This is the sign posted in front of Carrington Hall.

The weather outside Carrington Hall may be heating up, but inside these walls the learning never stops. Beat the heat and stretch your mind with a summer institute from the Center for Lifelong Learning (CLL). Our CLL offers a full slate of courses geared towards nurses and other health professionals in clinical and research settings. Visit their webpage to see if there is a course that interests you.

June 2-3

  • Quantitative Analysis
    Hampton Inn and Suites
    This is a foundational course focused on general principles of, and generic techniques for, qualitative analysis. Emphasis is placed on approaches most relevant to the health sciences and other practice disciplines. Instructor: Margarete Sandelowski, PhD, RN, FAAN

June 4-6

  • Interprofessional Approaches to Quality and Safety
    Room L700, Carrington Hall
    Led by nationally renowned leaders in safety education, this institute will help develop competencies related to quality and safety that can transform your practice and how you educate learners. Join members of various health disciplines to explore the most recent evidence in the critical field of patient quality and safety. In this interactive, immersive experience you will model with each other how to work as an effective interprofessional team through innovative learning activities that will include simulation, reflective practice, and unfolding case studies – all designed to help you build a tool kit to apply in your local setting. Whether you work primarily as a practitioner or an educator in an academic or healthcare setting, you will leave this program with skills for applying important principles of quality and safety in your work setting.

June 9-12

  • 18th Annual Institute in Qualitative Research: Mixed Methods Research
    Hampton Inn and Suites
    This 3.5 day institute is focused on the use of qualitative methods in mixed-methods primary studies and programs of research. The target audience is faculty, postdoctoral fellows, and graduate students in the health science disciplines; members of other practice disciplines (e.g., education, clinical psychology, social work) will also find this Institute useful. The program includes didactic sessions on designing, proposing, conducting, and disseminating the results of mixed-methods studies, interactive practice sessions, and opportunities for participants to ask questions about their own research projects. Instructors: Margarete Sandelowski, PhD, RN, FAAN and Sharron L. Docherty, PhD, PNP-BC, FAAN.

June 10, 17, 24

  • History Taking and Physical Assessment
    8:30 AM-4:00 PM, Carrington Hall
    Do you ever feel uncertain about your physical assessment skills, or struggle to express your exam findings clearly? Want to learn to take a better history from your patients? This hybrid online and in-person hands-on practice course is designed to endow registered nurses with exceptional history-taking and physical assessment skills. Build on your current knowledge and experience by learning to conduct a thorough and efficient head-to-toe exam as well as focused exams for each body system based on patients’ complaints. Learn to clearly document your findings to build better communication with the rest of the care team. This course is a perfect way to prepare for your first year in a nurse practitioner program. Instructor: Laura Nasir, MSN, PhD, RN, FNP, FHEA.

June 12

  • BSN Information Session
    5:30 PM-7:00 PM, Fox Auditorium, Carrington Hall
    Thinking about pursuing your BSN degree? Join the Office of Student Affairs for an information session on the BSN and ABSN degree options. More information can be found here.

June 16-19

  • Family Research: Conceptual and Methodological Issues
    Carrington Hall

    This institute addresses the unique conceptual and methodological challenges of family research, with particular attention paid to innovative strategies for treating the family as the unit of study. The institute focuses on research proposal development including: conceptual underpinnings; qualitative, quantitative, and mixed-method designs; family measures; analytic techniques; ethical issues; and synthesis of family research. By the end of the institute, participants will have an increased understanding of family research and the skills needed to develop successful family research proposals. The institute is of interest to faculty and graduate students who plan to conduct family or family-related studies and are at the beginning or intermediate level of their research careers. Instructors: Kathleen Knafl, PhD, FAAN and Marcia Van Riper, PhD, RN, FAAN.

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