Nursing Continuing Education

CONTINUING EDUCATION

NURSING


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

Fentanyl

Description: This presentation provides an overview of fentanyl’s history, chemical composition, psychological and physiological effects, impact on society, and strategies and interventions that aim to end the current opioid crisis and ease suffering.

Credits: 1.25 credits; Nurses will be awarded 1.25 contact hours from Mercy College of Health Sciences, Des Moines, Iowa (Full attendance is required; no partial credit will be given.)

Format: 100% online

Fee: $12.50

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

Open Date: May 12, 2022

Audience: Registered Nurses

Purpose: This presentation provides information specific to Fentanyl.

Authors: Tria Allen, RN, BSN, MS; Mary Hatcher, Ph.D., MBA, BSN, RN, PMH-BC; and Jude Gustafson MA

Learning objectives 

At the end of this course, you will know:

  • how to define fentanyl
  • demographics of fentanyl use in the United States
  • common “street names” of fentanyl
  • recommended safety precautions for working with potential fentanyl overdose victims
  • why fentanyl is used as a street drug
  • short- and long-term side effects of fentanyl use including withdrawal
  • nursing interventions for clients using fentanyl

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Human Trafficking

Description: This presentation provides international and national perspectives on human trafficking, as well as important information for the professional nurse including victim demographics, signs of adult and child trafficking, how to detect trafficking victims, intervention and prevention strategies, and helpful resource information and links.

Credits: 1.5 credits; Nurses will be awarded 1.5 contact hours from Mercy College of Health Sciences, Des Moines, Iowa (Full attendance is required; no partial credit will be given.)

Format: 100% online

Fee: $15.00

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

Open Date: April. 23, 2022

Audience: Registered Nurses

Purpose: This presentation provides information specific to Human Trafficking.

Authors: Tria Allen, RN, BSN, MS; Mary Hatcher, Ph.D., MBA, BSN, RN, PMH-BC; and Jude Gustafson MA

Learning objectives:

  • define human trafficking
  • describe the demographics of human trafficking
  • understand the role of the nurse in identification of victims and prevention of human trafficking
  • perform activities that fall within the role of the nurse when caring for a trafficked victim

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Suicide Overview

Description: This presentation provides an overview of suicide. It will identify suicide a a major mental health problem in the United States, risk factors and warning signs, nursing interventions to reduce imminent suicide risks, and identify resourcs for the suicidal client.

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: $10.00

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

Open Date: December 3, 2021

Audience: Registered Nurses

Purpose: This presentation provides information specific to Suicide.

Authors: Tria Allen, RN, BSN, MS and Mary Hatcher, Ph.D., MBA, BSN, RN, PMH-BC

Learning objectives:

  • Identify suicide as a major mental health problem in the United States and Iowa.​
  • Describe risk factors associated with suicide ​
  • Describe evidenced–based interventions used to reduce imminent and ongoing suicide risk.​
  • Identify resources for the suicidal client. 

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Adolescent Suicide

Description: This presentation provides information specific to adolescent suicide.

Credits: 1.75 credits; Nurses will be awarded 1.75 contact hours from Mercy College of Health Sciences, Des Moines, Iowa (Full attendance is required; no partial credit will be given.)

Format: 100% online

Fee: $17.50

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

Open Date: Jan. 20, 2022

Audience: Registered Nurses

Purpose: This presentation provides information specific to Adolescent Suicide.

Authors: Mary Hatcher, Ph.D., MBA, BSN, RN, PMH-BC; Tria Allen, RN, BSN, MS; and Jude Gustafson, MA

Learning objectives:

  • Identify the incidence of adolescent suicide attempts.
  • Describe antecedents to adolescent suicide.
  • Identify nursing competencies for assessing suicide risk.
  • Describe a nursing care model for family support following adolescent suicide.
  • Identify supportive resources for suicide risk prevention.

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Adult Suicide

Description: This presentation provides information specific to adolescent suicide.

Credits: 1.5 credits; Nurses will be awarded 1.5 contact hours from Mercy College of Health Sciences, Des Moines, Iowa (Full attendance is required; no partial credit will be given.)

Format: 100% online

Fee: $15.00

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

Open Date: Jan. 18, 2022

Audience: Registered Nurses

Purpose: This presentation provides information specific to Adult Suicide.

Authors: Mary Hatcher, Ph.D., MBA, BSN, RN, PMH-BC; Tria Allen, RN, BSN, MS; and Jude Gustafson, MA

Learning objectives:

  • Identify risk factors contributing to adult suicide.
  • Identify major predictors for suicide risk for men and women.
  • Describe the prevalence of suicide in the United States.
  • Describe the annual cost of suicide in the United States.
  • Identify suicide warning signs.
  • Identify treatment options for suicidal clients.
  • Describe the role of the nurse in caring for suicidal clients.
  • Identify suicide prevention resources.

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Loneliness

Description: This presentation covers historical underpinnings of research, basic constructs, and terminology used by professionals who study loneliness, and zooms in on the growing body of contemporary research that point to a worldwide epidemic of loneliness and potential consequences for physical and mental health. Content includes thought-provoking COVID-19-related insights on loneliness, and also gives nursing professionals insights into assessments developed to identify lonely clients, tools for measuring loneliness, and tips on developing a nursing care plan for lonely clients.

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

Format: 100% online

Fee: $10.00

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

Open Date: March 3, 2022

Audience: Registered Nurses

Learning Objectives: Upon completion of this course, Nurses will be able to: describe the difference between isolation and loneliness; summarize research findings on the topic of loneliness; describe how isolation and loneliness impact human health; and identify nursing interventions for isolation and loneliness.

