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  • Note: Western Schools 365 is valid only for the registered individual, and is non-transferable

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A Clinician’s Guide to DSM-5

Price: $19.95 Hours:3 Contact Hours
Item # N1491  

Expiration Date: July 31, 2017

This high-level content course aids clinicians who are transitioning from DSM-IV-TR to DSM-5 by providing them with the most essential information about the manual’s structural and diagnostic changes in a single easy-to-use source.  The course describes the newly added and classified disorders, removed or reclassified disorders, and any modified diagnostic criteria for those disorders retained in DSM-5. The course describes the history of the DSM and the development process used in creating the diagnostic system’s new structure. The course addresses the controversies and criticisms that arose with the publication of DSM-5 and the alternative diagnostic systems recently proposed. The quick reference lists and charts included in the course are an indispensable resource for those clinicians ready to use DSM-5.

HIGH-LEVEL CONTENT

A Clinician’s Quick Guide to DSM-5

Price: $14.95 Hours:2 Contact Hours
Item # N1506  

Expiration Date: July 31, 2017

Designed for clinicians who are familiar with diagnosing, this high-level content short course aids clinicians who are transitioning from DSM-IV-TR to DSM-5 by providing them with the most essential information about the manual’s structural and diagnostic changes in a single easy-to-use source.  The course lists the newly added and classified disorders, removed or reclassified disorders, and any major modifications to diagnostic criteria for disorders retained in DSM-5. The course describes the history of the DSM and the development process used in creating the diagnostic system’s new structure. The course addresses the controversies and criticisms that arose with the publication of DSM-5 and the alternative diagnostic systems recently proposed. The quick reference lists and charts included in the course are an indispensable resource for those clinicians ready to use DSM-5. For clinicians interested in a more in-depth explanation of the categorical and diagnosis changes and greater diagnostic guidance, a longer version of this course is available.

This course is an extraction of, and should not be taken in conjunction with, the 3-hour edition of A Clinician’s Quick Guide to DSM-5 (N1491).

High-Level Content

Acute and Chronic Wound Management

Price: $14.95 Hours:2 Contact Hours
Item # N1468  

Expiration Date: June 30, 2017

This course provides the clinician with an understanding of acute and chronic wounds, knowledge of the various factors associated with the wound healing process, skills for the assessment and recognition of complications, and intervention strategies for improved success in practice and optimal patient outcomes. 

This course is an extraction of, and should not be taken in conjunction with, N1374 Wound Management and Healing, 2nd Edition.

Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome: An Overview, 2nd Edition

Price: $19.95 Hours:3 Contact Hours
Item # N1612  

Expiration Date: December 31, 2017

Acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) is a condition with predisposing factors, no known cause, rapid onset, and severe lung malfunction that results in the inability of the lungs to take up oxygen. ARDS is a primary cause of respiratory failure and hospital morbidity. Although some improvements have been made concerning the treatment of ARDS, healthcare professionals face many challenges during care of patients with the syndrome. Despite numerous advances in supportive care, the mortality rate of ARDS remains high; approximately 40% of patients with ARDS do not survive despite supportive therapy. Although researchers are investigating approaches to reduce the severity and progression of ARDS, prevention is the most important intervention, and treatment of precipitating factors, along with ventilatory support, remain standard therapy to reducing the severity of ARDS. Healthcare professionals play an essential role in the prevention, early recognition and diagnosis, and treatment of this catastrophic syndrome. This course is designed for acute-care nurses and other healthcare professionals who care for patients at risk for or who have ARDS. The goal of the course is to provide an overview of ARDS. The course presents essential information about the pathophysiology, incidence, progression, and collaborative treatment of ARDS. Long-term care of patients with ARDS is also discussed. A summary of care during the critical care period is also provided. However, the reader is encouraged to refer to critical care texts for complete orientation to this complex care.

California Nursing Home Administrators - NHAP approved for 3 hours through March 23, 2017.

Adjunctive Wound Care Therapies

Price: $9.95 Hours:1 Contact Hour
Item # N1469  

Expiration Date: June 30, 2017

This course provides the clinician with an overview of the various adjunctive therapies used in the management of wounds and how these therapies can enhance wound resolution, so that optimal outcomes can be achieved. Clinicians must be aware of evidence-based practice and methods to promote healing, and have a responsibility to stay informed and updated regarding new and unfolding treatments and modalities. 

This course is an extraction of, and should not be taken in conjunction with, N1374 Wound Management and Healing, 2nd Edition.

