STD Nurse Clinician Training
The purpose of this online course is to provide a standardized curriculum for local health department nurses in North Carolina to prepare them to implement a comprehensive STD screening and management program to reach patients who are at high risk for STDs in their local communities. The major emphasis is implementation of treatment protocols under standing orders. Successful completion of this eight-week course and the five-month clinical practicum will enable participants to meet the education requirements for billing for Medicaid services and to meet Communicable Disease Agreement Addenda requirements.
In this course, public health nurses will learn to gather data from the STD history and physical assessment of clinic patients to:
- perform an STD assessment, and
- implement standing orders for treatment of STDs.
This is a self-paced, 8-week online course with two required webinars: an Orientation webinar and a webinar covering Module 1 content. There is also an optional on-site practice session.
Goals and Objectives
- To expand the knowledge and increase the competencies of the public health nurse in order to participate as a STD Nurse Clinician in the care of clients with STDs and meet the certification requirements to direct bill Medicaid for their services.
- To improve health education, screening and referral activities in the community and thereby increase early detection and treatment of STDs among high-risk groups.
At the completion of this course, you will be able to:
- Perform and document an STD assessment.
- Identify and treat specified STDs by standardized protocols and standing orders.
- Develop a working knowledge of specimen collection and laboratory procedures as they relate to STD assessment and treatment.
- Provide STD patient education, risk reduction counseling and follow-up for STDs utilizing a client-centered approach.
- Integrate STD risk assessment into the patient assessment process.
The curriculum is designed for registered nurses who are currently working or who are preparing to work in STD clinics at North Carolina local health departments.
Jean Davison, RN, DNP, FNP-BC
Jean is a Family Nurse Practitioner, a Clinical Assistant Professor at the UNC School of Nursing, and a Nursing Education Specialist with the NC Institute for Public Health.
- Office of Public Health Nursing and Professional Development, Division of Public Health, NC Department of Health and Human Services
- The North Carolina Institute for Public Health, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Public Health
Modules include: Programmatic and Legal Guidelines for STD Management, Basic Physical Assessment and Sexual History Taking, Viral Infections, Bacterial/Fungal Infections, Syphilis, and Genital Ulcers.
HIV counseling and testing is NOT offered in the context of this course. The North Carolina HIV Counseling, Testing & Referral Training must be completed prior to completion of the STD Nurse Clinician Training clinical practicum. Students can obtain the required training by completing one of the trainings offered through Whetstone Consultations.
Pre- and Corequisites
- Introduction to Public Health Nursing OR a BSN.
- Satisfactory completion of the Physical Assessment of Adults Course or an approved comparable course.
- Satisfactory completion of the North Carolina HIV Counseling, Testing & Referral Training offered through Whetstone Consultations.
Except for the two required webinars and the optional on-site practice session, the course is completely online and is delivered through Blackboard, a learning management system, and through webinars using the web conferencing system, Adobe Connect.
A variety of methods and media are used in the course, such as synchronized audio/slide presentations, video, handouts and activities. The instructor will be available to grade assignments and answer questions while the course is running.
Although students are allowed two months to complete the course, the course is completely self-paced so students are free to work ahead on their own. It is estimated that the course will take students approximately 35 hours to complete. An orientation webinar has been scheduled for Tuesday, January 7, 2014, from 1:00-2:30 pm to provide an overview and demo of the online course.
For more information about the course’s technical requirements, please review the System Requirements section below. Technical support will be provided to students during the course.
|Orientation webinar (required)||January 7, 2014, 1:00 to 2:30 pm|
|Course begins||January 21, 2014|
|Webinar with Communicable Disease Branch staff (required)||TBD|
On-Site Practice (Optional)
|April 9, 2014, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm|
|Course ends||April 15, 2014|
Required Pre-Course Planning
Each participant must arrange (through the regional nurse consultant with the Office of Public Health Nursing) for an on-site clinical advisor. A Joint Planning Agreement signed by the participant, clinical advisor, and regional nurse consultant with the Office of Public Health Nursing must be completed by the start of class.
