Description of Program
The incidence of chronic diseases in the United States has led to an increase in the number of patients requiring long-term oral anticoagulation therapy. Traditionally, patients requiring anticoagulation therapy had to receive care and have blood work drawn at specifically designated anticoagulation clinics, doctors' offices, or hospital laboratories. The frequency of visits along with travel considerations can place additional burdens on patients and their caregivers. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has developed and approved reimbursement programs for patient home monitoring of their blood work, the INR (International Normalized Ratio). The result has been a sharp increase in the use of home monitoring devices which require intense education and instruction. Thus the need to have well-prepared individuals to serve as home trainers to instruct patients in the use of home monitoring devices.
Who Should Enroll in this Program?
This program is designed for English-speaking nurses, medical assistants and trainers who will be involved in teaching patients how to monitor their anticoagulation blood work in the home setting.
The program consists of three modules. Each module contains an instructor outline, audio/visual presentations, interactive learning components, study guide questions, and a final comprehensive exam. The program is independent study. The content covers an overview of the clotting system, overview of medical conditions requiring long term anticoagulation therapy, patient assessment requiring immediate medical intervention, principles of adult learning, and outcome measurement.
A textbook is not required for this program.
This independent study is available at any time. The participant will choose when to start and finish the program. The participants traditionally complete the program within four weeks.
The purpose of this learning activity is to enable the learner to successfully identify, teach, and support patients who will perform self-testing for anticoagulation therapy based on current therapeutic guidelines and best practice
At the conclusion of this program, the participant will be able to:
Delivery of Content
The learner will log into the program via the internet and work independently through the modules. The independent study provides an opportunity to learn while in the comfort of your own home and office. Program staff are available during business hours by phone or email to assist participants with technical issues or concerns. After the learner works through the content, she/he will complete the comprehensive exam.
Note: Many businesses, especially government agencies or health institutions, utilize security firewalls. Access to web links within program and communication from the instructor, or other students may be blocked. We recommend not using your work email address for this course.
10 contact hours
Nurses will receive 10 contact hours.
Successful completion of this program does not guarantee expertise in the content. Clinical experience and judgment coupled with an understanding of the content are necessary to attain competency. Achieving certification is a means to demonstrate competency.
Criteria for Successful Completion
The certificates will be sent via email within approximately 30 days following the completion of the program.
Faculty Name and Credentials
We strive to provide interprofessional education by utilizing a variety of content experts, instructors, contributors, and reviewers.
M. Jane Swartz DNP, RN, ACNS-BC
Conflict of Interest Statement
There is no conflict of interest for anyone in a position to control content for this activity.
Expiration date: September 2019.
Accreditation with Distinction
The University of Southern Indiana College of Nursing and Health Professions is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation. USI was recognized as accredited with distinction through November 30, 2018.
State of California
The University of Southern Indiana is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing. Provider #13378.
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Registration deadline is one week prior to the start date.
We reserve the right to cancel any offering if there is insufficient enrollment. Registered participants will be notified in advance if this occurs.
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The fee includes access to the program, along with all resources and handouts. A text, if applicable, is not included in the fee.
A $25 administrative fee will be charged prior to the start date of the activity if the registration fee has been paid. On or after the start date of the class there will be no refund.
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