Continuing Education Testing

Linda Smith, ARNP Continuing Education Coordinator Recovery. IPNFL Provider Number: FBN 50-1051

Continuing Education Credit is available for nurses who complete Modules in the Recovery Maintenance Workbook. If you are interested in obtaining continuing education for completed modules you must first complete and pass the corresponding post-test(s) for all modules completed. Choose a post-test below that corresponds to the Module(s) you have completed. Once the post-test is passed and fee paid you will receive your official Continuing Education Credit Certificate(s) for each/all modules completed.

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Test 1: Identifying and Managing Relapse Warning Signs

Overview:

This class provides an overview of the relapse "process" by distinguishing between such concepts as abstinence and recovery and helping participants identify relapse warning signs in self and others while identifying relapse prevention strategies.

Objectives:

  1. To distinguish between abstinence and recovery
  2. To recognize relapse warning signs in self and others
  3. To identify relapse prevention strategies specific to relapse warning signs

Test 2: High Risk Situation Identification

Overview:

This class provides information on how to identify and manage high-risk situations related to relapse by anticipating them before they occur and determining a plan of action should they present themselves.

Objectives:

  1. To identify personal high-risk situations
  2. To anticipate risks before they occur
  3. To plan new strategies to manage anticipated high-risk situations

Test 3: Post Acute Withdrawal Symptoms

Overview:

This class focuses on the topic of Post acute Withdrawal Symptoms related to substance dependence by discussing the common symptoms, how these symptoms may present in the workplace and how to minimize/diminish them should they occur.

Objectives:

  1. To identify commonly occurring post acute withdrawal symptoms
  2. To explain the effect of post acute withdrawal symptoms on work performance
  3. To develop management strategies to diminish the effects of post acute withdrawal symptoms

Test 4: The Twelve Steps

Overview:

The content of this educational module provides a brief overview of the beginnings of the Twelve Step program including key principles associated with the steps. The learner will obtain a beginning grasp of what the mission of twelve steps programs are and be able to identify several specific types.

Objectives:

  1. To be able to understand the history of the Twelve Steps and Alcoholics Anonymous
  2. To identify the principles behind each step
  3. To recognize how the 12-Steps support recovery

Test 5: Sponsorship

Overview:

This class provides pertinent information about the role of sponsorship in recovery, by defining the role, responsibilities and benefits of sponsorship in addition to how to choose and work with a sponsor effectively.

Objectives:

  1. To define the roles, responsibilities and benefits of sponsorship
  2. To understand how to seek and choose an effective sponsor
  3. To maximize the strength of sponsorship in the recovery process

Test 6: Changing Relationships in the Family

Overview:

This class focuses on the aspect of changing relationships within the family during recovery along with identifying family members needs, ways to improve communication and how to reestablish trust.

Objectives:

  1. To recognize the shifting family dynamics during recovery
  2. To understand the challenge of reestablishing trust
  3. To identify ways to improve family communication patterns
  4. To identify individual needs of other family members

Test 7: Interrupting Relapse

Overview:

This class provides information on how to intervene and interrupt the relapse process by discussing ways to utilize support people, how to develop a relapse contract and how to analyze an experienced relapse.

Objectives:

  1. To identify support people who are willing to intervene in the relapse process
  2. To identify actions that can interrupt relapse and incorporate them into a contract
  3. To use personal relapse warning signs to analyze an experienced relapse

Test 8: Certified Nurse Anesthetists

Overview:

The literature regarding nurses with addiction suggests that certified nurse anesthetists are one of the subgroups of nurses with the greatest risk for substance use disorders. This module addresses several of the risk factors for CRNA's and provides support for a specialized recovery monitoring program for CRNA's in recovery.

Objectives:

  1. Describe three substance abuse risk factors for CRNA's
  2. List two websites with specialized CRNA recovery information
  3. Define the purpose of the medication Naltrexone

Test 9: Identifying Workplace Traps

Overview:

This class provides information on how to identify "workplace" traps in recovery and what is helpful in minimizing emotional traps as a mean's to protecting one's own recovery.

