RN4CNE July Newsletter

Ask a colleague if they consider personal development important, and the consensus will likely be a solid “yes.” Ask a colleague if they actually have a personal development plan, and the majority will probably answer “no.” Many reasons may surface, but an overwhelming answer would be – Time. Why is time to develop yourself such a barrier? We all have the same amount of time each day. It’s not about having the time; it is about taking the time. Making it a priority to take the time to build your personal development plan is choosing to invest in yourself.

Why Build a Personal Development Plan?

Think of it this way — you can’t give what you do not have. You can’t pour your energy, talent and resources into other people if you are not pouring energy into yourself. You must stay abreast of the latest trends in practice. Building a personal development plan not only helps support your learning, but also supports everyone you work with or meet in your practice.

An effective Personal Development Plan should have three key components:

1.  Personal Development — This should be focused on your self-awareness, character building, and provide you something that nurtures your values.

2. Professional Development — This should be centered on knowledge, skill, or practice in your clinical field, leadership training, or specialty practice.

3. Operational Experience — This area is devoted to the concrete experiences of your professional path, such as jobs, residencies, clinical assignments, and research projects.

The most popular, and arguably most important, form of personal development is reading. Reading (books, blogs, articles or even watching YouTube videos) can expand your mind, increase your knowledge, and introduce you to a new perspective. Collectively, these will deepen your personal development. When choosing what to read, pick topics that are of interest you; otherwise, reading will feel laborious. 

However, beware of setting reading goals that are too difficult to achieve. Setting an achievable minimum is the best way to move forward. For me, a good reading goal is two pages per day. You might say that is so low, I should be able to do more. But remember all those responsibilities which must be done at home, work, school, and elsewhere? Not achieving the goal on a daily basis causes undue burden, shame and guilt which eventually leads to giving up. Setting a goal, however small, is about accomplishing the goal, keeping yourself accountable, and being proud of achieving it.

So this month, set a goal, keep track of your progress, and hold yourself accountable with your personal development. If you need more help in personal or professional development, check out our line-up of programs.

RN4CNE June Newsletter

Now Workforce Southwest Washington Certified! 

Acute Care Education is now certified as an Eligible Training Provider with Workforce Southwest Washington. The Eligible Training Provider list includes all industry programs in Washington that meet employment performance thresholds. As a leader in nursing continuing education, Acute Care Education continues to adapt to meet the ongoing training needs of the healthcare industry. Whether you are seeking Foundational Skills or Specialty Practice Skills, Acute Care Education is the choice for high quality continuing education in all areas of practice. 

One additional benefit of this certification is that your employer may qualify for scholarship reimbursement for the cost of our educational offerings. Contact WorkSource to see if scholarships are available.

RN4CNE May Newsletter

Finding the correct resources to meet your personal professional development needs can be challenging. We are here to help you connect to the resources and fill your learning gap.

Foundational Nursing Skills and Specialty Practice SkillsWe have redesigned our live programs page to make it easier for you to discover new educational programs.

* Foundations for Practice programs are designed for all areas of nursing and healthcare practice. These programs build a strong skill set of evidence-based practice for all areas and levels of healthcare practice.

* Specialty Practice programs are designed for specialty areas of nursing and healthcare practice. You may practice or have an interest in the specialized area and need evidence-based updates to enhance your practice.

This fall we are launching many new educational programs. Topics include: pediatrics, dermatology, adverse childhood experiences and many more. Check our website regularly as we are adding more programs daily.

Employers, do you see a program you want to host in your organization? Contact us to work out a plan to fill your gap.

We look forward to seeing you soon.

RN4CNE March Newsletter

To be the best in your profession, you must seek tools and resources that enhance your knowledge, skills, and professional practice. Just as a professional basketball player spends hours every day learning and practicing skills that drive performance on the court, you must learn new skills and practice techniques that drive your professional practice. If you don’t receive the coaching and practice the skills, you don’t grow professionally.

Patients may offer challenges for professional growth. Employers may offer opportunities for professional growth, (if there is a budget for it). However, you are a professional nurse. You are in charge of steering your career down the path you choose. Being able to adapt your skill set to meet future job roles is what makes nursing a career and not just a job.

We can help you on your career development journey. Check out our future events.

Don’t see what you need, tell us. Take our survey.

RN4CNE February Newletter

Are you seeking ways to grow and enhance your career? Are you too comfortable in your day to day work routines and feeling stunted in your learning? Are you experiencing limited opportunities to challenge yourself, conflict with co-workers, and repeated negative thoughts about staying in nursing? These signs of stress and fatigue may be a result of “professional development stagnation” which results in a career plateaus. A career plateau leads to low performance, sluggish promotion, and frustration which often leads to quitting the job or termination by an employer. The consequences of not moving forward professionally leaves you expendable. Being in the “comfort zone” is a dangerous place that you need to avoid it at all costs.

