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Addiction: When Patients Can't "Just Quit"
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.
Advanced Practice Nurses Guidelines for Safe and Effective Controlled Substance Prescribing
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.
Antibiotic Resistant Diseases: New Clinical Challenges
Course expiration date: 7/8/2022
Anticoagulants and Antiplatelet Therapy
Course expiration date: 7/13/2021
This educational program illustrates the critical role of blood clotting in maintaining vasculature integrity and various pathologies that can result when inappropriate coagulation occurs. An overview is provided giving insight to the use of representative antiplatelet, anticoagulation and thrombolytic agents to counter improper clotting.
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.
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease: Identification and Drug Therapies
Course expiration date: 8/13/2022
This course provides a detailed review of the pathology, diagnosis, and treatment of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) for advanced practice nurses who have responsibilities that encompass all aspects of primary and specialized care.
Clinical Advances in Oral Antihyperglycemic Medication and Insulin Pump Therapies
Course expiration date: 11/20/2022
This medication rich course is for all nurses and advanced nurse practitioners responsible for prescribing oral antihyperglycemic medications and managing patients with diabetes. The course provides the latest in oral antihyperglycemic medications and treatment options, including insulin pump therapies.
Diabetes in Children, 4th Edition
Course expiration date: 8/1/2023
This course presents the complex metabolic, developmental, emotional, and social implications for a child with diabetes, both type 1 and type 2, and the family. The course discusses the unique considerations for this population to help the nurse provide supportive and flexible care. Also critically important is the nurse’s role in providing education to the parents or caregivers, as well as education appropriate to the child’s developmental level.
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.
Erectile Dysfunction (ED): Drug Treatment Options
Course expiration date: 8/28/2022
This course provides thorough information to promote the understanding of this condition. In turn, this will greatly contribute to their patients’ sexual health and quality of life. As primary health care professionals, it is imperative that APNs clearly understand the pathology of ED and steps to reduce its impact.
FDA Programs for Medication Safety
Course expiration date: 5/15/2023
This course provides an overview of available U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) medication safety information, including drug labeling, black box warnings, Medication Guides, Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategies (REMSs) programs, and available FDA medication safety communication and information for nurses and patients.
Management of Addiction, Withdrawal, and Overdose
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
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.
Managing Polypharmacy in Older Adults
Course expiration date: 12/9/2022
This course presents the concept of polypharmacy, related definitions and concepts, its incidence, predictors of polypharmacy, consequences of polypharmacy, pharmacokinetic principles that relate to the elder population, drug classes and individual medications that cause the most risk, and evidence-based strategies to prevent and manage polypharmacy. Case studies are presented allowing for the application of concepts.
Maternal Newborn Nursing, 6th Edition
Course expiration date: 1/13/2022
The course provides information for nurses caring for women, children, and families in a variety of settings. The comprehensive content provides a chronological view of a woman’s journey from conception to post-delivery, the importance of self-care, care of the newborn, and how the nursing process guides the critical role of the nurse at each stage. Some content presented may be more applicable to nurses working in specialized clinical areas.
Measles, Mumps, and Rubella: Prophylactics and Clinical Updates
This course is designed to provide an overview of measles, mumps, and rubella. It covers important information related to their history, epidemiology, symptoms, complications, prevention, and potential treatments. Since the MMR vaccine product is proven to be effective in the prevention of all three diseases, its use will be described in detail adequate to facilitate its usage as a foundation of contemporary care.
Communicable diseases, once on the cusp of being eliminated, continue to show up in the United States (U.S.). This c
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.
Naloxone: Understanding its Use and Effects
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.
New Clinical Guidelines for the Management of Hypertension
This course is intended to provide a hypertension treatment overview. Safe and effective prescribing decisions must be guided by an in-depth understanding of each agent: how it works, how to dose it, anticipated adverse events, drug interactions, etc. When combination drugs are included, there may be as many as 200 different pharmacological options (both individual agents, as well as combination products) that are approved by the FDA for treatment of hypertension. As a result, this course is designed only to highlight the major categories of therapeutics by identifying key products and characterizing them as a class. In an attempt to provide perspective, an effort was made to provide highlights of clinically meaningful outcomes studies for the various drug classes.
Nurse Practitioner’s Guide to Prescribing Controlled Substances – Focus on Opioids
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.
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.
Opioid Use in the Treatment of Chronic Pain
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.
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.
