Lippincott Williams & Wilkins Announces Updates to Lippincott's Professional Development Programs for Nurses
AMBLER, Pa. (September 5, 2012) - Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, part of Wolters Kluwer Health, a leading global provider of information and point-of-care solutions for the healthcare industry, today announced that it has completed several updates to Lippincott's Professional Development Programs, a series of online continuing education solutions for nurses in hospitals and other health institutions. Two new categories of e-courses are now available including pediatrics and hospital-acquired diseases. In addition, five new nursing competency evaluations have been incorporated into the program.
Lippincott's Professional Development Programs consist of evidence-based online courses organized into programs by key nursing specialties and topic areas. Each course is developed and designed to optimize nurses' clinical performance. In addition, nurses can improve their management and leadership skills with goals that include continuous improvement of patient outcomes and ongoing evaluation of nursing competence. Most programs consist of e-courses, which include case studies and/or tutorial modules delivered in easy-to-learn, interactive formats. Competency evaluations assess a nurse's ability to think critically and analyze clinical situations.
The new Hospital-Acquired Conditions program consists of six new courses each addressing a single hospital-acquired condition. Also new is the Pediatric Nursing program, which has a total of 13 courses addressing pediatric diseases and conditions. Several existing e-courses also were reviewed and, as appropriate, updated to meet new guidelines including the 12-Lead ECG, ECG Rhythm Strip program, and the Preventing Ventilator-Assisted Pneumonia (VAP) course.
Competency Evaluation Expanded
In addition to new courses, five new competency evaluation modules were added which expand the program's evaluation component to include seven programs and a total of 17 modules. These programs evaluate the knowledge, critical thinking and analytical ability of nursing staff. Designed for health care institutions, these evaluations assess nurses' competency levels by providing online case study assessments that require knowledge of the latest evidence-based rationales. The new modules include:
· ECG Rhythm Strip Interpretation
· Basic Heart Sounds and Related Cardiac Conditions
· Advanced Heart Sounds
· Basic Breath Sounds and Related Respiratory Conditions
· Advanced Breath Sounds