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An Emerging Nursing Model: The Virtual Nurse

An Emerging Nursing Model: The Virtual Nurse

Be the Future Healthcare Needs

This new, asynchronous course (8 modules, 4 live virtual sessions) will examine the essential role the virtual nurse plays in meeting patients’ wholistic health care needs. It provides practicing RNs and nursing students with the concepts essential to understanding and implementing virtual nursing care models in the acute care setting. In practice student learners will explore the foundations of the virtual care nursing care team and identify ways to build trusted relationships with their patients and teams in a virtual care setting.

What sets this virtual course apart is the inclusion of theoretical frameworks of care delivery models (Watson’s Caring Science, O’Rourke Role-Based Professional Practice) and practices to become a more effective communicator, manage conflict, and identify ways to work collaboratively within the hybrid interprofessional team (Schein, Gittell's Relational Coordination).

Read more about the implementation of virtual nursing at Trinity Health.

Take an exciting step in your career and open the door to new opportunities.

Objectives

Throughout this course, you will complete the following

  • Examine the foundations of virtual nursing practice and its impact on health care delivery.
  • Examine the regulatory environment of virtual nursing care, including patient privacy, rights, and wholistic needs Identify approaches and best practices for establishing a patient/nurse relationship, delivering virtual nursing care, and communication
  • Examine potential care team partners, and how members of the team interact and coordinate care
  • Examine the nature of care team dynamics and characteristics of effective teams
  • Explore approaches for communication within the team, including identifying and addressing interpersonal conflict
  • Identify and evaluate the benefits of virtual nursing care delivery models to patient care outcomes, patient experience, and improvement in the time the team members can spend with the patient and family, including a balanced dashboard

Who should take this Program?

  • Registered Nurses in graduate programs wanting to learn about these emerging new care delivery models.
  • Registered Nurses who want to obtain a credential and be marketable as a virtual nurse
  • Registered Nurses in organizations that want to implement virtual nursing models
  • Undergraduate nursing students who are curious about the future of nursing models.
  • Graduate nursing students who are curious about the future of nursing models.

Program Completion:

There are two ways to register for this program.

  1. Register for professional development. Receive a microcredential badge, certificate and CEUS upon completing requirements.
  2. Register for 2 UNH credits plus a microcredential badge from UNH, certificate from IEHSS and CEUS from Southern New Hampshire AHEC upon completing requirements.

Program Materials:

  • Humble Leadership, Schein and Schein, 2023
  • Listening Well: The Art of Empathic Understanding, Miller, 2018
  • Course pack (provided through the course)
  • Workbook (provided through the course)

Participants are expected to have access to a personal computer, updated software, and reliable internet access. Online learning sessions are conducted via ZOOM/Teams, and participants are strongly encouraged to use a web camera during all online learning sessions. Participants will have access to course materials and upload assignments via a learning management platform.

CEUS

Southern New Hampshire Area Health Education Center is an approved provider with distinction of nursing continuing professional development by the Northeast Multistate Division Education Unit, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

Up to 35.75 contact hours Activity Number: 1567
For other professionals: Up to 35.75 professional hours of continuing education

Term 1 2025

Registration Deadline: August 1, 2024

Module 1: Emergence of virtual care delivery models

August 26-30, 2024
Synchronous session - August 27, 2024, 6-7:30 pm ET

Module 2: Foundations of Virtual Nursing Care

September 2-6, 2024 (No class 9/2)

Module 3: The Role of the Virtual Nurse (individually and as a team member)

September 9-13, 2024
Synchronous session - September 10, 2024, 6-7:30 pm ET

Module 4: Relationship between caregiver and patient/empathy

September 16-20, 2024

Module 5: Relationship between caregivers in the virtual world Part 1

September 23-27, 2024

Module 6: Technology that underpins the models

September 30-October 4, 2024
Synchronous session- October 1, 2024, 6-7:30 pm ET

Module 7: Relationship between caregivers in the virtual world Part 2

October 7-11, 2024

Module 8: Delivering care in patient care teams

October 14-18, 2024 (No class 10/14; Tuesday classes follow a Monday schedule)
Synchronous session - October 15, 2024, 6-7:30 pm ET

