Nurses Respond Now Priority Training

Preparing Nurses to Address the Needs of Vulnerable Populations in a Public Health Emergency

Nurses Respond Now Priority Training

Preparing Nurses to Address the Needs of Vulnerable Populations in a Public Health Emergency

A nursing continuing professional development activity jointly provided by the National RN Practice Development Center and the Wisconsin Center for Nursing (WCN), a national leader in nursing workforce development.

As a recipient of the Center to Champion Nursing in America Innovation Award, this Priority Training provides individual nurses and healthcare organizations an effective way to meet the Future of Nursing 2020-2030 recommendation of preparing nurses to respond to disasters and public health emergencies; and promotes a Culture of Health, an initiative of the AARP Foundation, AARP and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF).

Practice Gap

A public health emergency like the COVID-19 pandemic magnifies the negative health consequences experienced by disparate and vulnerable populations. Consistent with most public health emergencies, distinct needs of vulnerable populations emerge that standard emergency resources are not able to fully meet thus resulting in greater health risk, poorer health outcomes and higher death rates.

The Future of Nursing 2020-2030: Charting a Path to Achieve Health Equity reports that 78% of nurses have little or no familiarity with emergency preparedness and disaster response. Nursing workforce data reveals that most nurses report the focus of their emergency preparedness education has been provided by their employer specific to their work.

WCN has identified that a nursing workforce better prepared to ensure public health initiatives are supported, vulnerable populations are identified, and individuals and families are offered strategies to reduce risk will contribute positively towards improving potential health outcomes and ensuring more equitable care is provided during a public health emergency.

Training Description

In this two part online series, RNs will gain specialized knowledge needed to better respond to vulnerable populations during a public health emergency.

Part 1: Identifying Vulnerable Populations as an Essential Part of Community Preparedness (3.0 HR) 

Community safety and personal preparedness is vital to the overall preparedness of the United States yet vulnerable populations are often impacted by social determinants that limit their ability to respond and participate. This session discusses at risk populations most likely to be impacted by a public health emergency including African Americans, Hispanic/Latino, American Indians and older adults. Concepts of vulnerability and health equity will be examined within the context of nursing’s professional role and responsibilities.

Part 2: The Nurses’ Role in Responding to Public Health Emergencies in Your Community (3.0 HR)

Nurses who understand and are prepared to respond to public health emergencies can contribute to a strengthened community-based public health response. Although data indicates that most Nurses report receiving emergency preparedness training by their employers, nursing expertise is still needed by communities to ensure that public health initiatives are supported, vulnerable populations are identified and social determinants of health are addressed. Strategies nurses can offer to reduce risk and improve health outcomes for individuals and families will be discussed.

Summary of Practice Outcomes

Nurses who complete this series will be able to:

  1. Identify the impact of a public health emergency on vulnerable populations including African Americans, Hispanic/Latino, American Indians/Alaska Natives, and older adults.
  2. Examine the concepts of vulnerability and health equity as it relates to health disparity.
  3. Describe Nursing’s professional commitment and responsibility to care for at risk and vulnerable populations including recognition of my own unconscious bias.
  4. Apply Social Determinants of health as a framework to identify and address the needs of vulnerable populations.
  5. Identify ways registered nurses can support public health initiatives during a public health emergency.
  6. Describe practice strategies registered nurses can use to reduce risk and improve potential for positive health outcomes for vulnerable populations during public health emergencies.
Who Should Enroll
  • All RNs seeking to contribute positively towards improving potential health outcomes and ensuring more equitable care is provided for all people.
  • Registered Nurses responsible for discharge planning, care transitions, case management, care management, population health management and care coordination who are seeking a better understanding of the impact of social determinants on health outcomes for high need populations.
  • RNs and Advanced Practice RNs working across all practice settings including acute care, primary care and long term services and supports (i.e. nursing home, assisted living, hospice, home health, etc.).
  • Licensed RNs in all U.S. States and Territories.
Continuing Education Approval Statement

CE Renewal for this Training is currently in process.  The next cohort for training is scheduled to begin July 22, 2024. Registrants will be informed of updates. Past training graduates may still download the CE approval statement from the previous approval period below.

This continuing nursing professional development activity was approved by the Wisconsin Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation (ANCC).  WNA CEAP Approval Number: WI CEAP-0261

Nursing contact hours must be completed by May 14, 2024. No certificates will be issued after this date.

