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    Medicolegal Death Investigation

    Dates: November 9-13, 2015

    Time: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

    Location: Wilson Hall

    Fee: $650

    Thirty-four (34) contact hour for nurses will be provided.

    For participants planning for certification, the American Board of Medicolegal Death Investigators (ABMDI) accepts contact hours from ANCC approved programs.

    For Monmouth University Forensic Nursing students this course will fulfill the requirement for the forensic nursing specialty.


    This five-day program is designed to provide training for the medicolegal investigation of death. The program is suitable for individuals involved with death investigation including: forensic nurses, death investigators, coroners, law enforcement and health professionals.

    Topics will include:

    • An overview of the medical-legal death investigation
    • Patterns of injury recognition & identification
    • Evidence recognition, preservation, collection, and documentation
    • Legal responsibilities of the team
    • Overview of the roles of the investigative team
    • Numerous guest lectures will be presented by multi-disciplinary experts from the forensic science, medical and legal community

    Motivational Interviewing

    Date: Friday, November 06, 2015

    Time: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

    Location: Rebecca Stafford Student Center, Room 202A

    Fee: $98

    6 contact hours for nurses will be provided

    Co-Sponsored with the School of Social Work/PEP


    Engaging clients in treatment can be difficult. Motivational Interviewing (MI) can help. By focusing on a client’s ambivalence to change, MI can assist in the treatment planning process to target specific health behaviors. The workshop will include an overview of strategic interventions that can be used during different stages of change. It is a valuable tool for increasing engagement in treatment and can be used with clients who have chronic illness, addiction, self-harm, and other mood related needs.


    Billie-Jo Stuto, MSW, LCSW, has extensive experience in behavioral healthcare and is currently employed as program director at GenPsych Lawrenceville and Bridgewater where she manages all aspects of adult dual diagnosis, mental health, and military programs. In addition, she maintains a direct clinical care practice.

    The New Shape of Aging: Responding to Culturally Diverse Older Adults

    Date: Thursday, December 03, 2015

    Time: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

    Location: The Club Dining Room at Magill Commons

    Fee: $98

    6 contact hours for nurses will be provided

    Co-Sponsored with the School of Social Work/PEP


    Older adults face unique challenges aging in place or transitioning into long-term care. Frailty, loss of mobility, etc. can challenge a resident’s ability to be autonomous. Race/ethnicity or sexual orientation may play a role in complicating these challenges for caregivers. In this workshop we will examine current measures used to assess resident’s preferences, review what the research tells us about diverse older adults in the community and in long-term care. A focus will be on best-practices for supporting older adult autonomy. Sensitivity training, alternative therapies and life review skills will be shared and discussed.


    Christa Hogan, LCSW, is a full time faculty member for the School of Social Work at Monmouth University. Christa has extensive practice experience in nursing homes and as a hospice social worker for the last 19 years. She has worked in the capacity of Director of Social Services and as a nursing home consultant. Her area of specialization is with families and older adults in end of life experiences, caregiving, nursing home placement, and issues surrounding aging.

    Paul Urbanski, MSW, PhD, is a full time faculty member at Monmouth University in the School of Social Work. His research interests include the impact of institutional settings on older adults, specifically on resident autonomy in long-term care facilities. Currently he is studying the older adult’s experiences transitioning from prison to the community.

    Prescribing Controlled Substances in NJ Online Self Study Program

    Dates and Times:

    December 3 – 15, 2015 (registration will close when the class capacity is reached or on November 25)

    January 11 – 25, 2016 (registration will close when the class capacity is reached or on January 4)

    Fee: $80 /$60 for MU Students and Alumni

    Six contact hours will be provided.


    This innovative course provides an up-to-date overview of the pharmacology of controlled substances. It has been designed to meet the continuing education requirement for the prescriptive practice of the Advanced Practice Nurse (APN) in NJ. The presenters explore the challenges of responsible prescribing and will share the insight and knowledge gained from their nursing practice. The program is comprised of four modules which include audiovisual material, readings, case studies, narrated slides with valuable reference and resources.

