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The Center for Continued Nursing Learning (CCNL) provides excellent continuing education for nurses and other interested health care professionals. We offer multiple programs which provide the opportunity to gain contact hours, clock hours.

Our professional and educational standards, our innovative responses to changing health care markets and our distinguished history of educating students for lives of service have earned Pacific Lutheran University’s School of Nursing and the Center for Continuing Nursing Learning a reputation for excellence in the Pacific Northwest. We invite you to become a part of our tradition.

CCNL provides quality educational opportunities in the form of workshops, seminars, and short- and long-term courses which will enable registered nurses and other health professionals to increase their knowledge and skills and ultimately improve health care for society.

Credential/Accreditation Information
PLU is an accredited provider of OSPI clock hours for courses.

Pacific Lutheran University Center for Continued Nursing Learning (PLU CCNL) is approved as a provider of continuing nursing education by Montana Nurses Association, an accredited approver with distinction by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. In addition, PLU CCNL is a provider of in-service education clock hours by the Professional Educator Standards Board (PESB) of the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI), Olympia, WA. 

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  • Nurse Engineering - Exploring the Nurse Engineer
  • Fee: $60.00
    Self-paced Course
    Contact Hours: 2
    Location: Fully Online
    Instructor: Kenneth Cheng, MSN, BE, RN, CHRN, Kelly Landsman, MN, BME, BS, RN, PHN, Garett Craig BME, BS, MS, RN

    ONLINE

    Exploring the Nurse Engineer: A Growing Interdisciplinary Profession You Didn’t Know About

    This lecture explores the growing interdisciplinary profession of nurse engineers and collaboration of the two fields to improve patient outcomes through innovation and medical technology design.

     Although you will not find a job requisition and a salary by typing in the words "nurse engineer", there are many biomedical technology companies and hospitals that are employing nurses and providers for their knowledge and experience in the design process for medical technology and devices. This need has been studied and written about in medical and technology-related journals for many years and recently some nursing schools have developed dual degree programs for BSN/BME (Biomedical Engineers) to meet the demand due to the increasing advances and use of medical technology.

    This lecture aims to educate nurses on this trend and its relevance in their work with patients, the promotion of collaboration with engineers and to give nurses career ideas and resources to become a part of the nurse engineer track.

    All Times are PST.

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  • Stop the Bleed: Community Trauma Care
  • Fee: $110.00
    Dates: 4/13/2024 - 4/13/2024
    Times: 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    Days: Sa
    Contact Hours: 0
    Building: Anderson University Center
    Room: 133
    Instructor: Chris Lorenz

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    First resonders (Law Enforcement and Fire/EMS) cannot be everywhere all the time. When an emergency happens it is you the citizen who will typically be the first line of help.  We conduct fire drills, CPR training, disaster readiness, and lockdown drills, but when is the last time you prepared for a traumatic event?  Lockdown drills are a way of life for our society, but what happens when you are locked in a room with a critically injured student? Staff?  How long will it be before help arrives?  When help does arrive what can you do to help them?

    These are some of the issues which CTC will cover during the 4 hour block. A brief history of where field trauma care is today, why it is import in our workplace, home, and our society.  The majority of the time will be spent with hands on training covering the most effective measures for hemorrhage control as well as other traumatic care topics relevant to institutional staff.

     

    • Tourniquets     
    • Pressure Dressings  
    • Wound Packing   
    • Wound Sweeps     
    • Hypothermia prevention

     

    Never let it be said that I failed to do my job for a lack of training, physical conditioning, or mental preparation.

    Please review our Deadlines & Refunds policy, as well as our Withdrawal process.

