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2017 Healthcare Certifications

Ambulatory Perianesthesia & Post Anesthesia Nursing (CPAN)

This is an evidence-based training focused on preparing the nurse to competently face the challenges of ambulatory perianesthesia & post anesthesia nursing.  The Core topics of this training is: Anesthetic Agents, Complementary and Alternative Therapy, Culturally Diverse perianesthesia Patients, perianesthesia care, Patient Safety in perianesthesia Care, Standards of Care in perianesthesia and Thoracia and Vascular perianesthesia care. The trainee will be able to:

  • Describe the local anesthetics used in regional anesthesia
  • Discuss nursing implications when providing care for patients who received general anesthetic
  • Discuss the use of anticholinergic agents in anesthesia
  • Discuss complementary therapies that could be used during perianesthesia.
  • Individualize the educational plan based on the patient’s needs.
  • Understand the stages of Alzheimer’s and the limitations of each stage.
  • Apply ethical and legal principles in provision of safe and effective perianesthesia nursing care


Case Management

This course is designed to receive case management certification for each trainee. Topics include advocacy and outcomes, claims and finances, definitions and acronyms, education and clinical management, information management, legal issues, case management principals and concepts, case management referrals and consultation, ethics and processes, nursing theory, roles of a case manager, tools and data and case management.  After successful completion of training, the trainee will be able to:

  • Discuss the care of whole person
  • Know potential concerns of case managers in the area of cost and finances
  • Identify primary activities of case managers
  • Discuss aspects of psychosocial conditions in disease management
  • Identify the tools used in collection of data
  • Know the patients’ bill of rights
  • Discuss principals of nursing case management


Certified Neuroscience Registered Nurse (CNRN)

This course is designed to prepare the trainee to receive the Neuroscience Registered Nurse certification. Topics include care for patients with brain and nervous system disorders, monitoring neurological exams, administering medication ad consulting physicians on patient progress. After successfully completing the course, the trainee will be able to:

  • Provide post-operative care
  • Help patients with neurological difficulties
  • Maintain health records


Certified Occupational Health Nurse

This course will prepare the trainee for the certification in Occupational Health Nurse. Course topics include Management and Administration, Ergonomics, Direct nursing Care, Recordkeeping, Toxicology and Effects of Environmental Exposure, Legal and Ethical issues, Case Management, Fundamentals of Epidemiology etc. After successfully completing the course, the trainee will be able to:

  • Discuss the advantages of autonomy
  • Discuss how care of whole person, body, soul, mind and spirit is contained in advocacy
  • Identify the relationship between claims personnel and case managers
  • Describe the potential concern of case managers in the area of costs and finances
  • Identify the six domains of case management
  • Describe aspects of psychosocial conditions in disease management
  • Discuss the key professionals used for consultation
  • Identify the principles of privacy and confidentiality in the practice


Certified Specialist in Trauma Registries

This course was designed to promote the delivery of safe and effective care and the highest quality of data analysis.  It establishes and measures a requisite of knowledge required for expertise in building, managing and enhancing trauma registry practice.   This course encourages continued personal and professional growth in the practice of trauma registry. After successful completion, the trainee will be able to:

  • Demonstrate e-coding skills
  • Understand ICD-1-CM coding guidelines
  • Discuss marketing strategies related to the Trauma Registry


Critical Care

This is an evidence-based training focused on preparing the nurse to competently face the challenges of critical care nursing.  The Core topics of this training are: Patient Oxygenation, Perfusion, Cognition, Pain, Metabolic Homeostasis, Immobility, GI/Nutrition, Ethics/Moral distress, Infection Control.  After successfully completing the course, the trainee will be able to:

  • Determine the assessments that are needed to provide care safely and competently
  • Collect diagnostic data, lab results, or procedural information that is appropriate for the patient situation.
  • Correlate assessment and diagnostic findings with the patient’s presentation/situation
  • Identify appropriate nursing interventions or actions necessary to provide care safely and competently
  • Anticipate patient complications that might hinder progress or threaten safety/wellbeing
  • Communicate using SBAR methodology with the interdisciplinary team
  • Evaluate patient responses to nursing interventions or actions.
  • Document concisely, accurately, and completely all assessments, interventions, and responses in the medical record


