Upcoming Programs at the Center for Lifelong Learning

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

Promoting Healthy Aging with Older Adults – October 24, 2014

By 2030, there will be 72.1 million older persons in the US, more than twice their number in 2000! Do you have current knowledge and skills to promote healthy aging among this growing population of older adults?  Whether you work in an inpatient or outpatient setting, you will benefit from an update on how to help patients and families cope with Alzheimer’s disease, other dementias and delirium, anxiety and depression.  Our expert presenters will share best practices on identifying and dealing with polypharmacy, and ways to encourage physical activities that will help maintain health and prevent falls. You will also gain a better understanding of legal issues in end of life care. Join us to get your specific questions answered, network with colleagues, and learn new knowledge and skills that will help you improve the health of older adults.

Pediatric Sexual Assault Examiner Training – November 3-7, 2014

Are you a nurse who is challenged to provide the best possible care to some of the most vulnerable patients you might see in acute or primary care settings – children and adolescents who are physically and/or emotionally abused? Join us for an in-person, five-day course that will enhance your clinical knowledge and start building your skills in conducting medical/forensic screening exams for potential child sexual abuse.  Sexual assault experts will be on hand to answer your questions and share their expertise as you learn to provide high quality care to children and families and prepare to submit evidence that will be useful in court.

In order to complete the Pediatric Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner training, each participant must fulfill an additional, separate clinical component. Our training, when combined with the necessary clinical hours, meets all of the educational requirements as outlined by the International Association of Forensic Nurses (IAFN) for taking the certification exam as a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner-Pediatric (SANE-P).  This program has been approved by the North Carolina Board of Nursing.

Pharmacology Update 2014 – December 5, 2014

The FDA approves over a hundred new medications each year, including dozens of innovative therapies developed to meet previously unmet needs.  With continual changes to clinical practice guidelines, changes in labeling, and the continual development of new medications, how DO you stay current?

Join us for the annual “Pharmacology Update” for Advanced Practice Registered Nurses and interested RNs. This popular conference features engaging, case-based presentations by renowned clinical experts. Tailored to respond to requests from previous participants, topics this year focus on pharmacological treatment for a broad range of conditions including pain, diabetes, menopause, pediatric depression, abused substances, and insomnia, anxiety and depression among older adults.

Register now to join your colleagues for an exciting day of cutting edge education and earn 7.0 ANCC pharmacology contact hours!


From Ideas to Publication! The Process of Writing Journal Manuscripts and Books – January 16, 2015

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, open access and predatory journals, other considerations relevant to publishing journal manuscripts, and steps in securing a publisher and writing a book.

We encourage you to bring a device you can use to search the internet for one of the learning activities, and come with a journal manuscript idea in mind so you’ll leave with helpful ideas of which journals are likely to be interested in your submission.

4th Annual Cardiovascular Update – January 30, 2015

Are you using the most up-to-date guidelines in your cardiovascular nursing practice? The treatment of cardiovascular disease is continuously evolving, with advances in treatments, technology, and annual updates of AHA/ACC guidelines. Join us for a full and exciting day of learning at the 4th Annual Cardiovascular Update Conference on Friday, January 30, 2015. This one day conference promises to provide nurses and nurse practitioners with the latest evidence-based practices and treatments for heart and vascular disease, using patient scenarios and case studies to keep the focus clinical and engaging. Throughout the day you will learn how nurses and NPs can best make a difference in their own practices and communities by providing excellent care. You’ll leave with new knowledge and the ability to apply recent changes in clinical guidelines to your practice

Innovations in Care Coordination – February 20, 2015

The challenge of coordinating care for patients with complex health needs is more daunting than ever. Have you considered implementing an innovative care coordination model but were not sure how to get started or whether it might succeed? Our expert speakers, who are leaders in the field, will share strategies that will help you understand what works and what doesn’t to ensure your patients receive the highest quality care. You will leave knowing how to coordinate care for different populations, with a focus on systems and population health outcomes.

Come and explore cases with ethical and legal issues, vulnerable children with chronic care needs, how to coordinate for people with serious and persistent mental illness, and more! Throughout the day you will learn best-practices to make a difference in your practice settings and communities by providing excellent care through teamwork and coordination.

Upcoming Spring Programs

26th Annual PACU and Ambulatory Surgery Conference – March 14, 2015

7th Annual Excellence in Maternity Care – March 20, 2015

Upcoming Summer Institutes and Courses

Qualitative Analysis – June 1 – 4, 2015

This is a foundational course focused on general principles of, and generic techniques for, qualitative analyses treating text both as index of experience and as object of analysis. Analysis approaches featured include those commonly used in qualitative studies in the practice disciplines, including content/thematic and narrative/discourse analyses, and grounded theorizing.

At the end of this 3.5-day program that includes didactic and interactive sessions, participants will be able to:  Differentiate among data preparation, management, analysis, and interpretation; Differentiate analyses treating text as object of analysis v. as index of experience; Differentiate between case-oriented and variable-oriented analyses; Describe generic technical approaches to analysis (e.g., coding, counting, quoting, visually displaying); Describe the defining features of qualitative content/thematic analysis, grounded theorizing, and narrative/discourse analysis; Describe issues surrounding secondary analysis of qualitative data

19th Annual Institute in Qualitative Research: Writing Qualitative Research Proposals & Reports – June 8 – 11, 2015

The focus of this institute is on concrete strategies to produce competitive qualitative research proposals (with emphasis on NIH grants) and research reports publishable in high-quality peer-reviewed journals.

The Institute will cover an array of topics including techniques to communicate the significance and methodological details of a planned study, managing responses to reviewer concerns raised in a prior submission, selecting the right style, logic, and structure for the research report, effectively using literary (e.g., images, metaphors) and other devices (e.g., quoting, counting, tabulating, diagramming), presenting research results accessible to and translatable by researchers and practitioners, strategically planning multiple reports from a common parent study, and managing reject and revise-and-resubmit responses to submitted manuscripts.

This Institute is designed for faculty and graduate students in the practice disciplines with knowledge of qualitative methods and analysis approaches. Institute participants will have the opportunity to ask questions about their own writing projects.