Free Continuing Education Courses

The College of Nursing offers these free continuing education (CE) courses to our preceptors in gratitude for your role in educating the next generation of nursing professionals. You’ll find more information and resources at our Preceptors web page.

The free CE courses listed below are also available to other healthcare professionals.

We will continue to publish free CE opportunities here as they are developed.

Contact

Program Coordinator
nursing.profdev@wsu.edu
(509) 324-7311

Current CE Offered

Fionnuala S. Brown
Brandie Tilch-Bryant

Managing Depression in the
Primary Care Setting (1.25 CE hours) 

Presenters:
Fionnuala S. Brown, DNP, MSN, ARNP &
Brandie Tilch-Bryant, DNP, ARNP

By the end of this presentation, you will have learned the causes and prevalence of depression in the primary care setting, differentiate common disease processes, medications, and conditions that mimic symptoms of depression, identify and interpret the results of the various screening tools utilized to identify depression , and summarize key pharmacotherapeutic agents used in primary care to manage depression. 

Contact Hours: This activity is approved for 1.25 contact hours of continuing education by the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (which include .25 hours of pharmacology).

Nicole Rodin

Understanding Illicit Fentanyl
and its Impact on Patients (1.0 CE hour) 

Presenter: Nicole Rodin, PharmD, MBA

At the end of the presentation, participants will be able to discuss current illicit fentanyl data and epidemiological trends, describe basic pharmacodynamics of illicit fentanyl compared to pharmaceutically manufactured opioids, and understand how synthetic opioids, such as illicit fentanyl, can impact treatment of a patient. 

Contact Hours: 1.0 hour (This activity is approved for 1.0 contact hour of continuing education by the American Association of Nurse Practitioners.).

Bevan Briggs

Clinical Documentation and Coding,
2021 Update (1.0 CE hour)

Presenter: Bevan W. Briggs DNP, ARNP, NP-C

By the end of this presentation, you will be able to: Analyze Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) guidelines for documenting outpatient care; Describe changes in requirements for documentation from CMS starting in 2021; Discuss how to select Evaluation and Management Codes based upon changes to CMS guidelines

Contact Hours: 1.0 hour (This activity is approved for 1.0 contact hour of continuing education by the American Association of Nurse Practitioners.).

Gretchen LaSalle

Raising Vaccination Rates in a
Climate of Vaccine-Hesitancy (1.0 CE hour)

Presenter: Gretchen LaSalle, MD FAAFP

At the end of the presentation, participants will be able to identify U.S. statistics with respect to vaccine hesitance, describe evidence-based approaches to the vaccine discussion, delineate best practices steps to create a pro-vaccine clinic culture, examine culturally sensitive barriers and facilitators to vaccine acceptance, and recognize counterarguments to common anti-vaccine claims.

Contact Hours: This activity is approved for 1.0 contact hour of continuing education by the American Association of Nurse Practitioners.

Steven Elrod

Anxiety Disorders and
Benzodiazepine Taper (1.0 CE hour)

Presenter: Steven Elrod, PharmD, BCACP

At the end of the presentation, participants will be able to identify patients that would benefit from a benzodiazepine or “Z-drug” taper; review tapering strategies; and practice creating safe, unidirectional benzodiazepine or “Z-drug” tapers.

Contact Hours: This activity is approved for 1.0 contact hour of continuing education by the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (which includes .75 hours of pharmacology).

Steven Elrod

When and How to Stop Opioid Therapy
for Chronic Pain (1.0 CE hour)

Presenter: Steven Elrod, PharmD, BCACP

At the end of the presentation, participants will be able to, identify patients that would benefit from an opioid taper; review tapering strategies; and practice creating safe, unidirectional opioid tapers.

Contact Hours: 1 hour (This activity is approved for 1.0 contact hour of continuing education by the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (which includes 1.0 hour of pharmacology).)

Todd Smith

Improve your Preceptor Skills:
Best Practices (.75 CE hours)

Presenters: Todd Smith, MN, ARNP, NP-C and Sarah Fincham, DNP, ARNP, NP-C

In this course you will learn to identify key elements of an effective clinic orientation checklist, describe steps of the One Minute Preceptor model, and describe the Reporter, Interpreter, Manager, Education (RIME) to assess and support a student’s clinical practice skills.

Contact Hours:  0.75 hours (This activity is approved for 0.75 contact hours of continuing education (which includes 0 hour(s) of pharmacology) by the American Association of Nurse Practitioners.)

Interested in more free CE opportunities?

Check out the offerings from the Center for Rural Opioid Prevention, Treatment & Recovery (CROP-TR).

Highlighted Topics:

Cannabis: Medical use, misuse, and in-between: Tracy Klein, PhD, ARNP In this webinar, Dr. Klein will describe the difference between medical and recreational use of cannabis, as well as the conditions for which the medical use of cannabis is supported by research. She will also review the diagnosis of Cannabis Use Disorder (CUD) and share tools and resources available for clinical risk assessment.

Non-pharmacologic pain management essentials: Marian Wilson, PhD, MPH, RN, PMGT-BC

Effective pain assessment and treatment is essential in both primary care and opioid use disorder treatment settings. In this webinar, Dr. Wilson will share strategies to improve the identification and management of pain within the context of the opioid overdose epidemic.

Contingency management for stimulant use disorder: Michael McDonell, PhD

Contingency management is an intervention where tangible incentives are provided in exchange for evidence of drug or alcohol abstinence. In this webinar, Dr. McDonell will describe contingency management and evidence supporting the effectiveness of contingency management for stimulant use disorders, as well as review implementation strategies.