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  • Mastering the Art of Suturing, and Biopsy Techniques for Accurate Diagnosis - Mastering the Art of Suturing, and Biopsy Techniques for Accurate Diagnosis
  • Fee: $495.00
    Dates: 5/17/2024 - 5/18/2024
    Times: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    Days: F Sa
    Sessions: 2
    Building: Ramstad Hall
    Room:
    Instructor: Kathleen Richardson DNP, ARNP, FNP-C, Bob Smithing, MSN, FNP, FAANP, Maddy Wiley MSN, ARNP, FAANP

    Mastering the Art of Suturing, and Biopsy Techniques for Accurate Diagnosis (Combo May 17th &18th)

    Mastering essential skills for confident suturing and biopsies for your patients. This 2-day workshop empowers nurse practitioners and healthcare professionals with practical suturing and biopsy techniques.  On day one, gain hands-on experience with simple interrupted, subcutaneous, and advanced mattress sutures, honing your ability to close wounds effectively while minimizing tension and scarring. On day two, delve into the world of biopsies, exploring shave, punch, scissor, and excisional techniques, and learn how to accurately assess and manage a range of conditions. Interactive case studies and pathology insights solidify your understanding, boosting your clinical confidence and enhancing your ability to deliver exceptional care. This comprehensive training equips you with the knowledge and skills to excel in your chosen field. A generous amount of hands-on practice time will be supervised by experienced nurse practitioners using various non-animal models.

    In Person | 1.0 Pharmacological Credits |

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  • Mastering the Art of Suturing, and Biopsy Techniques for Accurate Diagnosis - Mastering the Art of Suturing (Day 1)
  • Fee: $295.00
    Dates: 5/17/2024 - 5/17/2024
    Times: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    Days: F
    Sessions: 1
    Building: Ramstad Hall
    Room:
    Instructor: Kathleen Richardson DNP, ARNP, FNP-C, Bob Smithing, MSN, FNP, FAANP, Maddy Wiley MSN, ARNP, FAANP

    Mastering the Art of Suturing (Friday only)

    • Basics of local anesthesia for wound closure. Focus will be on infiltration techniques. Digital blocks will be introduced.
    • Fundamentals of Wound Management: Classification, assessment, cleaning, irrigation, and closure techniques.
    • Basics of Suturing: Needle types, suture materials, instrument handling, basic knots.
    • Simple Interrupted Sutures: Demonstration, hands-on practice on models.
    • Subcutaneous Sutures: Technique, indications, hands-on practice.
    • Advanced Suturing Techniques:
      • Horizontal Mattress Sutures: For tension relief and deeper closure.
      • Vertical Mattress Sutures: For improved eversion and skin approximation.
      • Half-Buried Horizontal Mattress Sutures: For specific wound complications.
    • Wound Tension Management: Strategies for optimal closure based on wound characteristics.
    • Dog-ear managements
    • Interactive Case Studies: Apply suturing skills to real-world scenarios.

    In - Person | 0.5 Pharmacological Credits |

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  • Mastering the Art of Suturing, and Biopsy Techniques for Accurate Diagnosis - Biopsy Techniques for Accurate Diagnosis (Day 2)
  • Fee: $295.00
    Dates: 5/18/2024 - 5/18/2024
    Times: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    Days: Sa
    Sessions: 1
    Building: Ramstad Hall
    Room:
    Instructor: Kathleen Richardson DNP, ARNP, FNP-C, Bob Smithing, MSN, FNP, FAANP, Maddy Wiley MSN, ARNP, FAANP

    Biopsy Techniques for Accurate Diagnosis (Saturday Only)
    Pre-requisite: Knowledge of basic suturing required

    • Principles of Biopsy: Indications, contraindications, types of biopsies, and potential complications.
    • Basics of local anesthesia for biopsies with a focus on infiltration techniques.
    • Shave Biopsy: Technique, instrumentation, specimen handling, and common applications.
    • Punch Biopsy: Indications, technique variations, specimen handling, and common applications.
    • Scissor Biopsy: Technique, indications, hemostasis considerations, and specimen handling.
    • Excisional Biopsy: Technique variations, skin closure options, specimen handling, and common applications.
    • Pathology Primer: Understanding basic pathology reports for biopsy interpretation.
    • Interactive Case Studies: Apply biopsy skills to various clinical scenarios.

    In Person | 0.5 Pharmacological Credits |

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  • Introduction to Palliative Care
  • Fee: $35.00
    Dates: 4/17/2024 - 4/17/2024
    Times: 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    Days: W
    Contact Hours: 1
    Building: Online
    Room:
    Instructor: Francesca Stracke, DNP, ARNP, FNP-C, ACHPN

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    Amidst the complexities of serious illness, a beacon of compassionate care emerges – Palliative care.  Far beyond merely managing pain, it intricately weaves a tapestry of support for both the individual and their devoted caregivers.  Step into the realm of palliative care, where empathy meets expertise, and the journey toward comfort and well-being begins.

