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Disciplines: Nursing
Hours: 2 Contact Hours
Author(s): Jessica R. Williams, PhD, MSN, MPH
Peer Reviewer(s): Valorie Prulhiere, MSN, RN, SANE-A
Item#: N1729
Contents: 1 Course Book (74 pages)
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Intimate Partner Violence for Florida Nurses

Price $22.95
Item # N1729
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Release Date: October 19, 2016

Expiration Date: October 31, 2019


According to the CDC, more than 1 in 4 women and more than 1 in 10 men have experienced sexual violence, physical violence, or stalking by an intimate partner that resulted in significant health consequences. Victims of IPV are significantly more likely to experience adverse health outcomes compared with the general population, and suffer from severe mental health outcomes like depression, posttraumatic stress disorder, substance abuse and suicidality. Victims of trauma are also more likely to seek health services compared with those with no history of victimization. As such, healthcare visits provide an opportune time to identify patients with a history of IPV and to intervene. Identifying experiences of IPV among patients can also help healthcare providers tailor care to better meet their unique needs.

The purpose of this course is to provide Florida nurses and other healthcare professionals with information needed to appropriately care for patients in the clinical setting who may be affected by IPV. The target populations for this course are registered nurses and advanced practice registered nurses practicing in all settings who may encounter patients with a history of IPV. After completion, the participant will be able to assess, document, intervene, and refer patients to appropriate services in an evidence-based, trauma-informed manner. In addition, participants will demonstrate current knowledge on the magnitude and dynamics of IPV and understand strategies to assist with implementing IPV services in healthcare settings. This course meets the Florida state requirement for IPV continuing education for nurses.


Florida Nurses - Fulfills domestic violence requirement.


Course Objectives

  • Recognize the different categories of intimate partner violence (IPV).
  • State the number of patients likely to be victims and perpetrators of IPV across all strata of the population.
  • Discuss the effect of IPV on individuals and society.
  • Explain the need for nurses in all settings to be prepared to assess, document, intervene, and refer individual patients to appropriate local resources using evidence-based information.


Jessica R. Williams, PhD, MSN, MPH, is an assistant professor at the University of Miami School of Nursing and Health Studies. She is a board-certified advanced public health nurse with clinical training in both hospital and community health settings. Dr. Williams’s program of research is aimed at improving methods for the dissemination and implementation of evidence-based practices, particularly gender-based violence prevention. She has conducted several studies examining how healthcare facilities can best respond to situations of intimate partner violence. She has also conducted research developing and testing interventions to increase the adoption of evidence-based practices with health and social service agencies. Dr. Williams is an active member of the Nursing Network on Violence Against Women International and Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing. Dr. Williams’s areas of teaching specialization include research and evidence-based practice methodology and public health nursing. She earned a PhD, MSN, and MPH from Johns Hopkins University and a BSN and BA from the University of Florida.


Valorie Prulhiere, MSN, RN, SANE-A, has been a registered nurse since 1980. Her clinical practice specialty has been forensic nursing since 1999. She achieved her SANE-A certification in 2002 and has been a clinical forensic examiner, program coordinator, and subsequently manager of the DOVE (Developing Options for Violent Emergencies) Program, in northeast Ohio. Ms. Prulhiere was responsible for all aspects of a specialty forensic nursing program for adolescent and adult victims of acute sexual assault, domestic violence, and elder abuse, including patient care, training and education, staff evaluation, quality assurance, grant writing, law enforcement services, professional education, community engagement, and input to budget. Ms. Prulhiere has been a consultant and educator for several professional development projects in the healthcare, legal, and military arenas. She has coauthored two articles on strangulation prevalence in domestic violence and sexual assault. Ms. Prulhiere resides in Florida. She received her master’s degree in nursing with an education focus in 2015, and currently works with the Crisis Center of Tampa Bay as a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner, and at Rasmussen College (Land O’Lakes campus) as an adjunct nursing instructor in the School of Nursing, and as a clinical ED/trauma nurse for BayCare Health System’s St. Joseph’s Hospital.

  • Courses must be completed on or before the expiration date noted in the course description above.
  • You must score 75% or higher on the final exam and complete the course evaluation to pass this course and receive a certificate of completion.
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