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Dynamic Patient Advocacy: Leadership in the Changing World of Healthcare

Healthcare in America is in the process of dynamic change. This six-hour course will review the core challenges facing the profession today in preparation to be effective patient advocates within the changing healthcare industry. Topics will include healthcare reform, the impact of the recession, and advanced collective advocacy techniques.

Las Vegas, NV
January 19, 2016

Reno, NV
January 20, 2016


Texas Classes

Vulnerable Places: This class assesses why where people live makes a difference for whether they are vulnerable to illness and early morbidity. It considers the historical, social, and economic circumstances that make some patients vulnerable to higher rates of sickness, malnutrition, chronic conditions, and toxic environmental exposures.

Health and Safety: Nurses prioritize the health and safety of their patients and community every single day while their own health and safety is often at risk. This course discusses workplace violence prevention, safe patient handling, and the role of nurses in effective infectious disease safety practices and planning, particularly during disease outbreaks, epidemics, and pandemics.

Health and Safety
El Paso, TX

March 16, 2016

Vulnerable Places
El Paso, TX

April 28, 2016


RN Patient Advocacy at Home and Abroad: Resuscitating Public Health in a Globalized World

RNs and many of their most vulnerable patients understand that a comprehensive definition of health encompasses the social, ecological, and economic contexts in which individuals and communities live. This course examines the role of social and economic inequality on health globally and as part of our broader context typified by austerity measures and the privatization of healthcare. The current global health governance structure, led by the World Bank, World Trade Organization, World Health Organization, and increasingly philanthropic donors and public-private partnerships, has augmented health inequalities. Against this backdrop, the course explores the dismantling of public health systems globally, with particular attention paid also to the retrenchment of the social safety net and the public sector U.S. hospital system. By highlighting the symptoms of a weakened public health system, the class outlines the connections among globalization, disease proliferation, the international migration of healthcare workers, and increased militarization in the United States and abroad. It examines, in particular, how austerity and privatization affect women in especially devastating ways and create the context for unequal public health access. Through this course, nurses will develop comprehensive definitions of public health and healthcare advocacy that will strengthen RN leadership in the global fight against austerity and its aftermath.

Sacramento, CA
October 2, 2015

Baldwin Park, CA
October 6, 2015

Los Angeles, CA
October 8, 2015

Burlingame, CA
October 27, 2015

San Bernardino, CA
October 29, 2015

Newark, CA
December 8, 2015

Santa Clara, CA
December 10, 2015

Silver Spring, MD
December 15, 2015

San Diego, CA
February 17, 2016

Santa Monica, CA
February 19, 2016 

Hayward, CA
March 3, 2016

Walnut Creek, CA
March 10, 2016

Fresno, CA
March 15, 2016

Monterey, CA
March 17, 2016

 


Vulnerable Places: Health Inequality and the Ethics of Nursing

How does where people live impact their health? Why are some patients more susceptible to sicknesses caused by environmental disaster and economic inequality than others? Do nurses have an ethical role to respond to health disparity? Where can nurses intervene to protect human rights, promote health, and reduce geographically concentrated illnesses? Should nurse advocates take on the challenge of mapping new landscapes for healthy communities?

This class assesses why where people live makes a difference for whether they are vulnerable to illness and early morbidity. It considers the historical, social, and economic circumstances that make some patients vulnerable to higher rates of sickness, malnutrition, chronic conditions, and toxic environmental exposures. The class will explore myriad ways that geographic health disparity puts pressures on hospitals—especially safety-net facilities—and how the current model of corporate healthcare limits nurses’ ability to treat and care for vulnerable patients. The course will offer historical perspectives on how geographic health disparities impact different scales of health intervention. In exploring local, national, and global differences, the course will highlight common symptoms of economic, environmental, and social injustice that consistently contribute to geographically disparate poor health outcomes. It will culminate in a discussion of the importance of creating social movements to improve human health.

Las Vegas, Nevada
March 16, 2016

Kansas City, Missouri
March 22, 2016

St. Louis, Missouri
March 24, 2016

Washington DC
March 29, 2016

Chicago, Illinois
April 5, 2016

Tampa, Florida
April 12, 2016

Miami, Florida
April 14, 2016
Reno, Nevada
April 20, 2016

Lexington, Kentucky
April 26, 2016

El Paso, Texas
April 28, 2016

Bar Harbor, Maine
Friday, May 13, 2016

New York City, New York
May 17, 2016

Corpus Christi, Texas
May 25, 2016