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Med-Surg Review and Update CE Course: Breaking Records and Improving Practice


For Immediate Release
Date: May 10, 2012
Contact: Ashley Wiggin,, 206-221-2456

A record 478 nurses participated in the 2012 Medical-Surgical Nursing Review course which ended April 12. The course was established in 2004 and each year has been highly rated and surpasses projected enrollment goals.  In 2012, nurses working at 27 hospitals in Alaska, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington and for the first time, South Dakota, met at their agencies for three hours each week for 14 consecutive weeks (January-April).

Med-SurgMed-SurgLectures given by experts on evidence-based, medical-surgical nursing practice were transmitted from SON’s T661 to nurses in urban and rural areas. Nurse educators and med-surg nurse leaders facilitated the course at each site. Approximately 98 percent of course participants completed the course and earned 42.5 contact hours.

 One participant said, "I have been inspired by this course to complete my BSN, after 25 years in practice. I've applied to UW Bothell. I am really proud to be a nurse. All of you who taught this course set such a good example. Thank you!"  

 Another participant wrote, “I feel so lucky to have taken this class. The speakers were impressive and I felt that way about each class. Between the handouts and the lectures, the information presented was never over the top. The topics and the information were very well planned and will be useful to our Med-Surg environment. Thank you."

 Participants and course coordinators alike gained benefits from this course. A course coordinator from Montana said,"Seeing staff engaged in learning, seeing them grow in knowledge and confidence, and seeing that reflected in their clinical examples [is a benefit]. Reading their clinical examples always makes me cry."

 A 10-week online format of the course will be held this year from June 11-Aug 19 and September 10-November 19. This unique continuing education program is a partnership between SON Continuing Nursing Education and UW Medical Center, with the invaluable support from SON TIER.

 Learn more about Continuing Nursing Education.


Photo Captions:

1. Front blurb/ teaser image: MultiCare Good Samaritan Hospital Nurses Share a Smile on Their Last Class Day

2. Speaker Cindy Sayre (UWMC Director of Professional Practice and Patient-Family Centered Care and current SON PhD student) presents live to nurses in T661 and via internet to over 400 nurses at 27 sites)