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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, and academic credit.

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.

Browse all offerings open for registration or click to go directly to specific course/program pages:

All times listed are Pacific Standard Time.

Asynchronous, online offerings are valid up to 2 years after the original posting date unless otherwise stated.

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  • Guiding Patients through the Menopause Transition: A Clinical and Integrative Approach
  • Fee: $30.00
    Self-paced Course
    Contact Hours: 0.75
    Location: Fully Online
    Instructor: Victoria Byrd Rph, CWHC, CNC, BCS

    ONLINE

    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.

    0.75 Contact Hours and 0.5 Pharmacological credits

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

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  • Wound Care
  • Fee: $45.00
    Dates: 12/31/2024 - 12/31/2024

    Instructor: Julie Schmitt RN MN MBA CWON

    ONLINE

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    Wound Care Essentials

    Wound care is a critical aspect of healthcare, and healthcare professionals need to stay current with the latest best practices and evidence-based treatments.  This course will help healthcare providers acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to deliver effective wound care to their patients.  When it comes to wound care, integrating clinical practice guidelines into the course will be highly beneficial.

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

    Online course materials and video will be emailed after registration. Clock Hours Offered

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

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  • An Area of Opportunity: Perinatal Mental Health
  • Fee: $35.00
    Dates: 12/31/2024 - 12/31/2024

    Instructor: BreAnne Marcucci FNP-C, ARNP, IBCLC, PMH-C

    ONLINE

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    1 in 5 women experience a perinatal mood and anxiety disorder, like postpartum depression, during the first year postpartum. In fact, perinatal mood and anxiety disorders (PMADs) are the most common complication of pregnancy, affecting nearly 20 percent of people during pregnancy and the postpartum year, however, it continues to be the most under-screened and under-diagnosed problem women and pregnant/postpartum people experience. This presentation will focus on the evidence based screening tools, counseling and support methods related to perinatal mental health and how to incorporate perinatal mental health support into your care for pregnant and postpartum families. Additionally we will review psychopharmacology for common psychiatric disorders in the perinatal period.

    1.0 Contact Hours and 0.25 Pharmacological credits 

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

    Online course materials and video will be emailed after registration. Clock Hours Offered

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

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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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  • Child and Adolescent Traumatic Grief After Loss - Childhood Grief: Too Young to Say Goodbye
  • Fee: $65.00
    Self-paced Course
    Contact Hours: 2
    Location: Fully Online
    Instructor: Tanika Johnson, Ed.D., M.A., LPC-MHSP, LMHC, NCC, BC-TMH,

    ONLINE

    Childhood Grief: Too Young to Say Goodbye

    This course highlights the emotional challenges that children may face when dealing with the loss of someone significant in their lives.  The participants will develop an in-depth awareness of suicide prevention techniques: decreasing risk factors, increasing protective factors, promoting positive relationship-building with parents, families, and caregivers, enhancing life skills, and fostering healthy social and emotional school and home environments. 

    This is Part One.

    Clock Hours Offered

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  • Child and Adolescent Traumatic Grief After Loss - Adolescent Grief: Too Young to Say Goodbye
  • Fee: $80.00
    Self-paced Course
    Contact Hours: 3
    Location: Fully Online
    Instructor: Tanika Johnson, Ed.D., M.A., LPC-MHSP, LMHC, NCC, BC-TMH,

    ONLINE

    Adolescent Grief: Too Young to Say Goodbye

    In the aftermath of a traumatic event such as a suicidal death, school or community shooting, or any related tragedy, adolescents may experience a wide range of emotions and thoughts. It is crucial for parents, teachers, and community leaders to provide support and guidance to help them cope with these traumatic experiences. This course provides some strategies for responding to the concerns and questions that adolescents may have.

    This is Part Two.

    Clock Hours Offered

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  • Holistic Opioid Addiction Prevention (HOAP)
  • Fee: $85.00
    Self-paced Course
    Contact Hours: 3
    Location: Fully Online
    Instructor: Carrie Ann Matyac, DNP, ARNP, FNP-BC

    ONLINE

    Holistic Opioid Addiction Prevention (HOAP) focuses on preventing opioid addiction from occurring in the first place. This is a crucial aspect of addressing the opioid crisis, as it aims to reduce the number of people who become dependent on opioids due to chronic pain management. The program equips healthcare professionals with the knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to effectively prevent opioid addiction. This includes understanding the risks associated with opioids, identifying alternative pain management strategies, and staying up-to-date with the latest research and guidelines.

