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Rehabilitation Nursing for Patients with Cardiac Diseases

Presented by Cheryl Lehman, PhD, RN, CNS-BC, CRRN

Rehabilitation Nursing for Patients with Cardiac Diseases

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This course is part of our CRRN® Prep-Program. Learn more about the full prep-program here: MedBridge CRRN® Prep-Program.

Cardiac rehabilitation is a specialized set of team interventions for the patient experiencing cardiac disease or surgery. This course will review the cardiac rehabilitation program, and the conditions appropriate for cardiac rehabilitation. The role of the rehabilitation nurse in cardiac rehabilitation will be stressed.

CRRN® is a registered trademark of the Association of Rehabilitation Nurses.

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Overview of Psychosocial Issues in the Rehabilitation Setting

Presented by Julie Brandy, PhD, RN, FNP-BC, CNE

Overview of Psychosocial Issues in the Rehabilitation Setting

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The powerful relationship between an individual’s physical wellbeing and his/her emotional wellbeing has been clearly described. Addressing both aspects of care should be a priority for all healthcare providers working with patients in the rehabilitation setting. This course will provide an overview of psychosocial issues in the rehabilitation setting, a theoretical examination of stress and coping, an in-depth look at depression and anxiety in rehabilitation patients, as well as information on mindfulness interventions that can be utilized by all healthcare professionals.

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Fall and Injury Risk Assessment is More than a Score

Presented by Pat Quigley, PhD, MPH, APRN, CRRN, FAAN, FAANP

Fall and Injury Risk Assessment is More than a Score

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Rehabilitation nurses have expert clinical knowledge to determine a patient’s fall and injury risk status. This session will build upon current practices and processes to move practice beyond the use of a fall risk score to assessment of multifactorial fall risk factors. Participants will be guided in the assessment of select fall and injury risk factors (postural hypotension, lower extremity sensory neuropathy, fracture risk) as examples of the the difference between a fall risk screening and an assessment as the basis for individualized fall patient care planning. The information will allow the participants to understand the implications of modifying their practice and implementing patient-centered individualized care plans to reduce falls and fall-related injuries.

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Optimizing Coping and Stress Management Skills for Patients and Caregivers

Presented by Gail Sims, MSN, RN, CRRN

Optimizing Coping and Stress Management Skills for Patients and Caregivers

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This course is part of our CRRN® Prep-Program. Learn more about the full prep-program here: MedBridge CRRN® Prep-Program.

Effective coping strategies and stress management are essential survival skills for patients and their caregivers. The rehabilitation nurse must assess each individual’s ability to cope with catastrophic changes, access resources to facilitate effective coping strategies, and evaluate the impact of accessing resources. The pathophysiology of the stress response, strategies theories of coping, adjustment and self-management, and stages of grief and loss will be reviewed. Strategies for stress reduction and positive coping in rehabilitation situations will be evaluated using the nursing process.

CRRN® is a registered trademark of the Association of Rehabilitation Nurses.

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What Do I Say When My Patient Asks Me About Sex?

Presented by Donald Kautz, MSN, RN, CRRN

What Do I Say When My Patient Asks Me About Sex?

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This course is designed for therapists (physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech-language pathologists, recreational therapists) and nurses to help when patients and/or patients' loved ones ask you questions about their sexual function. The focus of this course is on patients who are living at home, but the information can be used for patients who are in acute, long-term, and other inpatient rehabilitation settings. This course will provide detailed information for the provider about common sexual and intimacy problems that patients experience, how to appropriately respond to questions, and how to find reliable patient information to give to patients and those they love.

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Case Management: Aging with SCI, Chronic Illness & Dementia

Presented by Donna Williams, MSN, RN, CRRN

Case Management: Aging with SCI, Chronic Illness & Dementia

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Many people acquire multiple diagnoses as they age. Some complications may come from a chronic illness, but these illnesses or other medical/orthopedic/neurologic concerns may complicate the long-term health alterations, disability or dementia that may already exist. For this population, case management can assist in the reduction of complications, promoting successful aging and safety. This course will describe the assessment and coordination necessary to assist in reducing complications.