Objectives:

  1. To identify potential emotional traps in the workplace
  2. To identify strategies to minimize emotional traps

Test 10: Cravings and Triggers

Overview:

This class is on the topic of craving and triggers associated with substance abuse/dependence recovery including identifying cravings and triggers and developing a prevention plan to address and minimize each.

Objectives:

  1. To recognize the relationship between triggers and craving
  2. To identify workplace triggers common to recovering nurses
  3. To develop a preventive plan for personal workplace triggers

Test 11: The Job Search

Overview:

The class discusses the job search and focuses on effective ways to prepare for an interview, develop a resume and assess a good "fit" between the needs of the institution and the recovering nurse.

Objectives:

  1. To identify effective ways to prepare for a positive job interview
  2. To be able to develop an effective professional resume
  3. To evaluate the fit between an available job and your needs

Test 12: Job Interviewing

Overview:

This class expands on the interview process in areas such as disclosure, confidence in self presentation and developing a list of interview questions for the interview.

Objectives:

  1. To understand the importance and limits of disclosure during a job interview
  2. To develop confidence in self-preservation
  3. To identify important questions to ask in an interview

Test 13: Practice Restrictions

Overview:

This class provides an overview on the topic of practice restriction as a means of recovery maintenance looking at both positive and negative feelings associated with practice restrictions and how to develop a labor exchange as one positive way to handle practice restrictions.

Objectives:

  1. To identify positive and negative feelings about practice restrictions
  2. To acknowledge the role of individual perception in one's view of practice restrictions
  3. To recognize the advantages of developing a "labor exchange" with colleagues

Test 14: Disclosure in the Workplace

Overview:

This class focuses on disclosure in the workplace in relationship to the "need to know" and the benefits vs. limitations of self-disclosure.

Objectives:

  1. To balance our need to disclose with others' need to know
  2. To understand the effect on recovery of secret keeping and disclosure
  3. To develop positive means of disclosure

Test 15: Sleep Disruption, Rest, and Work Schedules

Overview:

This class provides an overview of challenges such a sleep disruption, finding time to rest in addition to managing work schedules as a means of recovery maintenance.

Objectives:

  1. To explain the phenomenon of sleep disruption during recovery
  2. To identify the effects of sleep disruption or deprivation on concentration and work performance
  3. To understand the significance of regular work schedules

Test 16: Building and Keeping New Social Networks

Overview:

This class focuses on the topic of how to build and keep new social networks while in recovery including establishing healthy boundaries and identifying ways to protect oneself from an unhealthy work setting.

Objectives:

  1. To recognize enabling people and environments at work
  2. To establish healthy boundaries between work and personal life
  3. To identify ways to protect oneself from an unhealthy prevailing climate

Test 17: Self - Care in the Workplace

Overview:

This class addresses the issue of self-care in the workplace emphasizing the importance of self-care for caregivers while looking at both barriers and protective strategies for improved self-care.

Objectives:

  1. To explain the importance of self-care for caregivers
  2. To complete an assessment of current self-care activities
  3. To discuss barriers and protective strategies for improved self-care in the workplace

Test 18: Is Your Co-Worker Impaired?

Overview:

Substance use disorders are common in the general population and nurses are not immune to such problems. In fact, these issues are quite common among nurses. Part of a nurse's professional and ethical responsibility for protecting patient safety may include taking action concerning a colleague whose practice is demonstrating impairment secondary to substance use. This module addresses identification, intervention and resources for helping a colleague.

Objectives:

  1. List four (4) common signs of impairment
  2. Identify key components of documenting objective performance concerns
  3. Explore the do's and don'ts of intervention

Test 19: Hepatitis: Know the Basics

Overview:

Hepatitis is not well understood by all healthcare providers. This module provides the learner with a helpful overview of the various forms of Hepatitis. In addition to this overview, information is provided on the Center for Disease Control (CDC) recommendations regarding who is best to be screened for hepatitis.

