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Education

CE for WPAHS RNs

Registered nurses in the state of Pennsylvania are now required to earn 30 continuing education (CE) credits during each relicensure period. Frequently Asked Questions on CE from the PA State Board of Nursing

The health sciences libraries offer continuing education articles for WPAHS RNs.  The current list is below.  WPAHS RNs can obtain one of these articles by contacting your facility's library, as follows:

  • AGH - 412.359.3040 or e-mail
  • AVH - 724.226.7092 or 724.367.2384 or  or e-mail
  • CGH - 412.359.3040 or e-mail
  • FRH - 412.578.4708 or e-mail
  • WPH - 412.359.3040 or e-mail

This list is updated quarterly; you may ask to have the quarterly list e-mailed directly to you.


Current list of Continuing Education articles for RNs

The following articles are held by the AGH Health Sciences Library to use for nursing continuing education.

To obtain an article, write the number of the article and send it in an e-mail request (see list above).

Record 1

Adolescent Self-Efficacy and Resilience in Participants Attending a Diabetes Camp (includes abstract).

Winsett RP, Stender SR, Gower G, Burthen GA.  Pediatric Nursing 2010 Nov-Dec;36(6):293-6 (journal article - CEU, exam questions, research, tables/charts) ISSN: 0097-9805 CINAHL AN: 2010874935

Record 2

Caring for an adult with a malignant primary brain tumor.

Cahill JE, Armstrong TS.  Nursing 2011 Jun;41(6):28-34 (journal article - CEU, exam questions, nursing interventions, pictorial, tables/charts) ISSN: 0360-4039 PMID: 21537213 CINAHL AN: 2011164268
Database: CINAHL
Notes:This title is held in the print collection of the library.

Record 3

Clinical issues-June 2011(includes abstract)

Blanchard J. AORN Journal  2011 Jun;93 (6):804-10 (journal article - CEU, exam questions) ISSN:
0001-2092 PMID: 21624535 CINAHL AN: 2011184210

Abstract: Evaluating environmental services personnel on terminal cleaning practices  Key words: terminal cleaning practices, performance evaluation. Risk of infection during construction projects Key words: OR renovation, construction, remodeling, opportunistic fungi, at-risk patients. Policies and
procedures for cleaning product selection and use Key words: cleaning products, methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, Environmental Protection Agency-registered disinfectant.
Database: CINAHL
Notes:This title is held in the print collection of the library.

Record 4

Disposable vs Reusable Electro cardiography Leads in Development of and Cross-contamination by Resistant Bacteria.

Brown DQ.  Critical Care Nurse 2011 Jun;31(3):62-9 (journal article - CEU, exam questions, pictorial, statistics, tables/charts) ISSN: 0279-5442 CINAHL AN: 2011071467
Database: CINAHL
Notes:This title is held in the print collection of the library.

Record 5

Gout diagnosis & management: What NPs need to know (includes abstract)

Hardy E.  Nurse Practitioner 2011 Jun;36(6):15-20 (journal article - CEU, exam questions, pictorial, practice acts, review, tables/charts) ISSN: 0361-1817
PMID: 21546859 CINAHL AN: 2011160472
Abstract: Gout is the result of hyperuricemia, from either the body's overproduction or underexcretion. It can result in joint deterioration and destruction when improperly managed. Because primary care providers diagnose and treat the vast majority of patients with gout, it is important that they understand current guidelines and evidence-based practice.
Database: CINAHL
Notes:This title is held in the print collection of the library.

Record 6

Meningococcal Disease: Early recognition is vital to patient outcomes.(includes abstract)

Mertz L. Nurse Practitioner 2011 Jul;36(7):12-21 (journal article - CEU, exam questions, pictorial, tables/charts) ISSN: 0361-1817 CINAHL AN: 2011214947
Abstract: Since the development of vaccines to prevent Haemophilus influenzae type b and Streptococcus pneumoniae, Neisseria meningitidis is the leading cause of bacterial meningitis in the United States. Education of healthcare professionals to improve identification and provide immediate treatment of patients with symptoms consistent with meningococcal disease will result in improved outcomes.
Database: CINAHL
Notes:This title is held in the print collection of the library.

