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    Pediatric Emergency Care

    Date: Tuesday, March 27, 2018

    Time: 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.

    Location: Magill Commons, Rooms 107 & 108

    Fee: $75 /$60 for MU Students (A light dinner is included in the program fee)

    3 Contact hours for Nurses


    The instructor will present an overview of conditions that require pediatric emergency care. Focusing on body systems, a review clinical findings will be highlighted. Goals and strategies for treatment will be reviewed. An emphasis will be on cases that should not be missed and how to identify the sick child in all healthcare settings.

    Topics will include:

    • A review of the scope of practice of pediatric emergency care.
    • The assessment process including primary, secondary and tertiary survey.
    • Guidelines for treatment and management of common disorders in upper airway, lower airway, cardiac, genitourinary, gastrointestinal, musculoskeletal and neurological systems.


    Patricia Dempsey, RN MS PNP-BC ANP-BC - Specialist Professor, The Marjorie K Unterberg School of Nursing and Health Studies, practicing as a APN specializing in pediatric emergency care.

    Improving Communication Regarding End-of-Life Decisions

    Date: Monday, April 09, 2018

    Time: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

    Location: Samuel Hays Magill Commons, Room 107

    Fee: $98 /$20 for current MU Nursing and Health Studies Students (a light lunch is included in the program fee)

    This program will provide 5 contact hours for Nurses.


    This workshop is designed to provide health care professionals with a better understanding of the complex decision making process that is involved in the planning of end-of-life care. The instructors will explore and review end-of life care choices such as hospice, palliative care and advanced directives. The patients’ perspective will be presented, highlighting research on “The inner life at the end of life,” life reviews and attitudes toward death. Participants will engage in a simulated medical decision process and analyze different types of advanced directives. The goal will be to facilitate patient centered care and shared decision making through effective communication and planning.


    • Complexities surrounding end-of-life care including different levels of care, types of proxy and advanced directives.
    • Ethical issues faced by healthcare professionals in providing care during the dying process.
    • Challenges faced by families and caregivers as they honor patient wishes in end of life decisions.
    • Strategies to maximize patient autonomy.
    • Facilitating communication about end-of-life decisions.


    Kristen Coppola, Ph.D - Certificate in Gerontology, Department of Psychology, Service Learning Faculty Fellow, hospice volunteer. Research focus on end-of-life decisions, hospice care, and developing innovative pedagogical techniques to effectively teach undergraduates about death and dying.

    Aline Holmes, DNP, MSN, RN - Senior Vice President, Clinical Affairs New Jersey Hospital Association: has led State-wide efforts to improve the quality and safety of healthcare services including end of life care planning.

    Additional guest lecturers to be announced.

    Prescribing Controlled Substances in NJ Online Self Study Program

    Dates and Times:

    Each session is online and participants will have a 10 day time frame to complete the 6 hour program.

    April 12-23, 2018 (Registration will close when class is full or on April 6, 2018)

    May 15-25, 2018 (Registration will close when class is full or on May 10, 2018)

    June 7-19, 2018 (Registration will close when class is full or on June 1, 2018)

    July 6-17, 2018 (Registration will close when class is full or on June 29, 2018)

    Fee: $95 /$75 for MU Students and Alumni

    6 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 five days 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 90 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.

    Adult/Adolescent Sexual Assault Forensic Examiner (SAFE) Clinical Skills Laboratory Training (IAFN)

    Dates: Friday & Saturday, April 13 & 14

    Time: 8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

    Location: Monmouth University

    Fee: $500

    16.0 nursing continuing education contact hours will be provided by the International Association of Forensic Nurses (IAFN). The Marjorie K. Unterberg School of Nursing and Health Studies is pleased to provide a clinical skills training program developed by the IAFN.

    ** Please confirm with us that the course is running before making travel arrangements, as we must have a minimum number of participants to run the program.


    The purpose of this program is to prepare the registered nurse for the clinical aspects of the adult/adolescent sexual assault medical-forensic examination. Participation is limited to nurses who have completed a didactic course of SANE/SAFE training.

    This 2-day live training experience provides the attendee with an opportunity to observe and demonstrate clinical skills used during the assessment and treatment of adolescent and adult victims of sexual assault.

    Participants will observe and demonstrate the following techniques:

    • Specimen collection and packaging
    • Photo-documentation of findings
    • Genital inspection and pelvic examination
    • The use of supplies and equipment specific to completion of a forensic medical sexual assault evaluation

    Continuing the Conversation in Youth Suicide Prevention: Suicide Risk Assessment and Management for Community Clinicians

    Date: Friday, May 04, 2018

    Time: 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.

    Location: Monmouth University, Edison Hall, Atrium Wing

    Fee: $50

    (training materials, a continental breakfast and light lunch are included in the program fee)

    Registration will close when class capacity is reached or on May 2, 2018.

    This program will provide 6 contact hours for nurses or 6 clinical social work continuing education units. Licensed professional counseling accreditation recognizes either of these professional bodies and will accept these credit hours.

    This training workshop is sponsored by the The SRF Suicide Prevention Research and Training Project at the Monmouth University School of Social Work in collaboration with The Marjorie K. Unterberg School of Nursing and Health Studies, The Center for Professional Development in Nursing and Health, and The Professional Education Program in the School of Social Work


    The SRF Suicide Prevention Research and Training Project is pleased to announce a clinical training opportunity in youth suicide prevention. Designed for clinical mental health and substance use providers that serve youth at risk for suicide in their local communities.

    The workshop will outline the critical components of assessment, beginning with the clinical attitude set and level of competence about suicide.

