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    Prescribing Controlled Substances in NJ Online Self Study Program

    Dates and Times:

    Each session is online and participants will have a 2 week time frame to complete the 6 hour program. Register for one of the following sessions:

    December 1 - 15, 2016 (Registration will close when class is full or on November 23)

    January 4 - 18, 2017 (Registration will close when class is full or on December 23)

    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, and 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 85 or above on the 20 question post-test and completion of the program evaluation. A certificate will be e-mailed after the course ends, and upon verification of successful completion.

    Suturing and Wound Closure Workshop - Registration for This Course Is Full and Now Closed. Please check back for additional workshop dates.

    Date: Wednesday, November 02, 2016

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

    Location: Monmouth Park Corporate Center, Room 145

    Fee: $80 /$70 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.

    Course Objectives:

    • Demonstrate appropriate wound closure techniques
    • Outline the guidelines for the use of tissue adhesive
    • Discuss the guidelines for follow up care of the wound
    • Summarize the factors effecting wound healing
    • Identify the guidelines for prophylactic pharmaceutical treatment
    • Outline the procedure for 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.

    Improving Communication Regarding End-of-Life Decisions

    Date: Friday, November 11, 2016

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

    Location: The Club Dining Room at Magill Commons

    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 patient’s 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.

    Course Objectives:

    • Examine the complexities surrounding end-of-life care including different levels of care, types of proxy and advanced directives.
    • Discuss ethical issues faced by healthcare professionals in providing care during the dying process.
    • Review challenges faced by families and caregivers as they honor patient wishes in end of life decisions.
    • Evaluate strategies to maximize patient autonomy.
    • Facilitating communication about end-of-life decisions.


    Kristen Coppola, Ph.D - Certificate in Gerontology, Adjunct Professor in the Department of Psychology and 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.

    Christina McSherry, Ph.D., RN, CNE - Associate Professor, Academic Coordinator, BSN Program, Areas of research include: end of life issues, the "inner life" at the end of life, and quality of life for aides and cancer patients and their caregivers.

    Sue Polito, MSN, ANP,C, GNP,C - Specialist Professor Nursing and Service Learning Faculty Fellow whose interests include: pain management in adults related to chronic illness; gerontology; palliative care; and end of life issues.

    Pediatric Physical Assessment

    Date: Saturday, November 12, 2016

    Time: 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

    Location: McAllan Hall, Room 227

    Fee: $95(a light lunch is included in the program fee)

    This program will provide 5 contact hours for nurses.


    This course is one of the most popular continuing education programs offered by the School of Nursing. The instructor will focus on basic clinical evaluation of the school-age child including both normal and abnormal findings. The material covered will primarily focus on disease and disorders frequently observed in the school age child.


    • Describe the procedure for conducting a physical exam on a school-age child
    • Discuss normal and abnormal findings in health screenings
    • Demonstrate the procedure for the assessment of the ear
    • Identify common pediatric disorders
    • Articulate appropriate guidelines for referral


    Steve Miller, DO - Pediatrician with Navesink Pediatrics

    Common Orthopedic Injuries and Splinting Basics for School Nurses

    Date: Thursday, December 01, 2016

    Time: 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.

    Location: Monmouth Park Corporate Center, Room 144

    Fee: $75(practice supplies will be included). A light dinner is included in the program fee.

    3 contact hours will be provided.


    This hands-on workshop is designed for the School Nurse or the Clinician whose practice includes the assessment and management of common orthopedic injuries. The instructor will focus on the short term care of the acute injury that requires immobilization including indications, contraindications and complications. The steps for effective splinting will be described, techniques will be demonstrated and time will be allocated for practice and repeat demonstration.

    Course Objectives:

    • Review the physical evaluation of common fractures and dislocations
    • Describe the basic principles of dislocation/reduction
    • Differentiate indications and contraindications for splinting
    • Describe/demonstrate basic principles of splinting
    • Identify the complications of splinting


    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.

    Sexual Assault Examination Across the Lifespan

    Dates and Times:

    January 11, 18, & 25 from 5 - 9 p.m.

    January 14, & 28 (Saturdays) from 9 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

    * Participants are asked to reserve February 1 and 4 as make-up dates in the event of inclement weather.

    Location: McAllan Hall, Room 227

    Fee: $850

    Sixty-four (64) contact hours will be provided. (In addition to the classroom hours, approximately 38 hours of computer based coursework are required.) Students will be provided independent study materials prior to the start of the course.


    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.

    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.


    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.


    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