Continuing Education (CE) Class Catalog

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

The Biology of Inequality and AI 101

This is a two-part, in-person CE Class from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (6 hours of CE credits). If you’re a UC nurse, an extra hour will be available from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Participants must be in attendance all day to receive the full 6 CEU CE credits, even if they have taken one of the classes prior to the sign-up date.

Part 1: The Biology of Inequality: The Health Impacts of Social Environments 

Description

Nurses know firsthand that social conditions affect access to health care, exposure to health risks, and health outcomes for patients. But what exactly are the pathways and mechanisms by which “social determinants” like poverty, pollution, and discrimination manifest in the body and impact health? This course takes an interdisciplinary approach to investigate how social, economic, and political inequalities and injustices materialize in individual, population, and even generational health. The class will also consider what the implications are for union nurses as patient advocates and discuss how nurses can help remedy the pathogenic effects of inequality and injustice on human health and society.

Part 2: AI 101: What to know about AI in healthcare and its effects on patient advocacy 

What is AI? How does it work? How will it impact patient care and the nursing profession? This course will provide an overview of what artificial intelligence is and how it works, explore the types of technologies that employ AI in healthcare settings, and analyze the potential benefits and risks to patients and our communities. This course will also explore the ways nurses can ensure that AI and other data-driven technologies will not degrade the quality of the care they provide.

Times and Locations
May 29, 2024
Courtyard by Marriott Santa Rosa
175 Railroad Street
Santa Rosa, CA 95401
9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
May 31, 2024
Oakland Marriott City Center
1001 Broadway
Oakland, CA 94607
9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
June 13, 2024
JW Marriott San Francisco Union Square
515 Mason Street
San Francisco, CA 94102
9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
June 24, 2024
DoubleTree by Hilton Tampa Rocky Point Waterfront
3050 N. Rocky Point Drive West
Tampa, FL 33607
9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
June 26, 2024
Courtyard by Marriott Kansas City Country Club Plaza
4600 Mill Creek Pkwy
Kansas City, MO 64112
9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Preventing Workplace Violence to Protect Nurses and Our Patients

Workplace violence rates in health care have accelerated significantly since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic, on top of steep increases seen over the past decade. Nurses experience significant impacts from workplace violence, including physical and psychological injuries, stress, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorder. It is no surprise that workplace violence is implicated in high rates of turnover and nurses’ decisions to leave the profession.

This class will examine the issue of workplace violence and how it arises in health care settings. We will explore contributing factors and reasons for the recent acceleration in rates. Then, we will investigate workplace violence prevention measures by examining data and experiences on effectiveness. The class will conclude with a discussion about the strategies that nurses can employ to prevent workplace violence and to advocate for safer patient care in their facilities.

Times and Locations
June 25, 2024
Online
Zoom link provided upon registration
10 a.m. to 1 p.m. PT/1 p.m. to 4 p.m. ET
June 28, 2024
Online
Zoom link provided upon registration
12 p.m. to 3 p.m. PT/3 p.m. to 6 p.m. ET
July 16, 2024
Online
Zoom link provided upon registration
10 a.m. to 1 p.m. PT/1 p.m. to 4 p.m. ET
July 18, 2024
Online
Zoom link provided upon registration
12 p.m. to 3 p.m. PT/3 p.m. to 6 p.m. ET
July 22, 2024
Online
Zoom link provided upon registration
12 p.m. to 3 p.m. PT/3 p.m. to 6 p.m. ET
July 24, 2024
Online
Zoom link provided upon registration
10 a.m. to 1 p.m. PT/1 p.m. to 4 p.m. ET

Protecting Patients from Health Care Monopolies

Course Description

This course will analyze the factors driving hospital mergers and acquisitions and examine the impact of corporate consolidation on patients and nurses. Through different case studies, we will investigate the consequences of health care monopolies, including the closure of hospitals that serve poor, urban, and rural patients; the outsourcing of care; and systematic understaffing. This course will also show how nurses can fight back against health care monopolies by building collective power to create safer, healthier workplaces. We will conclude by exploring how nurses can continue to advocate for patients by growing and expanding their power and solidarity.

Times and Locations
March 14, 2024
Loews New Orleans Hotel
300 Poydras St.
New Orleans, LA 70130
9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Industrial Influences in Nursing Policy and Practice

Course Description

The US health care system is undergoing a period of rapid restructuring facilitated by deregulation and increased reliance on technology. The Covid 19 crisis has also dramatically impacted the nursing workforce. The convergence of technology, deregulation, and an epidemic of moral injury in the nursing workforce is being used by the health care industry as justification to make dramatic cuts to registered nurse staffing. If allowed to continue unchallenged, restructuring could fundamentally alter the role RNs in the US health care system. This class will identify industry initiatives, past and present, to minimize the role of registered nurses in health care delivery. Current trends, future threats, and the driving forces behind them will be explained and evaluated through the reported experience of direct-care nurses and available evidence.