    3.0 Contact Hours and 1.0 Pharm Credit

    PLU Preceptors please contact us for your discount at ccnl@plu.edu.

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

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  • LGBTQ+ Health Education for Nurses
  • Fee: $35.00
    Self-paced Course
    Contact Hours: 1
    Location: Fully Online
    Instructor: Kristen Bender RN DNP-c

    ONLINE

    LGBTQ+ Health Education for Nurses with Kristen Bender RN DNP-c

    This course is designed to provide an understanding of the health disparity faced by the LGBTQ+ community.  By addressing these topics, the course can help nurses and practitioners become more informed and culturally competent healthcare providers, ultimately improving the quality of care provided to LGBTQ+ individuals in Washington State and beyond.

    Clock Hours Offered

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  • Breast feeding: What you don't know can hurt your patient.
  • Fee: $40.00
    Self-paced Course
    Contact Hours: 1.25
    Location: Fully Online
    Instructor: Hannah Pye MSN, RN, CEN, DNP

    ONLINE

    This course is designed to provide nurses with essential evidence-based knowledge on breastfeeding and its importance in the care of infants and mothers. It uses a series of case studies and the latest evidence to address common misconceptions about medications and treatments related to breastfeeding. The course aims to educate nurses about their vital role in breastfeeding support.

    Clock Hours Offered

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

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  • Pharmacology asynchronous - Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis for HIV
  • Fee: $35.00
    Self-paced Course
    Contact Hours: 1
    Location: Fully Online
    Instructor: Kathryn Schroeder PharmD

    ONLINE

    This course will cover Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) effectiveness in preventing HIV infection when taken as prescribed. PrEP is recommended for individuals at high risk of HIV, and it involves taking antiretroviral medications regularly to reduce the risk of HIV transmission. Discover the importance of healthcare providers accessing individuals' risk factors to determine if PrEP is appropriate for them.  PrEP is highly effective when taken consistently. The two main medications approved for PrEP are Truvada (tenofovir disoproxil fumarate/emtricitabine) and Descovy (tenofovir alafenamide/emtricitabine). Both medications have been shown to significantly reduce the risk of HIV transmission when taken as directed.

    Clock Hours Offered, RX credits 1.0

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

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  • Pharmacology asynchronous - THE A, B, C’s OF HEPATITIS B AND C
  • Fee: $35.00
    Self-paced Course
    Contact Hours: 1
    Location: Fully Online
    Instructor: Yhazmyne Hawkins, Pharm D

    ONLINE

    This course will focus on interpreting laboratory results related to Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C, and then using that information to make informed decisions about antiviral therapy for patients.  The approach may vary depending on guidelines, the specific patient's condition, and the available medications.  In both HBV and HCV cases, individualized patient assessment is essential to select the most appropriate antiviral therapy. Treatment response is monitored through serial lab tests, and adjustments may be made as necessary. Close collaboration with a hepatologist or infectious disease specialist is recommended for managing these chronic viral hepatitis infections. Treatment guidelines may evolve, so consulting the most recent guidelines is crucial.

    This event offers 1.0 contact hours to attendees and (1.0 Pharmacology credits

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

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  • Pharmacology asynchronous - Pharmacotherapeutic Update for Providers
  • Fee: $65.00
    Self-paced Course
    Contact Hours: 2.6
    Location: Fully Online
    Instructor: Erik Gunderson, PharmD, BCPS, Steven Elrod, PharmD, BCACP, Tom Simpson, PharmD, RPH

    ONLINE

    Microdosing Psychedelics - Tom Simpson, PharmD, RPh.
    Discover the rapidly evolving field of psychedelic research, with ongoing clinical trials and studies exploring their safety and efficacy for various mental health conditions. However, it's important to emphasize that the use of psychedelics should always be conducted in controlled and supervised settings to minimize risks and maximize potential benefits. Instructor Tom Simpson, PharmD., RPh.

    Fight the Fomites!  COVID-19 Prevention and Management - Erik Gunderson, PharmD, BCPS, BCACP
    It's essential to stay updated with the latest guidelines and recommendations from health authorities and consult with healthcare professionals to develop a patient-specific COVID-19 treatment plan, especially considering the evolving nature of the pandemic.  Determining the appropriate COVID-19 treatment depends on several factors, including the patient's age, comorbidities, disease severity, and the presence of certain risk factors.

