5 Continuing Education Units That You May Not Know About

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Nurse jumps for joy to celebrate healing power of humorAre you currently short a couple of continuing education units? As you know, states require nurses to take a certain number of CEUs to renew their nursing licenses.

Many CEU programs understandably revolve around serious medical topics, however, some programs take a different approach to developing more complete nurses. For example, nurses can currently enroll in CEUs that focus on working with dogs to improve patient healing. Moreover, here are five nontraditional CEU options that you may not know about.

Financial Acumen for Nurses

When going through medical school, having a cultivated sense of business or financial acumen was probably not your top priority. However, having this knowledge can be imperative, especially if you aim to secure a future managerial position. Henrik Ekelund, the president and CEO of BTS Group, defines business acumen as an almost intuitive and applicable comprehension of how your company makes money, built up of three main capabilities:

  1. Backbone understanding of what drives profitability and cash flow
  2. Market-focused approach
  3. Overall big picture understanding of the business

By exercising good business acumen skills, you will be able to make effective financial decisions to steer your organization in the right direction. This financial acumen webinar aims to give you the financial skills and tools needed to understand why business and budgeting decisions are made. Understanding these financial basics can help you improve your unit’s bottom line and efficiency. If you are interested in business, this could be the perfect way for you to earn a CEU.

Journaling: Healthy Living Through Self-Discovery

On the other hand, if writing — not numbers — is more your speed, this journaling CEU could appeal to you.

Little known fact: Journaling is a proven way to improve your quality of life. The Royal College of Psychiatrists published a study that points to numerous constructive physical and mental effects of journaling, including but not limited to, lower stress levels, improved mood, and better memory. This CEU will show you what journaling is, describe writing styles and themes, and give you tips for successful journal writing.

The Healing Power of Humor

Are you a jokester or former class clown? Humor is another good way to reduce stress, and your affinity for humor could help you accomplish a CEU contact hour. Many people view humor as a miracle cure for any illness, and while Psychology Today nullifies that point by noting a lack of strong evidence, the author concedes that humor can lower high stress levels, which in turn, can be beneficial for the body.

As part of the job, nurses are often placed in stressful situations with stressed-out patients, and having the ability to make yourself and others laugh can be a saving grace. This CEU will teach you how to use humor effectively in the workplace, understand how the body responds to humor, and describe how humor can help you cope with stress.

Real or Magic? The Power of Positive Thinking in Health Outcomes

Humor can inspire positive thinking in others, and that positive thinking can come with positive health benefits. This is a proven theory, and researchers have dubbed the term “dispositional optimism” for this feeling of positive thinking leading to positive results. An article in The Atlantic by Hans Villarica gives credit to a 1985 experiment for giving this claim legitimacy, describing positive thinking as the link between biology and psychology.

After taking this CEU, nurses will be able to use their in-depth knowledge to better understand the science behind positivity while also learning new ways to inspire positive thinking in their patients leading them to become healthier and happier.

Bullying in the Workplace: Reversing a Culture

It’s hard to stay positive when you look at the unfortunate statistics about bullying among nurses: A large percentage of nurses will encounter some form of bullying at work. Bullying is an epidemic that can come in many forms, including scapegoating, sabotage, and verbal abuse.

Furthermore, this course notes that “bullying…can negatively affect communication and collaboration among health care professionals, interfere with quality of care, and compromise patient safety.” This CEU aims to give you a better understanding of bullying behaviors, factors that lead to bullying, and steps to promote safe work spaces.

We hope at least one of these CEUs sounds intriguing, or at least inspires you to dig around for something different! Nursing is a multifaceted profession, and there are many avenues to consider when looking to round out your continuing education hours.

Have you taken any CEUs that you found helpful or interesting and would recommend? Let us know at editorial@onlinenursing.wilkes.edu.

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