Recently, our organization has undergone a big opportunity to move us out of our “comfort zone”. Acute Care Education has been adopted by the Montana Nurses Association as an approved provider of continuing nursing education. This change in our ANCC approving body came about with the closing of the WSNA A-CNE program. Although this transition was stressful on us and increased our workload, Diane and I view it as an exciting challenge to grow as nursing professional development practitioners. As we become better in our role, you will see more targeted, high quality programs which could impact your learning, growth, and career. We hope you will join us and check out our future events.

RN4CNE January Newsletter

How are you doing on your new years resolutions? Are you keeping on track with the goals you have set for 2018? Did you know that most new year’s resolutions fail within three weeks of the new year. Part of the reason that new year resolutions fail is because the goal was not a SMART goal.

SMART goals are: Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and Timely. So instead of resolving to “lose weight this year”, try to set a specific goal, such as “I will exercise for 30 minutes every day to obtain a heart rate of greater than 130 beats/minute.” Now whether or not you can achieve the goal of more exercise is something I won’t argue with you. I struggle with that goal myself.

What about your professional development? Have you set SMART goals which will promote your professional growth? One SMART goal you can set for meeting your re-licensure requirement in Washington is Act Against Suicide: For Nurses. This program is approved by the Washington State Department of Health for all disciplines. And here is the best part…….this month only, we have a great discount for you to help you meet your goal. We are offering you a 20% discount off the registration fee of the January 26th class. Use coupon code ACTSMART20 upon registering to receive this limited time discount and start 2018 off smart.

We look forward to seeing you in class soon.

Opioid Prescribing Change for Washington Medicaid Patients

To help curb the public health crisis of opioid addiction in Washington State, the Health Care Authority (HCA) began on Nov. 1, 2017 to limit the quantity of opioids that providers can prescribe to Apple Health clients for short-term use. The policy is a tool to prevent misuse and addiction, an opportunity to promote safe prescribing practices, and a direct response to Governor Inslee’s executive order to combat the opioid crisis.

The policy sets the following limits:

For people ages 20 or younger: 18 tablets or capsules (about a three-day supply)
For people ages 21 or older: 42 tablets or capsules (about a seven-day supply)
Prescribers are able to override the limits if they feel it is medically necessary. In addition, the policy exempts:   

Patients who are undergoing active cancer treatment or who are in hospice, palliative care, or end-of-life care.
Patients who are already on chronic (ongoing) opioid therapy.
The policy aligns with U.S Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines.

To learn more about this visit https://www.hca.wa.gov/billers-providers/programs-and-services/opioids

Gain Skills to Enhance Your Nursing Practice

Why should you attend one of our live educational events?  There are many reasons beyond networking, great food, great content, and great presenters.  Gaining practical skills to enhance your nursing practice requires hands on experience.  You can only get that with live education. 

This video is an excerpt from Suicide Assessment and Prevention.  Here Susan Marie, PhD, PMHNP (presenter) works with client “Lori” played by Laurie Brown, MSN, MPH-HA, CCRN, RN (participant) to assess for suicidal thoughts. 


Watch Now

Mood Disorders

When you think of mood disorders, depression and bipolar disorder likely come to mind first. That’s because these are common, severe illnesses and leading causes of disability.  Depression and bipolar disorder can be emotionally crippling, making it difficult to live life to its fullest.  Mood disorders represent a category of mental disorders in which the underlying problem primarily affects a person’s persistent emotional state (their mood).  The US prevalence is 9.5% of the general population.  Women are 50% more likely than men to experience mood disorder during their lifetime.  Only half of those identified with a mood disorder are receiving treatment.  Do you know how to effectively manage the pharmceutical treatment of this disease?  What is the current evidence for efficacy of these medications?  Find out more about this topic and many others in Psychopharmacology for Primary Care.


Anxiety Disorders

Anxiety Disorders affect about 40 million American adults age 18 years and older (about 18%) in a given year, causing them to be filled with fearfulness and uncertainty. Unlike the relatively mild, brief anxiety caused by a stressful event (such as speaking in public or a first date), anxiety disorders last at least 6 months and can get worse if they are not treated. Anxiety disorders commonly occur along with other mental or physical illnesses, including alcohol or substance abuse, which may mask anxiety symptoms or make them worse. In some cases, these other illnesses need to be treated before a person will respond to treatment for the anxiety disorder.  Susan Marie, Ph.D., PMHNP covers the treatment options for Anxiety Disorders in her program Psychopharmacology for Primary Care.  Check it out today to find all the latest effective therapies.