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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.

Dates (Please choose one):
November 12-21, 2019 (Registration will close when class is full or on November 6)
January 14-24, 2020 (Registration will close when class is full or on January 8)

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.

Desired learning outcome: The advanced practice nurse will apply the concepts learned in this course when prescribing controlled substances for their patients.

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.

Pediatric Physical Assessment

Date: Thursday, October 17, 2019
Time: 3:00pm – 8:30pm
Location: Monmouth Corporate Park
Fee: $95 (a light dinner is included in the program fee)

This program will provide 5 contact hours for nurses.

The course is designed to enhance the physical assessment skills of the healthcare provider who cares for the school age child. A step-by-step process for physical exam will be reviewed. Using images and a case study format, participants are guided to describe and identify physical findings. Clinical guidelines and standards of care are incorporated throughout.

Desired Learning Outcomes: at completion of this program participants will apply the clinical knowledge gained in the assessment and care of the school age child.

Topics will include:

  • An overview of normal and abnormal findings in health screenings
  • Common pediatric disease and disorders
  • The process and procedure for the assessment of the ear including demonstration of the otoscope.
  • Vaccine preventable disease update

Presenter: Steve Miller, DO – Pediatrician with Navesink Pediatrics – Affiliate Clinical Faculty/ Monmouth University, The Marjorie K. Unterberg School of Nursing and Health Studies.

Writing Research Papers/APA Style

Date: Tuesday, October 22, 2019
Time: 5:30 – 8:00pm
Location: McAllan Hall, Room 329
Fee: $45/$35 for MU Students

You have the knowledge and the words, but do you have trouble with APA format, citation, or writing style? This program is designed to provide an introduction to writing research papers in APA Style.

The instructor will take you through seven steps that will strengthen your APA-Style research writing. From the title page to references and tables, tips and techniques for academic writing will be explored.

The American Psychological Association (APA) Publication Manual is required for this class. Participants should bring their own (6th edition) manual, copies are also available for purchase at the MU bookstore.

Presenter: Patricia Sciscione PhD, RN, NJ- CSN – Assistant Professor (Marjorie K Unterberg School of Nursing Health Studies) – Dr. Sciscione has published several articles related to school nursing in peer-reviewed nursing journals and has an article undergoing peer review in the Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD) journal based on her dissertation research about caregiving for an adult sibling who has Down syndrome. She is also is a peer-reviewer for The Journal of School Nursing and serves as an abstract reviewer for the Eastern Nursing Research Society’s (ENRS) annual scientific sessions.

Cultural Sensitivity Serving LGBTQ+ Clients:
Practical Guidelines for Medical & Helping Professionals

Presented by the Marjorie K. Unterberg School of Nursing and Health Studies, School of Social Work, and Department of Professional Counseling

Date: Wednesday, November 20, 2019
Time: 6:00 – 8:30pm
Location: Monmouth University | 400 Cedar Ave. West Long Branch, NJ | Wilson Auditorium
Fee: Current Monmouth students: Free | Alumni $20 | General community seeking CEs: $30 | General community not seeking CEs: $20
(dinner included in program fee)

This program will provide 2.5 contact hours for nurses, 2.5 cultural competence social work continuing education units. CHEC total of 2.5 CHES and 2.5 MCHES have been submitted for credit. For licensed professional counseling, the State of NJ recognizes accreditation from either of these professional bodies and will accept these credit hours.

This multidisciplinary program will explore ways for individuals, teams, and organizations to improve the service and care provided to LGBTQ+ communities through culturally affirming practices. Research demonstrates that LGBTQ+ patients experience barriers to healthcare and discrimination in treatment. The presenters will highlight the need and explore ways to provide inclusive environments and a client centered approach.

Desired Learning Outcome: To enhance the care provided to LGBTQ+ populations by reducing barriers to care and providing culturally affirming and informed healthcare.

Topics will include:

  • An overview of health concerns which disproportionally affect this population.
  • Factors that create barriers to healthcare access and treatment.
  • Practical applications for helping professionals to provide culturally sensitive and informed care.

Sexual Assault Examination Across the Lifespan

Dates: Pre-Course starts December 12, 2019 online. Post-course must be completed by February 22, 2020.
Classroom dates (must attend all): January 21, January 28 and February 4, from 5pm – 9pm and Saturdays, January 25 & February 8, from 9am – 4pm
Location: Monmouth University
Study materials will be provided for completion prior to the start of the classroom dates.

Sixty-eight contact hours will be provided. (In addition to the classroom hours, approximately 44 hours of self-directed study including pre-course assignments, approximately 8 hours of homework and 16 hours of self-paced post-course assignments will be required). Study materials for the pre-course will be provided by the second week of December 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 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.

Nurse Practitioner Skills Boot Camp .5 (just one day)

Date: November 1, 2019
Time: 8:30 – 5:30 pm
Monmouth University, West Branch NJ
Fee: $225/$200 MU students/alumni
Instructional materials, continental breakfast and lunch are included in the program fee.
8 contact hours for nurses will be provided.
All participants receive a “Boot Camp” T-Shirt!

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.

Desired Learning Outcomes – The Advanced Practice Nurse will enhance their knowledge and apply advanced practice skills in the clinical setting.

All participants will begin the program with:

  • Clinical Decision Making: Interpreting & Integrating Diagnostics (2 hour module) – Dr. Rose Knapp, DNP, RN, APN-Chair and Associate Professor, MU, Practicing APN Specializing Primary and Emergency Care. Participants will review the process of clinical decision making, construct differential diagnosis, identify appropriate testing and analyze diagnostic results.

Participants will complete 2 modules – selecting from the following.

  • Radiographic Interpretation of Chest and Musculoskeletal System – Patricia Dempsey, MS, RN, APN-C PNP-BC Specialist Professor at MU, Practicing APN Specializing Primary and Emergency Care. This module 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.
  • Suturing and Wound Closure – Patricia Dempsey, MS, RN, APN-C, PNP-BC Specialist Professor, MU, Practicing APN Specializing Primary and Emergency Care & Dr. Rose Knapp, DNP, RN, APN-Chair and Associate Professor, MU, Practicing APN Specializing Primary and Emergency Care. Content will include the principles of wound assessment and closure, the administration of local anesthesia & suturing techniques and pre/post procedural considerations including vaccinations and use of antibiotics.
  • Care of Common Orthopedic Injuries & Splinting Basics – Marc Menkowitz Co-founder of The Center for the Functional Restoration of the Spine-NJ, Member of the academic committee Monmouth Medical Orthopedics Program. Attendees will learn to 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.

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.

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.