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Continence Care Part 1: Introduction for Practice Improvement

Presented by Christine Cave, DNP, FNP, MSN, RN, CRRN, CEP

Continence Care Part 1: Introduction for Practice Improvement

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This course provides an overview of the evidence-based approach used to improve bowel and bladder management in rehabilitation settings. This is the first of a five-course series and will identify the fundamental components needed to improve the current practice of rehabilitation nursing care of bowel and bladder dysfunction. These components include a rich understanding of the process of evidence-based practice in the specialty setting of acute rehabilitation using the Competency Model for the Professional Rehabilitation Nurse (Vaughn, et al., 2013). The purpose and use of informal leaders in rehabilitation units and how to promote the role of Continence Champions is addressed. Additional components include policies, procedures, resources, and administrative support needed to establish and sustain a team approach to promoting continence care in rehabilitation settings.

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Post-Stroke Resources and Community Reintegration

Presented by Michelle Camicia, PhD, MSN, RN, CRRN, CCM, NEA-BC, FAHA and Barbara Lutz, PhD, RN, CRRN, APHN-BC, FAHA, FNAP, FAAN

Post-Stroke Resources and Community Reintegration

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Transitioning home and adapting to life after stroke is often difficult for stroke survivors and their family caregivers. Successful recovery and community reintegration is dependent on stroke survivors and their family members being able to adapt to the post-stroke changes in their lives. They often do not have working knowledge of community- or web-based resources that may be available to help them adjust to new limitations and changes in roles and responsibilities. Members of the interprofessional team can facilitate post-discharge adaptation by anticipating the needs of the stroke survivor and family members and linking them to the most appropriate resources. This course focuses on describing the post-discharge needs of stroke survivors and their family caregivers, assessing post-discharge needs, and identifying resources that can facilitate recovery and successful community reintegration post-stroke. Examples of community- and web-based resources are provided.

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Assessment and Documentation of Pressure Injuries

Presented by Jeri Lundgren, RN, BSN, PHN, CWS, CWCN, CPT

Assessment and Documentation of Pressure Injuries

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Accurate assessment of a pressure injury is important, as it is the foundation to determine and evaluate the course of treatment. This course will provide you with the information needed to complete a comprehensive assessment of a pressure injury. The National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel (NPUAP) pressure injury definitions and staging system will be discussed, as well as wound measurement, wound base description, peri-wound, drainage, odor, tunneling, undermining, and pain assessment. You will also have an opportunity to practice staging, measuring, and describing a pressure injury.

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Empira Falls Series: Applying Root Cause Analysis to Falls

Presented by Sue Ann Guildermann, RN, BA, MA

Empira Falls Series: Applying Root Cause Analysis to Falls

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This course is part 2 of a 4 part series of the Empira Fall Module. Empira is a consortium of Aging Service providers in Minnesota who created a successful Falls program for the long term care setting based on Root Cause Analysis (RCA). This course provides all staff in skilled nursing facilities with application of RCA to falls management and prevention.

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Transitions of Care: Reduce Hospitalizations in SNFs Part 1

Presented by Cathy Wollman, DNP, RN, GNP-BC, CRNP

Transitions of Care: Reduce Hospitalizations in SNFs Part 1

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This course features an interactive case study. For the best experience, please watch this course on a desktop or laptop computer.

This course will introduce skilled nursing facility (SNF) administrators and staff to quality transitions of care for SNF residents. Emergency room (ER) visits and readmissions for SNF residents are common, expensive, and result in complications for frail residents. SNFs are accountable for avoidable, preventable, or unnecessary hospital re-admissions. Each member of the interprofessional team plays a role in prevention of poor outcomes for residents. This course will provide an overview of transitions of care and the critical need to improve transitions within SNFs. A discussion of person- centered care and comprehensive resident information required to provide quality care is included. Best practice models are discussed with the focus on communication and safety, including medication reconciliation. The course will conclude with a brief case study of a typical high-risk resident transferred from acute care to the SNF.

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SurThriveLeadership: Becoming a SurTHRIVELeader

Presented by Linda M. Shell, DNP, MA, RN

SurThriveLeadership: Becoming a SurTHRIVELeader

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The health care environment is rapidly changing, resulting in a challenging and tumultuous work environment. To navigate the ever-changing landscape, leaders must be resilient, allowing for flexibility and adaptability to new ideas and innovative approaches. Leaders must develop the skills for influencing others and engaging them in the change process. Research demonstrates a correlation between improved quality, increased customer satisfaction, and employee engagement when leaders demonstrate resilient characteristics. Resilient leaders are resistant to burnout, experience less stress, and exhibit overall better health. This course will provide participants with specific actions they can take to build resilience and become a SurTHRIVELeader. It also includes tips on helping teams enhance their resiliency.