Adult Acute Respiratory Infections, 2nd Edition

Price: $19.95 Hours:3 Contact Hours
Item # N1553  

Expiration Date: November 30, 2017

People with airway infections account for most ambulatory healthcare visits in the United States, and pneumonia remains the sixth leading cause of death. As significant health problems, these conditions influence many situations, among them an individual’s ability to attend school, go to work, and maintain an enjoyable and productive quality of life. Healthcare professionals play a role in the detection and care of people with acute airway infections. Accurate and appropriate assessments, combined with a plan of care, are necessary to prevent transmission and complications. Healthcare professionals also need to advocate judicious use of antibiotics and educate patients on growing concerns regarding drug-resistant microorganisms.

This course provides an overview of current information concerning acute respiratory infections in adults. The course is intended for healthcare professionals who practice in acute care and ambulatory care settings. Regardless of the setting, clinicians are often asked for guidance regarding diagnosis and treatment of airway infections. Having current knowledge about respiratory infections is the only way to provide effective individual care to this large population.

California Nursing Home Administrators - NHAP approved for 3 hours through March 23, 2017.

Ambulatory Surgery: Anesthetic Management for Nurses

Price: $29.95 Hours:10 Contact Hours
Item # N1739  

Release Date: November 14, 2016

Expiration Date: November 30, 2019

This course is an extract of, and should not be taken in conjunction with N1719 Ambulatory Surgical Care, 3rd Edition or N1738 Ambulatory Surgery Nursing Essentials.

Hospital outpatient departments, free-standing ambulatory surgery centers, and office-based surgery suites have grown exponentially in volume since the 1970s. The reasons for growth are multifactorial and include technological advances in surgery, anesthesia, and medication management; patient and provider demand and acceptance; quality and safety initiatives; and cost-containment efforts. The need for educated, knowledgeable, and experienced nurses will only increase as surgery numbers grow in the outpatient setting and anesthetic management and technology-enhanced surgery expand. 

Ambulatory surgery nurses work as a team with the patient’s anesthesia care provider, surgeon, surgical technician, other nurses, and the patient to provide safe, efficient care while minimizing pain and anxiety for the patient. The provision of anesthesia during ambulatory surgery offers an evidence-based approach to perioperative care while maximizing convenience and safety. Nurses caring for patients under anesthesia use critical thinking skills to assess each patient and coordinate customized care that results in optimal outcomes. Although complications related to anesthesia occur infrequently in the ambulatory surgery setting, nurses must be able to recognize and manage emergencies should they occur. 

The purpose of this course is to provide the learner with the information needed to effectively manage the nursing care of the patient undergoing anesthesia for ambulatory surgery. This course provides key concepts and knowledge to nurses who are new to the ambulatory surgery environment or who are considering entering the ambulatory surgery nursing specialty. The course also provides up-to-date, evidence-based information on anesthesia management and care relevant to the skills and practice level of experienced nurses already working in the outpatient surgery setting.

Ambulatory Surgery: Nursing Essentials

Price: $44.95 Hours:15 Contact Hours
Item # N1738  

Release Date: November 17, 2016

Expiration Date: November 30, 2019

Note: This course is an extract of, and should not be taken in conjunction with N1719 Ambulatory Surgical Care, 3rd Edition or N1739 Ambulatory Surgery: Anesthetic Management for Nurses.

Ambulatory surgery offers an evidence-based approach to perioperative care while maximizing convenience and safety. The ambulatory surgery nurse is a valuable member of the patient care team, managing preadmission findings, preoperative assessments, intraoperative patient care, and postoperative education needs. The nurse works as an advocate for the patient by reviewing relevant findings and creating a customized plan of care for each patient.

Due to the evolution of care and the varied procedures performed in the ambulatory setting, even the most experienced nurse needs to keep pace with the many changes in healthcare delivery based on updated evidence-based guidelines and criteria. Federal and state regulations prompt ambulatory surgery teams to consistently focus on quality assurance, performance improvement, and risk management in an effort to ensure reliable patient safety. As the demand for qualified professional nurses increases with the expansion of ambulatory surgical care services across the country, nurses must constantly adapt and integrate new knowledge into practice.

The purpose of this course is to share essential, evidence-based information about the care that professional nurses provide to patients in the ambulatory surgery environment. Although the same-day, short-stay timeframe is a clear benefit to patients undergoing surgery in the ambulatory setting, it places increased challenges on care providers, especially nurses. Nurses working in this environment must have up-to-date key knowledge and possess astute screening and assessment skills, knowledge of safety and regulatory requirements, emergency response skills, and the ability and compassion to educate patients and families to facilitate a safe and successful discharge from the unit.

