Upcoming Programs at the Center for Lifelong Learning

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

FALL 2013

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

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.


From Ideas to Publication! The Process of Writing Journal Manuscripts and Books

January 10, 2014
Marilyn Oermann, PhD, RN, ANEF, FAAN
This workshop examines the process of writing journal manuscripts beginning with your idea through the submission of your paper, responding to peer reviews, and publication of the manuscript. You will receive hands-on experience in selecting possible journals for submission of a manuscript. The workshop includes a discussion of writing different types of manuscripts, tips for writing, other considerations relevant to publishing journal manuscripts, and steps in securing a publisher and writing a book. You are encouraged to bring your laptop computer to the workshop and come with a Journal manuscript idea in mind.

3rd Annual Cardiovascular Update – January 24, 2014
The new ACA & AHA 2013 guidelines, just released in November 2013, include new prevention guidelines for Lifestyle Management to Reduce Cardiovascular Risk and Assessment of Cardiovascular Risk. We will incorporate these and other up-to-date clinical cardiovascular guidelines for nursing practice into our presentations.

Are you using the most up-to-date clinical cardiovascular guidelines in your nursing practice?  Join us for a full and exciting day that is certain to provide nurses and nurse practitioners with critical updates in cardiology and the latest evidence-based practices for treating heart disease.  You’ll leave with knowledge of applying recent changes in best practices and clinical guidelines to:  Hypertension management; smoking cessation; heart failure; pacemakers and defibrillators; heart-healthy dietary changes; and new therapies for the cath lab.  Learn about the latest JNC treatment guidelines for hypertension, evaluate case studies, and analyze how nurses and NPs can best make a difference in their own practices and communities by providing excellent care in inpatient and outpatient settings and with preventive, acute and chronic care.

6th Annual Excellence in Maternity Care – February 7, 2014
Have you changed your practice in response to new evidence about labor curves?  Are you aware of new uses of nitrous oxide with women in labor? Join us for a day filled with best practices and current evidence that you can incorporate to provide excellent care to women during labor and the postpartum period.  Our expert practitioners will answer your specific questions on topics such as medical interventions during labor and alternative and complimentary therapies.  You’ll hear cases about patients with pelvic floor tears, discuss the impact of increasing BMI on labor progress, and learn how to improve your assessment, referral and treatment skills. In addition, you’ll learn about best practices to apply when helping new moms deal with breastfeeding challenges (including breast pain).  At the end of the day, you will be better prepared to provide mother/baby assistance and ensure babies get the best nutrition possible.

Infusing Technology and Informatics into Nursing Practice – March 28, 2014
Worried that you aren’t effectively using technology in your bedside nursing practice?  Does the term informatics give you the shivers?  Join us for an informative day-long conference intended to help nurses learn how to infuse technology and informatics into their care.  You will hear presentations about “meaningful use,” systems-wide changes in technology, and best practices for Electronic Health Records (EHR). We have an exciting line-up of passionate professionals who will help you better understand how federal and institutional guidelines affect your daily practice, how the implementation of new EHR systems can be successful, and how patients and practitioners can better use electronic resources in practice and research.  This conference is targeted to inpatient and outpatient nurses who work in a variety of settings.

Legal Nurse Update 2014 – April 4, 2014
Nurses increasingly face the possibility of malpractice litigation directed at themselves and their agencies. If you’ve ever been confused about strategies to prevent malpractice, what constitutes evidence in a lawsuit, or how litigation proceeds from the summons to the court room, you will want to attend this day-long conference so you will be better prepared to protect yourself.  Our innovative and dynamic speakers are experienced legal and health care professionals who can speak to your questions regarding nursing practice in the context of health care rules and regulations.  They will provide case studies from legal and nursing perspectives, review common negligence accusations, and describe what to expect if you are named in a lawsuit.  You will also analyze strategies to avoid lawsuits and discuss risk reduction skills, such as proper EHR documentation, while linking “safety culture” to liability risk. You will enjoy the opportunity to discuss legal worries in a safe and informative environment.  Come refresh your legal knowledge and improve your application of legal concepts to your inpatient and outpatient practice!

Information Coming Soon

  • 25th Annual PACU and Ambulatory Surgery Conference – March 15, 2014
  • Healthy Nurses, Healthy Lives – May 16, 2014


Excellence in Teaching for Nurse Educators – May 19-23, 2014

Qualitative Analysis – June 2–5, 2014
Margarete Sandelowski, PhD, RN, FAAN
This is a foundational course focused on general principles of, and generic techniques for, qualitative analysis. Emphasis is placed on approaches most relevant to the health sciences and other practice disciplines. This course includes content formerly offered in Qualitative Analysis 1 and Qualitative Analysis 2; those who have not taken either QA1 or QA2 will find this combined course useful.

Interprofessional Approaches to Quality and Safety – June 4-6, 2014
Gwen Sherwood, PhD, RN, FAAN and Carol Fowler Durham, EdD, RN, ANEF
How safe is the care you provide? How would you describe the safety culture at your agency? Is the curriculum you provide preparing health care professionals with the knowledge, skills and attitudes to improve the safety of our health care system? What answers could you provide for the tragic circumstances in the death of Lewis Blackman, a teenager who sought routine hospital care but died four days later because of preventable errors? Led by nationally renowned leaders in safety education, this institute will help develop competencies related to quality and safety that can transform how you focus on safety, educate learners, or how you do your work. Join members of various health disciplines to explore the most recent evidence in the critical field of patient quality and safety.

18th Annual Institute in Qualitative Research: Mixed-Methods Research – June 9-12, 2014
Margarete Sandelowski, PhD, RN, FAAN
Sharron Docherty, PhD, MScN, CPNP-AC/PC, RN, FAAN
This 3.5 day institute is focused on the use of qualitative methods in mixed-methods primary studies and programs of research. The target audience is faculty, postdoctoral fellows, and graduate students in the health science disciplines; members of other practice disciplines (e.g., education, clinical psychology, social work) will also find this Institute useful. The program includes didactic sessions on designing, proposing, conducting, and disseminating the results of mixed-methods studies, interactive practice sessions, and opportunities for participants to ask questions about their own research projects.

Family Research Institute – June 16-19, 2014
Kathleen Knafl, PhD, FAAN; Marcia Van Riper, PhD, RN, FAAN
Guest speakers: Catherine Chesla, RN, DNSc, FAAN and George Knafl, PhD
This institute addresses the unique conceptual and methodological challenges of family research, with particular attention paid to innovative strategies for treating the family as the unit of study. The institute focuses on research proposal development including:

  • Conceptual underpinnings
  • Qualitative, quantitative, and mixed-method designs
  • Family measures
  • Analytic techniques
  • Ethical issues

By the end of the institute, participants will have an increased understanding of family research and the skills needed to develop successful family research proposals. The institute is of interest to faculty and graduate students who plan to conduct family or family-related studies and are at the beginning or intermediate level of their research careers

Visit our website at http://nursing.unc.edu/lifelong/ for more information.