Objectives:

  1. To be able to list the symptoms of three types of hepatitis
  2. To recognize the importance of testing for healthcare workers
  3. To define who is at increased risk for infection with hepatitis

Test 20: Health Habits

Overview:

This class focuses on basic principles of developing good health habits and developing realistic steps for improvement.

Objectives:

  1. To identify basic principles of developing good health habits
  2. To rate yourself on five categories of health habits
  3. To develop realistic steps for improvement

Test 21: Practicing Meditation: A Stress Reduction Tool

Overview:

The objective of this session is to describe ways in which meditation can reduce stress along with describing one of the most common and relatively easy form "breathe meditation" in a step by step fashion. Finally, the benefits of performing regular meditation are outlined for the learner.

Objectives:

  1. To identify basic steps in the meditation process

Test 22: Medical Management in Emergency Situations

Overview:

This class provides an overview of the topic of how to manage acute pain in medical emergencies while maintaining recovery through identifying high risk situations and developing a plan to prevent relapse should a rsik to relapse present.

Objectives:

  1. To understand the risk for relapse associated with management of acute pain in medical emergencies
  2. To identify high-risk medications
  3. To develop a plan to prevent relapse

Test 23: Chronic Pain Management

Overview:

Chromic pain and addiction cause significant suffering and disability, yet are still under recognized and under-treated These two conditions have let to the development of fields of medicine that have an interesting and somewhat parallel histories the concepts of addition vs. dependence pain medications will be discussed along with terms like Pseudoaddition, tolerance, agonist/antagonist and neuomedication. Tools used to treat addiction will be related to treating chronic pain and visa versa. Steps to help prevent relapse into addiction behavior in an individual with chronic pain will be a major topic of discussion. There will be a review of the pharmacology or opiate medications.

Objectives:

  1. To differentiate between acute and chronic pain
  2. To develop chronic pain management strategies

Test 24: Healthy Boundaries

Overview:

This class provides information on maintaining healthy boundaries with others while learning to identify potential and actual boundary violations between one and others while discussing professional vulnerabilities and helpful responses for boundary maintenance.

Objectives:

  1. To recognize potential and actual violation of boundaries between nurse and patient
  2. To recognize the heightened feelings and emotional vulnerability common in early recovery
  3. To identify helpful responses to use when patients cross boundaries of intimacy

Test 25: Depression

Overview:

This class focuses on the topic of depression by providing information on the existence of depression as a concurrent illness associated with chemical dependency and resources for appropriate referral for persons with a dual diagnosis.

Objectives:

  1. To increase awareness of the existence of depression as a concurrent illness associated with chemical dependency
  2. To recognize the importance of appropriate professional treatment for persons with dual diagnoses

Test 26: Recognizing and Expressing Feelings

Overview:

This class is on the topic of recognizing and expressing feelings by helping recognize and more accurately label those feelings most difficult to experience and manage during recovery.

Objectives:

  1. To recognize those feelings most difficult to experience and manage
  2. To more accurately label and communicate feelings

Test 27: Surviving Loss

Overview:

This class focuses on surviving loss by helping persons both recognize losses most commonly associated with alcohol/drug abuse in addition to learning techniques to constructively deal with loss.

Objectives:

  1. To recognize losses commonly associated with alcohol/drug use
  2. To learn constructive ways to deal with loss

Test 28: Unmanaged anger and PTSD

Overview:

Unmanaged anger and PTSD if not addressed place nurses in recovery at a heightened risk for relapse. This educational module describes the difference between normal vs. "out of control" anger. In addition, PTSD is addressed along with resources for help with these issues.

Objectives:

  1. Describe the difference between controlled and uncontrolled anger
  2. Identify why PTSD and unmanaged anger require professional intervention
  3. Explore the best way to locate a qualified therapist

Test 29: Recognizing Special Needs

Overview:

This class provides information on special needs of persons in recovery such as areas for individual work based on identified life traumas along with evaluating reasons to see or avoid therapy and how to select an appropriate therapist.