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The Role of the Infection Preventionist in Long-Term Care

Presented by Shelley Bhola RN-BC, BSN, MSN, PHN

The Role of the Infection Preventionist in Long-Term Care

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The role of the Infection Preventionist (IP) in the long-term care setting is not yet defined. However, what has been defined needs to be included in an active infection prevention program. Understanding what facilities must do to comply with F880 will underscore the importance this position will have as part of the interdisciplinary team. As long-term care moves forward in the area of infection prevention, the industry will need the support of a qualified, knowledgeable advocate to bring infection prevention to life.

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Safe Patient Handling for Nurses

Presented by Michael Fragala, PhD, MBA, RN, WCC, CSPHP, AMS and Guy Fragala, PhD, PE, CSP, CSPHP

Safe Patient Handling for Nurses

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Nursing staff play an important role in helping patients and residents with movement and mobility, but oftentimes these tasks are beyond the physical capabilities of the individual healthcare worker. This can result in injury for healthcare workers and patients alike. Throughout this course, participants will explore the risks associated with manual patient handling, as well as strategies and technologies to promote safe patient handling. This course also includes a discussion of the importance of a culture of safety when integrating the concepts of safe patient handling and mobility.

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Minimizing the Use of Antipsychotics in Long-Term Care

Presented by Elizabeth Galik, PhD, CRNP, FAAN, FAANP

Minimizing the Use of Antipsychotics in Long-Term Care

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Antipsychotic medications have been widely used to manage behavioral symptoms among older adults with dementia. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid have launched a policy initiative to decrease the inappropriate use of antipsychotics in long-term care settings due to minimal effectiveness and risks associated with their use. Antipsychotic use now affects nursing homes’ five-star quality rating score. This session will describe the appropriate use of antipsychotics and help nurses to monitor for potential side effects of these medications. Additionally, common challenges and practical solutions for antipsychotic reduction in long-term care settings will be discussed.

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Nursing Management of Dementia: Alzheimer's Disease Prevention

Presented by Lisa Byrd, PhD, FNP-BC, GNP-BC

Nursing Management of Dementia: Alzheimer's Disease Prevention

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Nurses caring for older adults should develop an understanding of Alzheimer's disease (AD) and the current research findings which may help prevent, or at least slow, the disease. Alzheimer’s disease affects many older adults, and this population will explode as the baby boomer generation grays. This presentation series will discuss the basic stages of Alzheimer’s disease and present strategies to prevent the disease as well as ways to slow the progression of the dementia. The presenter will review the findings of research, which have supported a healthy-brain lifestyle, including diet, supplements, and exercise strategies to minimize risk factors.

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StrokeHelp ®: Wheelchair Transfers and Standing Safely

Presented by Jan Davis, MS, OTR/L

StrokeHelp ®: Wheelchair Transfers and Standing Safely

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Wheelchair Transfers:
Videos, step-by-step handling methods and 10 practice labs demonstrated in this course provide essential information for safe and functional transfers with stroke survivors during various stages of recovery including moderate assist, maximum assist and transfers with the assistance of two persons. Also included are clear, concise videos on repositioning in the wheelchair and transfers on and off high surfaces (such as a high hospital bed). All methods are based on normal movement.
Standing Safely:
The second part of this course demonstrates how to help stroke survivors, needing moderate assistance or maximum assistance, stand safely and efficiently. Included are 8 practice labs demonstrating these methods with videos of patients requiring varying levels of assistance. These treatment methods can be used with stroke survivors in treatment settings including inpatient and outpatient rehab, skilled nursing, home health and acute care hospitals.

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Hospice and Palliative Care: A Primer

Presented by Rich Briggs, PT, MA

Hospice and Palliative Care: A Primer

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This course is part of our GCS Prep-Program. Learn more about the full prep-program here: MedBridge GCS Prep-Program.

