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Understanding Today’s Nursing Challenges

Build success in your career with online courses on professional issues in nursing

There are few professions as rewarding and as challenging as nursing. From nurse burnout to ethical questions to emergency preparedness, nurses face unique professional issues. Whether you’re looking for ways to handle suspected human trafficking or sexual abuse, or whether you want to improve your triage process, our online courses give you an easy way to both boost your knowledge and earn CEs.  Browse professional issue courses such as: 

  • ED Holding: Ensuring Success
  • Emergency Care of the Gender Diverse Patient
  • End-of-Life Care and Treatment Considerations
  • And more!

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Well-Being of the Nurse: Understanding Compassion Fatigue, Burnout, and PTSD

Anyone who has worked in an ED knows that nurses are the backbone of the healthcare system —  but since the COVID-19 pandemic began, nurse burnout has increased to over 70%. What’s more, the repetitive and constant exposure to trauma and death in the workplace leaves nurses at risk for developing PTSD. In this course, you’ll learn to recognize the difference between compassion fatigue and burnout, identify signs of PTSD developing, and understand how to implement well-being initiatives and encourage nurse self-care in your department. In addition, you’ll learn the importance of nurse wellness and its impact on both the nurse and patient care.

1 CE Credit – $20


Other Courses on Nursing Professional Issues

ED Holding: Ensuring Success!

Learn the challenges associated with patient flow through the ED and how to maintain continuity of care in patients that are holding. This course will educate you on the care of patients transitioning from ED status to inpatient status while they are boarding in the ED. It will review the causes and challenges associated with boarding, the importance of documentation and physician notification, and several risk assessment tools necessary for continuing patient care.

1 CE Credit - $20

Emergency Care of the Gender Diverse Patient

Proper care and communication with all ED patients is vital to the well-being of each individual. In this course, we will discuss the best ways for the ED nurse to approach and care for the gender-diverse patient. Communication and assessment techniques will be discussed, including the importance of screening for depression, suicidal thoughts and suicidal ideations.

1 CE Credit - $20

Emergency Preparedness: Are You Ready?

Be confident in your ability to handle patient care in the face of disasters. This course highlights the importance of emergency nurses and staff members in the hospital to be prepared for disasters, and the importance of collaboration with pre-hospital workers, due to the potential for external involvement in response to an emergency.

1 CE Credit - $20

Human Trafficking

This course will give you the knowledge you need to recognize those being trafficked and challenge you to apply your knowledge to identify potential victims. This course will also guide you on how to approach the person, ask questions and provide resources to help the trafficked individual.

1 CE Credit - $20

Procedural Sedation

Procedural sedation and analgesia are commonly performed in the emergency department, but many aspects of the process can be difficult to understand. From medication dosing to patient monitoring to legal concerns, there are many components to consider! This course breaks down the entire procedural process to explain the many nuances of care.

1.5 CE Credits - $30

SANE, SAFE, and You: Understanding Best Practices

Review the various types of sexual assault care providers and the scope of practice of non-SANE-certified registered nurses. It will also describe the role of preserving forensic evidence following a sexual assault and the key components of the forensic evidence collection process. Through review of common injuries sustained by sexual assault victims, the learner will have a better understanding of the complete care considerations for individuals entering the ED following a sexual assault.

1.5 CE Credits - $30

The Triage System: Pearls and Pitfalls

Does the thought of triaging scare you? Has anyone ever told you to memorize a triage algorithm and you'll be "good to go"? This course is designed to encourage the emergency nurse to consider the complexity and dynamics of triage. This course does not test your knowledge of triage levels, rather, it looks at triage as a system and discusses ways that system can work well or fail. A dynamic process, triage is one of the most critical parts of the patient care process and should be evaluated regularly.

1 CE Credit - $20

Understanding Drug Diversion

Learn what drug diversion is and which medications are commonly diverted. You will also learn why some people divert and the behaviors they exhibit when they divert. Diverting drugs can affect patients' health, leading to infections or increasing the risk of contracting a bloodborne disease. To prevent drug diversion, healthcare facilities have policies and specific roles within the organization to aid mitigation. Most facilities offer programs to help healthcare workers if they have substance abuse disorder or are caught diverting.

1 CE Credit - $20

End-of-Life Care and Treatment Considerations

Learn about end-of-life care and the types of comfort care that are provided. You will be able to distinguish between palliative care and hospice care and how patients qualify for each. You will also learn the types of care and treatment options available when patients are receiving palliative or hospice care. In addition, this course will explore end-of-life forms to consider such as advance directives and DNR status. Last, you will learn about the legal and ethical issues you may encounter when providing end-of-life care.

1 CE Credit - $20

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