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    Being Mortal - Medicine and What Matters in the End

    Date: Friday, January 19, 2018

    Time: 5 – 8 p.m.

    Location: Centrastate Medical Center, 901 West Main Street, Freehold, NJ 07728, Ambulatory Campus Auditorium

    Fee: No Charge Cost to attend is free but registration is required

    2.5 continuing education contact hours for nurses will be provided by Monmouth University.

    The purpose of this program is to help medical professionals facilitate communication about end-of-life decisions with patients. The PBS FRONTLINE documentary, Being Mortal (Dr. Atul Gawande), explores the hopes of patients and families facing terminal illness and their relationships with the doctors, nurses, and family members who care for them.


    Centrastate Medical Center Panel Participants:

    • Vikranta Sharma, MD, Medical Director Palliative Medicine and Hospice Care
    • Katherine Poznanski, RN, Palliative Care Nurse
    • Sharon Douglas, BCC, Hospital Chaplain and Director Pastoral Care Services

    Discussion Moderator:

    Dr. Kristen Coppola, Department of Psychology, Monmouth University


    1. Describe ways that health care providers can facilitate communication about end-of-life decisions.
    2. Identify challenges faced by health care providers as they navigate end-of-life decisions with patients and families
    3. Discuss the complexities surrounding end-of-life care including different levels of care, types of proxy and advanced directives.

    Registration is required to this free film screening and panel discussion. Please submit your registration using our online form by clicking the link below:

    Online Registration for Being Mortal Program

    Prescribing Controlled Substances in NJ Online Self Study Program

    Dates and Times:

    February 7-21, 2018 (Registration will close when class is full or on February 2, 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.

    Suturing and Wound Closure Workshop

    Date: Tuesday, February 13, 2018

    Time: 5:30 - 8:45 p.m.

    Location: Monmouth Park Corporate Center, Room 198

    Fee: $90 /$80 for MU Students and Alumni (A light dinner is included in the program fee)

    This program will provide 3 contact hours for nurses.


    This course is designed to provide the Advanced Practice Nurse or Healthcare provider hands-on instruction in wound closure skills. The instructor will focus on factors affecting wound healing, selection of wound closure devices, wound aftercare, CDC tetanus guidelines, suture removal guidelines and pitfalls, and special considerations in wound closure.

    Topics will include:

    • Wound closure techniques
    • Guidelines for the use of tissue adhesive
    • Factors affecting wound healing and follow up care of the wound
    • Review of prophylactic pharmaceutical treatment
    • The use of local anesthesia in wound closure


    Rose Knapp, DNP, RN, APN-C – Director of the MSN program and Coordinator of the Nurse Practitioner Program, Associate Professor, Marjorie K. Unterberg School of Nursing and Health Studies, practicing as an Acute Care Nurse Practitioner specializing in critical and emergent care.

    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.

    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

    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.


    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