    Topics will include: Pharmacodynamics of controlled substances, prevention/diminution of addictions in the general population, prevention and management of impaired practice among health professionals, as well as the use of controlled substances for the management of psychiatric, non-psychiatric and non-pain related conditions.

    Preregistration is required and is limited (please register early). This is an online self-paced learner activity that requires computer and internet access. Approximately one week before the start date participants will receive program information, access dates and instructions on how to log into the course materials. Participants will have a two week period to complete the 6 hour program. The course may be completed in increments.

    Criteria for successful completion of this program is the review of all self-study materials (time will be monitored), earning a score of 85 or above on the 20 question post-test and completion of the program evaluation. A certificate will be emailed after the course ends, and upon verification of successful completion.

    Sexual Assault Examination Across the Lifespan

    Dates: January 5, 9, 14, 19, 23 & 28, 2016

    Dates and Times: January 5, 14, 19, & 28, from 5 - 9 p.m.
    January 9, & 23 (Saturdays) from 9 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

    Location: McAllan Hall Room 227

    Fee: $800

    Sixty-four (64) contact hours will be provided.(In addition to the classroom hours, approximately 34 hours of computer based coursework are required.) Students will be provided independent study materials prior to the start of the course.


    This course reflects the International Association of Forensic Nurses (IAFN) standards for adolescent, adult, and pediatric SANE education and the revised requirements of the NJ Board of Nursing for SANE Education. For MU Forensic Nursing Students, this course satisfies requirements for the SANE course in the certificate and MSN program.

    This program is designed for the RN with at least 2 years recent clinical experience desiring to obtain the in-depth knowledge and skills needed to provide effective health care and services to victims of sexual assault. Content will include the biological, psychological, social and medico-legal dynamics of sexual assault including care of both male and female survivors across the lifespan.

    Topics will include: assessment and evaluation of the adult, adolescent, pediatric survivor of sexual assault through the lifespan, role of the SANE in caring for sexual assault and abuse victims across the lifespan, nursing management of the sexually assaulted patient, evidence collection and analysis, exam documentation, clinical skill demonstrations, interdisciplinary collaboration, NJ laws and regulations, and an overview of the criminal justice system including tips on testifying.


    Eileen Allen, MSN, RN, FN-CSA, SANE-A, SANE –P:Nationally certified sexual assault examiner and practicing forensic nurse, coordinator of the Monmouth County SANE/SART program. She has presented numerous lectures on a variety of topics related to Forensic Nursing for local, regional, and national audiences. Guest lectures will also be presented by experts from the scientific and legal community.


    Upcoming Programs

    If you would like to be notified of future programs, please contact the School of Nursing and Health Studies at 732-571-3443 and we will add you to our e-mail list.

    About the School

    Marjorie K. Unterberg School of Nursing & Health Studies at Monmouth University is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the New Jersey State Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission On Accreditation. Provider Number P242-5/12-15.

    Registration Information

    Registration must include full payment. Make checks payable to Monmouth University. If you wish to pay by credit card please call 732-571-3443.

    Refund Policy

    Refunds will be granted if the program is canceled due to limited enrollment. If you withdraw from the course at least 14 working days in advance, the fee may be applied to another continuing education program. Program registration is limited so please register early! If you would like more information, please call 732-571-3443 or send e-mail to

    Continuing Education Hours Required for License Renewal

    The NJ State Board of Nursing adopted a ruling that requires nurses to complete 30 hours of continuing education every two years. The programs must be related to nursing and approved by an agency accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies, such as the ANCC. Successful completion of a course related to nursing offered by a college or university counts toward this requirement, as does the development of a curriculum. If you would like to read the details of this ruling, please visit the NJ Board of Nursing Web site:

    The School of Nursing will continue to offer programs to meet these requirements and we intend to increase our offerings in the coming years. If there are topics that you would like to see offered or if you are interested in offering a program, please contact Barbara Paskewich at 732-571-3443 or send e-mail to