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Continuing Education Courses at Vanderbilt Medical Center

by Dr. Kelly S. Meier, studioD

Continuing education for healthcare professionals provides insight into new technology and innovations in medical practice. At Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee, registration for supplemental courses and training sessions is handled by contacting individual trainers or educators. Course fees vary and some sessions are offered free of charge. For convenience, Vanderbilt provides participants with online access to continuing education transcripts.

Life And Death

Workshops related to life support and resuscitation is a featured training component of Vanderbilt’s continuing education program. Certified by the American Heart Association, Vanderbilt offers basic life support, neonatal resuscitation, pediatric advanced life support and advanced cardiovascular life support classes. These courses are available for Vanderbilt employees and students. The resuscitation program collaborates with the Junior League Family Resource Center to provide free cardiopulmonary resuscitation or CPR classes for the broader community.

Nursing Is An Art

Vanderbilt University Medical Center offers several neonatal care classes geared specifically for nurses seeking continuing education. Class topics include level I and II neonatal care, cardiac care for the neonate, endotracheal intubation, neonatal medicine and specialty certification in neonatal nursing. Some courses require a certification exam at the end of the class. The Tennessee Nurses Association and American Nursing Credentialing Center have approved these courses for continuing education.

Long Term Impact

There are nine main areas of emphasis in the ongoing continuing education menu at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Pediatric training sessions include anesthesia, craniofacial syndromes and surgery, hearing loss and endocrinology. Education related to pathology includes apheresis, red blood cell exchange and transfusion reactions anesthesiology. Workshops about anesthesiology include using proper opiod medications, personalized pain medicine, contraindications in labor and controlled substance prescriptions. Other general education includes hazardous affairs, internal medicine and public health, preventive medicine and psychiatry.

Cutting Edge

The Vanderbilt University Medical Center's continuing education program includes lectures, summits and symposiums related to current medical issues and innovations in treatment. For example, professional development related to accountability, research training and distressed physicians are ongoing topics. New advances in pediatric medicine delve into aerodigestive disease and neonatal implications of high risk pregnancy. Other topics include neuropsychopharmacology, stroke and neurosciences, and clinical neurophysiology and epilepsy. These sessions can help current health care professionals develop new areas of knowledge or learn specific skills and practices.

About the Author

Dr. Kelly S. Meier is a professor and college administrator for a large public institution in Minnesota. She received her undergraduate degree from Western Illinois University and her master's degree and doctorate from Minnesota State University, Mankato. She has published more than 15 books on education, group development and diversity.

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