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Establishing an education communications network for critical access hospital nurses

Establishing an Education Communications Network for Critical Access Hospital Nurses

Nadine Coudret EdD, RN

Victoria Pigott MSN, CNS, RN

The college of nursing and health professions background

The College of Nursing and Health Professions background

  • History of educational opportunities

    • Nursing programs established in 1988

    • Started with the ASN and BSN programs

    • 1995 started the MSN program

    • 2008 DNP

Distance education

Distance Education

  • Video delivered courses in 1992

  • Internet delivered courses in 1997

  • Podcasting courses in 2007

  • Opportunities for working professionals to obtain a degree

Distance education tools

Distance Education Tools

  • DVD’s

  • Live videostreams (lectures and demonstrations)

  • Archived videostreams (lectures and demonstrations)

  • Online group discussions

  • Podcasts

  • Online testing

  • Email and listservs

  • Online library access

Continuing education mission

Continuing Education Mission

  • College of Nursing Mission statement includes

    • Provide professional development courses and offerings for registered nurses

  • Onsite (USI campus) continuing education offerings started in 1989

  • Online continuing education started in 1998

Online continuing education

Online Continuing Education

  • Learning needs of nurses and health care providers

    • Relevant content

    • Competency development

    • Flexible learning schedules

    • Asynchronous (24 hour access to program content)

    • Timelines to encourage program completion but

      flexible to allow for working professionals

      “Education in your Time and Place”

Our first offering anticoagulation therapy

Our First Offering – Anticoagulation Therapy

  • Approached by a pharmaceutical representative who identified the need for an Anticoagulation Therapy education program

  • Worked with national anticoagulation experts to determine content

  • Worked with distance education professionals, IT experts, and faculty to design course delivery

  • Developed and delivered the first program in November 1998 with 35 participants

Current online certificate program offerings

Current online Certificate Program offerings:

  • Specialized professional education

    • Alzheimers Disease

    • Anticoagulation therapyIncluding 2 sub-specialty programs on billing and patient self-testing.

    • Case Management

    • Diabetes

    • Health Promotion and Worksite Wellness

    • Heart Failure

Current online certificate program offerings1

Current online Certificate Program offerings:

  • Lipid Management

  • Oncology

  • Pain Management

  • Parish Nursing

  • Telehealth

  • Wound management



The college of nursing achieved ANCC accreditation in 2008. Prior to this we were accredited providers through the Indiana State Nurses Association (ISNA)

The Diabetes program was named the first Competency program available through ANCC

Critical access hospitals cah continuing education

Critical Access Hospitals (CAH)Continuing Education

  • Recruit critical access hospitals in southern Indiana to participate in pilot project

  • Supported by a grant from

    Southwest Indiana Area Health

    Education Center (SWI-AHEC)

Distance education

Goal #1

Provide access and support the professional development of rural hospital nurses in the Southwest Indiana Area Health Education Center (SWI-AHEC) area

  • Provide easy access and affordable CE to nurses in critical access hospitals located in SWI-AHEC region.

  • Encourage professional development among the rural nurses serving Indiana.

  • Minimize the expense to the hospitals participating in the project.

Distance education

Goal #2

Establish an education communications network for CAH nurses.

  • Purchase equipment required for participation by the three SWI-AHEC region critical access hospitals.

  • Collaborate with hospital staff to install equipment.

  • Provide ongoing instruction and consultation relative to use of the equipment.

Distance education

Goal #3

Develop and present six (6) one hour CE presentations.

  • Initiate the collaborative development of six CE presentations engaging ANCC nurse planners, hospital vice presidents of nursing and education directors, and college/university faculty and staff (University of Southern Indiana, University of Evansville, IVY Tech State College, Evansville, and Vincennes University.

  • Provide six continuing education presentations.

  • Document attendance and analyze evaluation data of the education presentations.

Distance education

Goal #4

Foster professional development of nurses in critical access hospitals; encourage staff nurse presentations

  • Promote collaboration of ANCC nurse planners and nurses employed in critical access hospitals in the development of CE offerings.

  • Provide assistance to nurses during their presentation.

Phase one

Phase One

  • Three CAHs were recruited for the pilot project

    • Gibson General Hospital Princeton, Indiana

    • St. Mary’s Warrick, Boonville, Indiana

    • Perry Memorial, Tell City, Indiana

  • Equipment needed was purchased

  • Needs Assessment completed

    • Staff nurses

    • Administration

  • Four offerings have been completed and are archived on the website.

Presentation topics

Presentation Topics

  • What Nurses Need to Know About Ostomy Care

  • CBC Interpretation for Nurses

  • Severe Hypoglycemia and Sepsis

  • General Orthopaedic Concepts for Nurses

  • Physical Assessment

  •  Assessing the Neurological Patient

Program delivery

Program Delivery

  • Flyers, PPT’s, quizzes, evaluations, & sign up sheets are sent to the Critical Access Hospitals prior to the presentation.

  • Presentations begin promptly at 1:00 and last no more than one hour.

  • Time is allowed for questions.

  • The Critical Access Hospital proctors obtain all pieces from participants and send to USI.

  • USI sends back CEs for distribution

  • At program completion it is archived and available

What we have learned

What We Have Learned

  • Evaluating data

    • Nurse feedback from each offeringStaff nurses love the idea of joining their colleagues in a live lecture.

    • The needs assessment obtained from the nurses was used to determine the presentations.

    • The program has helped to alleviate some fears of online education.

Distance education

Administrative feedback covering the first four offerings:

  • “Allows the hospital to help nurses obtain continuing education credits and maintain their certification.”

  • “Our verbal feedback has been very positive. The nurses feel like they have learned from each session.”

  • “As a small hospital we don’t have a dedicated nurse educator so this is a great way to offer quality education for staff.”

  • “We have had requests for similar in-services for our respiratory therapy staff and our Rehab staff; PT and OT”

Sustaining the program

Sustaining the Program

  • Continue to offer a monthly CE for nurses in Critical Access Hospitals

  • Offer the program to Critical Access Hospital at a reasonable fee per nurse

  • Work with staff nurses to develop the programs they feel are important to their practice

Thank you

Thank you

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