Diabetes Educator

The goal of this course is to increase knowledge of the diabetes disease state, sharpen clinical management skills and highlight diabetes self-management education (DSME) techniques and tools. After successfully completing the course, the trainee will be able to:

  • Assess stage of change and motivation to change
  • Describe the key components of effective behavior change goals using the SMART acronym
  • Describe prevalence and incidence of diabetes
  • Distinguish pathophysiological differences between type 1, type 2 and gestational diabetes
  • Describe difference between DKA and HHS, as well as possible treatments
  • Individualize goals of therapy based on patient-specific characteristics
  • Describe acute and chronic complications
  • Develop a drug therapy plan that includes blood pressure and dietary changes for patients with diabetic nephropathy
  • Discuss approaches to pain management
  • Identify and resolve barriers to change and high-risk situations
  • Discuss current and new therapeutic options
  • Determine optimal therapeutic regimens for patients with diabetes to achieve individualized cardiometabolic goals


Emergency Nursing

Topics include concepts in emergency care, critical care, progressive care, patient safety during emergencies in emergency rooms, job satisfaction and nursing retention. After successfully completing the course, the trainee will be able to:

  • Apply knowledge, skills, and understanding of critical concepts required for professional emergency nursing.
  • Demonstrate individual competency level applicable to nursing content including: cardiology; pulmonary; trauma; gastroenterology; neurology; endocrine; genitourinary; and oncology/hematology.


Gerontological Nursing

Topics include how to plan, document, and obtain consent for a course of treatment, Ethical and legal issues, Gastrointestinal Health, Genitourinary Health, Geriatric Health Conditions, Evolution, Geriatric Hematology and Immunologic, Neurological and Mental health, nursing role, Pulmonary and Geriatric nursing.  After successfully completing the course, the trainee will be able to:

  • Describe current key clinical information and issues central to caring for the highly specialized needs of older adults
  • Explain the current financial, social, political, and cultural issues that affect nursing care for the elderly
  • Discuss changes that occur in the gastrointestinal tract aging occurs.
  • Discuss the importance of nutrition and hydration in the elderly
  • Describe and understand common health problems in the elderly


Inpatient Obstetrics

Topics include antepartum care, evaluation and complications, fetal monitoring, labor support, surgery skills, neonatal transitioning and recovery care, critical thinking,  physical and psychosocial assessments, planning and implementing specialty care and evaluating the effectiveness of interventions. After successfully completing the course, the trainee will be able to:

  • Evaluate the normal progression of labor in a full term pregnancy, including all stages of labor and delivery
  • Recognize and implement measures in emergency situations
  • Prepare patient for cesarean section or post-partum tubal
  • Evaluate changes and patterns during the labor process using fetal heart monitoring assessments
  • Understand care of the prenatal patient, vaginal delivery patient, cesarean section patient, and pre- and post-op gynecological patient
  • Complete comprehensive assessment of the newborn with special attention to the extrauterine transition period
  • Recognize importance of exclusive breastfeeding initiative
  • Collaborate care with hospital services (case management, social services, etc.)


International Board Certified Lactation Consultant

This course is to prepare nurses to become a International Board Certified Lactation Consutlant (IBLCE). After successful completion of the course, trainee will be able to:

  • Determine time saving hospital strategies that make breastfeeding a success.
  • Evaluate strategies and tips for special circumstances, such as, Down Syndrome and newborns affected by medication
  • Understand how to communicate with the birth mother


Low Risk Newborn

Topics include Physiology & Assessment, Maternal Nutrition, Infertility, Medical Complications, & Fetal Assessment, Maternal Assessment & Management in the Postpartum Period, Transition to Extrauterine Life, Newborn Assessment, Gestational Age, Clinical Laboratory & Diagnostic Data and Management of Complications. After successfully completing the course, the trainee will be able to:

