OPTIONAL: Supplementary Materials (Mentored CE 2015)

This area is comprised of supplementary materials (PowerPoint presentations, accompanying handouts and other audiovisual items). Feel free to access these optional materials to enhance your learning experience in this course. You may find the topics, Applying for Medical-Surgical Nursing Certification, Preparing for the Exam and Test-Taking Tips to be particularly helpful if you are planning to sit for certification (and we hope you do)!

TOPICS

  • Applying for Medical-Surgical Nursing Certification
  • Clinical Questions
  • Preparing for the Exam
  • Test-Taking Tips
  • Patient-Centered Care
  • Overview of Analgesic Medications

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Objectives for Learning Outcomes

Applying for Medical-Surgical Nursing Certification

After completing this presentation you will be better able to:

    1. Name the two organizations which certify nurses in medical-surgical nursing.
    2. For ANCC and AMSN:
       a. Explain the eligibility requirements.
       b. Explain the fee structure.
       c. Describe the type of exam administered.
       d. Describe the application process.
       e. Explain the recertification process.
   3. Discuss how to choose between ANCC and AMSN certification.
   4. Develop a plan for pursuing certification.

Clinical Questions

  • Part 1: Navigating Your Way Toward a Good Clinical Question

     After completing this presentation, you will be better able to:

  1. Describe how clinical questions arise.
  2. Explain the difference between a background and a foreground clinical question.
  3. Formulate a well-constructed foreground clinical question by using the mnemonic PICO.
  4. Identify resources to help with your understanding of PICO.
  • Part 2: Locating Clinical Information—FAST!

     After completing this presentation, you will be better able to:

  1. Describe types of reference materials that are best for answering background and foreground questions.
  2. Describe types of clinical foreground questions.
  3. Describe types of research studies most useful for answering the different types of foreground questions.
  4. Discuss basic search tips.
  • Part 3: Evidence-Based Resources for Answering Clinical Questions: Only a Click Away

      After completing this presentation you will be better able to:

  1. Describe web resources to use for evidence-based (EBN) practice.
  2. Identify strategies for improving your skills in searching for appropriate evidence on the web to improve patient care.

Preparing for the Exam

After completing this presentation you will be better able to:

1.     List ways to prepare intellectually, physically and emotionally for a test.
2.     Compare strategies for taking paper and pencil tests, as well as computerized tests.
3.     Analyze sample questions.
4.     Develop a plan for future study to prepare for an exam.

Test-Taking Tips

After completing this presentation you will be better able to:

1.     Identify the four parts of a test question.
2.     List the four levels of questions.
3.     Explain how to analyze a question.
4.     Explain how to analyze the answers.
5.     Discuss what to focus on to answer specific types of questions.
6.     Identify five ineffective and five effective test taking strategies.

Patient-Centered Care

  • Part 1: Introduction to the Cultural Component

     After completing this presentation, you will be better able to:

  1. Analyze definitions related to patient-centered care and culture.
  2. Explore our cultural beliefs and competencies.
  • Part 2: Cultural Knowledge

​After completing this presentation, you will be better able to:

  1. Understand how diverse cultural, ethnic and social backgrounds function as sources of patient preferences, values and needs related to healthcare.
  2. Learn how to elicit relevant cultural information from the patient.
  • Part 3: Cultural Skills

​After completing this presentation, you will be better able to:

  1. Elicit patient values, preferences and expressed needs as part of a clinical interview.
  2. Explore skills necessary to integrate cultural information into a plan of care and evaluate that plan of care.
  3. Communicate cultural information to members of the health care team.
  • Part 4: Cultural Attitudes

​After completing this presentation, you will be better able to:

  1. Seek learning opportunities with patients who represent all aspects of human diversity.
  2. Recognize personally held attitudes about working with patients from different ethnic, cultural and social backgrounds.
  3. Support patient-centered care for individuals and groups who values differ from own.

Overview of Analgesic Medications

After completing this presentation you will be better able to:

  1. Discuss common principles of pain management the nurse should use when administering pain medications.
  2. Describe the types of medications that work best on the descending, central and peripheral central nervous system.
  3. List non-pharmacologic strategies to decrease anxiety and/or pain.
  4. List three goals of pharmacologic management for pain.
  5. List and prioritize medication routes for pain management.
  6. Describe strategies to tailor pain management to pediatric, adolescent and geriatric populations.
Course summary
Available: 
06/08/2015
Expires: 
03/01/2017

Connie Hirnle, MN, RN-BC
Former Professional Development Specialist, Virginia Mason Medical Center, Seattle

Vanessa A. Makarewicz, MN, RN-BC
Infection Control Operations Manager, HMC; Affiliate Instructor, BNHS, UWSON

Janet Schnall, MS, AHIP
Information Management Librarian (Retired), Health Sciences Library, UW

Joie Whitney, PhD, RN, CWCN, FAAN
Professor, BNHS, UW; Associate Dean for Research, UWSON

Janet Lenart, RN, MN, MPH
Director for Online Education; Lecturer, BNHS, UWSON

Sheri Wyant, MSN, RN-BC, OCN   
Pain Management Clinical Nurse Specialist, Patient Care Services, UWMC 

BNHS=Biobehavioral Nursing and Health Systems
HMC=UW Medicine/Harborview Medical Center, Seattle
UW=University of Washington, Seattle
UWMC= UW Medicine/University of Washington Medical Center, Seattle
UWSON=UW School of Nursing, Seattle

 

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