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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:




Asynchronous, online offerings are valid up to 3 years after the original posting date unless otherwise stated.

 

Coping Tools for Nurses $35.00
ONLINE COURSE
Instructor(s):  Thomas Handlan, PhD
Self Paced Course Contact Hours: 2
Location: fully online

Coping Tools for Nurses

Pre-recorded, asynchronous workshop

Discussion of the introductory method for coping skills, why this method typically doesn't work, and why it is necessary to become aware of patterns in order to change patterns.  Learn advanced methods to cope, including steps to increase your awareness in order to change behavior. Participants will leave with meaningful, powerful, useful techniques to use themselves and share with their patients. Discussion of ACEs and how our brain reacts to trauma.
 
Nurses, nursing students, and other healthcare professionals are welcome to register for this class. 
2.0 Contact Hours


 

Introduction to School Nursing ESA $450.00
ONLINE COURSE
Instructor(s):  Shallae Hobbs
School Nurse Professional Development Clock Hours: 0
Location: Online

Intro to School Nursing ESA Course
24 Clock hours

School nursing is a specialized practice that advances the well-being and health of students in the K-12 school-age population.

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 prepares you for the Educational Staff Associate Initial Certification as a School Nurse. This course is approved by the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) of Washington State for meeting the requirements for initial certification as a School Nurse. Check with your home state office of education to verify if this course covers the requirements.

 

TENTATIVE DATES, SUBJECT TO CHANGE

Student self-study begins Friday, June 3, 2022
Virtual, online class Friday, June 24, 2022
In-person skills lab Saturday, June 25, 2022 

ATTENDANCE JUNE 24 & 25 ARE REQUIRED TO PASS THE ESA

Registration implies acceptance of Drop/Refund Policy 

 

 



CCNL is a provider of in-service education clock hours by the Professional Education and Certification Division of the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI), Olympia, WA.

 

IUDs: the Ins and Outs from an Expert Clinician $50.00
ONLINE COURSE
Instructor(s):  Bob Smithing, MSN, FNP, FAANP
Self Paced Course Contact Hours: 2
Location: fully online

IUDs: Selection, Insertion, Removal, Problem Solving, & Patient Education

Instructor: Bob Smithing, MSN, FNP, FAANP

ONLINE, SELF-PACED WORKSHOP

Participants learn correct methods for administering a cervical block, inserting the five currently available IUDs (Paragard, Liletta, Mirena, Kyleena, and Skyla), and matching the most appropriate IUD with their patient.
 
Participants can register at any time and will receive an email within 1 business day containing information on how to complete the class on their own time. This is an asynchronous session.
 
2.0 Contact hours available, including 1.5 Pharm Credits.

 



 

The Pawscribing Project: Assistance Animal Training for Providers $0.00
ONLINE COURSE
Instructor(s):  Alicia Valentino, BSN, RN, DNP-PMHNP (C)
Self Paced Course Contact Hours: 1.5
Location: fully online

The Pawscribing Project: Assistance Animal Training for Providers

Self-Study, Asynchronous Course

An online, pre-recorded training program that delivers comprehensive information on assistance animals to help support providers in the clinical practice setting.

Discussion on:

  • Legal definitions and terms
  • Clinical significance
  • Guidance on effective evaluation and certification letters
  • Provider role
  • Implications

Learning outcomes:

To increase provider knowledge on assistance animals, evaluate the effectiveness of training modality, and evaluate the impact of training on clinical practice.


1.5 Nursing Contact Hours
Instructor Alicia Valentino, BSN, RN, DNP-PMHNP (C)



 

Behavioral Health Concerns for Transgender Patients $30.00
ONLINE COURSE
Instructor(s):  Aytch Denaro, Tovah Fairshot
Self Paced Course Contact Hours: 0.85
Location: fully online

Behavioral Concerns for Transgender Youth

Learning objectives. Participants will better understand:

  • Trauma and gender diverse youth
  • How trauma affects the brain, body, and behavior
  • Gender Dysphoria and the brain
  • How to best support gender diverse youth

There will also be a data dive of research and behavioral health conditions.

This online, self-paced course was recorded as a part of Transgender Healthcare for Providers.

Instructors:  Aytch Denaro, MSW, LICSW, Tovah Fairshot, MSEd



 

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Series $45.00
ONLINE COURSE
Instructor(s): 
Self Paced Course Contact Hours: 1.5
Location: fully 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.



