing education in pain management, opioid use, and addiction. In addition, the Alaska State Medical Board has similar requirements for license renewals (Alaska Department of Health and Social Services [ADHSS], 2019). This course is specifically designed to meet these requirements for Alaska APNs. The course provides an overview of the proper clinical use of opioids to help APNs understand and appreciate how differing clinical use guidelines should be safely and effectively applied to various practice settings and populations. 
$17.95
Online
Elective

America’s Illicit Drug Crisis

4 Hrs
Course release date: 12/5/2018
Course expiration date: 12/5/2021

This course provides an overview of select illicit substances and their use in the United States, signs and symptoms of these drugs use as well as immediate and long-term interventions.

$22.95
Online
Elective

An Epidemic: Vaping and E-Cigarette Use in Teens and Young Adults

0.5 Hrs
Course release date: 10/7/2019
Course expiration date: 10/7/2022

This course will familiarize nurses with the current epidemic of vaping, including the types of chemical and drug exposures that may occur with vaping, health consequences, and strategies to curb the use of vaping. The course includes steps that have been taken to curb this epidemic and strategies the health care community can implement to safeguard against vaping.  
$11.95
Online
Elective

Anxiety and Panic

3 Hrs
Course release date: 5/20/2019
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.
$22.95
Online
Elective

Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder in Adults

4 Hrs
Course release date: 3/5/2018
Course release date: 3/31/2021

This course addresses the assessment and diagnosis of ADHD in adults and will improve the knowledge base, clinical understanding, and perspective of care, providing a framework within which healthcare professionals can understand and treat adults with ADHD in the twenty-first century.  In addition, they will need to use this information to conduct a careful differential diagnosis. 
$22.95
Online
Elective

Basic Psychiatric Concepts in Nursing

6 Hrs
Course release date: 10/5/2018
Course expiration date: 10/31/2021

This course presents nurses with a basic overview of psychiatric disorders, discussing the current trends in diagnosis, treatment modalities, and medications.  The course covers therapeutic communication skills and cultural variances in the way mental illness is perceived and treated in adults and children.
$33.95
Online
Elective

COVID-19 Loss, Grief, and Bereavement

2 Hrs

Course release date: 10/20/2020
Course expiration date: 10/20/2023

This course is for healthcare clinicians who want to identify ways to support grieving individuals because of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Characteristics that influence COVID-19 grief, bereavement, and mourning are identified. Policies such as social distancing may mitigate the impact of contracting the virus but increase risk factors for mental health issues and complicated grief (prolonged grief disorder). The course presents major theories and models of mourning as they relate to coping with COVID-19 ambiguous loss and disenfranchised grief. 
$17.95
Online
Elective

Cognitive Impairment in Older Adults: Nursing Management is Crucial in the Hospital

1 Hrs
Course expiration date: 3/30/2021

Hospital settings can become overwhelming to older adults. Being out of their familiar environment can lead to disorientation, confusion, and other cognitive changes. This course helps the nurse to differentiate between various situations and provides intervention and monitoring strategies.
$11.95
Online
Elective

Communicating Effectively and Therapeutically with Patients with Mental Health Disorders

1 Hrs

Course expiration date: 6/13/2021

This course reviews the techniques of therapeutic communication and presents best strategies for using these techniques when working with individuals who have mental health disorders.

$11.95
Online
Elective

Communication and Team Building: A Patient Safety Consideration

4 Hrs
Course release date: 5/20/2019
Course expiration date: 5/20/2022

This course provides practical strategies that enhance professional communication and improve team functioning in the actual work setting.
$22.95
Online
Elective

Communication in Healthcare

4 Hrs
Course release date: 6/28/2018
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.
$22.95
Online

Controlled Substance and Prescribing Practices for Tennessee Advanced Practice Nurses

2 Hrs
2 Hrs

Course Release Date: 5/10/2020
Course Expiration Date: 5/10/2023

This course provides an overview of the safe and effective prescribing of controlled substances and three of the most common disease states that warrant more frequent prescribing of controlled substances. The course meets the Tennessee mandatory CE requirement for controlled substance and prescribing practices, including instruction in the Tennessee Department of Health’s treatment guidelines on opioids, benzodiazepines, barbiturates, and carisoprodol that apply to Tennessee advanced practice nurses (APNs) and all nurses responsible for the safe and effective prescribing practices for controlled substances. 
$17.95
Online
Elective

Drug Abuse Crisis in America

3 Hrs

Course expiration date: 11/26/2021

This course provides the statusof drug misuse in the United States and presents common substances, triggers,and interventions that are proving to have successful impacts. 