    What the EF is Going on with Heart Failure? - Steven A. Elrod, PharmD, BCACP
    The treatment of heart failure with reduced ejection fraction (HFrEF) has evolved over the years, and there are indeed some "new" foundational pillars that have become integral in managing this condition. These pillars are essential for improving patients' outcomes and enhancing their quality of life. Here are the "new" foundational pillars and an outline of outpatient setting treatment plans for HFrEF. 

    This event offers 2.6 contact hours to attendees and (2.6 Pharmacology clock hours)

    Clock hours offered

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

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  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Series
  • Fee: $45.00
    Self-paced Course
    Contact Hours: 1.5
    Location: Fully Online
    Instructor: Lorena Guerrero, PhD, ARNP, FNP-BC

    ONLINE

    Incivility in the HealthCare Workplace: Bullying and Bias

    ONLINE, SELF-PACED WORKSHOP

    Learning Topics:

    • discussion of lateral violence and microaggressions/bullying in healthcare
    • reflection about the root of incivility and why the healthcare culture accepts bullying
    • analysis of group dynamics and healthcare hierarchical leadership power structures that promote incivility and unacceptable behavior
    • dialogue of strategies to survive & thrive
    • choosing a role to change behaviors and culture

    The workshop will reference "The Dauntless Nurse" by M. Griffin, K. Bartholomew, and A. Robbins.

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

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  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Series
  • Fee: $90.00
    Self-paced Course
    Contact Hours: 2.75
    Location: Fully Online
    Instructor: Dr. Crystal Beal, Aytch Denaro, Tovah Fairshot, Dana Karash

    ONLINE

    Transgender Healthcare for Providers

    This pre-recorded seminar is available for self-study

    Topics include:

    • Primary Care for Gender Diverse Patients
    • Behavioral Health Concerns for Trans Patients
    • Transgender Medication Management


    2.75 Contact Hours available, including 1 Pharm Credit

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

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  • Keeping Kids in the Classroom - Online Edition - Kids and Anxiety
  • Fee: $35.00
    Self-paced Course
    Contact Hours: 1
    Location: Fully Online
    Instructor: Kathleen Richardson DNP, ARNP, FNP-C

    ONLINE

    Learn to recognize anxiety in and help K-12 kids who suffer from anxiety that may manifest in different symptoms.

    This 1 hour online workshop is open to any nurse that works with K-12 age kids.

    1 Contact Hour or 1 Clock Hour available.

    Self Paced, Pre-Recorded

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

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  • Keeping Kids in the Classroom - Online Edition - Trauma Informed Care
  • Fee: $45.00
    Self-paced Course
    Contact Hours: 1.5
    Location: Fully Online
    Instructor: Kristi Eilers, PMHNP

    ONLINE

    Using Trauma-Informed Care principles, with an emphasis on working with school-aged kids and a focus on the Adversity Childhood Experiences (ACEs) study. This online workshop is perfect for both School Nurses and for those working in pediatrics in these uncertain times.

    As part of our "Keeping Kids in the Classroom" series for school nurses, this workshop offers 1.5 in-service education clock hours. PLU offers the hours through the Professional Education and Certification Division of the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI), Olympia, WA.

    Contact hours through ANCC are also available.

    1.5 Clock Hours (OSPI) or 1.5 Contact Hours

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

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  • Introduction to School Nursing ESA
  • Fee: $495.00
    Dates: 5/27/2024 - 6/22/2024
    Times: Arr
    Days: Arr
    Contact Hours: 24
    Building: PLU - Garfield Commons
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    Instructor: Karen Smith RN, BSN, NCSN, Shallae Hobbs BSN, MN, RN, NCSN, Kenna Gordon RN

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    This course prepares you for initial Educational Staff Associate Initial Certification as a School Nurse. Content includes the role of the school nurse within the context of the school and society, growth and development, assessment and screening tools, school law, and legal, ethical, and professional responsibilities of the role.

    Learn practical skills at the hands of Nationally Board Certified School Nurses, discuss common scenarios in online message boards, and learn Scope of Practice. Assignments and videos are posted in a virtual classroom to allow participants more flexibility to "learn the ropes" without sacrificing quality or content.

    This course is approved by the Professional Educator Standards Board (PESB) for meeting the requirements for initial certification as a School Nurse.

    Prerequisite for this ESA course:   Must hold a valid state of Washington Registered Nurse License, and BSN is strongly preferred.  Please refer to the OSPI website for additional information.

    Location: self-study/online synchronous combo
    Self -paced Starts May 27, 2024
    Live internet June 15, 2024
    In person lab June 22, 2024 (PLU campus) 

    PLU Garfield Commons 208 Garfield St. S Tacoma, WA  ROOMS 101,103

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

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