Physical, occupational, and speech therapy are in their essence palliative, in that function and quality of life are maximized, rather than disease or disability cured. It is important to understand all aspects of the new hospice and palliative care niche to develop a successful and rewarding clinical practice. This course begins with the history and development of current methods, identification of philosophy, goals, organizational structure, and financial issues of the Medicare Hospice Benefit, the primary payer that mandates such care. The unique and essential roles of rehabilitative therapies are outlined, addressing practice patterns, team roles, equipment, and referral management. The course concludes with a review of cost neutral strategies for hospice therapy program development and optimal organizational success.

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Depression, Delirium, Dementia: The 3 D's in a Complex Patient

Presented by Teepa Snow, MS, OTR/L, FAOTA

Depression, Delirium, Dementia: The 3 D's in a Complex Patient

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As people age, their brains become more vulnerable to chemical changes, damage, and disease. Recognizing the differences among changes that signal an acute illness or medical emergency, symptoms of a mood or emotional condition, or a chronic, progressive, and terminal condition that will eventually rob a person of their cognitive abilities is vital in providing the best possible care and responding effectively when changes are noted. This course will provide some basic signs to differentiate between the three Ds: Delirium, Depression, and Dementia.

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OASIS-D Part 1: Introduction to Key Concepts

Presented by Diana 'Dee' Kornetti, PT, MA, HCS-D and Cindy Krafft, PT, MS, HCS-O

OASIS-D Part 1: Introduction to Key Concepts

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Clinicians are often involved with OASIS data collection without a clear understanding of why the information is so important and what it is used for. In order to collect accurate data, clinicians must have a working knowledge of key concepts and terminology unique to the OASIS tool. This course will provide an overview of how OASIS data collection impacts both patient care and agency performance.

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OASIS-D Part 5: Integumentary Assessment

Presented by Diana 'Dee' Kornetti, PT, MA, HCS-D and Cindy Krafft, PT, MS, HCS-O

OASIS-D Part 5: Integumentary Assessment

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The OASIS contains items that are grouped similarly to items in a system-by-system patient assessment. It is vital to keep in mind that these items are designed to collect data and are not necessarily following clinician logic. This course will address the integumentary assessment and will cover how the collection of the OASIS data informs care team members in coordinating an integrated care plan.

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Orientation: An Overview of Documentation Requirements in Home Care

Presented by Kim Corral, RN, BSN, MA Ed, COS-C and Tina Marrelli, MSN, MA, RN, FAAN

Orientation: An Overview of Documentation Requirements in Home Care

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Today's home care clinicians must have an understanding of the trends, regulations, and other external factors that impact care provided and the documentation surrounding care. Home care is a global term, and home care services can range from solely personal care services (non-medical) to very skilled levels of care with licensed nurses providing care to medically fragile adults and children. Because of this, there are many models and methods of delivering home care. For purposes of this course, we will be focusing primarily on the provision of “visits” as the primary model of home care vs. hourly care. Medicare is the largest payer of home health services, and visits are the usual unit of care delivery. Medicare sets the standards for home care, regardless of the payer. It is for this reason that an overview of documentation requirements is the first course. The differences in documentation requirements for home care versus other settings (e.g., OASIS) will de discussed, and the purposes of documentation, supporting medical necessity, and coverage criteria will also be addressed. This course is designed to provide tangible tools for both clinicians and leadership/management to apply as they improve their processes and practices related to effective documentation in home care.

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Orientation: Care Planning

Presented by Kim Corral, RN, BSN, MA Ed, COS-C and Tina Marrelli, MSN, MA, RN, FAAN

Orientation: Care Planning

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The ability to perform an accurate comprehensive assessment and develop an individualized plan of care for home care patients is the foundation for care delivery in home care. This course will review the steps of the care planning process, a type of problem solving method. A discussion will be provided regarding the application of this process and the value it brings to patient care.

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Pain Assessment and Management: Part One

Presented by Cathleen Armato, RN, CHPN, CHC, CHPC

Pain Assessment and Management: Part One

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Thorough pain assessments are a critical component of adequate pain management. Clinicians will learn how to conduct a verbal, physical, and functional pain assessment, barriers to pain management, population groups at risk of under-treatment, harmful effects of unrelieved pain, and goals of pain management.