Record 7

Menopause and the hormone controversy: Clarification or confusion? (includes abstract)

Kass-Wolff JH, Fisher JE. Nurse Practitioner 2011 Jul;36(7): 22-30 (journal article - CEU, exam questions, tables/charts)  ISSN: 0361-1817 CINAHL AN: 2011214948
Abstract: Hormone therapy in perimenopause and menopause remains a controversial and often confusing management strategy for healthcare providers. To assist in providing women quality healthcare, recently published new guidelines help provide direction for NPs. Database: CINAHL
Notes:This title is held in the print collection of the library.

Record 8

Mild traumatic brain injury: a survey of perceived knowledge and learning preferences of military and civilian nurses (includes abstract)

Watts DD, Gibbons S, Kurzweil D. Journal of Neuroscience Nursing  2011 Jun;43(3):122-31 (journal article - CEU, exam questions, research, tables/charts) ISSN: 0888-0395 CINAHL AN: 2011161251
Abstract: Early case recognition and intervention by nurses for patients with mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) can significantly improve outcomes for civilian and military patients. The "Concussion/mTBI Learning Needs Assessment for Registered Nurses Survey" was developed to evaluate bedside nurses' knowledge related to the assessment and care of patients with mTBI as well as their preferences for learning in order to develop a targeted curriculum. An anonymous, self-administered, Web-based survey was available from February to August 2009. A series of invitational e-mails were sent to nurses at a convenience sample of civilian, federal, and military institutions. A total of 1,224 nurses meeting the inclusion criteria of being bedside care providers and nonadvanced practice responded and were included in the analysis (civilian, n = 731; military, n = 494). Most respondents (91.3%) considered knowledge of mTBI to be important or very important to their practice, and
44.5% saw mTBI patients at least monthly. Despite this perception of importance and exposure to the patients, nurses' self-reported knowledge levels were very low. Overall, 39.8% expressed a high knowledge level (score of 4 [a lot] or 5 [expert] on a 1-5 scale) of the causes of mTBI. Fewer than
25% expressed high knowledge level in the skills needed for the identification and assessment of mTBI patients, and less than 15% had high knowledge in the treatment and prognosis of these patients. The nurses' preferred learning method was shadowing another provider (37%), but the most often used method was Internet searches (80.3%). There was minimal difference between military
and civilian nurses. Although nurses recognize the importance of familiarity with mTBI for their practice and most clearly self-identify knowledge deficits in all aspects of care of the mTBI patients, a broad but succinct curriculum for the nonadvanced practice bedside nurse could provide a cost-effective,
quickly accessible way to provide the needed education.
Database: CINAHL
Notes:This title is held in the print collection of the library.

Record 9

New DRUGS 2011: PART 2.

Hussar DA. Nursing  2011 Jun;41(6):36-42  (journal article - CEU, exam questions, nursing interventions) ISSN: 0360-4039  PMID: 21552174 CINAHL AN: 2011164269
Database: CINAHL
Notes:This title is held in the print collection of the library.

Record 10

Nonpharmacological Interventions to Manage Common Symptoms in Patients Receiving Mechanical Ventilation.

Tracy MF, Chlan L. Critical Care Nurse 2011 Jun;31(3):19-29 (journal article - CEU, exam questions,
tables/charts) ISSN: 0279-5442 PMID: 21632591 CINAHL AN: 2011071471
Database: CINAHL
Notes:This title is held in the print collection of the library.

Record 11

Nurses' Knowledge and Attitudes Regarding Pain Management in Hospitalized Adults (includes abstract)