$22.95
Online

Fundamentals of Telehealth: Registered Nursing Practice in the Virtual Care Environment

4 Hrs
Course release date: 5/13/2020
Course expiration date: 5/13/2023

This course explores the basic telehealth concepts and technology applicable to the registered nursing telehealth arena, examining the role of the telehealth nurse, paying attention to legal and regulatory concerns, and temporary changes to regulations during the COVID-19 pandemic. The course discusses how telehealth can be used in disasters, emergencies, epidemics, and pandemics and concludes with a review of the competencies for nursing telehealth practice so nurses can be knowledgeable and effective.
$22.95
Online
Elective

Geriatric Special Topics: Physical Restraints and Side Rails in Acute Care Settings

3 Hrs
Course expiration date: 1/10/2021

Despite the federal regulations placed on hospitals
$22.95
Online
Elective

Geriatric Special Topics: Substance Misuse and Alcohol Use Disorders

4 Hrs
Course expiration date: 1/10/2021

Evidence of alcohol and drug use by persons aged 50 years and older is increasing as more people live longer, continue community living, and continue substance use habits established in youth and middle adulthood. This course will help nurses to recognize common substance use disorders in older adults and implement effective intervention strategies for such disorders.
$22.95
Online
Elective

Human Trafficking

0.5 Hrs
Course release date: 10/8/2019
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.
$11.95
Online

Management of Addiction, Withdrawal, and Overdose

4 Hrs
4 Hrs
Course release date: 5/18/2020
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. 
$22.95
Online
Elective

Management of Behavioral Issues in a Brain-Injured Patient

1 Hrs
Course expiration date: 1/11/2021

Traumatic brain injury (TBI) can result in short-term and long-term behavioral sequelae, including aggression, irritability, depression, and disinhibition. This course provides an overview of TBI mechanisms as well as behavioral changes and possible management plans after TBI. This course also discusses is an overview of brain architecture and functions of the frontal, temporal, parietal, and occipital lobes, as well as the cerebellum.
$11.95
Online
Elective

Management of Drug Challenges: Generic vs. Branded Drugs

4 Hrs
4 Hrs
Course release date: 8/20/2019
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. 
$22.95
Online
Elective

Men’s Health Overview

4 Hrs
Course release date: 2/21/2019
Course expiration date: 2/21/2022

This course presents the necessary information to expand the knowledge of registered nurses and advanced practice nurses on men’s health conditions.
$22.95
Online
Elective

Mental Health Assessment of the Pediatric Patient, 2nd Edition

3 Hrs
Course release date: 10/3/2018
Course expiration date: 10/31/2021

This course provides an overview of common pediatric mental health issues, including descriptions of the signs and symptoms for particular conditions, indicators of a psychiatric emergency, and appropriate treatment interventions for each case presented. Early diagnosis and intervention can critically affect positive outcomes of pediatric mental health disorders, making the accurate and comprehensive assessment of the pediatric patient’s mental health a crucial component of each pediatric examination.
$22.95
Online
Elective

Naloxone: Understanding its Use and Effects

3 Hrs
3 Hrs
Course release date: 11/4/2019
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.
$22.95
Online
Elective

Neurological Assessment: Recognition of Change in Mental Status Can Alter the Course of Care

1 Hrs
Course expiration date: 2/22/2021

This course will provide the learner information about neurological assessment, including levels of consciousness, and will discuss evaluation of pain and delirium in the patient with altered level of consciousness.
$11.95
Online
Elective

