Welcome to the RN Refresher Program

PLU’s RN Refresher program through the Center for Continued Nursing Learning prepares the inactive Registered Nurse for current employment with adult clients.  This program meets the Washington State Professional Nursing requirements for the current practice set forth in the RCW and WAC, which are monitored by the Nursing Care Quality Assurance Commission. Successful completion of a refresher course is required for a Registered Nurse license that has been inactive or lapsed three or more years to return to active status.

This hybrid program combines:

  • Self-directed independent online study modules (Core Concepts & Specialty Areas)
    • Approximately 50 hours, completed within 6-8 weeks

  • On-campus classroom content and lab skills (Lab Skills Refresher)
    • Approximately 5 days/40+ hours

  • Supervised clinical practice experience with an assigned preceptor
    • 160 hours

Cost

Full Program: $3,000

“Core Compentencies & Specialty Areas” Only: $950

“Lab Skills Refresher” & Clinicals Only: $2,250

Clinicals Only: $1,000

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Eligibility Requirements

Admission to the RN Refresher Course is open to Registered Nurses with an active, unencumbered* licenses, as well as those with an inactive or expired license who apply for reactivation through Washington State Department of Health**.

Administrative nurses who do not need the clinical practice portion of our program may also apply for admission and take only “Core Competencies & Specialty Areas” (the online component).

Application Period: December 1, 2019 – February 15, 2020

Application Requirements

  • Current resume or CV
  • Degree information – name of school, degree and program, year of completion
  • Current status of license

Application Process

  1. Complete the application for admission
  2. Receive a confirmation of your application by email (add @plu.edu to your Safe Senders list!)
  3. Promptly provide any additional documentation requested
  4. Receive acceptance or rejection by email
  5. Confirm your participation by creating an account in our registration system

*If you are a nurse who needs to enroll in a refresher course as part of a stipulation on your license, you must provide the School with a copy of your orders from the Nursing Commission. Clinical placement sites must be notified of these Orders and are not required to agree to your participation.

**The nurse who does not have an active license must have a Limited Education Authorization (LEA) from Washington State to complete the clinical portion of the program. This process may take 4-6 weeks to complete with the state and the LEA must be granted prior to starting the clinical portion of the refresher course.

Prior to entering the clinical setting, students must have an active RN license from Washington State or a Limited Education Authorization (LEA), for licenses inactive/expired for 3+ years)

Not sure if you need an LEA or how to reactivate your inactive WA State license?

Required Documentation

The following requirements must be met at least 3 weeks before the start date of clinicals. Note: you will enter most of the information in our online Castlebranch System, which you will receive access within 2 weeks of registration.

  1. Hold a current license to practice registered nursing in Washington State with no encumbrances or a temporary license from WA Nursing Commission
  2. Show evidence of liability (malpractice) insurance coverage for a minimum of 1,000,000/3,000,000
  3. Show evidence of a major medical, accident or sickness insurance coverage
  4. Completion of CPR for Health Providers that remains valid throughout the clinical experience. CPR must include 1 and 2 person, child, infant choking and AED
  5. Complete the Application
  6. Complete the Washington State Patrol Disclosure Affidavit
  7. Complete and sign the Release and Hold Harmless Agreement
  8. Completion of the Personal Health History form and all screening and immunization: TB Screening, MMR, Hepatitis B, Chicken Pox, Tetanus
  9. Non-native English speakers will be required to demonstrate English proficiency using the TOEFL
  10. Successful completion of all RN Refresher Lab Skills sessions, as evaluated by the instructors
  11. Be ready and available for clinical experiences on day and evening shifts on any day of the week, including holidays. To facilitate your successful completion of the clinical experience other employment during this same 5 weeks as your clinical is highly discouraged. (There have been instances where participants were unable to successfully complete the program due to over commitments and fatigue).
  12. Be able to meet the list of Physical and Psychological Expectations of Nurses Returning to Professional Practice
  13. You do not need to purchase new scrubs, however if you do purchase scrubs we suggest ordering grey scrubs to help identify you as a PLU student

Program Details

INFO SESSION:

  • January 10, 2020
  • February 5, 2020

APPLICATION OPENS: December 1, 2019 – February, 2020

2020 COURSE DATES

  • Online Class Begins: March 2, 2020
  • In-Person Labs: May 18 – 22, 2020
  • Clinicals: May 25 – July 31, 2020

Core Competencies & Specialty Areas

Approximately 50 hours
Self-directed independent online study modules
You must have a computer, access to Wi-Fi, and the ability to download documents and send emails.