Anticoagulant, Antiplatelet, and Thrombolytic Therapies: Implications for Advanced Practice Nursing

Price: $29.95 Hours:10 Contact Hours
Item # N1752  

Release Date: December 27, 2016

Expiration Date: December 31, 2019

Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the leading cause of death in the United States. Despite a decline in the death rate in 2013, nearly 1 in 3 deaths were attributed to CVD. Anticoagulant, antiplatelet, and thrombolytic medications are commonly utilized in the prevention and management of many common medical conditions, including cardiovascular disease (stable and unstable angina), ST-elevation myocardial infarction, percutaneous coronary interventions that include stent placement, cardiac dysrhythmias (atrial fibrillation), acute arterial occlusion, peripheral arterial disease, deep vein thrombosis, pulmonary embolism, and ischemic stroke.  

Evidence-based nursing practice requires that nurses have the necessary knowledge base to assure competent and safe nursing care. The Joint Commission (2012) addresses the issue of patient safety within the context of anticoagulation therapy in National Patient Safety Goal 03.05.01, which advises healthcare providers to “reduce the likelihood of patient harm associated with the use of anticoagulant therapy.”

This course provides information on oral anticoagulants, with an emphasis on the novel oral anticoagulants, parenteral anticoagulants, antiplatelets, and thrombolytics. Their indications for treatment of cardiovascular disorders including atrial fibrillation, venous thromboembolism, acute coronary syndrome, heparin induced thrombocytopenia, acute ischemic stroke, acute myocardial infarctions and acute pulmonary embolism is review. In addition, monitoring guidelines and patient counseling is discussed.  The need for healthcare providers to understand the pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, and pharmacotherapeutic considerations is imperative to achieve optimal patient outcomes.

 

This course should not be taken in conjunction with N1712 - Parenteral Anticoagulants: Implications for Patient Management, N1718 - Oral Anticoagulant Therapy: Implications for Patient Management, N1743 - Antiplatelet Therapy: Implications for Advanced Practice Nursing, or N1749 - Thrombolytic Therapy: Implications for Advanced Practice Nursing.

Kentucky APRNs - fulfills pharmacology requirement

Antidepressants, 2nd Edition

Price: $19.95 Hours:3 Contact Hours
Item # N1692  

Release Date: January 29, 2016

Expiration Date: January 31, 2019

The purpose of this course is to provide current, evidence-based information for registered nurses (RNs), advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs), and registered pharmacists (RPhs) on the mechanisms of action, pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamics parameters, potential adverse events, adverse event management strategies, and special considerations affecting medication use and selection for medications used to treat depressive disorders. Although many medications used to treat depression have been around for several decades, new medications are constantly under development and it is important that healthcare professionals stay abreast of these new developments. In addition, the way that many of these medications with antidepressant properties are used in clinical practice continues to change. Although only some RNs, APRNs, and RPhs may specialize in mental health, all will encounter patients with mental health conditions such as major depressive disorder. This course is designed for RNs, APRNs, and RPhs practicing in all settings who may encounter patients taking antidepressants or be involved in initiating treatment with antidepressants.

 

Antiplatelet Therapy: Implications for Advanced Practice Nursing

Price: $19.95 Hours:3 Contact Hours
Item # N1743  

Release Date: December 6, 2016

Expiration Date: December 31, 2019

Antiplatelet medications are a commonly used class of medications in the U.S. for the prevention and/or treatment of many cardiovascular disorders. The drugs are used alone or in combination to achieve optimal patient outcomes. Prescribers must utilize fundamental knowledge of pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, and pharmacotherapeutic considerations of antiplatelet medications to ensure (a) the identification of appropriate patients for this therapy, (b) the selection of the best agent to prescribe, and (c) the initiation of proper patient monitoring of this therapy.

This course is designed for nurse practitioners who prescribe and provide care to patients taking antiplatelet medications. The purpose of this course is to increase clinicians’ knowledge of antiplatelet medications to identify the best choices for the safe use of these medications.

Antipsychotics, Updated 1st Edition

Price: $9.95 Hours:1 Contact Hour
Item # N1529  

Expiration Date: May 31, 2017

The purpose of this course is to provide an overview of the psychopharmacology of antipsychotic medications. Nurses have an important responsibility in caring for patients receiving psychopharmacologic medications. This course will provide the learner with essential information on antipsychotic medications. Simplified neurophysiology is discussed in order to explain the actions of the drugs, the most common side effects, and the most serious untoward reactions. Nursing assessments and interventions are highlighted. Patient teaching is an integral part of the course, as are approaches to encourage drug compliance. 

