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Welcome to the Self-Learner Virginia Health Care Association Online Education website. Self-Learner Virginia Health Care Association has partnered with Silverchair Learning Systems to provide access to an online curriculum you can use to fulfill some of your continuing education needs.

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About Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

The course gives nurses working with a geriatric population a review of a common pulmonary disease among the elderly, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). After completing this course, nurses who care for those with COPD should be able to better understand current medical treatment resulting in a higher level of care of these residents.

About Diabetes

Nurses working with a geriatric population will encounter diabetes frequently. This course covers the basics of the disease and the current medical treatment. This course will help the student be better able to assess the needs of and provide care for diabetic residents as well as problem-solve common medication concerns.

About Heart Disease

Heart disease is the leading cause of death and disability for both men and women worldwide. As a nurse working in senior care, you need to know about the different types of heart disease and risk factors as well as the effects of aging on the heart. People in your care may suffer from hypertension, coronary artery disease (CAD), heart valve disorders, or rhythm disorders. This course will help you identify the symptoms associated with each type of heart disease, and it will discuss the diagnosis and available treatment options.

About HIV/AIDS

HIV, or human immunodeficiency virus, is the virus that causes AIDS (acquired immunodeficiency syndrome). In the US, HIV is more prevalent than it has ever been, and the infection rate is increasing rapidly among people over age 50. As a worker in senior care, you should know about the problems older people may face, and today one of those problems is HIV and AIDS. This course provides an overview of HIV and AIDS, including its transmission and current medical treatment. This course will help you become better able to identify the disease and intervene appropriately.

About Mental Impairment

As America's population ages, there is a growing concern about older adults' mental health and wellness. Mental disorders among older adults affect all aspects of healthcare. As the population ages, healthcare workers must have an understanding of common mental disorders. This course covers bipolar I disorder, anxiety disorders, schizophrenia, and depression, with an emphasis on the types of mental impairment that most often lead to rehospitalization.

About Renal Disease

Renal disease is the failure of the kidneys to perform their normal function. There are three renal disease categories: acute renal failure (ARF), chronic kidney disease (CKD), and end-stage renal disease (ESRD). The resident’s history, physical examination, signs and symptoms, and test results will allow the physician to differentiate acute from chronic kidney disease. As a healthcare provider, you have a duty to know the signs and symptoms of renal disease, to assess it quickly, and to act appropriately to ensure the resident’s best outcome. You also play a significant role in renal disease education and prevention.

About Stroke

Experiencing a stroke can be devastating. It can leave a person with a permanent, life-changing condition. Some risk factors for stroke are uncontrollable, but certain practices can help prevent, limit, and reverse stroke damage. Providers of senior healthcare have the responsibility to know the signs and symptoms of stroke and to be able to perform quick stroke assessments and respond appropriately. They have the responsibility to prevent stroke, to educate others, and to help stroke victims recover. Perhaps the most important stroke-related work care providers perform is to help stroke victims live as independently and as normally as possible.

About Wound Care: Treatment and Care

This course covers the basics of wound dressings and other devices used to treat wounds. It is designed to help healthcare professionals choose an appropriate wound dressing for a particular wound based on its characteristics and the person's needs.

Care Planning in Long Term Care

In this course, you will learn about the care planning process and why the care plan is important in ensuring quality care for each resident. You will also learn about regulations that impact the care planning process and how contributing to and following the resident care plan can help your resident achieve his highest level of well-being.

CE - Embracing Diversity

An important part of a home’s culture change process is embracing the diversity of its staff and residents and educating the staff in cultural competence. This course covers the changes that a home must make when it commits to embracing diversity as part of its culture change journey.

CE - Enhancing the Dining Experience

Once a culture change journey has been adopted, changes to the dining experience are often one of the first initiatives. This course covers what changes are sometimes made to the dining experience as part of a home’s culture change journey.

CE - Person-Centered Care: A Long Term Care Cultural Transformation

Many senior care providers are embracing a new transformation called the “culture change.” This course covers culture change and how it may affect your organization. We will examine models of culture change, and we will look at the changes that are sometimes made as part of a home’s culture change journey.

Coaching: Implications for Long Term Care

The goal of coaching is to help employees enhance performance while developing the ability to learn and apply new concepts and new ways of thinking. It aims to help people solve their own problems by being creative within the scope of their responsibilities. This course covers coaching specifically in the long term care environment. It describes the benefits of coaching, discusses reasons for employees’ non-performance and identifies the steps you can take to implement a coaching approach in your facility.

Critical Thinking 101

Critical thinking is an active, purposeful, organized, outcome-directed cognitive process we use to carefully examine our thinking and the thinking of others. Critical thinking is crucial to managing the flow of information that is part of everyday life in society, including in the senior care arena. Critical thinking is required in all professional fields and academic disciplines. This course covers the basic concepts involved with critical thinking.

Critical Thinking: Implications for Long Term Care Leadership

Critical thinking is the mental process of analyzing or evaluating information, particularly statements or propositions that people have offered as true. Critical thinking involves using cognitive skills and making an intellectual commitment to using the information gained to inform and direct behavior. This course covers the critical thinking process and describes its relevance and benefits, as well as practical ways to apply critical thinking for a leader in the senior care industry.

