Continuing Education

Free continuing education (CE) courses from FNU are available below. Click on the title of the course you want to take. You will be taken to a video of the webinar. These courses are designed to help you in advancing your career and serving your community. Check back as we regularly add more sessions!

If you have questions about the courses or the post-test and activity evaluations, please contact Eileen O’Donnell at Eileen.Odonnell@frontier.edu

 

Midwifery Pearls of Telehealth

Presented by FNU faculty members Dr. Tanya Belcheff, Dr. Cassie Belzer, Dr. Judith Butler, Martha Harvey, Dr. Audrey Perry, and Heidi Loomis, this course provides an overview of telehealth from a midwifery perspective with special emphasis on the areas of patient engagement, group care provider satisfaction, and best practices for meeting compliance requirements.
At the completion of this session, you will be able to:

  • Specify 3 strategies for improving participant engagement in telehealth visits.
  • Describe 3 ways to facilitate group prenatal care telehealth practices.
  • Identify the most common errors that lead to dissatisfaction or loss of revenue in telehealth.
  • Detail 3 best practices for protecting the privacy and confidentiality of telehealth visits.

This activity is approved for 1.25 contact hour(s) of continuing education by the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP). Activity ID 20074353. It was developed in accordance with AANP Accreditation Standards and Policies, and that approval expires September 30, 2021.

After completing this session, you must take the combined post-test and activity evaluation in order to receive credit for your contact hours. If you have questions about the activity, please contact Eileen.Odonnell@frontier.edu.

 

Hot Topics in the Management of Perimenopause & Menopause: A Conventional & Integrative Approach

FNU faculty members Dr. Ruth Ellen Elsasser and Dr. Ana Verzon review the most common conventional and evidence-based integrative medicine interventions used during perimenopause and menopause.
At the completion of this session, you will be able to:  

  • Understand menopause and its varied presentation and symptoms.
  • Know the key differences between perimenopause and menopause.
  • Know how to properly diagnose menopause.
  • Understand the conventional approach to managing peri/menopause.
  • Understand integrative approaches to managing peri/menopause.
  • Know how diet, exercise, and lifestyle impact symptoms.
  • Identify complications of conventional pharmacology.
  • Identify the limitations of integrative therapies.
  • Know how to develop a patient-centered, individualized plan of care when managing perimenopause and menopause.

This activity is approved by the American Association of Nurse Practitioners(AAMP) for 2.0 contact hours of continuing education and includes 0.75 hours of pharmacology. Activity ID 20084431. This activity was planned in accordance with AANP Accreditation Standards and Policies. Its approval expires on September 30, 2021. Once you have completed the session, you must take the combined post-test and activity in order to receive credit for your contact hours. If you have questions about this activity, please send an email to Eileen.Odonnell@frontier.edu

 

Anxiety in Children and Adolescents: Trends in Treatment

Approximately 4.4 million children and adolescents in the United States (CDC, 2020) meet diagnostic criteria for an anxiety disorder and many more remain undiagnosed. Though anxiety and stress are an expected part of the human experience, consistently elevated anxiety can interfere with a child’s sense of self and impact the entire family.

The implications of the current pandemic related to child and adolescent anxiety are beginning to emerge and depend on the child’s stage of development and pre-pandemic functioning. Predictive trends and guidance regarding helping children, families, and communities during the pandemic will be discussed.

At the end of this presentation, you will be able to:

  • Understand the continuum of anxiety responses from birth to late adolescence.
  • Identify the biopsychosocial factors associated with the pathogenesis of anxiety disorders.
  • Compare treatments for anxiety disorders in children and adolescents.
  • Evaluate the impact of the SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) pandemic on children and adolescents.

This activity is approved for 1.5 contact hours of continuing education, which includes 1 hour of pharmacology, by the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP). Activity ID 20094484. This activity was planned in accordance with AANP Accreditation Standards and Policies. Its approval expires on October 31, 2021.

Once you have completed the session, you must take the combined post-test and activity evaluation in order to receive credit for your contact hours. If you have questions about this activity or the evaluation form, please send an email to Eileen.Odonnell@frontier.edu

 

Introduction to Cultural Safety

The curriculum was developed by FNU clinical faculty Dr. Erin Tenney, CNM, DNP, Class 14. The three-hour CE course has been reviewed by five fellow FNU faculty members. Those taking the course will learn about Native American history and culture in order to better comprehend cultural safety. This requires not only understanding the Native American culture, but also self-reflection and awareness on the part of the healthcare provider. 

“The focus of the Introduction to Cultural Safety is on Native Americans, but the tenets can be applied to all populations,” Dr. Tenney said. “We will introduce the concept of cultural safety and center on the Indigenous patient experience, learning to listen as the patient defines what safe care is.”
By the end of the Introduction to Cultural Safety, learners will be able to:

  • Define cultural safety.
  • Identify the three key tenets of cultural safety.
  • Explain the impacts of colonization on Indigenous people in the U.S. 
  • Describe what culturally safe vs. culturally unsafe care may look like. 
  • Discuss personal and systems change strategies for improving the cultural safety of care.

The course is led by Dr. Tenney with guest instructor  Dorene Waubanewquay Day. In addition to being clinical faculty at FNU, Dr. Tenney is a certified nurse-midwife and women's health nurse practitioner, DONA International birth doula trainer, writer, and photographer who has worked within Indigenous health centers and communities throughout her nursing career of almost 20 years. 
Dorene Waubanewquay Day is an accomplished educator, midwife, activist, singer, and artist who consults with and works within many Indigenous and other communities and organizations to help restore and design culturally safe practices.  In 2020, she was selected as a Luce Indigenous Fellow.

Those interested in the Introduction to Cultural Safety can enroll in the course at: https://ceu.catalog.instructure.com/courses/introduction2cultural-safety

Editor’s Note: This program is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as part of an award totaling $2,065,200. The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement, by HRSA, HHS, or the U.S. Government.