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Upcoming Programs at the Center for Lifelong Learning

The UNC SON Center for Lifelong Learning has many edifying programs coming up in the spring and the summer. For more information, you can read the program descriptions below or click here for the online schedule and information on how to enroll.

Summer Institutes 2013

Writing Research Grants – June 17 – 21, 2013
Sandy Funk, PhD, FAAN and Elizabeth Tornquist, MA, FAAN

This intensive, week-long institute taught by a nationally renowned researcher and editor is designed to assist faculty and post-doctoral fellows in the behavioral sciences such as nursing, public health, and psychology, to write successful research grant applications for federal or other major funding. Learn valuable tips from experts who have years of experience in helping researchers obtain funding. The instructors will use the National Institute of Health (NIH) SF424 (R&R) application format and focus on helping participants show clearly the potential impact of their proposed work, both on the science and on practice. The course will cover all major aspects of developing and writing the proposal with special emphasis on the specific aims, significance, innovation and approach sections as well as providing an overview of key NIH Funding mechanisms and the review process. Participants are encouraged to come with a focused research topic and completed pilot work for the proposed study.

Registration Fee:   $1,549

Early-Bird Registration fee:   $1,399 if registered by May 6, 2013

History Taking and Physical Assessment – July 10-31, 2013
(4 Wednesdays on campus and 4 weeks of online modules to complete at home)
Laura Nasir, PhD, MSN, RN, FNP-C (Coordinator)

Do you ever feel uncertain about your physical assessment skills, or struggle to express your exam findings clearly? Want to learn to take a better history from your patients? This hybrid online and in-person month-long course is designed to endow registered nurses with exceptional history-taking and physical assessment skills. Build on your current knowledge and experience by learning to conduct a thorough and efficient head-to-toe exam as well as focused exams for each body system based on patients’ complaints. Learn to clearly document your findings to build better communication with the rest of the care team.  This course is a perfect way to prepare for your first year in a nurse practitioner program.  This course will have online lectures for you to watch from home at a time that is convenient for you, plus one full day per week of hands-on skills practice with exceptional clinical faculty.

Registration Fee: $849

Fee with Scholarship for RNs:  $549

Instrumentation: Development, Testing, & Revision – July 15 – 19, 2013
Mary R. Lynn, PhD, RN

This four-and-a-half day institute is designed to help doctorally-prepared researchers and/or educators, post-doctoral fellows and doctoral students apply the steps of instrumentation development and testing to new measures as well as those to be revised or evaluated for use. Participants will learn the similarities and differences in instrument development using traditional and qualitative approaches, along with exploring how each is used in instrument revision. Discussions will include classical measurement theory, reliability, validity, types of scaling, item writing, instrument components, pilot and field testing, and factor analysis, along with an assortment of other topics. By blending real life examples and humor with theoretical knowledge, Dr. Lynn will enable course participants to understand the process and issues associated with instrument development and revision, exploratory and confirmatory analysis, various scaling methods, and critiquing existing instruments.

Registration Fee: $1,549

Early-Bird Registration fee: $1,399 if registered by June 3, 2013

Upcoming Programs for Fall 2013 – Save the Date!

Infectious Disease Update 2013 — September 13, 2013
The William and Ida Friday Center for Continuing Education
Infectious diseases account for significant mortality and morbidity around the world, including here in the United States. Infectious Disease Update 2013 will review the latest in the nursing care of important infectious disease problems, including influenza, HIV/AIDS, pertussis and other respiratory diseases, and clostridium difficile. In addition, we will highlight the ever-worsening problem of health-care associated infections and multi-drug resistant organisms including carbapenem-resistant enterbacteriaceae. Whether you work in an inpatient or outpatient settings such as a nursing home, school or occupational setting, you will leave with tips to improve the care of your clients with challenging infectious diseases.

Health Care Reform, the ACA, and You – October 11, 2013
The William and Ida Friday Center for Continuing Education

The Affordable Care Act (ACA), which became law in 2010, is creating significant change within healthcare and within our society as a whole.  This one-day seminar will examine the impact of the ACA on nursing, our patients, our communities and ourselves. Come learn what the ACA really does and does not do, how it might change your job or career, and how you as a nurse can work for change to better the health of your community.
Featured Speakers:Pam Silberman, JD, DrPHPresident & CEO, North Carolina Institute of Medicine
Kevin W. Sowers, MSN, RN, FAANPresident, Duke University Hospital

Healthy Children 2013 Pediatric Nursing Update – November 15, 2013
The William and Ida Friday Center for Continuing Education

The health of children and adolescents in the United States and in North Carolina continues to be a public health priority, as national and state goals and objectives for improving health fail to be achieved.  This full-day program will focus on several key areas of Healthy People 2020 that target child and adolescent health, with topics including childhood overweight and obesity and related diseases (including type 2 diabetes mellitus), asthma, sleep quality, sexual & gender identity, and drug & alcohol abuse. Presenters will share information about caring for patients with these concerns, as well as the evidence-based national and state goals for pediatric health so that participants have a better understanding of strategies to help children and youth to be as healthy as possible.

Pharmacology Update 2013 for Advanced Practice Registered Nurses – December 6, 2013

The William and Ida Friday Center for Continuing Education
With the constant release of new medications, changes to labeling of existing medications, and updates of clinical guidelines, how do YOU stay on top of it all?  Join us for this year’s Pharmacology Update for APRNs for a jam-packed day focusing on the pharmacological treatment of a range of conditions. The agenda is based on participant requests from past years, and will include sessions on mental health, dermatology, antibiotics, COPD and asthma, anticonvulsants, and diabetes. Speakers will use case studies and patient scenarios to focus on the clinical treatment and be sure your questions are answered. And since you’re taking a day off to be here, we loaded the day with six sessions – for a total of 7.5 pharmacology contact hours.

Don’t forget about our online programs! Visit our website at http://nursing.unc.edu/lifelong/online-programs/ for more information