    In the intricate tapestry of healthcare, palliative care emerges as a beacon of compassion and relief, weaving together a symphony of expert assessments, pain management, and unwavering support. It's not just a medical intervention; it's a profound embrace of the physical, emotional, and spiritual journey that accompanies serious illness. Imagine a care approach where every thread is meticulously woven to alleviate symptoms, ease stress, and elevate the quality of life for both the patient and their cherished family. Welcome to palliative care – a person- and family-centered sanctuary where healing transcends the boundaries of medicine, touching the very essence of human experience.

    1.0 Contact Hours or 1.0 Clock Hours

    Target Audience: All healthcare providers, and nursing students undergraduate and graduate level.

    All Times are PST. Registration closes 4/17/2024 at 12:01 AM

    Please review our Deadlines & Refunds policy, as well as our Withdrawal process.

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  • American Heart Association - Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS)
  • Fee: $295.00
    Dates: 4/27/2024 - 4/27/2024
    Times: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    Days: Sa
    Contact Hours: 0
    Building: PLU - Garfield Commons
    Room: 101
    Instructor: Jason Jarvis MSc 18D NREMT-P

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    American Heart Association - Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support

    ACLS courses are scheduled for 8 hours and include a mixture of lecture, videos and hands-on practice. A written test and skills examination must be passed in order to successfully complete the course. ACLS

    includes:

    ● High Quality BLS for Adults

     ● Stable & Unstable Bradycardia

    ● Airway Management

    ● Cardiac Arrest (VF, VT, PEA & Asystole)

    ● Acute Coronary Syndromes & Acute Ischemic Stroke

    ● The Systematic Approach

    ● Stable & Unstable Tachycardia

    ● Team Dynamics

    All Instructors for this course are credentialed AHA ACLS Instructors and professional faculty. Cascade only selects the most experienced and professional staff to provide resuscitation training.

    All Times PST.

    Please review our Deadlines & Refunds policy, as well as our Withdrawal process.

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  • American Heart Association - Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS)
  • Fee: $295.00
    Dates: 5/4/2024 - 5/4/2024
    Times: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    Days: Sa
    Contact Hours: 0
    Building: PLU - Garfield Commons
    Room: 103
    Instructor: Jason Jarvis MSc 18D NREMT-P

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    PALS courses are scheduled for 8 hours and include a mixture of lecture, videos and hands-on practice.  A written test and skills examination must be passed in order to successfully complete the course. PALS includes:

    ● High Quality BLS for Children & Infants

    ● Bradycardia Management

    ● Airway Management

    ● Shockable Pulseless Arrest

    ● Shock Management

    ● Non-Shockable Pulseless Arrest

    ● Tachycardia Management

    ● Team Dynamics

    All Instructors for this course are credentialed AHA PALS Instructors and professional faculty. Cascade only selects the most experienced and professional staff to provide resuscitation training.

    All times listed PST.

    Please review our Deadlines & Refunds policy, as well as our Withdrawal process.

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  • Lunch and Learn series - Guiding Patients through the Menopause Transition: A Clinical and Integrative Approach
  • Fee: $35.00
    Date: 3/6/2024
    Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
    Building: Online
    Contact Hours: 1
    Instructor(s): Victoria Byrd Rph, CWHC, CNC, BCS
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    More than 1 million women this year will reach menopause, and with symptoms beginning 5-10 years before the transition, many more than that will present to their provider seeking assistance. During this webinar, we will discuss:

     

    • Symptoms related to Perimenopause and Menopause
    • Pharmacologic Treatments
    • Lifestyle modifications
    • Diagnostic Testing/ Monitoring Therapies
    • Wading through Misinformation

     

    Learning outcomes: To increase provider knowledge of symptoms related to the menopause transition, create a plan for patients through pharmacologic and lifestyle modifications, monitor and evaluate treatment, and help dispel worries surrounding misinformation.

    1.0 Contact Hours and 0.5 Pharmacological credits

    All Times are PST. Registration closes 03/06/2024 at 12:01 AM

    Please review our Deadlines & Refunds policy, as well as our Withdrawal process.

