RN Refresher Certificate Program

RN Refresher Certificate Program

Thinking about returning to the workforce? Have you kept your license active but haven’t practiced in over a year? Villanova has developed a 4-part program to ease your reentry into nursing. Begin with the Medical/Surgical Update and Review Course-a didactic review of body systems and practice issues. Then refresh your knowledge of medications and metabolic pathways in the Basic Pharmacology Review and Update Course. Then continue with the Skills Update Workshop in our state of the art Simulation Lab where you will have hands on experience with the latest in skills review such as: foley catheter insertion/central line dressings/peg tubes/ wound care and various pumps. Finish the certificate with Geriatric Physical Assessment Course, which will review basic assessment techniques and include components that relate specifically to geriatric populations. Upon completion of these four programs you will receive a RN Refresher Certificate. You can earn a sufficient number of contact hours to meet your PA mandatory relicensure continuing education requirements for a 2 yr period.

Registration available soon.

Dates: March - May 2017 
Driscoll Hall, Villanova University
$1199.00 for certificate

Total contact hours = 46.0 (satisfies PA, NJ and DE mandatory re-licensure requirements)

Here is an opportunity to update, review and/or refresh your knowledge of common adult, medical surgical conditions. Topics are arranged by system and focus on commonly encountered conditions- cardiovascular, pulmonary, GU/GI, endocrine, musculoskeletal, neurologic, oncologic, immunologic and integumentary systems. Pathophysiology and diagnostic tests will be included.

Time: 6:00PM - 9:20PM

TBD  Overview - Nursing Regulations / Current Trends


TBD  Infectious Diseases

TBD  Endocrin

TBD  Musculoskeletal, Neurologic

TBD  Cardiac

TBD  Respiratory

TBD  Immunology, Oncology

Do you remember the specifics of the angiotensin-renin system? How about why grapefruit interacts with so many medications? Refresh yourself with the basics of pharmacology in no time. A PharmD, who understands the learning needs of nurses, will help you review commonly encountered medications used on the respiratory, cardiac and endocrine systems. The prudent use of anti-microbial medications will also be discussed.


Date: TBD

Time: Saturdays 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Facutly:   Lawrence Carey, PharmD

Gain clinical experiences in a state-of-the-art simulation environment - without the anxiety and stress of providing patient care. Obtain hands-on experience with the latest equipment and techniques. Review skills related to: IV's, PCAs, pumps, chest tubes, Foley catheters, dressings/wound care, suctioning, trach care, enteral feedings, tube care, and medication dispensing. Performance checklists will be provided to increase your competency.

Date: TBD

Time: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Faculty:  Lisa Wetzel Effinger, MSN, RN

Expand your physical assessment knowledge and skills by focusing on a holistic assessment of the adult and geriatric client. Pathophysiological processes, clinical manifestations of normal age changes and common disorders will by systematically reviewed. Related assessment techniques and current screening tools will be identified. Emphasis will be on the identification of significant findings with the elderly population. You will have an opportunity for "hands-on" practice using diagnostic equipment and screening tools in a state-of-the-art simulation lab.

Date:  TBD   

Time: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM  

Faculty: Michelle Keating Sibel, MSN, FNP-BC

Continuing Education Courses

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"I have been so impressed with the RN Refresher Continuing Education courses. You have done a super job keeping the course costs reasonable and accessible, and the course content relevant and pertinent. Further, you have created a professional, sharing, learning environment. The Guidance and assistance you provide in pursuit of nursing opportunities, experience, and education has been exceptional.

A very needed and well executed program."

Sarah Lodge, Lafayette Hill, PA

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