    Topics will include:

    • Personal levels of competency in youth suicide assessment
    • Practice completing a safety plan
    • Incorporating the Columbia Suicide Severity Risk Scale (CSSRS) into suicide assessment
    • Techniques for crisis stabilization
    • Components for engaging parents
    • Best practice documentation

    Registration is limited – so please register early. Please use the link below for additional program details and online registration and payment.

    Program Info and Online Registration

    Please Note: Registration for this workshop is being handled through the School of Social Work.

    Sexual Assault Examination Across the Lifespan

    Dates and Times: Monday, June 11 through Thursday, June 14

    Location: Monmouth University

    Fee: $875

    Sixty-eight contact hours will be provided. (In addition to the classroom hours, approximately 44 hours including pre-course assignments, homework and post-course assignments will be required). Study materials will be provided for completion 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: role of the Forensic Nurse Examiner in caring for sexual assault and abuse victims across the lifespan, assessment and evaluation of the adult, adolescent, and pediatric survivors, 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 FNE/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.

    Nurse Practitioner Skills Boot Camp

    Dates: Wednesday and Thursday, July 11 & 12, 2018

    Time: 8:30 a.m. - 5:15 p.m.

    Location: Monmouth University

    Fee: $400 /$350 for MU Students and Alumni

    (Instructional materials, a continental breakfast and a light lunch are included in the program fee)

    EARLY BIRD pricing: Save $50 when you register before May 1

    This year’s giveaways include a “Boot Camp” T-Shirt and EMRA Antibiotic Guide!

    15 contact hours for nurses will be provided. The Center for Professional Development in Nursing and Health is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the New Jersey State Nurses Association, an accredited approver, by the American Nurses Credentialing Commission on Accreditation. Provider number: P242-8/15-18


    Are you looking to enhance your advanced practice skills? Join us for an immersion program for Nurse Practitioners providing specialized training in key areas. The hands-on experience will be facilitated by content experts who will share knowledge, tips and techniques for practice. The Boot Camp is intended for Advanced Practice Nurses who would like to enhance their knowledge and advanced practice clinical skills.

    Participants will complete 2 modules daily - selecting 4 out of the 5 modules listed below. Each day will include 1.5 hours of pharmacology – Topic: Antibiotic Update!

    • Suturing and Wound Closure – Patricia Dempsey, RN, MS, APN-C, Specialist Professor, MU, Practicing APN Specializing in Emergent Care of Children and Adults
      Students will learn comprehensive wound evaluation and treatment. Hands-on skills will include the administration of local anesthesia, 4 suturing techniques, skin adhesive and staple closure. Post procedural considerations including vaccinations and antibiotics will be discussed in detail.
    • Clinical Decision Making: Interpreting & Integrating Diagnostics – Dr. Rose Knapp, DNP, RN, APN-C, Associate Professor, Director of the MU MSN program, Practicing Acute Care APN specializing in Critical and Emergent Care
      Describe the process of clinical decision making, construct differential diagnosis, identify appropriate testing and analyze diagnostic results.
    • Care of Common Orthopedic Injuries and Splinting Basics - Presenter to be announced
      Evaluate common fractures and dislocations, review basic principles of dislocation/reduction, differentiate indications and contraindications for splinting and describe/demonstrate basic splinting techniques and identify potential complications.
    • ECG Interpretation - Dr. Charles Miller, Director of Cardiac Diagnostic Services, Integrated Medicine Alliance, Shrewsbury, NJ.
      Review basic electrophysiology of the heart, analyze and interpret 12-lead EKG, identify common dysrhythmias and EKG patterns in Acute Coronary Syndromes.
    • Radiographic Interpretation of Chest and Musculoskeletal Injuries/Abnormalities – Patricia Dempsey, RN, MS, APN-C, Specialist Professor, MU, Practicing APN Specializing in Emergency Care of Children and Adults
      This course will focus on the essentials of x-ray interpretation. Participants will learn to interpret plain films in a systematic manner. Areas of study will include Chest and Extremity evaluation with a special emphasis on acute traumatic findings. Additionally, an overview of pediatric injury radiology will be provided.

    Register for Boot Camp

    Please use our custom online registration form to register and submit payment for our Nurse Practitioners Skills Boot Camps by clicking the link above.


    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 P242-8/15-17.

    Registration Information

    Program registration is limited so please register early!

    Registration must include full payment. If you would like to pay with a check – please call or email to ensure that there is room in the class. Checks are payable to Monmouth University. If you wish to pay by credit card please call 732-571-3443.

    Refund Policy

    Full refunds will be provided if the program is canceled due to limited enrollment.

    A $20 processing fee will be deducted from all refunds due to cancellations by participants. All cancellations must be sent in writing to Refunds will be provided as follows:

    Cancellation By Participant Within: Refund:
    Fourteen (14) or more calendar days prior to the scheduled commencement date of the Program 100% of the fee paid minus the $20.00 processing fee
    Thirteen (13) calendar days or less prior to the scheduled commencement date of the program 50% of the fee paid minus the $20.00 processing fee
    After program commencement date No Refund Provided

    Appeal process - under extreme circumstances a full or partial refund beyond the terms of this policy may be granted. Please send a statement with the reason for appeal to

    Replacement certificates

    Participants who complete the course requirements will be awarded a certificate if contact hours are provided. Contact hours are provided for most but not all programs. A $10 fee will be charged for the replacement of certificates. To obtain a replacement certificate, complete our replace lost certificate form by entering your name, date of program, course/certificate needed. We generally can get replacement certificates out quickly, but please allow 7 – 10 days for a replacement certificate to be sent by both mail and email.

    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