This course is an extraction of, and should not be taken in conjunction with, Pharmacology for Nurses (N1590).

Anxiolytics and Traditional Mood Stabilizers

Price: $24.95 Hours:5 Contact Hours
Item # N1713  

Release Date: July 27, 2016

Expiration Date: July 31, 2019

The care of patients with mental health diagnoses is by no means limited to psychiatric facilities or practices. Due to the prevalence of mental illness in the U.S. population, patients taking psychiatric medications are treated in virtually all healthcare settings. Anxiety disorders, as a group, represent the most common form of psychiatric illness, and in turn, anti-anxiety medications are prescribed and dispensed with great frequency. Therefore, it is imperative that nurse practitioners maintain current knowledge of these common psychiatric illnesses and treatments.

This course is designed for nurse practitioners in all settings. The purpose of this course is to provide an overview of the psychiatric pharmacotherapy of anxiety disorders and bipolar disorder. This course provides the learner with essential information on anxiolytic and mood stabilizer medications. Clinical pharmacology and pharmacokinetics are briefly discussed in order to explain the actions of the drugs, their effects on symptoms, their most common side effects, and their most serious adverse reactions. Interactions with other medications and potential for abuse of some drugs are also presented. Learners should be able to apply the material from this course to patient management and teaching scenarios.

Approaches to Geriatric Pharmacology

Price: $19.95 Hours:4 Contact Hours
Item # N1711  

Release Date: June 23, 2016

Expiration Date: June 30, 2019

With an aging population come several alarming statistics regarding medication use in older adults. The leading causes of adverse drug events in the older adult population are inappropriate prescribing, inappropriate dosing, and inferior monitoring. Inappropriate monitoring of medication use is accountable for 50% of all drug-related emergency department visits resulting in hospitalization. The vulnerability of older adults is a challenge to the healthcare system, and with respect to medication use, this represents a strong advanced practice registered nurse intervention opportunity.

Any medication problem experienced by an older adult patient requires a multifactorial assessment. The topics covered in this course include core geriatric assessment principles that all disciplines caring for older adults are required to understand, geriatric pharmacological principles, and methods to assess appropriateness of medication use recommendations in the older adult. Individualization of care, a key concept in providing appropriate medication use in older adults, requires skills beyond the conventional assessment of adherence and efficacy. Core competencies include vigilant attention to the older adult’s risk of drug toxicity, appropriate application of adult clinical guidelines to older adults, risk versus benefit assessments, goals of therapy appropriate for older adults in alignment with patient preferences, and optimization of functional status.

This course is for the advanced practice registered nurse who manages the treatment and care of the older adult in all healthcare settings. It provides theoretical framework to apply principles to overall medication management as well as to specialized therapeutic categories of medication use, such as cardiovascular, endocrinological, pulmonary, and psychotropic.

Arterial Blood Gases: A Systematic and Easy Approach, Updated 1st Edition

Price: $14.95 Hours:2 Contact Hours
Item # N1631  

Expiration Date: March 31, 2018

This course is an updated version of N1585, Arterial Blood Gases: A Systematic and Easy Approach.

The purpose of this course is to provide the learner with an overview of the common acid-base imbalances, and with the knowledge and skills required to successfully interpret an arterial blood gas (ABG) result. This course is designed for the novice and experienced nurse as well as other healthcare professionals. ABG analysis is a central part of diagnosing and managing a patient’s oxygenation status and acid-base balance. The helpfulness of this laboratory data is dependent on being able to correctly interpret the results and then correlating the findings with the patient’s clinical presentation. The content of this course includes a review of the components of an arterial blood gas study, identification of common acid-base imbalances and accompanying signs and symptoms, discussion of treatment modalities, and a stepwise approach to analyzing an ABG result. 

The healthcare professional’s skill in recognizing disturbances in acid-base balance and interpreting a patient’s ABG results is essential in a variety of clinical situations. ABG analysis is conducted to aid in the determination of a patient’s quality and extent of pulmonary gas exchange and acid-base status. Healthcare professionals may view the task of ABG interpretation as daunting and confusing, but this need not be the case. If a systematic approach is used when evaluating an ABG result, the process becomes intuitive and a natural part of the patient assessment. Substantial alterations affecting a patient’s acid-base status occur when the pH value increases or decreases. These alterations in pH can be, and in some instances are, life-threatening. The ability to identify abnormal pH values, understand, and apply the concepts of acid-base balance will improve the healthcare professional’s ability to track the progression of a patient’s medical status, implement appropriate interventions, and evaluate the effectiveness of the care being provided by the healthcare team.