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Infection Control: The Basics (2018)

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Infection Control: The Basics (2018)

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This course provides an orientation on the chain of infection, common pathogens, the standard precautions and the types of controls used in your workplace to minimize pathogens. These components are the basics of infection control that are needed in all healthcare settings to protect the safety of patients and healthcare personnel.

This course meets the regulatory standards outlined in OSH Act of 1970 29 USC 654(a)

NOTE: This course is not a substitute for legal advice for any individual provider or situation. Always consult your company's legal or compliance personnel with any questions or concerns related to this subject matter.

Estimated Runtime: 15 minutes
Last Updated October 30, 2017

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Patient Rights in Home Health (2018)

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Patient Rights in Home Health (2018)

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Patients receiving care in their home are empowered with rights that healthcare organizations and care staff are to recognize and support. This course will discuss those rights and what healthcare personnel need to do to inform residents of those rights, ways you help patients to understand their rights and how to encourage patients to fully exercise those rights as they wish.

This course will help individuals and providers to meet the regulatory standards outlined in §?484.50

Estimated Runtime: 15 minutes
Last Updated: October 30, 2017

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Residents' Rights (2018)

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Residents' Rights (2018)

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Residents living in a long-term care or skilled nursing facility are empowered with rights that facilities are required to recognize and support. This course will discuss those rights and what healthcare personnel need to do to inform residents, support their understanding and how to encourage residents to fully exercise those rights.

Estimated Runtime: 15 minutes
Last Updated June 26, 2018

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Preventing and Reporting Elder Abuse (2018)

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Preventing and Reporting Elder Abuse (2018)

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In this course, learners will explore the aging process, and how it can lead to increased vulnerability and risk for abuse in older adults. From there, learners will dive deeper into the different types of abusive behavior, as well as risk factors and indicators of abuse, as well as how to intervene and report elder abuse at your facility.

This course meets the training requirements for preventing and reporting elder abuse outlined in §42 CFR 483.12.

Estimated Runtime: 15 minutes
Last Updated June 26, 2018

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Preventing Pressure Injuries (2018)

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Preventing Pressure Injuries (2018)

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Pressure injuries lead to nearly 60,000 patient deaths and cost between $9 - 11 billion dollars each year. Fortunately, pressure injuries can often be prevented through awareness and appropriate care. Throughout this course, learners will explore what pressure injuries are, how they are characterized and how they form. Additionally, learners will identify areas at risk for developing pressure ulcers, as well as risk factors and interventions to prevent them from developing.

Estimated Runtime: 10 minutes
Last Updated October 30, 2017

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Dementia Care Basics: Ensuring the Safety and Wellbeing of Dementia Patients (2018)

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Dementia Care Basics: Ensuring the Safety and Wellbeing of Dementia Patients (2018)

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There are many factors that impact a person with dementia’s safety and wellbeing… This course includes a discussion of how dementia impacts a person’s activities of daily living, including three key areas that can greatly impact your patients’ overall health and wellbeing - food and fluid intake; pain management; and social engagement. This course also includes person-centered strategies for ensuring the safety of your patients, including a discussion on techniques for ensuring safe wandering, preventing falls and your patients right to restraint-free care.

The Dementia Care Basics series is created in alignment with the CMS conditions of participation for long term care facilities and section 6121 of the Affordable Care Act.

Estimated Runtime: 30 minutes
Last Updated: October 30, 2017

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Crossing the Line: Recognizing, Responding to and Preventing Sexual Harassment in the Workplace (2018)

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Crossing the Line: Recognizing, Responding to and Preventing Sexual Harassment in the Workplace (2018)

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You have a right to a harassment free work environment. During this course, participants will learn about the laws that protect them from sexual harassment, how to identify sexual harassment as it happens, and what to do if they are the target of sexual harassment. This course does not meet the 2-hour training requirement for California managers.

This course meets the regulatory standards outlined in Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act § 1557, codified at 42 U.S.C. § 18116 (2012)

Estimated Runtime: 15 minutes
Last Updated October 30, 2017

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Expecting the Unexpected: Emergency Medical Response in Home Health (2018)

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Expecting the Unexpected: Emergency Medical Response in Home Health (2018)

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Medical emergencies can happen anywhere, including the home. Your home health patients are among the most vulnerable, so it’s important to be prepared. In this course, learners will explore methods to prepare for a medical emergency in the home, discuss warning signs of common medical emergency, and review basic life-support techniques as well as common emergency medical conditions.