Lewthwaite BJ, Jabusch KM, Wheeler BJ, Schnell-Hoehn KN, Mills J, Estrella-Holder E, Fedorowicz A. Journal of Continuing Education in Nursing 2011 Jun;42(6):251-7 (journal article - CEU, exam questions, questionnaire/scale, research) ISSN: 0022-0124 PMID: 21627058 CINAHL AN:
2011173132
Abstract: Background: Pain management is a key component of patient  satisfaction and well-being in acute care settings. Nurses spend more time with patients than any other members of the health care team and play a major role in pain management. Methods: This descriptive study in an urban tertiary
care hospital explored the knowledge and attitudes of registered nurses regarding pain management. A modified version of the Ferrell and McCaffery Knowledge and Attitudes Survey Regarding Pain was used. Results: Forty-nine percent of respondents achieved a passing score of 80% or more. Pharmacology questions were the least likely to be answered correctly. Negative correlations were found between score and demographic variables of age and experience. A positive correlation between score and educational level was noted. Conclusion: Nurses require ongoing education on pain management, particularly pharmaceutical agents. However, this education alone is insufficient to substantively improve patients' pain experiences.
Database: CINAHL
Notes:This title is held in the print collection of the library.

Record 12

Over-the-counter medications & pregnancy: An integrative review (includes
abstract)

Cabbage LA, Neal I, Jeremy L. Nurse Practitioner 2011 Jun;36(6):22-9 (journal article - CEU, exam questions, pictorial, review) ISSN: 0361-1817 PMID: 21558979 CINAHL AN: 2011160473
Abstract: Many over-the-counter medications are available to help alleviate common discomforts experienced during pregnancy. Although many appear to be safe, healthcare providers must familiarize themselves with these medications.
Database: CINAHL
Notes:This title is held in the print collection of the library.

Record 13

Overview of Mechanical Ventilatory Support and Management of Patient- and Ventilator-Related Responses.

Grossbach I, Chlan L, Tracy MF.  Critical Care Nurse 2011 Jun;31(3):30-45 (journal article - CEU, exam
questions, glossary, pictorial, tables/charts) ISSN: 0279-5442 PMID: 21632592 CINAHL AN: 011071472
Database: CINAHL
Notes:This title is held in the print collection of the library.

Record 14

Perioperative care of the patient with diastolic heart failure.

Naab K.  AORN Journal  2011 Jun;93(6):782-91 (journal article - CEU, exam questions, tables/charts) ISSN: 0001-2092 PMID: 21624531 CINAHL AN: 2011184206
Database: CINAHL
Notes:This title is held in the print collection of the library.

Record 15

Perioperative pharmacology: blood coagulation modifiers (includes abstract)

Hicks RW, Wanzer LJ, Goeckner B.  AORN Journal  2011 Jun;93(6):726-36 (journal article - CEU, exam questions, tables/charts) ISSN: 0001-2092 PMID: 21624525 CINAHL AN: 2011184200
Abstract: Blood coagulation is the process that results in the formation of a blood clot to stop bleeding from a damaged blood vessel. Various pharmacologic agents can affect the coagulation process. The American College of Chest Physicians' evidence-based practice guidelines for perioperative management of antithrombotic therapy provide guidance for anticoagulant or antiplatelet therapy and bridge therapy. Perioperative nurses must understand the pharmacologic principles of the most common blood coagulation modifiers related to perioperative use. The perioperative nurse's responsibilities regarding administration of blood coagulation modifiers include reviewing the
patient's pertinent laboratory results (eg, prothrombin time, partial thromboplastin time, international normalized ratio), recognizing the underlying conditions that require blood coagulation therapy, and documenting all pertinent information. Perioperative nurses also should participate in development of detailed storage and retrieval policies related to heparin.
Database: CINAHL
Notes:This title is held in the print collection of the library.

Record 16

The emerging trend of medical tourism.

LaRocco SA, Pinchera BJ.  Nursing Management  2011 Jun;42(6):24-30 (journal article - CEU, exam questions, pictorial, tables/charts) ISSN: 0744-6314 PMID: 21558977
CINAHL AN: 2011184053
Database: CINAHL
Notes:This title is held in the print collection of the library.

Record 17

Tragedy into Policy: A Quantitative study of Nurses' Attitudes Toward Patient Advocacy Activities.

Black LM.  American Journal of Nursing 2011 Jun;111(6):26-37 (journal article - CEU, exam questions, research, tables/charts)  ISSN: 0002-936X PMID: 21613917 CINAHL AN: 2011163270
Database: CINAHL
Notes:This title is held in the print collection of the library.

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