Download the Continuing Education Approval Statement Here

Lead Faculty/Bio: Kelly Kruse Nelles MS RN APRN-BC

Kelly Kruse NellesKelly Kruse Nelles is Founder and Executive Director of the National RN Practice Development Center committed to contributing to the advancement of an effective, equitable nursing workforce through innovation in nursing role and practice development. Kelly is the Lead Faculty for the Nurses Respond Now Priority Training for the Wisconsin Center for Nursing (WCN) where she also is a member of the WCN Nursing Innovation Team and serves as the WCN Director of Practice. Focused on addressing the needs of vulnerable populations during a public health emergency, Kelly has been instrumental in creating a training curriculum that provides a pathway for Nurses to become part of a strengthened nursing workforce prepared to better assist at risk and vulnerable people, support public health initiatives and ensure health equity during a public health emergency. 

Kelly has more than 30 years of experience as a Nurse Practitioner providing nursing care, clinical management, practice model implementation, academic and clinical education across practice settings that have included public and community health, primary care, rural and long- term care. With over 20 years of academic teaching experience at both the undergraduate and graduate level, Kelly has developed and taught courses specific to role development, systems, and clinical management. Kelly is a Nurse leader, national speaker and experienced clinical practice consultant committed to innovation in nursing practice, advocacy and improving healthcare delivery for all patients.

Successful Completion

Completion of the assignments, learning activities, quiz and Training Evaluation demonstrates successful completion of the Nurses Respond Now Priority Training Program and is required for 6 CE hours and the Verification of Completion to be awarded.

What Nurses are Saying about Nurses Respond Now Priority Training

“This course was very rich in information and resources. There is tons of knowledge that I can share with my colleagues and incorporate into practice with our organization. It was a great learning experience!” 

“I found the course insightful and thought provoking.” 

“Even though I was really busy with patient care demands of COVID-19, I knew I needed this information for my practice. I was right! This Training provided me with a framework to think about my practice and care delivery to patients differently. Thank you!” 

“Thank you for developing this learning opportunity. The needs of vulnerable populations should not be ignored. Thank you for providing data and also strategies to move closer to equity in healthcare.”

“Thank you so much. This course is fantastic!” 

“This training really helps us increase our potential to focus on the important work of reducing health care disparities.”

“I will use the knowledge obtained from this training to address misinformation related to Covid-19 also better understand the health inequities I see in our patient population.”

“I’m incorporating the content into Nursing Orientation. Thank You!”

“This training is terrific and I can Implement the information into undergraduate nursing curriculum.”

“This training gave me direction on Identifying at risk patients and communities and connecting with them to provide resources and accurate information.”

View/Download:
Training Description

Report Brief from the Future of Nursing 2020–30:
Preparing Nurses to Respond to Disasters and Public Health Emergencies

Learning Options

This Priority Training is provided using the National RN learning platform, course metrics, materials, and practice resources. You will receive course access emails from National RN.

Enroll & Begin Independent Study

(Online Independent Study)

This 6 hour faculty guided online learning option is designed to be completed independently following the course sequencing, study guide and faculty prompts embedded in the recorded lectures.

With this option, register for the course, receive email confirmation and log in and begin.

Highlights of This Learning Option
  • Works well for busy RNs
  • Work at your own pace, on your own schedule to complete content within 30 days
  • RNs can complete in a shorter time frame than the allowed 30 days
  • 6 CE and Verification of Completion awarded upon successful completion of the Program
Tuition & Registration

Tuition: $295
Includes online faculty instruction, downloadable resources, and a practice toolkit

REGISTER

Prefer to Pay by Check? 

Download/Complete MAIL IN REGISTRATION Form and send along with your tuition payment to the address indicated on the registration form.

Scheduled Class

(Scheduled Cohort Online Study)

Available to nursing cohorts whose employer is paying the training tuition, this 6 hour faculty guided online learning option is designed to be completed independently following the course sequencing, study guide and faculty prompts embedded in the recorded lectures specific to the class time frame scheduled by the employer.

Once your registration has been confirmed by your employer, you will receive course access instructions and may begin.

Highlights of This Learning Option
  • Works well for employing organizations who desire to prepare a nursing cohort
  • Nurses work at their own pace, on their own schedule to complete content within the selected 30 day time frame
  • RNs can complete in a shorter time frame than the allowed 30 days
  • 6 CE and Verification of Completion awarded upon successful completion of the Program
Tuition & Registration

Tuition: $295
Includes online faculty instruction, downloadable resources, and a practice toolkit

REGISTER/Schedule a Class

Contact: Kelly Kruse Nelles
Information can be found below.

For Questions, Contact:

Kelly Kruse Nelles MS RN APRN-BC
Wisconsin Center for Nursing Faculty Lead
Executive Director, National RN Practice Development Center LLC
Office: (608) 437-6035 CST
Email: kelly.kruse@nationalrn.com