Asperger's Syndrome and Autism Spectrum Disorders: DSM-5 Changes and Treatment, Updated 1st Edition

Price: $19.95 Hours:3 Contact Hours
Item # N1571  

Expiration Date: December 31, 2017

This course is designed to help healthcare professionals recognize and work with the symptoms of Asperger's syndrome.  The DSM-5 subsumed Asperger’s syndrome into the diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder; however, there are special qualities to Asperger’s syndrome that professionals may be called upon to identify when assisting in the acquistion of social and other skills sets.  This course is packed with information that professionals will find extremely important in the identification, assessment, and treatment of Asperger’s syndrome; many of the intervention techniques described are also useful in work with children and adults who have autism spectrum disorder. 

The course describes the unique history of the Asperger’s syndrome diagnosis and various theories about causality.  Using case scenarios, the course offers various symptom presentations across the lifespan, which highlight the importance of thorough assessment and individualized treatment interventions. Screening tools and assessment tools are described. The course details numerous treatment interventions for varying areas of difficulty that individuals experience, such as executive function, social interaction, intense and narrow interests, sensory processing, communication (nonverbal skills and pragmatic skills), mental health, theory of mind, and learning style. Interventions that are discussed include cognitive approaches, peer-mediated intervention programs, group interventions, family therapy, and sibling groups. The course describes in detail how such interventions are used to help individuals develop adaptive skills, including life skills such as personal hygiene and time management. The development of relationship and social skills is also discussed, such as social perception and social problem solving, emotional reciprocity, and knowledge of social norms. The course describes family systems issues related to the diagnosis, such as grief and emotional difficulties. Special considerations for females with Asperger’s syndrome are provided. 

This course is intended for social workers, mental health counselors, marriage and family therapists, psychologists, and nurses. However, the course will benefit other professionals who may have a client with Asperger’s syndrome, including physical and occupational therapists, speech and language pathologists, psychiatrists, pediatricians or other medical doctors, paraprofessionals, administrators, and teachers. An extensive resources section is provided at the end of the course to further participants' work with clients who have Asperger's syndrome.

Assessing Pain

Price: $14.95 Hours:2 Contact Hours
Item # N1489  

Expiration Date: May 31, 2017

This basic-level course provides an overview of the nature and scope of chronic pain, including the basic physiological principles that underlie pain, and presents basic skills for effective assessment of chronic pain and related problems. The course describes the distinction between acute and chronic pain, the factors that contribute to pain becoming chronic, and the prevalence and impact of chronic pain on physical functioning, health, and quality of life. An introduction to the practical assessment of chronic pain provides readers with a description of selected assessment tools and interview procedures.

This course is an extraction of, and should not be taken in conjunction with, Chronic Pain Management: A Psychosocial Perspective (N1617).

Michigan Nurses: This course fulfills your entire pain and symptom management requirement.

Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder Throughout the Lifespan: Research, Diagnosis, and Treatment, 2nd Edition

Price: $29.95 Hours:7 Contact Hours
Item # N1533  

Expiration Date: October 31, 2017

It is more important, now than ever, that healthcare professionals be prepared to treat AD/HD throughout the lifespan. AD/HD is no longer seen as a childhood disorder, and it is likely that many adults affected by the AD/HD are undiagnosed. It is for this reason that this comprehensive course has been developed: to educate healthcare professionals and bring clarity and a deeper understanding to the research, diagnosis, and treatment of AD/HD in individuals of all ages and various life stages. Additionally, the significance of culture and gender-related issues and AD/HD are discussed.