  • Demonstrate, skills, and physiology assessments
  • Demonstrate fetal assessments
  • Understand and assist during the postpartum period
  • Demonstrate newborn assessment

Describe common problems and complications in the antepartum, intrapartum postpartum and transitional time periods


Medical Surgical

The trainee is taught how to care for adult patients with common medical-surgical disorders. Topics include diseases and disorders including symptoms of illness, methods of diagnosis, prevention and treatment, electrolytes and intravenous therapy in following areas (gastrointestinal, genitourinary, hematology and immunology, Neurology, Pulmonary, and cardiovascular), endocrine and professional practice. After successfully completing the course, the trainee will be able to:

  • Describe the health-illness continuum
  • Discuss concepts related to health promotion, disease prevention and health maintenance
  • Identify the signs and symptoms of common disorders


Orthopedic Course

The course provides preparation for the orthopedic certification. Topics include arthritis complication, diagnostic studies, effects of immobility with respect to foot and ankle, hand and wrist, hip, femur and pelvis etc, infections, knee metabolic bone conditions, musculoskeletal assessment, spine tumors of musculoskeletal system, therapeutic, pediatric and congenital disorders. After successfully completing the course, the trainee will be able to:

  • Explore how the orthopedic nurse applies critical thinking skills to assess, plan, implement and evaluate care for the various health issues of adult spine disorders,
  • Describe degenerative joint disease, inflammatory disease, metabolic bone disease, musculoskeletal tumors, pediatric/neuromuscular/congenital orthopedics
  • Identify operative orthopedics, orthopedic complications and orthopedic trauma and sports injuries.


Progressive Care Nurse

This course will train in physiology, pathophysiology and treatment protocols for patients with cardiogenic shock, hypovolemic shock and vasogenic or distributive shock. Topics include electrolytes and levels, diabetes insipidus, treatment of common gastrointestinal abnormalities, blood replacement, pulmonary pathophysiology, ICU abnormalities and the medical and nursing treatment of those abnormalities. Trainee will also learn the AACN (American Association of College of Nursing) blueprint application process and study techniques for the PCCN (Progress Care Certification Nurse) certification. After successfully completing the course, the trainee will be able to:

  • Describe the signs and symptoms of shock
  • Identify seven essential electrolytes and the effect on the body when at abnormal levels
  • Identify physiological reasons for increased respiratory rate, Diabetes Inspidus, GI bleeding, pancreatitis and bowel obstruction
  • Describe factors that contribute to development of DIC
  • Describe the four risks of blood transfusion
  • Describe the steps involved in performing pulmonary system
  • Describe the steps involved in the recertification process

Discuss common nursing interventions for patients with behavioral abnormalities in the ICU and their families


Stroke Certified Registered Nurse

The purpose of Stroke Certified Registered Nurse (SCRN) is to promote excellence and professionalism as well as provide assurance to healthcare employers and the public that individuals possess the necessary skills, knowledge, and experience in stroke care to perform competently. After successfully completing the course, the trainee will be able to:

  • Identify the differences between ischemic stroke and hemorrhagic stroke
  • List modifiable and unmodifiable risk factors for stroke
  • Identify the difference between anterior and posterior circulation strokes
  • Explain the rationale for performing a non-contrast CT Scan


Trauma Certified Registered Nurse

The Trauma Certified Registered Nurse (TCRN) exam incorporates the body of knowledge in trauma nursing across the continuum of care, from injury prevention through reintegration to home.  After successful completion of this course, the trainee will be able to:

  • Provide appropriate response to diagnostic test results
  • Prepare equipment that might be needed by the team
  • Identify the need for diagnostic tests
  • Determine the plan of care
  • Identify desired patient outcomes
  • Determine the need to transfer to a higher level of care
  • Determine the need for emotional or psychosocial support