Expectations of Students
For successful completion, participants must:
- Complete online modules.
- Complete all assignments by due date.
- Score at least 80% on final examination.
- Complete clinical practicum within five months.
- Successfully pass final clinical examination.
Students will be permitted only one extension on the clinical practicum. After that the student must take the challenge exam in order to continue the clinical practicum.
In order for students to successfully complete the course, they must have access to the following:
A computer with:
- Reliable, high-speed internet access
- A sound card (most fairly new computers have a sound card already installed)
- A microphone and speakers if students will be in a room by themselves to view online presentations or a headset with a microphone if they will not
- An email account that can handle attachments
- Adobe Reader X or later (free)
- Adobe Flash Player 11.0 or later (free)
- A copier/scanner or a desktop scanner for scanning non-electronic homework assignments that students will upload to Blackboard.
If students do not have the latest versions of the plug-ins (Adobe Reader, Adobe Flash Player) listed above, please download them before starting the course. Students can also test their system to see if they have the minimum technical requirements by completing the online skills test. If students have questions or need assistance in verifying that they have the necessary equipment, they should contact their agency’s computer support person.
Continuing Education Credit
Live webinars, assigned activities and readings will have Continuing Education Units (CEUs) awarded through the William and Ida Friday Center for Continuing Education at UNC-Chapel Hill. Some recorded lectures used during the course will offer CE credit on a per-lecture basis.
A certificate of contact hours will be provided for each participant upon completion of the practicum component of the course. Continuing education credit for the practicum will be requested through the Public Health Nursing and Professional Development (PHNPD) Unit in the Department of Health and Human Services.
PHNPD is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the North Carolina Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.
PHNPD qualifies as an acceptable provider of continuing education as defined by the NC Board of Nursing for the Continuing Competence process for RN license renewal.
CE Disclaimer – No influential financial relationships have been disclosed by planners or presenters which would influence the planning of this activity. No commercial support has influenced the planning of the educational objectives and content of this event. Any commercial support will be used for events that are not CE related. There is no endorsement of any product by NCNA, ANCC, or other credentialing bodies associated with this session. No session relates to products governed by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). In the event that a session does relate to products governed by the FDA, appropriate and off-label use will be shared.
Enrollment in the course consists of two steps: application and registration.
You must first submit an application for PHN Enrollment in the NC Enhanced Role Registered Nurse Training Program (see the link below) in order to verify that you have completed the necessary prerequisites. After your application is approved, you will receive a link to the online registration form.
The application must be signed by the student and her/his supervisor. If you have problems accessing or downloading or completing the application form, contact Jacqueline McIver at email@example.com or 919-966-3309.
Send the completed application to firstname.lastname@example.org before DECEMBER 13, 2013.
Registration and Fees
After your application is approved, you will receive a link to the online registration form. You must submit your registration and first payment (see below) on or before December 23, 2013.
This fee is divided into two payments:
- $100 is due December 23, 2013.
- $200 will be billed at the start of the practicum.
Important: The first registration fee payment must be received or postmarked no later than DECEMBER 23, 2013, or your registration will be CANCELLED.
Contact Jean Davison at email@example.com for more information about the challenge exam or to see if you meet the requirements to challenge this course. The challenge fee is $250.
Confirmation of Registration
Confirmation of registration will be done only by email. If you do not have email capability, please give us a colleague’s email address so we can transmit your confirmation. If you have not received your confirmation within two weeks of registering, please email Jacqueline McIver at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cancellation and Refund Policies
If you find that you cannot attend this course, you must cancel no later than December 23, 2013. Any cancellation received after this date will be charged the full registration fee.
All cancellations must be received in writing. You may send cancellations to Jacqueline McIver at email@example.com.
Substitutions from the same organization are allowed at any time with prior written notification to Jacqueline McIver at firstname.lastname@example.org.