Pediatric Pharmacology: Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia
Course expiration date: 12/9/2022
This course outlines normally functioning blood and lymphatic systems and how divergences from this process can lead to acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL), the most common type of childhood cancer. The course highlights the great progress made in understanding this disease and how to eradicate it and will provide an overview of the collateral damage that occurs with this disease from its pathology and its treatment.
Pediatric Pharmacology: Asthma
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
Course expiration date: 11/19/2022
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.
Pediatric Pharmacology: Immunizations
Course expiration date: 3/2/2023
This course is designed to increase nurses’ knowledge of recommended pediatric immunizations in order to improve patient education and adherence to immunization schedules. Vaccine recommendations for children ages 18 years old and younger are discussed, including the diseases that vaccines prevent, the schedule for administration, safety, and effectiveness of vaccines.
Peripherally Inserted Central Catheters (PICCs): Some Whys and Hows
As individuals enter the health-care system sicker than in the past, PICC lines are becoming more common. Understanding when a PICC line is indicated, caring for a PICC line, and clinical indications for troubleshooting a possible problem are all standard nursing care.
Pharmacological Management of Atrial Fibrillation: A Focus on Rate Control Versus Rhythm Control
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.
Pharmacological Management of Chronic Kidney Disease
Course expiration date: 11/16/2023
Pharmacological Management: Type 1 Diabetes in Children
Course expiration date: 3/11/2023
Managing type 1 diabetes means that the nurse provides not only direct patient care, but also education for patients and families. The nurse should be familiar not only with the ways in which to treat diabetes at home, but also with the warning signs and reasons for bringing the child or teen to the hospital for immediate emergency care. This course covers the symptoms, risk factors, diagnosis, screenings, complications, and management of type 1 diabetes in the pediatric population.
Pharmacological Management: Type 2 Diabetes in Children
Course expiration date: 3/11/2023
Nurses, as well as other health care professionals, have a responsibility to understand the key components of diabetes management in children and teens. This course will help nurses provide the direct patient care and education needed by patients and families. Nurses should be familiar, not only with the ways in which to manage diabetes, including diet, exercise, and medication, but also with the causes and complication risks if left untreated. The course covers the symptoms, risk factors, screening, diagnosis, complications and complication management, and management of type 2 diabetes in the pediatric population.
Psychiatric and Substance Use Disorders: Clinical Challenges and Psychopharmacology
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.
Scope and Ethics of Prescribing Controlled Substances for Advanced Practice Nurses
Course expiration date: 3/11/2023
This course is designed to educate acute registered nurse practitioners who want to practice evidence-based care when treating patients with controlled substances.
Shingles Disease Process and Vaccination
Herpes zoster, commonly known as shingles, affects approximately one out of every three Americans in their lifetime, resulting in an estimated one million cases in the United States each year. This disease can cause serious complications and adversely affect quality of life. It is imperative that nurses have an in-depth knowledge of shingles and available immunization options. This course provides information about the pathophysiology of shingles and the benefits and risks of vaccination.
Substance Use Disorder in Nursing: Identification, Reporting, and Support
Course expiration date: 12/9/2022
This course is designed to instruct nurses on how to recognize signs of impairment in colleagues and also how to potentially recognize their own signs of impairment.
Tetanus, Diphtheria and Pertussis: Prophylactics and Clinical Updates
This educational program is designed to provide an overview of tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis, covering important information related to their history, epidemiology, symptoms, complications, prevention and potential treatments. Since the tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis, (DTaP and Tdap) vaccine products are proven to be effective in preventing all three diseases, this course will describe their use in enough detail to facilitate its usage as a foundation of contemporary care.
Transition to Menopause, 2nd Edition – N1788
Course expiration date: 10/31/2021
This course provides nurses caring for women in a variety of healthcare settings – acute care facilities, private practices, public settings, home health environments, and community outreach programs – with information to help them take an individual approach to assisting women who are progressing through menopause. The course discusses nursing care based on the most up-to-date standards and guidelines in order to help women make lifestyle choices.
Cheating Death: Naloxone
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.
The Measles Epidemic
Webinar course expiration date: 2/27/2023
This webinar course has been previously recorded.
Measles is a highly contagious viral disease that may cause severe complications and death. Recently, there has been a worldwide increase in measles cases, including in the U.S. This course covers the epidemiology, transmission, signs and symptoms, complications, and prevention of measles. It will also review the current measles epidemic in the U.S.