Times and Locations
February 29, 2024
Hilton Garden Inn Phoenix Midtown
4000 N Central Ave
Phoenix, AZ 85012
10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

The Fight for Reproductive Justice and Global Solidarity, Global Health

This is a two-part, in-person CE Class from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (6 hours of CE credits). If you’re a UC nurse, an extra hour will be available from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Participants must be in attendance all day to receive the full 6 CEU CE credits, even if they have taken one of the classes prior to the sign-up date.


Part 1: The Fight for Reproductive Justice

Description

Life-saving reproductive health care is under attack. In this class, we will discuss how the current assault on women’s and gender oppressed people’s reproductive freedom and bodily autonomy fits within the wider history of reproductive health and health care in the U.S. The course will review the overwhelming evidence that reproductive health care is life-saving care, and it will examine the health disparities that highlight the need for nurses to advocate for health justice, gender justice, and racial justice simultaneously. Finally, we will discuss why resisting current attacks on reproductive health care is essential to advancing wider efforts to protect democracy and to advance health and economic justice.


Part 2: Global Solidarity, Global Health

Description

This course will analyze the global relationship between public health, nursing, and international solidarity among health care workers, their patients, and their communities. We will investigate how global issues such as the growing refugee crisis, environmental racism, climate change, and nurse migration all impact public health. This course will also show the international factors that shape the health, safety, and well-being of working people. We will conclude by exploring how principles of global solidarity can empower nurses to continue to advocate for patients and grow their collective power.

Times and Locations
May 7, 2024
Anaheim Marriott Suites
12015 Harbor Boulevard
Garden Grove, CA 92840
9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
May 9, 2024
Hilton Garden Inn San Bernardino
1755 South Waterman Avenue
San Bernardino, CA 92408
9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
June 25, 2024
JW Marriott Chicago
151 West Adams Street
Chicago, Illinois 60603
9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
July 25, 2024
DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Hotel Tucson - Williams Center
5335 E Broadway Blvd
Tucson, AZ 85711
9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Global Solidarity, Global Health, and Partnering with our Patients

This is a two-part, in-person CE Class from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (6 hours of CE credits). If you’re a UC nurse, an extra hour will be available from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Participants must be in attendance all day to receive the full 6 CEU CE credits, even if they have taken one of the classes prior to the sign-up date.


Part 1: Global Solidarity, Global Health

Description

This course will analyze the global relationship between public health, nursing, and international solidarity among health care workers, their patients, and their communities. We will investigate how global issues such as the growing refugee crisis, environmental racism, climate change, and nurse migration all impact public health. This course will also show the international factors that shape the health, safety, and well-being of working people. We will conclude by exploring how principles of global solidarity can empower nurses to continue to advocate for patients and grow their collective power.


Part 2: Partnering with our Patients: Nurses, Worker Power, and Health Justice

Description

We know there is a strong correlation between unionization and improved health outcomes for workers. For nurses, this connection can also positively impact their patients. This course will analyze how union nurses have partnered with patients to respond to a radically changing health care system and economy. We will examine the growth of RNs’ collective power through decades of organizing and how these struggles have improved the health and welfare of nurses, patients, and communities across the country. We will also look at the broader history of unions in the U.S., examine current debates about the future of workers and unions, and identify reforms that would further empower nurses in the fight for workplace health and safety, high-quality patient care, and health justice in our communities.

Times and Locations
April 2, 2024
Santa Clara Marriott
2700 Mission College Boulevard
Santa Clara, CA 95054
9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
May 21, 2024
San Diego Marriott Mission Valley
8757 Rio San Diego Drive
San Diego, CA 92018
9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
June 11, 2024
Doubletree by Hilton Portland
363 Maine Mall Road
South Portland, Maine 04106
9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
June 13, 2024
DoubleTree by Hilton Washington DC Silver Spring
8777 Georgia Ave
Silver Spring, MD 20910
9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
July 31, 2024
Courtyard by Marriott
2481 Carmichael Drive
Chico, California 95928
9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

AI 101 and Partnering with our Patients

This is a two-part, in-person CE Class from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (6 hours of CE credits). If you’re a UC nurse, an extra hour will be available from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Participants must be in attendance all day to receive the full 6 CEU CE credits, even if they have taken one of the classes prior to the sign-up date.


Part 1: AI 101: What to know about AI in healthcare and its effects on patient advocacy

Description

What is AI? How does it work? How will it impact patient care and the nursing profession? This course will provide an overview of what artificial intelligence is and how it works, explore the types of technologies that employ AI in healthcare settings, and analyze the potential benefits and risks to patients and our communities. This course will also explore the ways nurses can ensure that AI and other data-driven technologies will not degrade the quality of the care they provide.


