Specialty Program 2015 | Med-Surg 365-Mentored CE

CE anytime, anywhere, all year long at UW Continuing Nursing Education.

Med-Surg CE anytime, anywhere.

Registration for this series will open on June 8, 2015. 


Learn with a mentor at UW Continuing Nursing Education.This online continuing education series provides a comprehensive update on key topics in evidence-based medical-surgical nursing practice. The course is designed to meet two goals: 1) enhance practice in medical-surgical nursing and 2) support nurses in pursuing national certification.

This new series is presented in an online format tailored to adult learners with busy professional schedules. 

  • Have access to an instructor/mentor while you learn!
  • Go at your own pace. 
  • Access series resources for 365 days after enrollment.

Teaching methods include handouts, videos, supplementary presentations, case studies, simulated testing and reflective learning.

Registration for this series will close on December 31, 2015.

Who would benefit from this course

Registered nurses, including experienced medical-surgical nurses, nurse educators, ambulatory care and specialty care nurses, nurses in transition to new units and work settings and nurses re-entering the nursing profession.


"This class motivated me to start working towards my masters degree because I forgot how much learning about all of these topics is so thrilling. Sometimes working on the floor you forget that piece, but this class reminded me of that, thank you!"  

"ALL of the speakers embodied for me, why I'm so proud to be a nurse. They were inspiring and deeply care about their patients and their students in this class. I truly, truly appreciate all of the hard work they did to prepare for their presentations. I learned from and enjoyed the presentations from each and every one of them. Thank you!"

"I took this online course as I am re-entering direct patient care after many years in employee health. I am working on a inpatient rehabilitation unit, and this information gave me a good, sturdy start for all the things I need to know."

"I am recommeding this course to all of my colleagues! I've been a nurse for 33 years and have specialized in a variety of areas, but this course brought me back to a more generalized level of expertise. This was money well spent. I would not hesitate to take another course from UWCNE. Thank you so much for this opportunity to learn!"

"The nurse mentor was very helpful and encouraging. I got sick, was busy with family and was working at the same time. But knowing that somebody is there, offering anything she can do to help is really very encouraging. I had a very good experience with this online class. Thank you!"

Series objectives

After completing this series, you will be prepared to:

  • Discuss the etiology, pathophysiology, pharmacology, nursing process and patient education related to common medical-surgical diagnoses.
  • Apply evidence-based strategies to nursing assessment and interventions.
  • Discuss strategies that enhance patient safety.
  • Explain the process of applying for national certification in medical-surgical nursing.
  • Describe a situation in which series content is applied to nursing practice.


  • Focused Caring
  • Fluid, Electrolytes and Acid/Base Balance
  • Renal System
  • Wound Care
  • Sepsis Management
  • Infection Prevention
  • Respiratory Disorders
  • Orthopedic Topics
  • Cardiovascular Impairment
  • Caring for the Older Adult
  • Legal and Ethical Issues
  • Hematologic Disorders
  • Neurological Disorders
  • Mental Health Issues
  • Acute Pain Management
  • GI Disorders
  • Endocrine Disorders

Med-Surg 365 mentor

Constance Hirnle, MN, RN-BC, Series Co-Director
Former Senior Lecturer, UW School of Nursing; Former Professional Development Specialist, Virginia Mason Medical Center, Seattle

Eight benefits of this online series!

  1. Earn 45.0 contact hours.
  2. Learn at your own pace in your own home.
  3. Save travel and lodging expenses.
  4. Watch lectures by expert clinicians.
  5. Interact online with a series mentor who is an expert medical-surgical nurse.
  6. Practice your test-taking skills online.
  7. Access class resources for 365 days (1 year) after series enrollment.
  8. Gain self-confidence, competence, leadership and initiative.

Additional Information

Course summary
Maximum credit available: 
  • 45.00 Contact hours
  • Barbara Albertson, MN, RN-BC, Clinical Nurse Educator, UWMC
  • Carrol Alvarez, MS, RN-BC, Clinical Nurse Specialist, Clinical Education, HMC
  • Paula Cox-North, PhD, ARNP, Nurse Practitioner, HMC; Clinical Assistant Professor, UWSON
  • Debra B. Gordon, DNP, MS, RN-BC, ACNS-BC, FAAN, Teaching Associate, Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine, HMC; Member, UW NIH Consortium Center of Excellence for Pain Education
  • Joni Herrington, MN, RN-BC, CNRN, ACNS-BC, Neuroscience/Rehabilitation Clinical Nurse Specialist, UWMC
  • Colleen Karvonen, MN, RN, CMSRN, CWON, Wound/Ostomy Clinical Nurse Specialist, UWMC; Affiliate Instructor, BNHS, UWSON
  • Mary Jo Kelly, MN, RN, CCRN, CCNS, ACNS-BC, Sepsis Coordinator/Clinical Nurse Specialist, HMC
  • Vanessa A. Makarewicz, MN, RN-BC, Infection Control Operations Manager, HMC; Affiliate Instructor, BNHS, UWSON
  • Joanie Santucci, MN, RN, OCNS-C, CWCN, Clinical Nurse Specialist, Seattle
  • Cindy Sayre, PhD(c), ARNP, Course Director; Associate Administrator, Patient Care Services and Professional Practice, UWMC
  • Will Shelton, M(ASCP), CIC, Director, Epidemiology and Employee Health, Swedish Medical Center, Seattle
  • Nancy Colobong Smith, MN, ARNP, CNN, Clinical Nurse Specialist, Renal and Transplant, UWMC; Affiliate Instructor, BNHS, UWSON
  • Laurie A. Soine, PhD, ARNP, Nurse Practitioner, Nuclear Cardiology, UWMC
  • Kristen Swanson, PhD, RN, FAAN, Dean, College of Nursing, Seattle University, Seattle, WA
  • Lenise Taylor, MN, RN, AOCNS, Hematologic Malignancies/BMT Clinical Nurse Specialist, Seattle Cancer Care Alliance/UWMC
  • Patsy Treece, MN, RN, Critical Care Research Nurse, HMC; Clinical Faculty, BNHS, UWSON
BNHS=Biobehavioral Nursing and Health Systems
HMC=UW Medicine/Harborview Medical Center, Seattle
UW=University of Washington, Seattle
UWCNE=Continuing Nursing Education, UW School of Nursing
UWMC=UW Medicine/University of Washington Medical Center, Seattle
UWSON=UW School of Nursing, Seattle

Available Credit

  • 45.00 Contact hours


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