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    Prescribing Controlled Substances in NJ Online Self Study Program

    Dates and Times:

    June 1 - 15, 2017 (Registration is now closed; class capacity has been reached)

    July 6 - 19, 2017 (registration will close when the class capacity is reached or on June 26)

    Fee: $95 /$75 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.

    Improving Communication Regarding End-of-Life Decisions

    Date: Tuesday, June 06, 2017

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

    Location: Pozycki Hall Room 214

    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.


    • 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, Instructor in the School of Nursing and Health Studies, 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 lead State-wide efforts to improve the quality and safety of healthcare services including end of life care planning.

    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 & 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.

    Sexual Assault Examination Across the Lifespan - This class is now closed for online registration. Please contact the Center for Professional Development if you have any questions about this course.

    Dates: Monday June 12 – Thursday June 15, 2017

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

    Location: Monmouth University – Monmouth Corporate Park - Room 144

    Fee: $850

    Sixty-four (64) contact hours will be provided. (In addition to the classroom hours, approximately 40 independent study hours will be required). Study materials will be provided for completion prior to the start of the course. Some reading and review of materials may be assigned as evening homework during class meeting times.

    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.

    Pediatric Physical Assessment

    Date: Thursday, June 22, 2017

    Time: 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

    Location: McAllan Hall, Room 329

    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

    Nurse Practitioner Skills Boot Camp

    Dates: Friday and Saturday, July 14 & 15, 2017

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

    Location: Monmouth University

    Fee: $450 /$400 for MU Students and Alumni (Instructional materials, a continental breakfast and a light lunch are included in the program fee)

    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

    Online Registration

    To register and submit payment for this program, please use the link below to access our customized registration form.

    Register for Boot Camp


    Step up for the “Boot Camp” at Monmouth University – 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 suitable for individuals who would like to update their knowledge and/or who are new to the role.

    Participants will complete 2 modules daily - selecting 4 out of the 6 modules listed below. Each day will include a 1.5 hour pharmacology update.

    • X-Ray Interpretation
    • EKG Interpretation
    • Care of Common Orthopedic Injuries and Splinting Basics
    • Suturing and Wound Closure
    • Clinical Decision Making – Interpreting and Integrating Diagnostics
    • Pediatric Emergency Care


    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