Continuing Education (CE) Class Catalog

Submitted by Administrator on September 14, 2017

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CE courses are free to National Nurses United members. Classes are only offered to direct-care and staff RNs.

*NNU is taking all necessary precautions to ensure the safety and health of nurses, our patients, and our communities during the Covid-19 crisis. As part of these efforts, we will be making adjustments to our continuing education schedule and moving classes online. Nurses registered for the courses below will be notified in advance of any changes. As soon as it is safe to do so, we will return to in-person classes.

 

Moral Injury and PTSD in the Nursing Profession

Course Description

This class will describe how the Covid-19 pandemic has amplified the stress inherent in the registered nurse’s role within the current for-profit healthcare system.

The class will explore the critical stressors, both acute and chronic, facing the profession and offer solutions to mitigate those stressors.

Course Objectives

Upon completion of this class, participants should be able to:​

  • Explain the causes of Moral Distress and Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome (PTSD)
  • Describe methods to mitigate Moral Distress and PTSD

Instructor: Gerard Brogan

Course Details:

This will be a 2-hour online class via Zoom for 2 hours of continuing education credits.

After registering, you will receive an invitation to the Zoom class via email. It is important that you respond to the invitation and register for the Zoom class prior to the day of the class.


CE courses are free to National Nurses United members. Classes are only offered to direct-care and staff RNs.

Locations

Online
May 11, 2022
1pm-3pm PT/4pm-6pm ET
Online
May 19, 2022
3pm-5pm PT/6pm-8pm ET
Online
May 31, 2022
11am-1pm PT/2pm-4pm ET

America’s Mental Health in Crisis: How We Got Here and What Nurses Can Do

Course Description

The Covid-19 pandemic unveiled a truth nurses have known for decades: we are in the midst of an ongoing mental health emergency. With facilities more overwhelmed than ever, patients in acute psychiatric crisis board in emergency room hallways for days or weeks. Patients without housing are released into the streets without follow-up or treatment plans. Why is there a national shortage of psychiatric beds for patients in crisis? Why is America’s largest mental “health” facility a county jail? This course will chart how we reached the breaking point and what can be done to fix our policies and heal our communities.

Course Objectives

Upon completion of this class, participants should be able to:​

  • Describe how the history of psychiatric hospitalization impacts our current national bed shortage
  • Articulate why the criminalization of mental illness has created a public health emergency
  • Explain how state and federal funding priorities deprive communities of adequate mental health resources

Instructor: KB Burnside-Oxendine

Course Details:

This will be a 2-hour online class via Zoom for 2 hours of continuing education credits.

After registering, you will receive an invitation to the Zoom class via email. It is important that you respond to the invitation and register for the Zoom class prior to the day of the class.


CE courses are free to National Nurses United members. Classes are only offered to direct-care and staff RNs.

Locations

Online
May 11, 2022
10am-12pm PT/1pm-3pm ET
Online
May 19, 2022
12pm-2pm PT/3pm-5pm ET
Online
May 26, 2022
10am-12pm PT/1pm-3pm ET
Online
May 31, 2022
2pm-4pm PT/5pm-7pm ET

Is Covid Endemic for All?

As soon as the Omicron surge of winter 2021-22 began to wane, public health officials, under political pressure, once again declared the end of the Covid-19 pandemic, insisting on the urgency to go “back to normal,” and abandoning critical mitigation measures. This CE class will provide a historical analysis of labeling a disease endemic and how it undergirds government and employer inaction. After tracing this history, the class will discuss the ways in which we can reimagine a “new normal” through the care work of nurses as well as public health and workplace measures to combat the pandemic.

Objectives: After this class, participants should be able to:

  •  Discuss the racial and colonial underpinnings of endemicity.
  •  Describe the implications of labeling a disease endemic on public health and identify long-term solutions to protect the health and safety of nurses, patients, and the public.

Instructors: Rocelyn de Leon-Minch and Patricia Gonzalez, RN

Course Details:

This will be a 2-hour online class via Zoom for 2 hours of continuing education credits.

