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  • Nursing
  • Advanced Practice Nursing
  • Psychiatric Technician
Hours: 3 Contact Hours
Author(s): Michelle Pardee, DNP, FNP-BC
Peer Reviewer(s): David C. Rozek, PhD
Item#: N1826
Contents: 1 Course Book (50 pages)
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Understanding Posttraumatic Stress Disorder: From Assessment to Treatment, 2nd Edition

Price $22.95
Item # N1826
When available, the Online Course format is included with the hard copy, eBook, or audio book formats!

Release Date: November 15, 2017

Expiration Date: November 30, 2020

With the high prevalence of trauma exposure within the United States, nurses are providing care to many trauma-exposed patients who are at risk of developing PTSD, and nurses may not have the comfort level or skills needed to assess and intervene appropriately. It is essential for registered nurses, advanced practice registered nurses, and certified nurse specialists to routinely assess for the presence of traumatic experiences, as well as possible PTSD symptoms, in all encounters with patients and families so that interventions and referrals to treatment can be provided.

This course provides an overview of PTSD for nurses working in a variety of roles and settings. This course addresses the history, incidence, etiology, and risk factors for PTSD, identifies diagnostic criteria across all age groups. Screening and assessment for PTSD are discussed as well as the disorder’s major clinical signs and symptoms. Special considerations for assessing and diagnosing PTSD for specific populations are presented and therapeutic approaches for treating and managing PTSD are discussed.


West Virginia RNs and LPNs – This course fulfills your requirement for 2-hours related to mental health conditions common to veterans.

CCMs - This program has been pre-approved by the Commission for Case Manager Certification to provide continuing education credit (4 hours) to Certified Case Managers (CCMs)

Course Objectives

  • Discuss the history, incidence, etiology, and risk factors for PTSD.
  • Identify diagnostic criteria across all age groups for PTSD.
  • Discuss screening and assessment for PTSD.
  • Identify the major clinical signs and symptoms of PTSD, including differential diagnosis related
    to PTSD.
  • Discuss special considerations for specific population groups when assessing and diagnosing PTSD.
  • Describe therapeutic approaches for treating and managing PTSD.


Michelle Pardee, DNP, FNP-BC, is a family nurse practitioner (FNP) and clinical assistant professor at the University of Michigan School of Nursing. Dr. Pardee is the program lead for the FNP program and coordinator of academic programs in the Department of Health Behavior & Biological Sciences. She received her doctor of nursing practice degree from Wayne State University, where her doctoral project was a policy analysis of Michigan’s maternal-infant health program. Dr. Pardee has more than 20 years of clinical experience as an FNP in adolescent health, providing care to underserved and at-risk youth, including runaway and homeless persons. In addition to her academic position, she currently provides health care at a grant-funded, school-linked health center. Dr. Pardee is a member of the Complex ACEs, Complex Aid (CASCAID) Nursing Study Group at the University of Michigan School of Nursing. Her work includes conducting research on adverse childhood experiences, developing assessments and interventions for youth with a high level of adverse childhood experiences, and increasing trauma-informed education across nursing curriculums.


David C. Rozek, PhD, is a clinical psychologist and holds a primary appointment at the University of Utah in the Department of Psychiatry, with a secondary appointment at the National Center for Veterans Studies. Dr. Rozek received his PhD from the University of Notre Dame and completed his residency at the Orlando Veterans Affairs Medical Center. His research and clinical expertise are in understanding and treating stress-related disorders, including posttraumatic stress disorder, depression, and suicide. Dr. Rozek regularly provides training to clinicians and medical professionals on cognitive- and behavioral-based treatments for these disorders and is an active researcher focusing on how to best improve clinical care.

  • 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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  • All persons involved in the planning and development of this course have disclosed no relevant financial relationships or other conflicts of interest related to the course content.