Over time, the understanding and perceptions of AD/HD have changed dramatically as a result of advances in medical technology and recent increases in medical knowledge. This course walks clinicians through that evolution, providing them with a comprehensive history as well as the latest available research. It begins, as it should, at the beginning, with initial conceptualizations of AD/HD and its historical underpinnings, including populations involved. From there, the etiology of AD/HD and its genetic, biological, and environmental factors will be explored and discussed. Multimodal treatment programs have been found crucial to dealing with the symptoms of AD/HD. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-approved pharmacological agents used to treat AD/HD, as well as common psychotherapies and other multimodal strategies for dealing with AD/HD will be discussed. The second section of the course addresses assessment and diagnosis throughout the various lifestages, beginning with childhood, then adolescence, to young adulthood, and finally, adulthood. Because healthcare practitioners rarely see cases of “pure” AD/HD, it is imperative that they understand the common comorbidities associated with AD/HD and their effect on treatment and outcomes for patients. In addition, they will need to be able to use this information to conduct a careful differential diagnosis. AD/HD affects not just the individual in isolation, but the workplace and the family dynamic as well. AD/HD is also more influenced by gender than most professionals would imagine. Finally, the changes in the DSM-5 related to AD/HD are elucidated, along with newer approaches used to improve access to care. Designed for healthcare professionals, this course will enhance the lives of both the professional and the patient. From historical background information to the latest research regarding diagnosis and treatment, this course will improve the knowledge base, clinical understanding, and perspective of care, providing a framework within which healthcare professionals can understand and treat individuals with AD/HD in the twenty-first century.

Avian (H5N1) Influenza, 3rd Edition

Price: $9.95 Hours:1 Contact Hour
Item # N1594  

Expiration Date: January 31, 2018

Influenza is a highly contagious, acute febrile respiratory illness caused by the influenza virus. Epidemic outbreaks of influenza occur every year in the United States and around the world. These outbreaks result in an average of 200,000 hospitalizations and 36,000 deaths each year in the United States (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention [CDC], 2011; Thompson et al., 2010). Most fatal cases of influenza in the United States occur in the very young, the very old, and those whose immune systems are compromised (Thompson et al., 2010). However, influenza viruses can infect people of any age and can infect animals, including birds, pigs, horses, dogs, and marine mammals. Wild birds and domestic poultry are the natural reservoirs for all influenza A subtypes (H1 to H16), although humans are also often infected by subtypes H1 to H3 (CDC, 2013). Influenza subtypes that occur most often in birds are called avian influenza strains. 

Every year, circulating influenza A strains mutate or change. Most strain mutations are relatively minor and are called antigenic drift, meaning that characteristics of the new strain have changed or drifted slightly from the original. Occasionally, however, influenza strains will mutate significantly, resulting in an antigenic shift, meaning that the new strain is significantly different from the original strain. These shifts may mean that humans are now susceptible to avian influenza or that the route of transmission may change, making human-to-human spread easier.

Nurses compose the largest segment of healthcare providers, and are poised to be at the forefront in managing care for patients with avian influenza. In addition, physicians, counselors, respiratory therapists, and other healthcare professionals will be needed to help identify, treat, isolate, and manage patients with avian influenza. It is essential that all healthcare professionals become familiar with the epidemiology, threat, clinical description, infection prevention, and patient management of avian influenza. This information will aid healthcare professionals in rapidly recognizing and responding to outbreaks of avian influenza, which will decrease morbidity, mortality, and costs of the virus.

The purpose of this course is to provide nurses and other healthcare providers with information on the emerging threat, epidemiology, and clinical description of avian influenza. The overall objective of this course is to increase the learner’s knowledge of avian influenza and the response steps they can take to decrease the spread of disease during an avian influenza pandemic.

Best Practices with Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Youth and Their Families, Updated 1st Edition

Price: $14.95 Hours:2 Contact Hours
Item # N1632  

Expiration Date: May 31, 2018

This course provides current information on issues and dynamics that affect LGB youth and their families and discusses best practices for working with this population. The course begins by defining various terms and acronyms commonly used when discussing LGB issues and follows with a discussion of LGB youth development, including understanding youth sexual orientation and the origins of sexual orientation. The role of cultural diversity in identity development is discussed, along with models of LGB identity development. 

The course then details four major areas that affect LGB youth in their development as adolescents: coming out, violence and bullying, mental and physical health, and child welfare. Because issues facing any adolescent are also family issues, particular focus is paid to interventions from a family systems perspective. The course describes three current models of family therapy: structural family therapy, solution-focused family therapy, and narrative family therapy. For each model, the course covers the theory of the model and the intervention skills involved. Each of the models is applied to practice using a series of case scenarios involving a family with an adolescent lesbian daughter.

Participants will learn about other modalities useful in work with LGB youth and their families, such as crisis intervention, individual therapy, and group work. The target audience for this course is behavioral health and healthcare professionals, including social workers, mental health counselors, marriage and family therapists, psychologists, and mental health nurses; however, other professionals who interact with LGB youth will find this course useful.

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