Objectives:

  1. To recognize how major life traumas affect recovery maintenance
  2. To evaluate reasons to seek or avoid therapy
  3. To select an appropriate therapist, if needed

Test 30: Domestic Violence: Breaking the Cycle of Abuse

Overview:

This class focuses on domestic violence and provides information on recognizing forms of domestic violence, identifying barriers to seeking help and how to develop a safety plan should the need arise.

Objectives:

  1. To recognize five forms of domestic violence
  2. To identify barriers to seeking help
  3. To list key components of a safety plan

Test 31: Becoming Clear - The First Step Toward Financial Wellness

Overview:

This class focuses on "financial wellness" by providing information on how to assess individual financial wellness by identifying financial priorities, and identifying resources for assistance with finances.

Objectives:

  1. To assess individual financial wellness
  2. To clarify personal financial priorities
  3. To identify resources for assistance with finances

Test 32: Being Different - Barrier of Gift?

Overview:

This class focuses on the topic of feeling different associated with such things as race and ethnic background, sexual orientation, disability, religious beliefs, alcohol and drug recovery status by helping one to look at positive and negative perspectives by self and others and developing and valuing boundary-spanning skills.

Objectives:

  1. To examine the varied origins of feeling "different"
  2. To contrast the negative and positive perspectives on difference and diversity
  3. To develop and value boundary-spanning skills

Test 33: Connecting the dots

Overview:

This class assists one in recovery with connecting life consequences to alcohol and drug recovery status thereby decreasing denial and taking responsibility for consequences due to destructive use of alcohol and drugs.

Objectives:

  1. To examine the relationship between alcohol/drug use and life consequences

Test 34: Slippery People, Places and Things

Overview:

This class helps individuals examine the relationship between particular situations ("slippery people, places and things") and relapse risk along with developing a plan of action steps to help avoid or handle personal high risk situations.

Objectives:

  1. To examine the relationship between particular situations and relapse risk
  2. To identify "slippery" people, places, and things that are personally high risk
  3. To plan action steps to avoid or handle personal high-risk situations

Test 35: Spirituality and Religion

Overview:

This class focuses on the topic of spirituality and religion by discussing the difference of the two concepts and helps individuals identify the spiritual principles of Alcoholics Anonymous.

Objectives:

  1. To define the difference between spirituality and religion
  2. To identify at least two spiritual principles of AA

Test 36: Spiritual Health Equals Relationship Health

Overview:

This class provides information on the relationship between spirituality and quality of relationships helping individuals to assess the quality of the relationship with self, others and a power greater than oneself while identifying specific actions to enhance spirituality.

Objectives:

  1. To understand the connection between spirituality and the quality of our relationships
  2. To evaluate the quality of relationship with self, others, and a power greater than ourselves
  3. To identify specific actions that enhance spirituality

Test 37: Meditation and Prayer: The Why and How

Overview:

This class discusses the concepts of meditation and prayer, how they are similar and different, while acknowledging the benefits of some form of reflection as part of healthy living.

Objectives:

  1. To acknowledge the benefits of some form of reflection as part of healthy living

Test 38: New Year's Resolution

Overview:

This class provides information on how to reflect annually on one's recovery status and ways to develop a "New Year's Resolution" that supports one's individual recovery process.

Objectives:

  1. To develop a plan for the New Year that supports individual recovery processes

Test 39: Are We Having Fun Yet?

Overview:

This class focuses on identifying new ways of having fun in recovery and assists individuals in developing alternative ways to structure leisure time.

Objectives:

  1. To identify new ways for having fun
  2. To develop alternative ways to structure leisure time

Test 40: Keeping Our Commitment Fresh

Overview:

This class provides information on the relationship between commitment to one's recovery and action which demonstrates a commitment while walking individuals through a look at individual priorities in one's life and whether one's actions match one's commitments.

Objectives:

  1. To recognize the relationship between commitment and action

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