University of Southern Indiana

COVID-19 Independent Study

Description of Program
The World Health Organization declared the COVID-19 a public health emergency of International concern on January 30, 2020.  Frontline healthcare personnel are challenged like never before to provide excellent healthcare while balancing unprecedented professional, family, and self-care needs. This program provides strategies and resources for care of self and others during this stressful time.  

Who Should Enroll in this Program?
This independent study program is designed for any English-speaking health care provider (pre-hospital, physician, nurse, physician assistant, social worker, other) needing care tips relating to COVID-19 pandemic.

Program Content

  1. Overview of COVID-19 Pandemic
  2. Caring for patients, community, and self
  3. Caring for family with a focus on elderly and children

A textbook is not required for this program.

Program Schedule
This independent study is available at any time. The participant will choose when to start and finish the program.  

Learning Outcome
Following this presentation, the learner will have strategies and resources to utilize while caring for patients, family, and self into their personal life and practice.

Program Objectives
At the conclusion of this program, the participant will be able to:

  1. Identify coping strategies you can use as a health care provider.
  2. Outline coping strategies you can use to help your family members.
  3. Discuss the impact of COVID-19 on your patients and how you can help them.
  4. Identify resources available for review concerning the psychological impact of COVID-19 and being part of a pandemic.

Delivery of Content
The learner will log into the program via the internet and work independently through the module. 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. 

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.

Contact Hours
The University of Southern Indiana Center for Health Professions Lifelong Learning designates this activity for 0.5 contact hours for health professionals.   

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 via a designated professional organization is an additional step to demonstrate competency.

Criteria for Successful Completion

  • View Recording.
  • Complete the program evaluation (includes questions to assess your knowledge of the content). An email containing the certificate of completion will be sent immediately after completing the program evaluation. 

Faculty Name and Credentials
We strive to provide interprofessional education by utilizing a variety of content experts, instructors, contributors, and reviewers.

Elizabeth Kalb, PhD, HSPP, MBA
Anita Hagan, MSN, RN, CNS

Conflict of Interest Statement
There is no conflict of interest for anyone in a position to control content for this activity.

Expiration date: May 14, 2021. 

Accreditation Statements

In support of improving patient care, University of Southern Indiana Center for Health Professions Lifelong Learning is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), the American Psychological Association (APA), and the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

State of Indiana
The University of Southern Indiana is an approved provider of continuing education for several professionals licensed in the state of Indiana, including social workers, marriage and family therapists, psychologists, occupational therapists, occupational therapy assistants, and dental professionals.

State of California
The University of Southern Indiana is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing. Provider #13378.

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