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Online registration for all 2022-2023 NCPDP activities is available through Eventbrite

Requirements for successful completion is accomplished by verifying participation in the entire NCPDP activity. No partial credit is awarded.

Accredited and Approved

Nicholls State University College of Nursing CNE Program is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

Nicholls State University College of Nursing CNE Program is approved by the Louisiana State Board of Nursing (LSBN) (Provider Number 8 ) for re-licensure requirements.

College of Nursing
Nursing Continuing Professional Development Program
Fall 2022 and Spring 2023 Calendar

Thursday,  September 29, 2022

Neuroscience nurses and nurses caring for patients with neurological conditions are challenged to maintain up-to-date knowledge in a specialty with an array of conditions, including nervous system injuries, disorders, and the associated biological, psychological, social, and spiritual alterations.  With neurological health issues on the rise in the U.S., nurses can encounter patients with altered neurologic functions in many practice settings. From outpatient to inpatient points of care, nurses will benefit from this educational activity by being up-to-date on some of the latest trends in the specialty of neurological care.

Location …………………….………… Nicholls State University Betsy C. Ayo Hall Auditorium

Networking ………………………………………………………………….8:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.

Presentation time…………………………………………………………….8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Credit…………………………………………………………….………………5.5 contact hours

Fee ……………………………………………………………………………………$ 75

Speakers:

Helen Neil, RN, MSN – HCSM, CLNC, FCN- has 37 years of nursing experience in varied areas that include acute care, neuroscience nursing, and rehabilitation. She has worked with patients with cerebrovascular disorders, such as strokes, as well as spinal cord and head injuries.

Pamela Pourciau, MSN, APRN, NP-C, SCRN, NC-BC, CPE- has been in the field of nursing since 1975 and has been an advanced practice RN since 2012. Her experience includes emergency, critical care, and neuroscience nursing. She currently works at East Jefferson Neurological Associates, Inc as a nurse practitioner, primarily providing post-stroke care.

Dr. Chad Domangue- is a nationally recognized neurologist, pain management specialist, patient advocate, entrepreneur, and speaker from south Louisiana.  He is double board-certified in Neurology and Pain Management and is board eligible for Clinical Neurophysiology.

Activity Learning Outcomes:

  • Demonstrate knowledge related to new developments in neurological care.
  • Recognize the various types of headaches, causes, clinical manifestations, and management.
  • Identify the causes, clinical manifestations, and manifestations of various neurological
  • Compare the various types of cerebrovascular disorders.
  • Identify nursing management related to the care of the patient in the acute phase of ischemic stroke.
  • Discuss essential care in the patient recovering from a stroke. 

The target audience is registered nurses.

$10 LATE FEE IF NOT REGISTERED BY SEPTEMBER 22nd

Tuesday, October 11, 2022

Addressing Mental Health Concerns and Promoting Behavioral Wellness Among Students

Mental health is a vital component of overall health for school-aged children and adolescents, affecting how they think, feel, and act. According to the CDC, mental health disorders most commonly diagnosed in children are ADHD, anxiety problems, behavior problems, and depression.  School nurses require ongoing guidance in caring for children with these varied disorders, particularly following the identified negative impacts on mental health that are associated with adverse childhood events (ACES), such as the pandemic and natural disasters.

Providing Safe Care at School for Students with Diabetes  

As one of the most common chronic childhood diseases, diabetes remains a growing public health concern owing to the rise in prevalence of both type 1 and type 2 diabetes among young people. School nurses are entrusted by parents and school staff to keep students safe in school and to foster a supportive and least restrictive environment. To do this, school nurses must stay abreast of cutting-edge diabetes knowledge and implementation of established protocols and practices to implement the student’s customized diabetes management plan.

Location …………………….…….…. Nicholls State University Betsy C. Ayo Hall Auditorium

Networking …………………………………………………………………8:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.

Presentation time……………………………………………………………8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Credit……………………………………………………………………………5.5 contact hours

Fee ……………………………………………………………………………………$ 75

Speakers:

Hayley Folse, Psychiatric, MSN, APRN- has worked in the field of psychiatry for 19 years and has been a psychiatric nurse practitioner for the past 5 years at South Central Louisiana Human Service Authority.

Emily Callias, LPC- currently works for South Central Louisiana Human Services Authority She has been with the agency for 8 years and primarily assists the child and adolescent populations with assessment and treatment, specializing in child and adolescent trauma.