End of Life: Grief, Loss, Death, and Dying

It is natural to avoid thinking--never mind talking--about dying. Death is often an uncomfortable subject. Every person is different, and the paths to death will vary. Everyone should think about and discuss the end-of-life process before it happens. Individuals can decide whether they want aggressive treatment that might prolong life or whether they prefer to stop treatment, which could mean dying earlier but more comfortably. Caring for a dying loved one is not easy. Even when the end of life is approaching, many patients, caregivers, and families feel unprepared. This course will provide you with a general description of what to expect before and after death has occurred. The goal is to help you understand what you can do to increase a patient’s comfort.

Ethical Decision Making in Senior Care

This course is about ethics in the workplace. It covers the basic skills needed to make the right decision in a tough situation.

F 520: Quality Assessment and Assurance

The existing quality assessment and assurance (QAA) provision has been in place for over 20 years. It encompasses all managerial, administrative, clinical, environmental services employees as well as contracted providers and suppliers. It is designed to keep systems functioning satisfactorily and consistently. Currently, CMS is undertaking an initiative to broaden QAA. This is a step toward moving the quality process from one based on assessment of inadequacies to one focused on improvement. This course discusses the components of the existing QAA process, as well as ways to comply with regulatory requirements.

Introduction to Linen Management in Long Term Care

Managers in long term care communities should be familiar with basic laundry operations. This course will assist the long term care manager in overseeing a more productive and effective laundry operation. Laundry operations, laundry staffing, and soiled linen considerations will be discussed in this course.

Introduction to Maintenance Operations in Long Term Care

Managers in long term care facilities should be familiar with basic maintenance operations. This course will help managers have a more productive and effective maintenance program. The importance of maintenance, basic construction planning, and core facility systems are discussed in this first part of a four-part series.

Introduction to Profit and Loss Statement Analysis

Administrators in the senior care profession must understand and be able to analyze a profit and loss statement to better manage the financial operations of a facility. The purpose of this program is to help administrators better understand and analyze a profit and loss statement. Administrators will also learn how to analyze revenue and expenses as reported.

Linen Management in Long Term Care: Inventory and Control

Managers in long term care communities should be familiar with basic laundry operations. This course will assist the long term care manager in overseeing a more productive and effective laundry operation. Laundry inventory and control will be discussed in this course.

Linen Management in Long Term Care: Personal Laundry and General Laundry Housekeeping Issues

Managers in long term care facilities should be familiar with basic laundry operations. This course will assist the long term care manager in overseeing a more productive and effective laundry operation. We will discuss personal laundry, general laundry housekeeping issues, and energy conservation in laundry operations in this course.

Linen Management in Long Term Care: The Wash and Drying Cycle

Managers in long term care communities should be familiar with basic laundry operations. This course will assist the long term care manager in overseeing a more productive and effective laundry operation. Laundry equipment, wash cycle chemistry, and drying techniques will be discussed in this course.

Lockout/Tagout for All Senior Care Workers

This course gives healthcare workers a general understanding of the control of hazardous energy and the Occupational Safety and Health Administrationrsquo;s regulations that outline the safety precautions to be followed to prevent injury. After completing this course, healthcare workers will understand what to do when they see someone working on equipment, as well as how to protect themselves and residents from injury in that situation.

Maintenance Operations in Long Term Care: Basic Concepts

Administrators in long term care facilities should be familiar with basic maintenance operations. This course will assist them in overseeing a more productive and effective maintenance program. Architectural, structural, plumbing, electrical, and life-safety concepts will be discussed in this second part of a four-part series.

Maintenance Operations in Long Term Care: Improving Your Maintenance Program

Administrators in long term care facilities should be familiar with basic maintenance operations. This course will assist them in overseeing a more productive and effective maintenance program. We will discuss corrective, preventive, and casualty-control maintenance programs, in addition to inspections and equipment history, in this fourth part of a four-part series.

Maintenance Operations in Long Term Care: Mechanical Concepts and Equipment

Administrators in long term care facilities should be familiar with basic maintenance operations. This course will assist them in overseeing a more productive and effective maintenance program. We will discuss mechanical concepts and equipment in this third part of a four-part series.

Preparing for the Quality Indicator Survey

Both the Quality Indicator Survey (QIS) and the traditional survey processes are focused on residents and on getting results. Deficiencies, both actual and potential negative outcomes, are determined through observation, medical record review, and interviews. Stage I of the QIS process includes the comprehensive staff interview, which can reveal care areas requiring further investigation. QIS team members will examine those areas of concern in Stage II, during which they may interview any staff member, resident, or resident family member. This course is designed to help staff become comfortable with the important interview process.

The Basics of the Quality Indicator Survey

In both the Quality Indicator Survey (QIS) and the traditional survey process, information is gathered on a sample of residents to identify the facility's compliance with the CMS federal regulations. States have been given 1 to 3 years to implement the QIS. This course covers the basics of the QIS to help employees with the transition from the traditional survey to the QIS process.

You Have the Power, Now What?

This course defines the power and influence a person needs to be a successful leader and explains the different types of power. The course also takes an in-depth look at how a leader can learn and improve her skills of power and influence, practice them in the workplace and other organizations, manage conflict, and develop other leaders.