Nurse Practitioner’s Guide to Prescribing Controlled Substances – Focus on Opioids

4 Hrs
4 Hrs

Course expiration date: 8/24/2021


Appropriate prescribing practices are critical for all medications, but drugs that are considered controlled substances require additional attention. The Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), along with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), all have a role in determining the scheduling of prescription medications. As prescribers, it is critical that nurse practitioners understand not only federal but state requirements for prescribing all controlled substances. In addition, inappropriately prescribing opioids, resulting in their misuse and abuse, has led to many changes, including new safety and quality recommendations that must be considered. This course will provide a general review of federal and state controlled substance regulations and the prescribing of all controlled substances in general, as well as focus on clinical and safety considerations when prescribing opioid medications for acute and chronic pain not related to cancer.

$22.95
Online
Elective

Obesity and Asthma

2 Hrs
Course release date: 1/2/2018
Course expiration date: 1/31/2021

This course provides an overview of how research demonstrates that the higher an individual’s body mass index (BMI), the higher the risk for developing asthma. Regardless, asthma associated with obesity often is more difficult to control and less likely to respond to traditional asthma therapy.
$17.95
Online
Elective

Obesity and Eating Disorders: Challenges for Care

7 Hrs
Course expiration date: 5/9/2022 

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.
$33.95
Online
Elective

Opioid Use in the Treatment of Chronic Pain

3 Hrs
3 Hrs
Course expiration date: 2/7/2022

Caring for patients with chronic pain is both challenging and complex. This course provides details of the best practices for prescribing and managing pain when using opioids and related products. Federal and state laws are being updated and best practices protocols are being developed. 
$22.95
Online

Pain Management, Palliative Care and Addiction for New York Advance Practice Nurses

3 Hrs
3 Hrs
Course release date: 5/22/2020
Course expiration date: 5/22/2023

Advanced Practice Nurses (APNs) have a responsibility to understand the appropriate use of opioid medications, to include the risks inherent to this category of therapeutic products. Further, pursuant to Public Health Law (PHL) §3309-A(3), prescribers licensed under Title Eight of the Education Law in New York to treat humans and who have a Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) registration number to prescribe controlled substances, as well as
medical residents who prescribe controlled substances under a facility DEA registration number, must complete at least three hours of course work or training in pain management, palliative care, and addiction. This accredited continuing education course is designed to satisfy the state of New York’s specific continuing education requirements providing an overview of the clinical use of opioids. 
$22.95
Online
Elective

Patient Safety: A Critical Practice Concern

4 Hrs

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.

$22.95
Online
Elective

Postcombat-Related Disorders: Counseling Veterans and Military Personnel, 2nd Edition

5 Hrs
Course release date: 6/28/2018
Course expiration date: 6/30/2021

This course provides an overview of military culture, common deployment-related health problems, and an introduction to evidence-based treatments for these conditions. The course discusses cultural issues that affect treatment with military and veteran patients and those interventions and treatments shown to contribute to the largest and most enduring outcomes for this population. 
$27.95
Online
Elective

Preventing Medical Errors

0.5 Hrs
Course release date: 11/14/2019
Course expiration date: 11/14/2022

This course addresses the essential information that every nurse should be aware of to prevent medical errors, including medication errors, central-line associated bloodstream infections (CLABSI), ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP), falls and immobility events, obstetrical adverse events, venous thromboembolism, pressure ulcers, and surgical site infections. 
$11.95
Online
Elective

Prevention, Assessment, and Treatment of Substance Use Disorders

6 Hrs
Course release date: 4/10/2018
Course expiration date: 2/28/2021

This course focuses on substance misuse prevention, assessment, and treatment strategies detailing nursing care for patients with various substance use disorders, the description of prevention practices, and patient assessment.
$33.95
Online
Elective

Psychiatric and Substance Use Disorders: Clinical Challenges and Psychopharmacology