Part 2: Partnering with our Patients: Nurses, Worker Power, and Health Justice

Description

We know there is a strong correlation between unionization and improved health outcomes for workers. For nurses, this connection can also positively impact their patients. This course will analyze how union nurses have partnered with patients to respond to a radically changing healthcare system and economy. We will examine the growth of RNs’ collective power through decades of organizing and how these struggles have improved the health and welfare of nurses, patients, and communities across the country. We will also look at the broader history of unions in the U.S., examine current debates about the future of workers and unions, and identify reforms that would further empower nurses in the fight for workplace health and safety, high-quality patient care, and health justice in our communities.

Times and Locations
April 9, 2024
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Asheville - Biltmore
115 Hendersonville Rd.
Asheville, NC 28803
9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
April 12, 2024
The Westin New Orleans
100 Rue Iberville
New Orleans, LA 70130
9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
April 23, 2024
Doubletree by Hilton El Paso Downtown
600 N. El Paso Street
El Paso, TX 99501
9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
July 23, 2024
Ventura Beach Marriott
2055 Harbor Blvd.
Ventura, CA 93001
9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
July 25, 2024
Marina del Rey Marriott
4100 Admiralty Way
Marina del Rey, CA 90292
9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
May 23, 2024
Green Valley Ranch Las Vegas
2300 Paseo Verde Pkwy
Henderson, NV 89052
9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The “Forces of Magnetism”: Their Impact on RN Autonomy, Independent Judgment, and Advocacy

Course Description

This course examines how the models of care, nursing leadership and management style promoted by magnet status designation schemes negatively impact the registered nurse’s ability to exercise independent professional judgment and advocate in the exclusive interest of the patient.

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

Times and Locations
February 22, 2024
Online
Zoom link provided upon registration
11 a.m. to 1 p.m. PST
February 28, 2024
Online
Zoom link provided upon registration
10 a.m. to 12 noon PST
March 6, 2024
Online
Zoom link provided upon registration
4 p.m. to 6 p.m. PST
March 13, 2024
Online
Zoom link provided upon registration
10 a.m. to 12 noon PST
March 22, 2024
Online
Zoom link provided upon registration
10 a.m. to 12 noon PST
April 4, 2024
Online
Zoom link provided upon registration
1 p.m. to 3 p.m. PST
April 6, 2024
Online
Zoom link provided upon registration
10 a.m. to 12 noon PST
April 10, 2024
Online
Zoom link provided upon registration
4 p.m. to 6 p.m. PST
April 20, 2024
Online
Zoom link provided upon registration
10 a.m. to 12 noon PST
April 25, 2024
Online
Zoom link provided upon registration
1 p.m. to 3 p.m. PST

The Fight for Reproductive Justice and Combating Disparities in LGBTQI+ Health Care

This is a two-part, in-person CE Class from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (6 hours of CE credits). If you’re a UC nurse, an extra hour will be available from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Participants must be in attendance all day to receive the full 6 CEU CE credits, even if they have taken one of the classes prior to the sign-up date.


Part 1: The Fight for Reproductive Justice

Description

Life-saving reproductive health care is under attack. In this class, we will discuss how the current assault on women’s and gender oppressed people’s reproductive freedom and bodily autonomy fits within the wider history of reproductive health and health care in the U.S. The course will review the overwhelming evidence that reproductive health care is life-saving care, and it will examine the health disparities that highlight the need for nurses to advocate for health justice, gender justice, and racial justice simultaneously. Finally, we will discuss why resisting current attacks on reproductive health care is essential to advancing wider efforts to protect democracy and to advance health and economic justice.


Part 2: Queering Care: How Nurses can Combat Disparities in LGBTQI+ Health and Health Care

Description

This course will examine the unmet health needs and unique health care disparities faced by LGBTQI+ people in the U.S. We will focus on the impacts of institutional discrimination, clinical pathologization, and criminalization on both individual patients and at the public health level. Using the most up-to-date evidence and data, the class will analyze how gender and sexuality interact as social determinants of health, as well as debunk misinformation regarding the care and treatment of LGBTQI+ patients. We will consider the current wave of anti-LGBTQ legislation, and more specifically, how recent restrictions on life-saving health care for transgender people exacerbate health disparities, systemic barriers to care, and poor health outcomes.

Within this context, the course reviews the ongoing struggle for LGBTQI+ health justice and how it is a necessary piece of the larger struggle for health equity. As clinicians and patient advocates, nurses have an important role in that struggle and a unique opportunity to resist institutional discrimination, combat misinformation and political attacks, and help safeguard equitable care for LGBTQI+ patients.

