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    Prescribing Controlled Substances in NJ Online Self Study Program

    Dates and Times:

    Session 1: January 28 - February 11, 2015 (Registration for this Course is Closed)

    Session 2: May 13 - May 27, 2015 (Registration for this Course is Closed)

    Session 3: June 10 - 24, 2015

    Session 4: July 8 – 22, 2015

    Fee: $80 /$60 for MU Students and Alumni

    Six contact hours will be provided.


    This innovative course provides an up-to-date overview of the pharmacology of controlled substances. It has been designed to meet the continuing education requirement for the prescriptive practice of the Advanced Practice Nurse (APN) in NJ. The presenters explore the challenges of responsible prescribing and will share the insight and knowledge gained from their nursing practice. The program is comprised of four modules which include audiovisual material, readings, case studies, narrated slides with valuable reference and resources.

    Topics will include: Pharmacodynamics of controlled substances, prevention/diminution of addictions in the general population, prevention and management of impaired practice among health professionals, as well as the use of controlled substances for the management of psychiatric, non-psychiatric and non-pain related conditions.

    Preregistration is required and is limited (please register early). This is an online self-paced learner activity that requires computer and internet access. Approximately one week before the start date participants will receive program information, access dates and instructions on how to log into the course materials. Participants will have a two week period to complete the 6 hour program. The course may be completed in increments.

    Criteria for successful completion of this program is the review of all self-study materials (time will be monitored), earning a score of 85 or above on the 20 question post-test and completion of the program evaluation. A certificate will be emailed after the course ends, and upon verification of successful completion.

    Organ and Tissue Donation and Recovery

    Date: Monday, April 27, 2015

    Time: 5:30 – 7 p.m.

    Location: The Club, Magill Commons

    Fee: No Charge There is no fee for this program, but registration is limited and pre-registration is required. Please use our special registration form to register online.

    This program will provide 1.5 contact hours for nurses.


    This program has been designed to provide an update on innovations and trends in organ and tissue donation and recovery for registered professional nurses. The work of the Organ Procurement Organization/NJ Sharing Network will be highlighted.


    • Describe the role of the nurse in the transplant process
    • Outline the innovations and trends in organ donation and transplant
    • Discuss the issues involved with recovery and donation of organs and tissues

    Topics include: Overcoming myths and presenting facts about organ and tissue donation and recovery, the role of the nurse in the recovery and donation process, the criteria for patient selection, matching deceased donors with recipients, and saving lives with living donors.


    Barbara Turci RN, BSN – Manager of Organ & Tissue Donation Education, NJ Sharing Network

    Substitute School Nurse Workshop

    Date: Friday, May 01, 2015

    Time: 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

    Location: The Club, Magill Commons

    Fee: $90(A light lunch is included in the program fee)

    This program will provide 5.75 contact hours


    Substitute Nurses are needed in many school districts! This class is designed to present an overview of the responsibilities of the Substitute School Nurse.  The Instructors will introduce key areas specific to the care of the child in the school setting.


    • Describe requirements for School Nursing and employment opportunities
    • Review tips and techniques for the management of the school health office
    • Discuss documentation guidelines
    • Compare district policies for the management of common school health concerns
    • Discuss diabetes management (nutrition and insulin pumps)
    • Describe emergency protocols (epi-pen, glucogon, & nebulizer)


    Lauren Dorman, MS, RD, CDE - Certified Diabetes Educator and Registered Dietitian

    Deborah Ewtushek, MSN, MS, RN, NJ-CSN - Director of Clinical Placement, Marjorie K. Unterberg School of Nursing and Health Studies (MKUSONHS)

    Laura Jannone, EdD, RN, NJ-CSN, FNASN - Chair, Associate Professor, Coordinator of the School Nurse Program, and Director of the MSN Program at MKUSONHS

    Patricia Sciscione PhD, RN, CSN - Specialist Professor at MKUSNHS

    Psychotropic Pharmacology for Healthcare Providers

    Date: Tuesday, May 12, 2015

    Time: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

    Location: McAllan Hall Room 227

    Fee: $98(A light lunch is included in the program fee)

    This program will provide 6 contact hours for nurses.


    This program will provide an overview of adult psychotropic pharmacology for healthcare providers. It is designed to help the practitioner gain an understanding of basic neurology and the effects of pharmaceutical treatment on the behavior of individuals with mental health disorders.   Recommendations for the treatment of depression, anxiety disorders, psychosis and ADHD will be presented. A focus will be on treatment guidelines including monitoring and evaluation, the potential for drug interaction and adverse reaction.