Kathleen Baudean, BSN, RN, CDCES- has been in the field of diabetes since 2005. Kathleen currently works exclusively with the pediatric population, educating patients and families as a Certified Diabetes Care and Education Specialist (CDCES).

Toni Roussel, MSN, FNP – has been a Family Nurse Practitioner for 18 years with experience in emergency nursing, urgent care and as a mental health instructor of nursing at Nicholls.  She is a representative for Louisiana’s Beyond Type 1 nonprofit organization that promotes awareness for Type 1 diabetes with emphasis on recognition of early diagnosis and symptoms.

Activity Learning Outcomes:

  • Identify current diagnostic evaluations for children with mental health conditions.
  • Discuss various treatment options and therapies for common mental health disorders among school-aged children.
  • Describe effective methods that the school nurse can utilize to aid in the care of school-aged children who present with symptoms of mental health conditions such as anxiety, depression, ADHD, and behavior problems.
  • Discuss educational strategies for the newly diagnosed child with diabetes.
  • Identify the importance of recognizing and treating various types of hypoglycemia.
  • Identify current treatment plans and devices utilized in the management of diabetes in school-aged children and adolescents.
  • Examine the psychological and psychosocial effects of living with diabetes among children and adolescents.

The target audience is registered nurses.

$10 LATE FEE IF NOT REGISTERED BY OCTOBER 4th

Thursday, October 27, 2022

 Nurses play a lead role in providing care for the ever-increasing aging population.  Today, people are living longer than ever before.  As a nursing workforce, are we prepared to improve the health of older adults and care for their chronic and complex issues?  To meet the needs of this fast-growing population, it is essential for nurses to be well-informed on research, conditions, and trends regarding healthcare in older adults. This activity will provide nurses with information aimed to increase knowledge and understanding of challenging issues surrounding the aging population and best practices in providing optimal care.

Location …………………….……… Nicholls State University Betsy C. Ayo Hall Auditorium

Networking ………………………………………………………………….8:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.

Presentation time…………………………………………………………… 3:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Credit…………………………………………………………………….……5.5 contact hours

Fee …………………………………………………………………………………………$75

Speakers:

Jean Cefalu PhD, APRN, CWON- is an Adult-Gerontological Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (AGPCNP) and is board certified by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. She practices at the VA Medical Center, New Orleans in the division of Geriatrics and Extended Care. She is also board certified as a Wound Ostomy Nurse (CWON).

Beau Leonard, MSN, NP-C- has been a Nurse Practitioner since 2015 and is currently a Terrebonne General Internal Medicine Specialists (IMS). He manages common and complex medical conditions in patients of all ages with an emphasis on treating geriatric patients.

Melinda (Mendy) Richard- is LDH’s Assistant Secretary in the Office of Aging and Adult Services. In her role she is highly engaged in building a strong infrastructure in the spectrum of care services that are required to serve the needs of our vulnerable adult population.

Activity Learning Outcomes:

  • Differentiate between normal changes associated with the aging process from the disease process.
  • Identify conditions associated with geriatric syndrome.
  • Recognize various negative outcomes associated with geriatric polypharmacy.
  • Examine how sarcopenia can impact chronic conditions and lead to adverse health outcomes.
  • Summarize services, such as home care and long-term care, available to aging adults.

The target audience is registered nurses.

$10 LATE FEE IF NOT REGISTERED BY OCTOBER 20th

Thursday, November 17, 2022

The compassion and dedication of nurses in the delivery of safe, effective, and holistic care is met by many challenges in an ever-changing, complex health care environment. Presently, nurses are battling feelings of burnout and are experiencing conditions affecting their overall wellbeing. Adverse experiences can affect both recruitment and retention of nurses within the profession. Knowing these circumstances, nurses need to be equipped with effective strategies that will help combat stressors inherent to their practice and that will ultimately improve their well-being and in turn promote patient safety and optimal health care outcomes. Various tactics, such as peer and organizational support, professional education, self-care, and mentoring can assist and nurture nurses throughout their nursing journey and build a path of resilience. Both novice and seasoned nurses will benefit from this refreshing professional development activity. 

Location …………………….………. Nicholls State University Betsy C. Ayo Hall Auditorium

Networking …………………………………………………………………8:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.

