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School of Nursing and Health Studies

Continuing Education Programs

Greetings from Monmouth University, The Marjorie K. Unterberg School of Nursing and Health Studies – Center for Professional Development in Nursing and Health!

I am writing with an update on our professional development programming in regards to the ongoing situation with COVID-19.  You may be aware that the University is formulating a modified return to campus.  We would like our community to know that whether in person or through a virtual environment, we are committed to providing resources that support the professional development of students, nurses and healthcare professionals.   We are planning some new and interesting learning opportunities for the fall, the setting is still being determined, but we hope you will join us.  Please continue check our website or look for future emails with announcements.

Our current offerings include the two courses linked below.

If you have questions or if there are topics that you would like us to consider developing, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me.

Wishing good health to you and yours.

Barbara Paskewich, MSN, CHES – Director of Professional Development and Special Projects,

Upcoming Programs and Program Flyers

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Registration for An Introduction to Traditional Chinese Medicine (Online) Narrated Lecture and our September Prescribing Controlled Substances in NJ Online Self Study Program will be available shortly.  Please check back soon.  

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Youth Mental Health First Aid Training USA

Date: August 26, 2020
Time: 8:30am – 6:00pm
Fee: $150.00 (includes class materials)
8 contact hours for Nurses will be awarded – (you do not have to be a nurse to take the class)
(Registration is limited and will close on 8/19 or when the class is full.)

“Live” – Class will be remote via Zoom

Mental Health First Aid USA is an 8-hour training to teach participants how to help someone who is developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis. The evidence behind the program demonstrates that it helps trainees identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders.

Youth Mental Health First Aid teaches you how to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders. This 8-hour training gives adults who work with youth the skills they need to reach out and provide initial support to adolescents (ages 12-18) who may be developing a mental health or substance use problem and help connect them to the appropriate care.

Certified Virtual Instructors (        

  • Laura Jannone, D, RN, CSN-NJ, FNASN Associate Professor, Coordinator of the School Nurse Program
  • Giuseppina Pagnotta, MSN, RN, CSN-NJ, Head Nurse Neptune Township Schools, Adjunct Professor Monmouth University

Prescribing Controlled Substances in NJ Online Self Study Program

Each session is online and participants will have a 10 day time frame to complete the 6 hour program.
More Dates Coming Soon!
Fee: $95 /$75 for MU Students and Alumni
Six (6) contact hours will be provided.

Program description: 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. One or two 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 ten-day 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 (6 hourtime 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.

Sexual Assault Examination Across the Lifespan

Please note these are new dates, originally scheduled for May, delayed due to Covid.

August 3 –  (live virtual class meeting – remote) 6-8pm
August 3 – August 23 – (remote learning-online) approximately 22 hours self-paced study.
24- October 12 (live virtual class meetings – Mondays 6-8pm) Remote classes will be recorded but participants are expected to attend  – recordings are reserved for make-up classes as needed.
***Additionally – 3 hours (remote learning-online) material will be provided each week
September 25 or October 2 if registered/paid after 7/21 (email will confirm) – on Campus (tentatively scheduled pending Covid-19 restrictions) – from 9am – 5:30pm
Place:  Monmouth University
Fee:   $875
Sixty-nine contact hours will be provided.

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 Forensic Nurse Examiner 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 yrs recent clinical experience desiring to obtain the in-depth knowledge & skills needed to provide effective health care & services to victims of sexual assault.  Content will include the biological, psychological, social & medico-legal dynamics of sexual assault incl. care of both male & 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 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, regulations, and an overview of the criminal justice system including tips on testifying.

Instructor:  Eileen Allen, MSN, RN, FN-CSA, SANE-A, SANE –P: Nationally certified sexual assault examiner & 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.  Gynecological Teaching Associates (live models) are used to enhance clinical training experience.


Registration Information
Registration must include full payment to guarantee your spot.

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

Cancellation By Participant Within: Refund:
Two weeks prior to the scheduled program 100% of the fee minus a $20.00 processing fee
Less than two weeks prior to the scheduled program 50% of the fee minus a $20.00 processing fee
 24 hours of the scheduled program No refund provided

All cancellation requests must be sent to Appeal process – under extreme circumstances a full or partial refund beyond the terms of this policy may be granted. Please email a statement with the reason for appeal.

Please note: Course materials are for personal use only and are not to be redistributed or shared; and photography, video and sound recordings are strictly prohibited.

Replacement certificates
Participants who complete the course requirements will be awarded a certificate if contact hours are provided.  There is a $10 fee for replacement certificates; complete our replace lost certificate form by entering your name, date of program, course/certificate needed. Certificates will be emailed; please allow 7 – 10 days.

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 Website. 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.