Two registration options:

  1. Register for Professional Development - $2,150
  2. Register for UNH credit (NURS 794/Undergrad NURS 894/Graduate - $1,995 in state and $3,165 out of state (includes $425 course fee) for UNH credit

Term 2 2025

Registration Deadline: October 1, 2024

Module 1: Emergence of virtual care delivery models

October 28-November 1, 2024
Synchronous session - October 29, 2024, 6-7:30 pm ET

Module 2: Foundations of Virtual Nursing Care

November 4-8, 2024 (No exams scheduled 11/5)

Module 3: The Role of the Virtual Nurse (individually and as a team member)

November 11-15, 2024 (No class 11/11)
Synchronous session - November 12, 2024, 6-7:30 pm ET

Module 4: Relationship between caregiver and patient/empathy

November 18-22, 2024

Module 5: Relationship between caregivers in the virtual world Part 1

November 25-29, 2024 (No class 11/27-29)

Module 6: Technology that underpins the models

December 2-6, 2024
Synchronous session - December 3, 2024, 6-7:30 pm ET

Module 7: Relationship between caregivers in the virtual world Part 2

December 9-13, 2024

Module 8: Delivering care in patient care teams

December 16-20, 2024
Synchronous session - December 17 2024, 6-7:30 pm ET

Two registration options:

  1. Register for Professional Development - $2,150
  2. Register for UNH credit (NURS 794/Undergrad NURS 894/Graduate - $1,995 in state and $3,165 out of state (includes $425 course fee) for UNH credit

Term 4 2025

Registration Deadline: March 1, 2025

Module 1: Emergence of virtual care delivery models

March 24-March 30, 2025
Synchronous session - March 25, 2025, 6-7:30 pm ET

Module 2: Foundations of Virtual Nursing Care

March 31-April 6, 2025

Module 3: The Role of the Virtual Nurse (individually and as a team member)

April 7-April 13, 2025
Synchronous session - April 8, 2025, 6-7:30 pm ET

Module 4: Relationship between caregiver and patient/empathy

April 14-April 20, 2025

Module 5: Relationship between caregivers in the virtual world Part 1

April 21-April 27, 2025

Module 6: Technology that underpins the models

April 28-May 4, 2025
Synchronous session - April 29, 2025, 6-7:30 pm ET

Module 7: Relationship between caregivers in the virtual world Part 2

May 5-May 11

Module 8: Delivering care in patient care teams

May 12-May 16, 2025
Synchronous session - May 13, 2025, 6-7:30 pm ET

Two registration options:

  1. Register for Professional Development - $2,150
  2. Register for UNH credit (NURS 794/Undergrad NURS 894/Graduate - $1,995 in state and $3,165 out of state (includes $425 course fee) for UNH credit

Term 5 2025

Registration Deadline: May 1, 2025

Module 1: Emergence of virtual care delivery models

May 27-June 1 (No class Memorial Day 5/26)
Synchronous session - May 27, 2025, 6-7:30 pm ET

Module 2: Foundations of Virtual Nursing Care

June 2-June 8, 2025

Module 3: The Role of the Virtual Nurse (individually and as a team member)

June 9-June 15, 2025
Synchronous session - June 10, 2025, 6-7:30 pm ET

Module 4: Relationship between caregiver and patient/empathy

June 16-June 22, 2025 (No class on Juneteenth 6/19)

Module 5: Relationship between caregivers in the virtual world Part 1

June 23-June 29, 2025

Module 6: Technology that underpins the models

June 30-July 6, 2025 (No class on July 4, 7/4)
Synchronous session - July 1, 2025, 6-7:30 pm ET

Module 7: Relationship between caregivers in the virtual world Part 2

July 7-July 13

Module 8: Delivering care in patient care teams

July 14-July 18
Synchronous session - July 15, 2025, 6-7:30 pm ET

Two registration options:

  1. Register for Professional Development - $2,150
  2. Register for UNH credit (NURS 794/Undergrad NURS 894/Graduate - $1,995 in state and $3,165 out of state (includes $425 course fee) for UNH credit