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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.

June 17 – 26, 2020 (registration will close when class is full or on June 12) ***We will add additional time to complete the course**
July 9 – 20, 2020 (registration will close when class is full or on July 6)
August 11 – 20, 2020 (registration will close when class is full or on August 5)

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.

Clinical Nursing Instructor Seminars

**Will be rescheduled for Fall 2020**

Join us for the second part in our seminar series developed to provide a framework of topics, resources and networking opportunities for clinical nursing instructors! The content is suitable for nurses who would like to enhance their knowledge and for those who wish to learn more about the role.

Topic: The Clinical Evaluation Process
Date: Wednesday, June 3, 2020 (Please note this date has been rescheduled from March 26, 2020)
Time: 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Place: Monmouth University, Birch Hall
Fee: $45
3 contact hours will be awarded

Presenters: To be announced

Adult/Adolescent Sexual Assault Forensic Examiner (SAFE) 
Clinical Skills Laboratory Training (IAFN)


Dates: Thursday & Friday, April 23 & 24, 2020
Time: 8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Location: Monmouth University
Fee: $500

Contact Hours: 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.

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

**As it remains uncertain when we will be able to meet on campus, we will delay the start date of the online program by approximately 6 weeks. Please reach out to Barbara Paskewich at with any questions.**

Dates:  Pre-course online May 5 – June 7, 2020 (approximately 20 hours self-paced study)
Classroom (must attend all dates): June 8 – 11, 2020 from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Online (post-course) be completed by June 30, 2020
Location:   Monmouth University
Fee: $875
Study materials will be provided for completion prior to the start of the classroom dates.

Seventy contact hours will be provided. (In addition to the classroom hours, approximately 45 hours of self-directed study including pre-course assignments and 20 hours of self-paced post-course assignments will be required).  Study materials for the pre-course will be provided by the second week of May 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.

Substitute School Nurse Workshop & an Introduction to School Nursing

**Will be rescheduled for Fall 2020**

Date: Tuesday, June 16, 2020
Time: 9:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Place: Monmouth University
Fee: $95 (A light lunch is included in the program fee)
This program will provide 6 contact hours for nurses

Substitute nurses are needed in many school districts! This course is designed to provide a concise overview of the role and responsibilities of the substitute nurse in the school health setting.  You may also consider taking this course if you are interested in learning more about school nursing.

 The instructors will introduce and highlight content area in key topics:
 *Requirements for school and substitute school nursing / employment opportunities
*Sample district policies & guidelines for documentation of care and services
*Conducting physical assessment & health screenings
*The management of common health concerns and communicable diseases
*Handling emergency situations in the school setting.

*Margaret R. Bush, MSN, RN, BC, CSN-NJ, Clinical Nurse Specialist, NJ Certified School Nurse
*Laura Jannone, EdD, RN, CSN-NJ, FNASN – Associate Professor and Coordinator School Nurse Program – Marjorie K. Unterberg School of Nursing and Health Studies
*Giuseppina Pagnotta, MHA, RN, CSN-NJ, Adjunct Professor (MU-SONHS) and Head Nurse, Neptune Township School District

Nurse Practitioner Skills Boot Camp  

**We hope to reschedule for Fall 2020**

Date: July 14 & 15, 2020
Time: 8:30 – 5:15 p.m.
Location: Monmouth University, West Long Branch NJ
Fee: $475/community $425/MU students/alumni (early registration $50 discount before 5/30/2020)
15 contact hours for nurses will be provided (includes 3 pharmacology)

Instructional materials, Boot Camp T-Shirt, continental breakfast and light lunch are included in the program fee.
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.

Pharmacology:  2020 Update: Prescribing for the Diabetic Patient – Dr. Rose Knapp, DNP, RN, APN-C, Associate Professor, Chair, Director of the MU MSN program, Practicing Acute Care APN specializing in Primary and Emergency Care. All take this module – covering current research and education on the treatment of diabetes by incorporating clinical guidelines, drug selection, and patient education.

Participants will complete 2 modules daily – 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.

Clinical Decision Making: Interpreting & Integrating Diagnostics – Dr. Rose Knapp, DNP, RN, APN-C. Participants will review the process of clinical decision making, construct differential diagnosis, identify appropriate testing and analyze diagnostic results.

Suturing and Wound Closure – Patricia Dempsey, MS, RN, APN-C, PNP-BC Content will include the principles of wound assessment & closure, the administration of local anesthesia & suturing techniques, pre & post procedural considerations incl. vaccinations & use of antibiotics.

Care of Common Orthopedic Injuries & Splinting Basics – Courtney Ellenberger, APN, The Center for the Functional Restoration of the Spine-NJ. 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.

ECG Interpretation – Charles Miller, MD, FACC, Director of Cardiac Diagnostic Services, Integrated Medicine Alliance, Shrewsbury, NJ. Recommended for those with some experience in basic ECG interpretation, participants will review basic electrophysiology of the heart, analyze and interpret 12-lead EKG, identify common dysrhythmias and EKG patterns in Acute Coronary Syndromes

Cardiology Basics for the Outpatient Practitioner – Tricia Marceante, MSN, RN, APN-C, Monmouth Medical Center’s Healthy Lives Program & Women’s Heart Program at CentraState Medical Center, Specializing in Cardiology. In this module, participants will review cardiac physiology, basic ECG interpretation, arrhythmias, ECG changes with myocardial infarction, and current guidelines for managing cardiac concerns primarily seen in primary and urgent care.

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.

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