 

  • Lunch and Learn series - Avoiding Polypharmacy Pitfalls in Symptom Management
  • Fee: $35.00
    Date: 3/20/2024
    Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
    Building: Online
    Contact Hours: 1
    Instructor(s): Lisa Grate, PharmD, MS, BCOP, BCPS
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    In modern healthcare, the effective management of symptoms is paramount to improving patient outcomes and enhancing quality of life. However, the phenomenon of polypharmacy, the concurrent use of multiple medications, poses significant challenges and risks in symptom management.  This course will provide valuable opportunities for practical application through engaging case studies. By applying the tools and knowledge gained, participants will develop proficiency in identifying, addressing, and preventing polypharmacy-related challenges in real-world symptom management scenarios.

    Join us as we navigate the intricacies of polypharmacy in symptom management and empower ourselves with the expertise to provide safe, effective, and patient-centered care.

    1.0 Contact Hours and 0.75 Pharmacological credits 

    Target Audience: All healthcare providers, and nursing students undergraduate and graduate level.

    All Times are PST.

    Please review our Deadlines & Refunds policy, as well as our Withdrawal process.

 

  • Lunch and Learn series - Pediatric Pharmacology update: COPD and Asthma Pediatric Guidelines
  • Fee: $35.00
    Date: 4/10/2024
    Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
    Building: Online
    Contact Hours: 1
    Instructor(s): Tom Simpson, PharmD, RPH
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    Welcome to a breath of fresh knowledge!  In our Pediatric Guidelines course on COPD and Asthma, we invite you to embark on a journey where every breath matters. Just like a symphony, managing respiratory conditions in children requires precision, expertise, and a harmonious blend of care.  Join us as we unravel the notes of effective treatment, delve into the rhythms of preventive strategies, and compose a future where every child breathes freely.  Get ready to breathe in the wisdom and exhale the best practices in pediatric respiratory care.

    1.0 Contact Hours and 1.0 Pharmacological credits 

    Target Audience: All healthcare providers, and nursing students undergraduate and graduate level.

    All Times are PST. Registration closes 04/10/24 at 12:01 AM

    Please review our Deadlines & Refunds policy, as well as our Withdrawal process.

 

  • Lunch and Learn series - Caring for the Caregiver
  • Fee: $35.00
    Date: 5/22/2024
    Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
    Building: Online
    Contact Hours: 1
    Instructor(s): Holly Kapusinski MSN, RN, NC-BC, CPNP-PC, APRN
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    Registered Nurses and Advanced Practice Registered Nurses hold space, witness client and family crises, and provide exceptional care to others daily, but how well are they cared for?  Nursing continues to be the profession trusted the most in healthcare, however many nurses are suffering from fatigue, burnout, stress, and dissatisfaction in their role.  In this lunch and learn, we will discuss tips and techniques to mitigate emotional, physical, and spiritual distress while building inner resources to begin healing.

    1.0 Contact Hours

    Target Audience: All healthcare providers, and nursing students undergraduate and graduate level.

    All Times are PST.

    Please review our Deadlines & Refunds policy, as well as our Withdrawal process.

 

  • Lunch and Learn series - Intro to Pathologic Organisms, Intro to Parasitic Helminths
  • Fee: $65.00
    Date: 6/5/2024
    Time: 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    Building: Online
    Contact Hours: 2
    Instructor(s): Jason Jarvis MSc 18D NREMT-P
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    Embark on an enlightening journey into the microscopic realm with our captivating courses, "Intro to Pathologic Organisms" and "Intro to Parasitic Helminths."  Delve into the intricate world of unseen organisms that wield significant influence on human health.  Unravel the mysteries behind pathogenic entities, understanding their impact on the body. Navigate the fascinating realm of parasitic helminths, exploring their life cycles and the intricate dance they perform within the human host.  Join us for this course, and unlock the secrets of the unseen, forging a deeper understanding of the captivating world of pathologic organisms and parasitic helminths.  It's time to expand your knowledge and see beyond the surface – enroll today for an eye-opening educational adventure!

    All Times are PST. Registration closes 6/05/2024 at 12:01 AM

    Please review our Deadlines & Refunds policy, as well as our Withdrawal process.

 

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