Presentation time……………………………………………………………8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Credit……………………………………………………………………………5.5 contact hours

Fee ……………………………………………………………………………………$75

 

Speakers:

Stacey Melling RN, BSN, CHTP, CWK- has been a registered nurse at Children’s Hospital since 1995. For the past several years, Stacy has studied a variety of healing techniques and modalities and has certification in applied kinesiology. As a Certified Healing Touch Practitioner, she is passionate about her work and provision of care.

Hannah Stiller, MS – is a Well-Being Program Manager for LCMC and focuses on creating a culture of wellness for everyone within her organization. She has a MS in Exercise Science and is pursuing a Master of Public Health. Hannah is a certified Health Coach, Behavior Change Specialist, and Certified Wellness Practitioner with the National Wellness Institute. 

Elena Vidrine, MSN, RN, NEA-BC, PED-BC- is the Director of Nursing Excellence for Children’s Hospital in New Orleans, overseeing the Nursing Education & Professional Development Department and the Magnet Program. With over 19 years, Elena is certified in pediatric nursing and serves as President of the Society of Pediatric Nurses Louisiana Chapter. 

Dianne Richoux MSN, RN- is a Certified Pediatric Nurse (CPN) and has been in this specialty for over 35 years. She is an Assistant Professor of Nursing at Nicholls State University, where she teaches Pediatrics. She is also a PRN Nurse Educator at Children’s Hospital.

Brittany Sweeney MSN, RN– has been a nurse for nine years and is an Instructor of Nursing for Maternal/Newborn Health at Nicholls State University creating learning opportunities in the lab, classroom, and clinical setting. She is also a Nurse Educator at Children’s Hospital, with a focus on Preceptorship Education/Research and Continuing Nurse Education opportunities

Activity Learning Outcomes:

  • Discuss feelings and symptoms associated with burnout.
  • Identify strategies to become more resilient in the workplace.
  • Examine effective holistic strategies to incorporate in patient care.
  • Identify how mentorship impacts professional development.
  • Recognize how mentorship impacts organizational commitment and intent to stay.
  • Describe the current measurements of readiness for new graduate nurses.
  • Explore opportunities for academia and healthcare organizations to collaborate on new graduate nurse transitions.

The target audience is registered nurses.

$10 LATE FEE IF NOT REGISTERED BY NOVEMBER 10th

Friday, February 3, 2023

In primary settings, the Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) is in a prime position to treat and prescribe medications to patients who have prevalent chronic conditions such kidney disease, diabetes mellitus, and obesity. APRN’s are also often faced with knowing how to effectively treat patients with common skin conditions and disorders, as dermatological conditions are one of the leading causes for consultation at a primary care level. This professional development activity, led by a team of experts in their field, will provide a comprehensive review on the updates of pharmacological treatment modalities for patients with renal disease and failure, diabetes mellitus, patients who are overweight or have obesity, and those who experience common skin disorders.

 

Location …………………….……. Nicholls State University Betsy C. Ayo Hall Auditorium

Networking ………………………………………………………………….8:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.

Presentation time…………………………………………………………….8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Credit……………………………………………………………………………6 contact hours.

Fee ……………………………………………………………………………………$ 100

Speakers:

Angelique B. Allemand, DNP, RN, ACNP-BC, FNP-C, CNS- is a professor at Nicholls State University. She has been a nurse practitioner since 2008 and has been working in nephrology since 2010.

Paige Robichaux, MSN, FNP- is a nurse practitioner in the Endocrinology Clinic at Chabert Medical Center with 25 years’ experience in diabetes care.

Catherine Hudson, MD, MPH -is board certified in Internal Medicine (ABIM) since 2018 and Obesity Medicine (ABOM) since 2019. She is the Medical Director of Bariatric Medicine at UMCNO where she has created the first Obesity Medicine Clinic.

Denton “Luke” Paige, PA- has been practicing in the specialty of dermatology for 13 years as a Physician Assistant providing care for patients with various skin conditions and diseases. 

Activity Learning Outcomes:

  • Discuss medications routinely utilized in the treatment of patients with chronic kidney disease and end-stage renal disease.
  • Identify oral and injectable medications to treat type 1 and 2 diabetes mellitus.
  • Identify best practice of diabetes based on current ADA guidelines
  • Discuss FDA-approved weight-loss medications used to treat obesity and persons who are overweight.
  • Compare disorders and diseases of the skin with various treatment options.

 The target audience is registered nurse practitioners.