Times and Locations
March 12, 2024
DoubleTree by Hilton Fresno Convention Center
2233 Ventura Street
Fresno, CA. 93721
9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
March 14, 2024
Bakersfield Marriott at the Convention Center
801 Truxtun Avenue
Bakersfield, CA 93301
9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
March 25, 2024
Sheraton Grand Sacramento
1230 J Street
Sacramento, CA 95814
9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
March 28, 2024
San Mateo Marriott
1770 S Amphlett Blvd.
San Mateo, CA 94402
9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
April 23, 2024
Hilton Santa Cruz/Scotts Valley
6001 La Madrona Dr.
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Latest Science on Long Covid and Its Impact on Nurses, Patients, and the Public

Course Description

Colloquially known as long Covid, post-acute sequelae of SARS-CoV-2 (PASC) is a multifaceted syndrome that can impact nearly every organ system and can lead to persistent, debilitating symptoms following initial infection with the SARS-CoV-2 virus. Long Covid is keeping an estimated 31 million American workers out of the workforce, including many frontline health care workers. Unmitigated transmission and the abandonment of public health measures are subjecting more and more workers to repeat Covid infections, which increases their risk of developing long Covid, rendering them vulnerable to a disabling disease. Nurses and other health care workers especially continue to be exposed to SARS-CoV-2/Covid-19 through inadequate workplace and public health protections, which places them and their patients at increased risk of long Covid. More Covid infections mean more debilitating chronic complications and societal disruption due to school absences and missed workdays. This course will discuss the latest scientific updates on long Covid, implications for health inequities, and what nurses can do to advocate for safe patient care.

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

Times and Locations
March 4, 2024
Online
Zoom link provided upon registration
1:00 to 3:00 p.m. PT/4:00 to 6:00 p.m. ET
March 7, 2024
Online
Zoom link provided upon registration
9:00 to 11:00 a.m. PT/12:00 to 2:00 p.m. ET
March 14, 2024
Online
Zoom link provided upon registration
9:00 to 11:00 a.m. PT/12:00 to 2:00 p.m. ET
March 18, 2024
Online
Zoom link provided upon registration
1:00 to 3:00 p.m. PT/4:00 to 6:00 p.m. ET
March 21, 2024
Online
Zoom link provided upon registration
11:00 a.m. to 1 p.m. PT/2:00 to 4:00 p.m. ET
April 3, 2024
Online
Zoom link provided upon registration
1:00 to 3:00 p.m. PT/4:00 to 6:00 p.m. ET
April 5, 2024
Online
Zoom link provided upon registration
11:00 a.m. to 1 p.m. PT/2:00 to 4:00 p.m. ET
April 9, 2024
Online
Zoom link provided upon registration
2:00 to 4:00 p.m. PT/5:00 to 7:00 p.m. ET
April 12, 2024
Online
Zoom link provided upon registration
11:00 a.m. to 1 p.m. PT/2:00 to 4:00 p.m. ET
April 16, 2024
Online
Zoom link provided upon registration
2:00 to 4:00 p.m. PT/5:00 to 7:00 p.m. ET
April 19, 2024
Online
Zoom link provided upon registration
9:00 to 11:00 a.m. PT/12:00 to 2:00 p.m. ET
April 24, 2024
Online
Zoom link provided upon registration
1:00 to 3:00 p.m. PT/4:00 to 6:00 p.m. ET

What Registered Nurses Need to Know (CA) and The Impact of Technology on Professional RN Practice and Safe Staffing Standards

This is a two-part, in-person CE Class from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (6 hours of CE credits).

Participants must be in attendance all day to receive the full 6 CEU CE credits.


Part 1: Nursing Practice and Delegation: What Registered Nurses Need to Know (CA)

Course Description

This class will provide a nursing practice regulatory review to guide your practice. Too often, the roles and responsibilities of staff are defined by the employer. It is essential for registered nurses to understand their role in safe and appropriate delegation and supervision as outlined in the Nurse Practice Act and other health care delivery regulation, guided by the independent professional judgment of the registered nurse. Thus enabling the registered nurse to act with authority and confidence in supervision and delegation. This course will clarify and evaluate the principles of delegation and supervision of nursing tasks by the registered nurse.


Part 2: The Impact of Technology on Professional RN Practice and Safe Staffing Standards

Course Description

This course examines the effects of technology-driven patient care — which includes the introduction of virtual nursing platforms, remote patient monitoring, and artificial intelligence (AI)—on professional RN practice and safe staffing standards. The course will also examine some industry-led initiatives that are facilitating the increase of remote models of care.

Times and Locations
March 27, 2024
Red Lion Hotel Redding
1830 Hilltop Dr
Redding, CA 96002
9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. PT