UW School of Nursing

April 22, 2022

Medical-Surgical Nursing Update and Certification Review 2022

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Format: Hybrid Virtual ClassroomImage for Med-Surg Review course.
Date: January 6 – April 14, 2022
Location: Online

Course Description

This online continuing education course is designed to build the confidence and skills of healthcare professionals who deliver medical-surgical care to patients in the United States and/or to prepare nurses for the certification exam. Starting in January, UWCNE offers 10 or 15 weekly online sessions that can be taken independently or with a group, led by a nurse mentor at a co-sponsoring agency. Each week, one or two important medical-surgical topics are featured. Instruction is presented by a variety of expert clinicians and covers clinical updates and comprehensive case studies. To earn contact hours, students are expected to complete the coursework every week, including an online evaluation and short self-assessment quiz. Using this model, UWCNE fosters mentoring relationships between med-surg experts and participating healthcare providers, and develops a peer learning and support network.

Course Format

Recorded lectures are posted each week for participating sites and individual registrants. Weekly activities include 2-4 hours of study, including video lectures, a practice test and an evaluation of the presentation. Two reflective assignments invite students to notice how the course is influencing their practice. All coursework may be completed online at any time. Additional in-person meetings may be scheduled at the discretion of the co-sponsoring agency.

Target Audience

Experienced nurses in all care settings interested in a comprehensive medical-surgical review and/or in preparing for certification or re-certification in medical-surgical nursing.

“This class has helped to remind me that learning is a lifelong commitment with nursing. I took this class not only for the certification but to see if furthering my education was something that I was still interested in doing. I have recently started inquiring about pursuing my DNP. This class has helped to reinforce my desire to continue to improve myself and my knowledge.”

“Being able to watch the lectures on my schedule was very nice and integral to my ability to take this class! Having a mentor to turn to if needed was very reassuring as an adult re-entry student. This class has been so important to me and my care of the patient at the bedside

Why Pursue Certification?

National certification is a mechanism for protecting the public by clearly identifying nurses and agencies committed to the highest standards of professional preparation, patient care and patient safety. Nurses who have completed this course and taken a certification exam are very successful in attaining certification (97% pass rate). New graduates should contact their Agency Coordinator about certification eligibility requirements. Hear why one nurse recommends certification.

Objectives for Learning Outcomes

After completing this course, participants will be better able to:

  1. Relate the etiology, pathophysiology, pharmacology, nursing process and patient education of common medical-surgical diagnoses to patient care.
  2. Apply evidence-based approaches to nursing assessment and interventions.
  3. Utilize strategies that enhance patient safety.
  4. Achieve personal goals with regard to national certification in medical-surgical nursing and/or enhancing medical-surgical nursing practice.
  5. Describe at least two situations in which course content was applied to your nursing practice.