Authors: Tria D. Allen, MS, BSN, Continuing Education Coordinator, HRSA Care Project; Mary Hatcher, PhD, MBA, BSN, RN, PHM-BC, Adjunct Faculty; Jude Gustafson, BA, MA, Content and Education Technology Manager

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Telehealth in Rural Areas

Description: This presentation provides an overview of rural telehealth and introduces viewers to the unique challenges of telehealth implementation in rural communities. Participants will gain important insights essential to planning effective telehealth programs that aim to improve rural community health.​

Credits: 2 credits; Nurses will be awarded 2 contact hours from Mercy College of Health Sciences, Des Moines, Iowa (Full attenance is rquired; no partial credit will be given.)

Format: 100% online

Fee: $20.00

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

Open Date: Oct 1, 2021

Audience: Registered Nurses

Learning Objectives: 

  • Describe telehealth​
  • Identify the challenges of telehealth
  • Identify the populations telehealth serves​
  • Describe telehealth programs offered in rural area​
  • Identify benefits of telehealth​
  • Summarize the nurse's role in a safe and successful telehealth client appointment.

Authors: Tria D. Allen, MS, BSN, Continuing Education Coordinator, HRSA Care Project and Mary Hatcher, PhD, MBA, BSN, RN, PHM-BC, Adjunct Faculty

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COVID-19: Overview of Challenges Specific to Rural Health

Description: This online course introduces COVID-19 challenges specific to rural healthcare facilities and populations. Nursing interventions for COVID-19 and responses to client situations are also explored.

Audience: Registered Nurses

Credits: Nurses will be awarded 1.25 contact hours from Mercy College of Health Sciences, Des Moines, Iowa. Full attendance is required; no partial credit will be given.

Fee: $12.50

Created by: Tria Allen, RN, BNS, MS and Mary Hatcher, PhD, MBA, BSN, RN, PMH-BC

Presented by: Mercy College of Health Sciences, 928 6th Ave, Des Moines, IA 50309. Iowa Board of Nursing Provider #383.

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The Preceptor

Description: This presentation provides an overview of the role of the preceptor.  The program provides insight to the valuable components of learner development opportunities while learning a new role, either as a student, a new employee or in a job change.  The presentation explains how a Preceptorship works through a one-to-one relationship designed for a learner to experience the roles and responsibilities of their new role through experiential learning.

Credits: 1.5 credits; Nurses will be awarded 1.5 contact hours from Mercy College of Health Sciences, Des Moines, Iowa (Full attenance is rquired; no partial credit will be given.)

Format: 100% online

Fee: $15.00

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

Open Date: November 22, 2021

Audience: Registered Nurses

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe the role of the preceptor within the learning process, and strategies to accommodate diversity in learning styles.​
  • Integrate knowledge and skills into a preceptor leadership role.​
  • Utilize quality improvement and patient safety to provide high quality nursing health care. ​
  • Describe how to create an environment that encourages trust, respect, openness, values and diversity

Authors: Tria D. Allen, MS, BSN, Continuing Education Coordinator, HRSA Care Project and Mary Hatcher, PhD, MBA, BSN, RN, PHM-BC, Adjunct Faculty

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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: $10.00

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

Open Date: April 1, 2021

Audience: Registered Nurses

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.
     

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At-Risk in Primary Care: Adults

At-Risk in Primary Care: Adults introduces healthcare providers to two patients exhibiting signs of mental health distress. Providers must address the patient’s chief complaint, use effective communication techniques to investigate any underlying mental health risks, and refer for additional treatment when appropriate.

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At Risk in Primary Care: Adolescents

At-Risk in Primary Care: Adolescents prepares healthcare providers to talk with adolescent patients about mental health concerns, address thoughts of suicide, and coordinate referrals for follow-up care. Providers practice screening an adolescent for depression and suicide using evidence-based tools, conducting a brief intervention, coordinating referrals to treatment, and using motivational interviewing.

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Talk About Opioid Use Disorder

Talk About Opioid Use Disorder educates providers on opioid use disorder (OUD) and medication-assisted treatment (MAT). Learners practice applying relationship-centered communication techniques to discuss opioid use and pharmacotherapy with a patient, either in-office or via telehealth.

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Screening and Brief Interventions (SBI) with Adolescents

SBI with Adolescents teaches health professionals to conduct screening, brief intervention, and referral to treatment with adolescents in a variety of settings. This virtual learning experience introduces the foundational concepts and then coaches learners through simulated case scenarios to provide them practice and build confidence. The simulation includes a final challenge scenario to assess learners’ competency in conducting a brief intervention.

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Screening and Brief Interventions (SBI) with Adolescents: Comorbid Substance Use and Mental Health

SBI with Adolescents: Comorbid Substance Use and Mental Health prepares healthcare providers to engage adolescent patients with co-occurring substance use and mental health issues. The content of this simulation builds on the lessons in SBI with Adolescents, which introduces foundational screening, brief intervention, and referral to treatment concepts.

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Screening and Brief Interventions (SBI) Skills Assessment

SBI Skills Assessment evaluates users’ ability to use screening and brief intervention best practices when working with adults. This virtual experience presents two scenarios: in the first, users demonstrate their ability to screen an adult client using validated measures. In the second, users demonstrate their ability to conduct a brief intervention with an adult following the Brief Negotiated Interview framework and using a motivational style.

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