Estimated Runtime: 20 minutes

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Featured Instructors

Pat Quigley, PhD, MPH, APRN, CRRN, FAAN, FAANP

Dr. Patricia Quigley, PhD, MPH, APRN, CRRN, FAAN, FAANP, Nurse Consultant, is a retired Associate Director of the VISN 8 Patient Safety Research Center of Inquiry and is both a Clinical Nurse Specialist and a Nurse Practitioner in Rehabilitation. Her contributions to patient safety, nursing, and rehabilitation are evident at a national level, with emphasis on clinical practice innovations designed to promote elders’ independence and safety. For over 40 years, Dr. Quigley has practiced in the field of rehabilitation nursing, including 32.5 years with the Veterans Administration. She serves as patient safety expert for fall and injury reduction to the American Hospital Association, Washington State Hospital Association, Alaska State Hospital and Nursing Home Association, and their Hospital Engagement Networks – now Hospital Improvement Innovation Networks. She also served as fall and fall injury prevention subject matter expert for the 2013 AHRQ National Falls Toolkit and the 2008 and 2013 Institute for Healthcare Improvement Reducing Serious Injurious Falls on Medical Surgical Units. Dr. Quigley serves as a committee member of the NQF Patient Safety Standing Committee and past member of the NQF Patient Safety Complications Steering Committee, nominated by ANA. Her leadership resulted in redesign measurement of patient safety indicators for falls and fall injuries that link organizational, unit, and patient-level variables that are relevant and evidence-based. With a legacy as primary and co-investigator on health services and rehabilitation research, she has conducted large-scale studies to examine trends and cost savings on national interventions to reduce harm from falls. Dr. Quigley has served as principal or co-investigator in 35 research studies, totaling over $7.5 million. She has a track record of interdisciplinary research with health economists, epidemiologists, and statisticians for population-based outcomes research. Dr. Quigley has co-authored and served as associate director for eleven VISN 8 Patient Safety Center of Inquiry center grants from 1999-2016, totaling over $13 million. She has authored or co-authored more than 60 peer-reviewed manuscripts and more than 50 non-peer-reviewed manuscripts, book chapters, products, and media works. Dr. Quigley is grounded in practice, with a legacy of leadership in healthcare outcomes related to functional improvement, rehabilitation outcomes, and continuum of care. For over 20 years, she led an interdisciplinary clinical team in the development of evidence-based assessment tools and clinical guidelines related to assessing veterans’ risk for falls and fall-related injuries across multiple medical centers. Additionally, she provides ongoing consultation to the nursing staff, quality management, and patient safety coordinators for management of complex patients at risk for falls.

Tina Marrelli, MSN, MA, RN, FAAN

Tina Marrelli is the president of Marrelli and Associates, Inc., a publishing and consulting firm working in home care for more than 30 years. Tina is the author of 13 books, including the Handbook of Home Health Standards: Quality, Documentation, and Reimbursement (6th edition, 2018). Other books include A Guide for Caregiving: What’s Next? Planning for Safety, Quality, and Compassionate Care for Your Loved One and Yourself (2017), Hospice and Palliative Care Handbook (3rd edition, 2018), The Nurse Manager’s Survival Guide (4th edition, 2018), and the best-selling home health aide educational system, Home Health Aide Guidelines for Care: A Handbook for Caregiving at Home and its accompanying Nurse Instructor Manual. Tina served on the workgroups that defined the first hospice nurse standards, as well as serving as a reviewer in 2014 for the revised Home Health Nursing: Scope and Standards of Practice through the American Nurses Association. Tina attended Duke University, where she received her undergraduate degree in nursing. She also has masters degrees in health administration and in nursing. Tina has worked in the public health sector at hospitals and nursing homes and has practiced as a visiting nurse or manager in home care and hospice for more than 20 years. Tina also worked at Medicare’s central office (CMS) for four years on Medicare Part A home care and hospice policies and operations and served as the interim branch chief for Medicare Part B. Tina loves policy and the nuances that frame care, practice, and delivery. Tina is an international health care consultant, specializing in home care and models of care provided in the community to people at home. Tina and her team of specialized consultants have been in business since 2002 and provide services related to the “design and implementation of challenges to providing home and community-based care.” In that capacity, they have served more than 100 clients throughout the world; clients who represent varying segments of service to home care and/or related products. Services have included custom presentations, software development, educational services, team leadership monitoring the OIG, accreditation services, new organizational startups, due diligence, feasibility studies, and more. Tina has been the editor of three peer-reviewed publications, most recently for Home Healthcare Nurse (now Home Healthcare Now), on which she served as the editor-in-chief for eight years. She is also an emeritus editor for Home Healthcare Now. In addition, Tina serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Community Health Nursing and The American Nurse. Tina is the chief clinical officer for e-Caregiving, www.e-Caregiving.com, a web-based support and educational system for family and friend caregivers created to support advocacy and improve care across the health care continuum.