7 Hrs
7 Hrs
Course release date: 2/12/2019
Course expiration date: 2/12/2022

This course is designed for both staff nurses, as well as advanced practice nurses (APNs). Staff nurses, including those working in medical areas, will see patients diagnosed with psychiatric disorders. Due to medical and psychiatric comorbidities, these patients have complex prescription medication regimens.  For APNs, this course will support and enhance your knowledge of diagnosing psychiatric disorders and increase your confidence for prescribing psychotropic medications to adult patients. In addition, the course addresses challenging clinical situations and strategies for appropriate interventions.  Case studies, based on real patients are presented throughout, with recommended treatment and management strategies.
$33.95
Online

Safe and Effective Opioid Prescribing for Illinois Advanced Practice Nurses

2 Hrs
2 Hrs
Course release date: 6/29/2020
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.
$17.95
Online
Elective

Sleepless in the Hospital: Strategies for Promoting Quality Sleep for Patients

1 Hrs
Course expiration date: 2/22/2021


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$11.95
Online
Elective

Special Populations at Risk for Substance Use

2 Hrs
Course release date: 2/6/2018
Course expiration date: 2/28/2021

This course provides nurses with an overview of the epidemiology of sociocultural, family, and other external influences on the development of substance use disorders.  The course discusses the prevalence of these disorders to help prepare nurses to offer early interventions and prevention of these disorders. 
$17.95
Online
Elective

Special Topics in Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder

6 Hrs
Course release date: 4/10/2018
Course expiration date: 3/31/2021

Since nurses rarely see cases of “pure” attention deficit/ hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), it is imperative that they understand the common comorbidities associated with ADHD and their effect on treatment and outcomes for patients.  This course presents assessment and diagnosis throughout the various life stages, beginning with childhood, then adolescence, and finally young adulthood as a college student.  This information will be helpful to use to conduct a careful differential diagnosis.
$33.95
Online
Elective

Suicide Assessment and Prevention for Health Professionals

4 Hrs
Course expiration date: 4/19/2021

According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC) (2016), suicide is a serious public health problem that has long-lasting effects not only on the individual, but also on the family and on the community. In addition, statistics from the CDC (2016) clearly outline that beginning with the 10-14 age group until the age of 65 years, suicide is in the top 10 leading causes of death in the United States. In the United States one individual dies by suicide every eight hours (American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, 2017). This course provides information about the background and statistical data of suicide within the US, etiology of suicide, suicide risk assessment, treatment and management, as well as risk of imminent harm with communication strategies, with a special focus on the veteran population.
$22.95
Online
Elective

Understanding Mindfulness Practices for Nurses and Patients

6 Hrs
Course release date: 12/20/2018
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.
$33.95
Online
Elective

Using Evidence in Clinical Nursing Practice

3 Hrs
Course release date: 4/23/2019
Course expiration date: 04/23/2022

Evidence-based practice (EBP) relies on the findings of scientific research to modify or develop policies and procedures that incorporate the latest evidence into clinical practice.  This course will help nurses incorporate nursing research findings into their EBP for the maximum benefit of patients and the facilitation of professional growth and development.
$22.95
Online
Elective

Vaping and E-Cigarettes: Healthcare’s Response to a New Epidemic in Teens and Young Adults

2 Hrs
Course release date: 4/15/2019
Course expiration date: 4/15/2022

This course will familiarize nurses with the current epidemic of vaping, including the types of chemical and drug exposures that may occur with vaping, health consequences, and strategies to curb the use of vaping. The course includes steps that have been taken to curb this epidemic and strategies the health care community can implement to safeguard against vaping.  
$17.95
Online
Elective

Violence in the Workplace: Strategies for Prevention and Intervention

4 Hrs
Course release date: 8/29/2019
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. 
$22.95
Online
Elective

Workplace Horizontal Violence

0.5 Hrs
Course release date: 10/9/2019
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.  
$11.95
Webinar
Elective

Cheating Death: Naloxone

1 Hrs
Thu Nov 26 | 11:59 pm
Webinar course release date: 11/7/2019
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.
$15.00
Webinar
Elective

Getting Personal: Stories of Success and Struggle in Addiction Treatment

1 Hrs
Thu Nov 26 | 11:59 pm
Webinar course release date: 4/25/2019
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.
$15.00