$10 LATE FEE IF NOT REGISTERED BY JANUARY 27th

Thursday, March 30, 2023

With advancements in omics discovery and technology, clinical practice has evolved to become more personalized. One way this has evolved is with precision medicine and the understanding of genetic variations.  Another way is through microbiome research that has uncovered the profound impact of the human microbiome on health and disease. With these advances in research, is the movement of wellness, learning more about autoimmune disease, inflammation, and the impact that nutrients have on an individual’s health. This professional development activity allows nurses to understand more about various influences on health in order to provide more individualized education for various populations.

 

Location …………………….………. Nicholls State University Betsy C. Ayo Hall Auditorium

Networking ………………………………………………………………….8:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.

Presentation time………………………………………………………….8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Credit……………………………………………………………………………5.5 contact hours

Fee ……………………………………………………………………………………$ 75

 

Speakers:

Casie Trosclair MSN, FNP- is a local nurse practitioner having 12 years’ experience and currently at functional practice located in Houma. She is enrolled at the School for Applied Functional Medicine and is passionate about root cause medicine and individualized care. 

Judy Crabtree, PhD – received her PhD training in Biochemistry and Genetics from the University of Oklahoma, in one of the original labs funded to sequence the Human Genome.  She is an Associate Professor of Genetics, an ASCP certified Specialist in Molecular Biology, and the Scientific and Education Director of the Precision Medicine Program at LSUHSC.

Christopher M. Taylor, PhD– is the Bioinformatics Manager at LSUHSC for the School of Medicine Genomics Core and Associate Professor in the Department of Microbiology, Immunology, and Parasitology. Dr. Taylor’s research interest focuses on the understanding of dynamic changes in vaginal microbiota associated with various sexually transmitted infections, adverse birth and newborn outcomes.

Activity Learning Outcomes:

  1. Understand how genetic variation impacts human health.
  2. Distinguish the role of genetics in patient management.
  3. Recognize the role of biomarkers in autoimmune and inflammatory diseases.
  4. Identify how the human microbiome impacts health.
  5. Discuss how vital nutrients impact health and disease.

The target audience is registered nurses.

$10 LATE FEE IF NOT REGISTERED BY MARCH 23rd

* For any activity offered virtually, participants will need a computer (desktop or laptop) with internet access, a webcam and microphone.

Particiants will be notified in a timely manner should there be a change in the
mode of delivery from in person to virtual.

The Nursing Continuing Professional Development
Program Activity Calendar

 

For more information,
call Michelle Patterson, MSN, RN, Accredited Provider Program Director

at (985) 448-4203, 448-4686
or michelle.patterson@nicholls.edu

Registration Information: Online registration for all NCPDP activities is available through Eventbrite.

Fees

Retired Nurses fee: $40
Student Nurses fee: $25
Regular Registration fee is $75 except for the February activity which is $100.

Refund Policy
Registration fees will be refunded in full if cancellation notice is received five days prior to the activity. Refunds after this date will be subject to an administrative fee. Substitutions may be accepted or the fee can be transferred to another activity.

Requirements for successful completion is accomplished by verifying participation in the entire NCPDP activity. No partial credit is awarded.

Cancellation Policy
Nicholls State University’s College of Nursing NCPDP reserves the right to cancel or postpone NCPDP activities, to limit registration or to change instructors. In the event of a cancellation for any reason, such as insufficient registration response, or condition beyond their control, the liability of Nicholls State University College of Nursing shall be limited to a full refund of registration fees. Refund policy on NCPDP activities in the College of Nursing does not necessarily apply to other educational activities at Nicholls.

Accreditation
Nicholls State University CON CNE Program is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

Nicholls State University College of Nursing Nursing Continuing Professional Development Program is approved by the Louisiana State Board of Nursing (LSBN) (Provider Number 8) for re-licensure requirements.

Nicholls State University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, or age in its programs and activities.

* The following person(s) has/have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies: Mr. Steven H. Kenney, Jr. ,  AVP for Human Resources and Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer  (985) 448-4001.

CONTACT INFORMATION

College of Nursing – Nursing Continuing Professional Development Program

Office Location:
336 Betsy Cheramie Ayo Hall
 
Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 2057
Thibodaux, LA 70310
 
Phone: (985) 448-4203
Fax: (985) 448-4932
 

Contact: Mrs. Michelle Patterson, Assistant Professor of Nursing, NCPD Accredited Provider Program Director

Email: michelle.patterson@nicholls.edu