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.

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.

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

Would you like to enhance your intervention skills and learn about the wonderful innovations of PACU nurses that have positively impacted our profession and our patients’ lives?  Join us for a full and exciting day of learning at the 26th Annual PACU and Ambulatory Surgery Nurses Conference!  Hear from your colleagues, share your stories, enhance your clinical competency and learn what is new in PACU nursing. Designed by perianesthesia nurses for perianesthesia nurses, this conference was developed based on suggestions from last year’s attendees and the most pressing needs facing PACU and ambulatory surgery nurses in practice settings.

You will reignite your commitment to your practice and our profession by hearing diverse, informative presentations from outstanding presenters and having the opportunity to discuss common concerns and share strategies while earning 6.25 contact hours.

This year’s content is all new and includes:

  • Innovations in PACU Nursing
  • Managing Diabetes in the PACU and Ambulatory Care Setting
  • Intraoperative Awareness
  • Pediatric Issues in Perianesthesia Care
  • Legal Issues for Perianesthesia Nurses

This year’s conference will provide nurses and nurse practitioners with the latest evidence-based practices and apply the latest physiologic and pharmacologic developments in anesthesia to direct patient care, using patient scenarios and case studies to keep the focus practical and engaging.

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

Challenged by the complex demands of managing the nursing care for pregnant patients and those considered to be high-risk?  Would you like to enhance your clinical competency and intervention skills while learning the latest developments and guidelines for managing mothers and babies at risk for complications?

Join us on Friday, March 20, 2015 for a full and exciting day of learning at the 7th Annual Excellence in Maternity Care conference!  The conference will provide nurses, nurse midwives and other healthcare professionals with the latest developments and guidelines about perinatal care while emphasizing the practical application of evidence-based topics.  Presentation topics were selected to fill in the gaps in professional practice knowledge as identified by surveys of previous participants, input from clinical experts and a review of current maternity care literature.

This year’s content includes topics such as:

  • Update on Genetic Counseling
  • Hypertension during Pregnancy and Postpartum Updates
  • Gestational Diabetes
  • Helping Victims of Sexual Assault during Labor
  • Breast feeding when Infants and Moms are at “High Risk”

Our line-up of expert speakers have a wealth of expertise, hands-on experience caring for perinatal patients and exceptional teaching skills. Enjoy engaging discussions, networking with your peers and refreshing your knowledge and skills.


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.

Instrumentation Institute– July 13 – 17, 2015

This four-and-a-half day institute is designed to help doctorally-prepared researchers or educators, post-doctoral fellows and doctoral students advance their knowledge in instrument development and testing beyond that typically taught in graduate research courses. This material is equally applicable to instrument adaptation and enhancement. Participants will learn the similarities and differences in instrument development using traditional and qualitative approaches, along with exploring how each are used in instrument revision.

Discussions will include classical measurement theory, reliability, validity, types of scaling, item writing, instrument components, pilot and field testing, and exploratory and confirmatory factor analysis, along with other measurement-related topics. By blending real life examples and humor with theoretical knowledge, Dr. Lynn will enable course participants to understand the processes, issues and decision-making in instrument development from idea to final form, as well as instrument revision/adaptation.

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