burden of preparing teaching materi- als from me,” she says. “The courses are also convenient—whenever a staff member has down time they can get into HealthStream. The system tracks the employee’s CEs.” Gwen Swonger, RN, ASC director

at Abilene Surgery Center in Abilene, Texas, has taken courses on medica- tion

administration, safety, hazard,

Three new courses to be added in fall BY SAHELY MUKERJI Users Praise ASCA’s Online Training Series


SCA will add three new courses to its Regulatory


Series this fall: Hand Hygiene, Latex Allergy, and Prevention of Health- care Associated Influenza. This addi- tion will bring the total number of interactive courses in the series to 24, with 18 offering continuing edu- cation (CE) credits to facility learn- ers. Current subscribers will auto- matically receive the new courses once they are released. ASCA partnered with Health- Stream in December 2014 to offer the ASCA Regulatory Training Series. “Developed by leading subject

matter experts, the training series is a collection of titles designed to train staff on the most current standards of care,” says Jason Harsem, asso- ciate product manager of regula- tory solutions at HealthStream. “The library contains both clinical and non-clinical courses to help organi-


I like that staff can do these at their own discretion within a time frame, and I can monitor their progress.”

— Gwen Swonger, RN Abilene Surgery Center

zations improve competency, reduce risk and maintain compliance. The training series is recommended for all ASC employees.” Both ASC administrators and staff

give the programs high marks. Margaret Acker, chief executive officer of Blake Woods Medical Park Surgery Center in Jackson, Michigan, has assigned certain modules to her staff. “They are quality modules with great content and CEs for the nursing staff. They are affordable and take the

fire, bloodborne pathogens and the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA). “In the past, we have done our own training, and we still do to some degree as certain topics are not avail- able in the online training that we cur- rently use,” she says. “I like that staff can do these at their own discretion within a time frame, and I can moni- tor their progress. I prefer the online training as sometimes it is hard to get all staff together to get training done in a timely manner.” Tammy Suchoza, administrator of Annapolis Dermatology Associates in Annapolis, Maryland, signed up her staff for the training series last year. “The content is good and there is a lot of material to choose from,” she says. “It is pretty easy to set them up and add individuals. I sometimes have new hires and want them to take the courses before they start.” She uses the HIPAA module for all her new hires. Her staff also has taken the blood-borne patho- gens, safety concerns, developmen- tally appropriate care for adults, iden- tifying domestic abuse, postop pain management, culturally competent care and infection control and protec- tion courses.

ASCA chose the three new courses based on their relevance to the ASC industry, says Gina Throne- berry, RN, CASC, director of edu- cation and clinical affairs at ASCA. “Proper hand hygiene by health care personnel is important from an infection control standpoint,” she says. “Regulatory agencies, as well

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