    Topics will include:

    • The role of psychotropic pharmacology in the treatment of mental health disorders.
    • Basic function of neuroregulation.
    • Mechanism of action, adverse reactions and contraindications.
    • Monitoring and evaluating the effects of psychotropic pharmaceutical agents.
    • Ethical issues arising with the use of psychotropic medications.


    Laura Kelly, PhD, RN, APN-C - (Family Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner) – has been working as a Psychiatric Advanced Practice Nurse since 1989. She maintains a private practice treating women with post-partum affective disorders and works part-time at the Center for Health, Education, Medicine & Dentistry managing the psychiatric needs of clients across the life span. She also is an Associate Professor at the Marjorie K. Unterberg School of Nursing and Health Studies.

    Clinical Instructor Series

    Dates: May 14 & 15, 2015

    Time: 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

    Location: Birch Hall

    Fee: $125 per classor $225 for both days (A light lunch is included in the program fee)

    6.5 contact hours will be awarded per day

    This seminar series has been developed to provide a framework of topics and resources for clinical nursing instructors. The content is suitable for individuals who would like to update their knowledge or for nurses who are new to the clinical instructor role.


    Four modules will focus on key topics:

    May 14, 2015

    Practice Guidelines for Clinical Instructors (Colleen Manzetti, DNP, RN, CNE)

    • The role and responsibility of the clinical instructor
    • Nursing program requirements
    • Policy and practice regulations

    The Clinical Evaluation Process (Mary Ann Troiano DNP, RN, APN-C)

    • Evaluation tools, assessing skills, measuring progress and clinical competencies
    • Documenting performance, recording keeping and anecdotal notes
    • Learning contracts and remediation

    May 15, 2015

    Designing the Clinical Experience (Lois Donovan MSN, NP, CNE)

    • Creating an active learning environment/engaging students with teachable moments
    • Optimizing and organizing clinical time and assignments
    • The power of the pre and post conference
    • Bridging fundamentals and applying theory to practice

    Technology & the Simulated Learning Experiences (Tresa Dusaj, Ph.D, RN-BC, CNE, CHSE, CTN-A)

    • Integrating technology
    • Demonstration of simulated technology
    • Integrating use of simulation into the learning experience
    • Reflective thinking and debriefing strategies


    Lois Donovan, MSN, NP, CNE - Assistant Professor at Ocean County College, will share her extensive experience as a nurse educator in both the classroom and clinical setting.

    Tresa Kaur Dusaj, Ph.D, RN-BC, CNE, CHSE, CTN-A - Assistant Professor for the Marjorie K. Unterberg School of Nursing and Health Studies (MKUSONHS) and Coordinator of the MSN in Nursing Education track. Her interests include the use of simulation and technology in nursing Education.

    Colleen Manzetti, DNP, RN, CNE - Assistant Professor for the MKUSONHS and has a background as an administrator overseeing generic nursing education and as a clinical educator.

    Mary Ann Troiano, DNP, RN, APN-C - Associate Professor for the MKUSONHS will share her extensive undergraduate and graduate clinical experience as a nurse educator.

    Sexual Assault Examination Across the Lifespan

    Dates: June 22-26, 2015

    Time: 9 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

    Location: Monmouth Park Corporate Center, West Long Branch, NJ: Building C

    Fee: $800

    Sixty-four (64) contact hours will be provided. (In addition to the classroom hours, approximately 34 hours of computer based coursework are required.) Students will be provided independent study materials prior to the start of the course.


    This course reflects the International Association of Forensic Nurses (IAFN) standards for adolescent, adult, and pediatric SANE education and the revised requirements of the NJ Board of Nursing for SANE Education. For MU Forensic Nursing Students, this course satisfies requirements for the SANE course in the certificate and MSN program.

    This program is designed for the RN with at least 2 years recent clinical experience desiring to obtain the in-depth knowledge and skills needed to provide effective health care and services to victims of sexual assault. Content will include the biological, psychological, social and medico-legal dynamics of sexual assault including care of both male and female survivors across the lifespan.