After registering, you will receive an invitation to the Zoom class via email. It is important that you respond to the invitation and register for the Zoom class prior to the day of the class.


CE courses are free to National Nurses United members. Classes are only offered to direct-care and staff RNs.

Locations

Onlie
May 16, 2022
9am-11am PT/12pm-2pm ET
Online
May 17, 2022
9am-11am PT/12pm-2pm ET
Online
May 23, 2022
1pm-3pm PT/4pm-6pm ET
Online
May 25, 2022
9am-11am PT/12pm-2pm ET
Online
May 26, 2022
1pm-3pm PT/4pm-6pm ET
Online
May 31, 2022
9am-11am PT/12pm-2pm ET

Home All Alone: Assessing the Risks of the Acute Hospital Care at Home Trend

Health systems across the country are implementing so-called “Hospital at Home” programs. These programs transfer patients in need of acute care from the hospital setting to the home, where care is provided through a combination of remote monitoring, third-party contractors, and untrained members of the patient’s household. This course will analyze the drivers of this growing industry trend; assess the potential risks of the acute hospital care at home model to nurses, patients, and communities; and explore what the unchecked expansion of these programs could mean for the future of health care.

Objectives: After this class, participants should be able to:

  • Explain how and why the hospital industry is attempting to scale up the acute care at home model and articulate how this would likely affect the conditions of inpatient hospital care
  • Describe the potential impacts of this model on nurses, patients, and our communities, and identify opportunities to protect the right to safe and effective hospital-based care

Instructors: KB Burnside-Oxendine

Course Details:

This will be a 1-hour online class via Zoom for 1 hour of continuing education credits. After registering, you will receive an invitation to the Zoom class via email. It is important that you respond to the invitation and register for the Zoom class prior to the day of the class.


CE courses are free to National Nurses United members. Classes are only offered to direct-care and staff RNs.

Locations

May 16, 2022
11am-12pm PT/2pm-3pm ET
June 2, 2022
2pm-3pm PT/5pm-6pm ET
June 9, 2022
10am-11am PT/1pm-2pm ET
June 15, 2022
12pm-1pm PT/3pm-4pm ET
June 28, 2022
1pm-2pm PT/4pm-5pm ET

Exploring the Origins of the Nurse Staffing Crisis

Talk of a “nursing shortage” has become ubiquitous during the Covid-19 pandemic. In reality, there is no shortage of nurses in the U.S., only a shortage of nurses willing to risk their licenses or their patients’ lives by working in the unsafe conditions that have become prevalent in today’s hospital industry. Covid-19 has exacerbated a staffing crisis, decades in the making, as health care corporations have deliberately understaffed hospitals to cut costs and prioritize profits over safe working conditions and patient care.

This course will examine the root causes of the so-called nursing shortage, including the increased corporatization of health care and the continued devaluation of nursing labor that has left our health care system ill-equipped to handle public health threats like Covid-19. We will analyze the compounding effects of deliberate understaffing practices, from hazardous working conditions, harrowing moral distress, and escalating racial and gender inequity for nurses and patients. Finally, the class will offer a range of structural solutions to this manufactured crisis rooted in the demand for safe, sustainable, and equitable workplaces.

Objectives: After this class, participants should be able to:

  • Identify the structural problems that have driven short staffing in the hospital industry.
  • Assess the impacts of the manufactured staffing crisis, including worse patient outcomes, high nurse turnover rates, and dangerous working conditions.
  • Articulate possible solutions to the staffing crisis.

Instructors: Kel Montalvo-Quiñones

Course Details:

This will be a 2-hour online class via Zoom for 2 hours of continuing education credits.

After registering, you will receive an invitation to the Zoom class via email. It is important that you respond to the invitation and register for the Zoom class prior to the day of the class.


CE courses are free to National Nurses United members. Classes are only offered to direct-care and staff RNs.

Locations

Online
May 16, 2022
1:00pm-3:00pm PT/4:00pm-6:00pm ET
Online
May 24, 2022
12:00pm-2:00pm PT/3:00pm-5:00pm ET
Online
June 1, 2022
1:00pm-3:00pm PT/4:00pm-6:00pm ET