Nurse Refresher Series, Continuing Education Workforce Certificate
Nurses play a critical role in a wide variety of healthcare settings ranging from acute care hospitals, physician's offices, urgent care centers, ambulatory care facilities, long-term care centers, to school nurse's offices. A registered nurse's (RN) or licensed practical nurse's (LPN) primary role is to ensure that every patient receives the direct and proper care they need. RNs and LPNs assess and identify patients' needs, and implement and monitor patients' medical plans and treatments. RNs and LPNs perform routine procedures, adjust and administer the patient's medication and provide instant medical care in emergencies. They collaborate with physicians and the facility's healthcare team to provide the best possible care for the patient. It is the RNs and LPNs duty to ensure that patient care is conducted according to policies and standards of their healthcare facility.
In the Nurse Refresher Series students will be provided with instruction that updates a nurse's knowledge on the current practice of medical-surgical nursing in the acute care setting. Topics covered include: patient safety; infection control; healthcare trends; electronic healthcare documentation; nursing roles; nursing process; pharmacology and dosage calculation; body systems (neurological, cardiovascular, respiratory, gastrointestinal, renal, endocrine, musculoskeletal, and reproductive); nursing considerations regarding: hematology, immunity, gerontology, oncology, and pain management.
Students entering this program need to be dedicated to their profession; they need to be able to be on their feet for long periods of time caring for patients at the bedside and transferring and/or positioning patients; they need to exercise safe practices while exposed to unpleasant sights, odors, materials and communicable diseases. Their duties also require them to function quickly with accuracy while being detail-oriented. A high level of manual dexterity, psychomotor skills, and personal integrity are vital.
Nurses are currently entering a job market with an abundance of open positions. More information can be found at https://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/registered-nurses.htm
Upon successful completion of this Continuing Education class series, students will be able to:
1. apply with the Maryland Board of Nursing for active licensure.
2. refresh their nurse's theoretical knowledge on current practices or medical-surgical nursing.
3. properly dose and dispense medication.
4. practice their nurse's skills in a clinical setting through patient evaluations and settings of treatment plans.