    Topics will include: assessment and evaluation of the adult, adolescent, pediatric survivor of sexual assault through the lifespan, role of the SANE in caring for sexual assault and abuse victims across the lifespan, nursing management of the sexually assaulted patient, evidence collection and analysis, exam documentation, clinical skill demonstrations, interdisciplinary collaboration, NJ laws and regulations, and an overview of the criminal justice system including tips on testifying.


    Eileen Allen, MSN, RN, FN-CSA, SANE-A, SANE–P: Nationally certified sexual assault examiner and practicing forensic nurse, coordinator of the Monmouth County SANE/SART program. She has presented numerous lectures on a variety of topics related to Forensic Nursing for local, regional, and national audiences. Guest lectures will also be presented by experts from the scientific and legal community.

    Nurse Practitioner Skills Boot Camp

    Dates: Friday and Saturday, July 17 & 18, 2015

    Time: 8:30 a.m. - 5:15 p.m.

    Location: Monmouth University

    Fee: $400 /$350 for MU Students and Alumni (Instructional materials, a continental breakfast and a light lunch are included in the program fee)

    15 contact hours for nurses will be provided.


    Step up for the "Boot Camp" at Monmouth University - an immersion program for Nurse Practitioners providing specialized training in key areas. The hands-on experience will be facilitated by content experts who will share knowledge, tips, and techniques for practice. The boot camp is suitable for individuals who would like to update their knowledge and/or who are new to the role.

    Participants will complete 2 modules daily - selecting 4 out of the 5 modules listed below. Each day will conclude with a 1.5 hour pharmacology update.

    • X-Ray Interpretation
      • Denise Sirois - RN, MSN, CCRN, ACNP - Acute Care Nurse Practitioner with the Cardiac Surgery Team at Jersey Shore Medical Center.
    • EKG Assessment
      • Dr. Charles Miller - Director of Cardiac Diagnostic Services, Integrated Medicine Alliance, Shrewsbury NJ, Member of EKG Group and Cardiology diagnostic Panel, Riverview Medical Center
    • Care of Common Orthopedic Injuries and Splinting Basics
      • Dr. Marc Menkowitz - Co-founder of The Center for the Functional Restoration of the Spine - NJ, Member of the academic committee Monmouth Medical Orthopedics Program and Assistant Professor at Drexel School of Medicine.
    • Suturing and Wound Closure
      • Patricia Dempsey - PNP-BC, ANP-BC - Advanced Practice Nurse, Team Health East at Riverview Medical Center & Adjunct Professor, Marjorie K. Unterberg School of Nursing and Health Studies. Specializing in emergent care, adult and children.
    • Clinical Decision Making - Interpreting and Integrating Diagnostics
      • Rose Knapp DNP, RN, APN-C - Assistant Professor and Coordinator of the Nurse Practitioner Program. Marjorie K. Unterberg School of Nursing and Health Studies. Acute Care Nurse Practitioner specializing in critical and emergent care.


    Please use our custom Boot Camp Registration Form for this workshop in order to personally select the modules you want to complete.


    Upcoming Programs

    If you would like to be notified of future programs, please contact the School of Nursing and Health Studies at 732-571-3443 and we will add you to our e-mail list.

    About the School

    Marjorie K. Unterberg School of Nursing & Health Studies at Monmouth University is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the New Jersey State Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission On Accreditation. Provider Number P242-5/12-15.

    Registration Information

    Registration must include full payment. Make checks payable to Monmouth University. If you wish to pay by credit card please call 732-571-3443.

    Refund Policy

    Refunds will be granted if the program is canceled due to limited enrollment. If you withdraw from the course at least 14 working days in advance, the fee may be applied to another continuing education program. Program registration is limited so please register early! If you would like more information, please call 732-571-3443 or send e-mail to bpaskewi@monmouth.edu.

    Continuing Education Hours Required for License Renewal

    The NJ State Board of Nursing adopted a ruling that requires nurses to complete 30 hours of continuing education every two years. The programs must be related to nursing and approved by an agency accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies, such as the ANCC. Successful completion of a course related to nursing offered by a college or university counts toward this requirement, as does the development of a curriculum. If you would like to read the details of this ruling, please visit the NJ Board of Nursing Web site: www.state.nj.us/lps/ca/adoption/nurado51II.htm

    The School of Nursing will continue to offer programs to meet these requirements and we intend to increase our offerings in the coming years. If there are topics that you would like to see offered or if you are interested in offering a program, please contact Barbara Paskewich at 732-571-3443 or send e-mail to bpaskewi@monmouth.edu.