 

Partners in ARNP Education: SBIRT - Screening Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment $65.00
ONLINE COURSE
Instructor(s):  Carrie Ann Matyac, DNP, ARNP, FNP-BC, DelRene Davis, DNP FNP-C
Self Paced Course Contact Hours: 4.75
Location: fully online

SBIRT: Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral for Treatment

Part 1 instructor: Carrie Ann Matyac, DNP, ARNP, FNP-BC

SBIRT and Motivational Interviewing 

Part 2 instructor:  DelRene Davis DNP FNP-C

 This course is for all nurses, nursing students, and nurse practitioners who want to learn how to  Integrate Substance Use Disorder, Screening, and Assessment into their practice. Both sections of the SBIRT course are included in one price.

4.75 contact hours, 2 pre-recorded workshop for self-study



 

'End of Life' series $30.00
ONLINE COURSE
Instructor(s):  Francesca Stracke, DNP, ARNP, FNP-C, ACHPN
Self Paced Course Contact Hours: 1.5
Location: fully online

Advance Care Planning and End of Lifecare, A Review for Healthcare Professionals 

ONLINE, SELF-PACED WORKSHOP

End of Life Series: Part 2

How can providers integrate Palliative Care into active treatment? Discuss how nurses and providers start the conversation about end-of-life care, and how to assess if your patient (and their families) understand the difference between palliative care and hospice. This workshop will be led by a Palliative Care nurse practitioner who will give updates on new legislation regarding end-of-life care in WA state.

This is a pre-recorded, online workshop with 1.5 nursing contact hours available.

 



 

'End of Life' series $45.00
ONLINE COURSE
Instructor(s):  Rachel Haxtema, MDiv, MA, Carla Jolley, MN, ARNP, ANP-BC, AOCH, ACHPN
Self Paced Course Contact Hours: 1.5
Location: fully online

The WA Death with Dignity Law, a Primer for Health Care Providers

ONLINE, SELF-PACED WORKSHOP

End of Life Series: Part 1

Pre-recorded workshop for self-study. A review of the Death with Dignity Law in WA state for providers on how to better respect their patient's final wishes, what to do in a workplace/system that does not support the law, and common misconceptions about the law.


1.5 contact hrs available

 



 

Keeping Kids in the Classroom -- Online Edition $30.00
ONLINE COURSE
Instructor(s):  Kathleen Richardson DNP, ARNP, FNP-C
Self Paced Course Contact Hours: 1
Location: fully online

Kids and Anxiety

ONLINE, SELF-PACED

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.


Instructor: Kathleen Richardson, DNP, ARNP, FNP-C, ENP-BC, CEN, FAEN

1 Contact Hour or 1 Clock Hour available
ASYNCHRONOUS



 

Keeping Kids in the Classroom -- Online Edition $30.00
ONLINE COURSE
Instructor(s):  Kristi Eilers, PMHNP
Self Paced Course Contact Hours: 1.5
Location: fully online

Trauma-Informed Care

ONLINE, SELF-PACED

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
 



 

Primary Care for Gender Diverse Patients $30.00
ONLINE COURSE
Instructor(s):  Dr. Crystal Beal
Self Paced Course Contact Hours: 1
Location: fully online

Primary Care for Gender Diverse Patients 

ONLINE, SELF-PACED WORKSHOP

Originally part of the Transgender Healthcare Day for Providers. Participants will learn best practices for supporting gender diverse patients and their families and how to identify and reduce the gaps in healthcare for the queer community.

The instructor, Dr. Crystal Beal, is a queer and gender health physician, Board Certified in Family Medicine, and a dynamic instructor. They have completed additional training in queer and gender care and are excited to share this presentation with all of you. This pre-recorded workshop is work 1 nursing contact hour available for this offering.



 

Scholarly Articles for Contact Hours $10.00
ONLINE COURSE
Instructor(s): 
Self Paced Course Contact Hours: 0.5
Location: fully online

 

Scholarly Articles for Contact Hours

 

Spotlighted scholarly articles for participants to study. 

To receive contact hours, read the article, fill out the questionnaire, and pay the applicable fee.

View articles HERE: plu.edu/ccnl/scholarlyarticles/



 

Scholarly Articles for Contact Hours $25.00
ONLINE COURSE
Instructor(s): 
Self Paced Course Contact Hours: 2
Location: fully online

Receive contact hours for all 4 articles at once here, without having to register for each separately! 

 

Scholarly Articles for Contact Hours

 

Spotlighted scholarly articles for participants to study. 

To receive contact hours, read the article, fill out the questionnaire, and pay the applicable fee.

View articles HERE: plu.edu/ccnl/scholarlyarticles/



 

 
Contact Information
Center for Graduate and
Continuing Education

Phone: 253-535-7722
Email: ce@plu.edu

Center for Graduate and
Continuing Education
12180 Park Avenue S.
Tacoma, WA 98447