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 5-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. Continue the certificate with Geriatric Physical Assessment Course, which will review basic assessment techniques and include components that relate specifically to geriatric populations. Finish the certificate with Peripheral IV Workshop , which will give you the theory and skills needed to insert a peripheral IV. Upon completion of these five 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.

Dates: March 27, 2019 - May 22, 2019

Location: Driscoll Hall, Villanova University
$1599.00 for certificate

Total contact hours = 57.0

Contact your state Board of Nursing to determine your individual requirments for re-licensure.  

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.

Dates: Wednesdays from March 27, 2019 to May 22, 2019

Time: 6:00PM - 9:20PM

Program Overview and Professional Development

Infection Control Update

Respiratory Update

Cardiac Update

GU/GI Update

Endocrine Update

Muscular / Neuro Update

Hematology / Graduation

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: Saturday March 30, 2019 and May 11, 2019

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

Facutly:   Lawrence Carey, PharmD - Clinical Associate Professor, Temple University School of Pharmacy, Philadelphia, Pa.; Clinical Pharmacist for Jefferson Home Infusion Service.

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: Saturday April 6, 2019 and May 4, 2019

Time: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

FacultyMegan Martin, BSN, RN, CEN, Clinical Ladder IV, Emergency Department: Paoli Hospital; Jennetta Walter, MSN, RN, CNRN , Clinical Adjunct Professor, Villanova University, M. Louise Fitzpatrick College of Nursing

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: April 12, 2019  

Time: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM  

Faculty: Martha Fedor, MSN, RN, CRRN, CHC, CHPN. Clinical Nurse Educator at Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital

 Content includes criteria for vein selection, vein location and identification, selection of supplies and equipment, and potential complications of IV therapy. A review of developmental considerations for pediatric patients will be presented.  Information on legal aspects, malpractice insurance, and proper documentation will be included. Supplies will be provided for practicing the insertion of peripheral IV catheters using anatomical models and a computer simulation device - in full compliance with OSHA standards. The program will incorporate the Infusion Nurses Society (INS) 2016 Standards of Practice. Individual competency validation will be provided by the instructor at the end of the program.

Date: Friday April 26, 2019

Time: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Faculty:  Linda Anastasia, RN, CPN, Clinical Nurse Expert, Children’s Hosp of Philadelphia

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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