You will receive a login registration to view the modules and track your modules and completion through our Sakai website.

Lab Schedule

Didactic and Lab Skills Refresher – In Class
Location:
Pacific Lutheran University Campus
Tentative Dates:
May 18 – 22, 2020

Tentative CLASS/LAB SCHEDULE:
Before class: Read content/view video modules on topics
Attire: You do not need to wear scrubs, scrub top to protect your clothes is optional

Mon, 

Classroom
0800-0950

Nursing Process: ADPIE, RN Scope of Practice Decision Tree, WA Nurse Practice Act, Scope of Practice for LPN, Scope of Practice for NA, b. Leadership, delegation, documentation, Continuing Competence  c. Interdisciplinary team coordination and Care management  d. HIPAA, Evidenced-based practice, critical thinking
Classroom
1000-1150
 a. Major drug classifications:  action, s/e, adverse reaction, related labs; preventing, mitigating and reporting med errors b. 8 Med Admin Rights-2 Patient Identifiers, Calculations, Routes of med administration  c. Look Alike/Sound Alike Meds/High Alert Meds  d. Do Not Use Abbreviations   e. Documentation
Classroom
1300-1700
a. CV:  CHF, HTN, Stroke   b. Resp:  COPD, Asthma   c. Hepatic/Biliary: Hepatitis, Gallbladder   d. ENDO:  Diabetes   e. Neuro: MS, Parkinson’s. MG, ALS, Neuro Infections   f.  GI: Diverticulitis, Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Polyps   g. GU:  Infections-CAUTI, Renal Calculi, BPH, Erectile Dysfunction  h. ENT:  Cataracts, Glaucoma   i. Immune:  Arthritis, Cancer   j. M/S:  Fractures  k. Integumentary:  Impetigo, Herpes Zoster   l. Reproductive

Tue, 

Classroom
0800-1700

Specialty topics: Surgical, Hysterectomy,  Pediatrics, Obstetrics, Domestic Violence, Psychiatric/Mental Health, Geriatrics, Community

 


Wed, 

Assessment Lab
0800-1700

 

ARNP:  Adult Health Assessment Class:   Health History, Basic Physical Assessment Skills, VS, Documentation.

NOTE:  Students will practice key physical assessment skills on each other this day.   Students will listen to heart, lung and abdominal sounds.  Students will be asked to expose their legs up to the knee.  Please wear tank top and loose clothing this day.


Thurs, 
Main Lab
0800-1200
Handwashing, Infection Control/Isolation/PPE, Oral meds, Pyxis, Bed bath & body mechanics, Transfers, Lifts, IV insertion

 

Classroom
1300-1700
IM meds, IV maintenance, IV meds, IV tubing & change, CVAD, PICC lines/Infections, Chest Tubes

Fri, 

Main Lab
0800-1200

Blood Admin, Trach Care & Suctioning, Urinary Catheterization, Wound Care/Dressing Change, NG insertion, Parental/Enteral/PEG tube feeding

 

1300-1500 Complete Lab Check Offs
1500-1700 Clinical Orientation, Questions and Wrap up

Clinicals

Location: Varies
Dates: May 25 – July 31, 2020

Work directly with your assigned preceptor to complete 160 hours of clinical practice.  Practice consists of 80 acute care and 80 hours long term care.  PLU will provide locations and preceptors to complete your clinicals.  You must be available to work any shift and clincal locations within a 50 mile radius of the PLU campus.  You will be reviewed for skill and nursing competency as you refresh your nursing knowledge. At the end of successful  completion of clinicals you will receive a certificate of RN Re-Entry completion with PLU continuing education credit.