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Live/Webinar Activities

The University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing provides live / webinar activities.  Please review activities described here and those listed on the “Pitt Nursing CE Calendar” located at the left side of the screen.

 *As a result of a special agreement between UPMC and the University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing, UPMC nurses may receive a 50% discount on the cost of live and enduring continuing nursing education activities.  UPMC nurses must register for learning activities and provide their UPMC employee number for verification.  Nurses must successfully complete all the requirements of the learning activity to receive contact hours.

2013-2014 Pharmacology and Clinical Practice Update Series

This year marks the fourth year for this popular series that focuses on pharmacology updates with corresponding clinical practice implications.  The goal of this series is to provide evidence based information related to pharmacology advances, with parallel clinical practice concepts. 

These continuing education sessions will be conducted live at the School of Nursing, Oakland Campus and will be available via Web conferencing with pre-registration from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Eastern Standard Time. 

Contact hours awarded at these sessions may be used by advanced practice nurses seeking to renew their script writing privileges.

Contact Hours/Cost

  • Contact Hours Awarded: 3 per session
  • Cost: $60 per session

Series Schedule

Date Topic
September 7, 2013 Epilepsy
October 5, 2013 Addiction Services
November 2, 2013 Cancelled
December 7, 2013 Cancelled
January 4, 2014 Adverse Drug Events, Drug Interactions & Medication Errors
February 1, 2014 Care of Patients with GERD, Gastroparesi, C -diff and Ulcerative Colitis
March 1, 2014 Asthma
April 5, 2014 Antibiotics, Anti-fungals, & Anti-virals Updates
May 3, 2014
June 7, 2014 Medication Issues in Geriatrics

Cost Scale

# of Sessions # of Contact Hours Cost
1 3 $60
2 6 $110
3 9 $165
4 12 $220
5 15 $275
6 18 $330
7 21 $385
8 24 $440
9 27 $495
10 30 $540

Fast Track Back Re-entry into Practice

The University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing’s department of continuing nursing education (Pitt Nursing CE) offers the Fast Track Back (FTB) program annually in the spring.  The goal of FTB is to provide professional nurses who have not been actively practicing, with current trends and skills needed to care for adult medical / surgical patients in an acute care setting.  FTB is not a reinstatement program. 

FTB consists of two (2) separate sections.

  • Section I will reacquaint participants to the following areas: the role of the RN practicing today, physical assessment, systems review, pharmacology update, clinical decision making, and communication skills. This will be accomplished through: lecture, group discussion, independent study, participation in exercises in the clinical skills lab and human simulation center, and skill development using the clinical practice films. Section I consists of six (6) sessions. Sessions will meet weekly. Each session will meet from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Participants must attend all classes in order to satisfactorily complete Section I and to be eligible to participate in Section II.
    • Contact Hours Awarded:  33
    • Section I Cost:  $1,000 - this includes all course materials
  • Section II will consist of 6 clinical days (7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.) and have participants caring for adult medical /surgical patients in an acute care hospital setting with the supervision of a School of Nursing instructor. The clinical days will be scheduled after Section I concludes. Participants are required to attend all clinical days.  
    • Contact Hours Awarded:  45
    • Section II Cost:  $1,500 – this includes liability insurance

Applications for FTB Section 1 is now closed. Program will begin April 2, 2014. Space is limited to 20 participants.

The following are recommendations for successful applicants

For both sections:

  • Must have a current PA nurse’s license.
  • Have had previous experience caring for adult medical / surgical patients in an acute care setting.
  • Have not been out of clinical practice for more than fifteen (15) years.
  • Must be available to attend all sessions.

Prior to starting section II

  • Have current Basic Life Support / CPR certification.
  • Secure all necessary medical updates, criminal clearances, and identification requirement of the clinical facility.