Nursing Continuing Education



Mercy College of Health Sciences offers CE credits for nurses who are looking to expand their nursing knowledge and renew their nursing licenses. Mercy College provides a variety of quality Continuing Education courses. CE courses and CEU credits are accredited and state-approved.

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Nursing Continuing Education Courses

Health Determinants: Working with clients living in poverty looking through a different lens.

Health Determinants: Working with clients living in poverty looking through a different lens.

Credits: 1 credit; Nurses will be awarded 1 contact hour from Mercy College of Health Sciences, Des Moines, Iowa (Full attendance is required; no partial credit will be given.)

Format: 100% online

Fee: No Charge ($15 after June 30, 2022)

Providership: Mercy College of Health Sciences; Iowa Board of Nursing Provider #383.

Open Date: April 1, 2021

Audience: Registered Nurses

Goal: Upon completion of this course, Nurses will recognize the relationship between the capacity to understand/empathize and the ability to engage patients living in poverty to achieve desired results.

Purpose: This presentation will introduce Ruby Payne’s seminal framework for understanding clients living in poverty and its influences on client health behaviors for the registered nurse. Nurse actions and responses to client situations will be explored.

Presentor: Mercy College of Health Sciences Presenter: Ginny Krichau, BSN, RN - Continuing Education Facilitator CARE Program.

Learning objectives:

  • Explore the broad definition of poverty and its connection with social determinants of health.
  • Compare and contrast the unique hidden rule characteristics of the three socioeconomic classes.
  • Identify practical, person-centered application strategies to better serve under-resourced patients.



Mercy College Nursing Continuing Education

Mercy College of Health Sciences
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Des Moines, IA 50309 

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