Kristen L. Mauk, PhD, DNP, RN, CRRN, GCNS-BC, GNP-BC, FAAN

Dr. Mauk has been a Professor of Nursing for many years. Prior to moving to Colorado, she was a Professor of Nursing at a large private university in Indiana for nearly 25 years, and there she held the first Kreft Endowed Chair for the Advancement of Nursing Science, a position dedicated to gerontological nursing. She earned a BSN from Valparaiso University, an MS in Adult Health from Purdue University, a PhD from Wayne State University, a post-Master’s GNP certification from University of Virginia, and a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree from Valparaiso University. Dr. Mauk has 37 years of experience in chronic illness nursing, rehabilitation, and gerontological nursing and teaches in these specialties at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. She is certified in rehabilitation as a gerontological nurse practitioner and clinical nurse specialist. She has authored or edited eight books, including three that were recognized with an AJN Book of the Year Award. She has served on editorial boards for Rehabilitation Nursing and Geriatric Nursing and has written numerous articles and book chapters. Dr. Mauk is a frequent presenter at conferences at the regional, national, and international levels. She is the co-founder and president of Senior Care Central/International Rehabilitation Consultants, providing educational, clinical, and legal nurse consulting in rehabilitation and senior care in the U.S. and internationally. Dr. Mauk is also a past president of the Association of Rehabilitation Nurses (ARN) and has served ARN in many roles, most significantly including the Council of Leaders, Editor of the 5th edition of the Core Curriculum, PRN course faculty, the task force to develop the ARN Professional Rehabilitation Nursing Competency Model, and Editor-in-Chief of Rehabilitation Nursing. Some of Dr. Mauk’s recognitions include: Suzanne Smith INANE Mentoring Editors Award (2017), Nominee for the 2016 National Robert Foster Cherry Award for Great Teachers, three AJN Book of the Year Awards (2017, 2010, & 1999), CASE/Carnegie Indiana Professor of the Year (2007), VU Caterpillar Award for Excellence in Teaching (2007), ARN Educator Role Award (2007), and the ARN Distinguished Service Award (2005). Dr. Mauk has taught nurses and students in China over the past few years. She has a passion for helping other countries to develop rehabilitation nursing into a strong specialty to promote quality care for their aging populations and those with disabilities.

Cathleen Armato, RN, CHPN, CHC, CHPC

Cat Armato is an experienced executive with 18 years in the home care and hospice industry. She has served in various roles during that time, including VP of operations and chief compliance officer for a nationwide provider. In 2012, Cat became a consultant and has assisted multiple organizations with their compliance and quality efforts, from program assessment to full program development and implementation. Cat has served as a compliance consultant for a large organization under a corporate integrity agreement. This multi-year, multi-site project involved assessments of operations, quality of care, and clinical documentation. She has also provided clinical and claim reviews for more than 1,200 records of various providers, many with multiple billing periods. Cat has experience providing guidance and support to providers and their legal counsel during investigations by Zone Program Integrity Contractors, Supplemental Medical Review Contractors, Medicaid integrity contractors, Medicare Administrative Contractors, and investigations with the Department of Justice and the Office of Inspector General. She also has extensive experience in due diligence evaluations. Cat is a contributor/reviewer for multiple health care publications by Tina Marrelli, including: Home Care Nursing (2017), Handbook of Home Care Standards (2018), Hospice and Palliative Care Handbook (2018), and A Guide for Caregiving (2017). She also served as assistant author for The Nurse Manager's Survival Guide: Practical Answers to Everyday Questions by Tina Marrelli.

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