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Professional Learning Institute

Each of the classes below are linked to a page which includes more information about the course and class registration. Watch for more information or call 630-909-6923.



Summer / Fall 2014 Course Registration



Thermal and Electrical Modalities with an Upper Extremity Focus

October 3 - 4, 2014

This course will review the basic physical principles and the physiologic effects of thermal and electrical modalities. This information will be applied in the clinical reasoning portion of the course in which clinical decision-making will be discussed for a variety of impairments/clinical conditions. The use of numerous forms of thermal agents and electrical stimulation will be demonstrated, practiced and opportunity for self or peer critique will be provided. Your active involvement is required in order to satisfactorily complete the course and to ensure a dynamic learning experience.

Instructor: Karin Klein, OTR/L, CHT

Target Audiences: OT, OTA

Contact Hours: 16 hours

Registration Deadline: 09-26-14

Fees: Single Registration: $450; Group Registration Fee: $430 (2+ from one facility)


Navigating Healthcare Reform at the Bedside: Optimizing Clinical Outcomes and Reducing Readmissions through Collaborative Nursing Interventions

October 17 - 18, 2014

Keynote Speaker: Kathleen Yosko, President and CEO,
Marianjoy Rehabilitation Hospital, RN, BSN, MS, MBA, Ph.D

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) was enacted to improve the affordability and access to healthcare, reduce healthcare costs, and improve health and outcomes by shifting the focus towards prevention, wellness and the use of proven interventions aimed at delivering higher quality care. As the PPACA moves from legislation to implementation, nurses find themselves in the unique position to influence the above goals in their roles as direct care providers, discharge planners, and patient navigators. Foundational to these healthcare reform goals is the concept of patient centered care coordination which is consistent with nursing’s professional standards and holistic framework of care. As healthcare reform takes shape, it is clear that nurses will be expected to contribute to improved clinical outcomes and the reduction of care complications through the knowledge and integration of early clinical interventions at the bedside. Key areas such as skin care, bowel and bladder management, early mobilization and positioning, pain management, medication management, and swallowing and speech disorders will be addressed in this course. Literature supports that early clinical interventions in these areas positively affect outcomes, reduce care complications, and promote earlier transitions to post-acute care (PAC) settings.

In addition, nurses will be expected to have a solid understanding of the available levels of post-acute care (PAC) services in order to facilitate successful, cost-effective transitions and reduce unplanned hospital re-admissions and financial penalties. Rehabilitation is an integral component in most post-acute care transitions, and nurses will need knowledge of how the wide array of specialized clinicians within the varied PAC settings can impact the long term success and outcomes of the patient.
This dynamic and interactive course will seek to equip participants with a better understanding of what the PPACA means to them while also empowering nurses to apply early and collaborative clinical interventions at the bedside. The course further aims to provide lab based learning opportunities and tools that can be integrated by nurses at the bedside to optimize patient centered care, clinical outcomes, patient safety and successful PAC transitions.

Course Purpose Statement: Participants will identify practice strategies that can promote seamless transition between acute care and post-acute care facilities. Contact hours will be available for nurses who have not previously taken this course.

Instructors: Kathleen Yosko, RN, BSN, MS, MBA, Ph.D.; John Brady, DHA; Kathleen Ruroede, RN, Ph.D., MEd; Amelia Bumsted, RN, BA, BS, CRRN, CIC; Susan Brady, MS, CCC-SLP, BCS-S; Lisa Boudreau, RN, APN, MSN, CWOCN; Angelique Strand, Ph.D.; Sally Strong, RN, APN-CNS, CNRN, CRRN; Sarah Keller, PT, DPT, NCS; Susan Kometz, RN, BSN, CRRN, CBIS

Target Audiences: Nurses, Discharge Planners, Case Managers, Nurse Navigators, Nurse Administrators and Leaders, Rehab Leaders, Social Workers

Contact Hours: 13 hours

Registration Deadline: 10-03-14

Fees: Single Registration: $450  $295;
Student Registration Fee: $430  $145 (2+ from one facility)


Vestibular Rehabilitation:
Theory, Evidence and Practical Application

November 14 - 15, 2014

This course will provide therapists with the foundational information needed to efficiently evaluate and effectively treat patients with common vestibular disorders and with intermediate level clinical decision making skills. Emphasis will be placed on evidence based practice and understanding the physiologic rationale for therapeutic interventions. This will enhance the clinician’s ability to evaluate the appropriateness and effectiveness of therapeutic interventions for common vestibular disorders. The course format will be lecture, demonstration with patient videotapes, hands-on lab and patient problem-solving sessions.  Your active involvement is required in order to complete the course and to ensure a dynamic learning experience.

Instructor: Janet Odry Helminski, P.T., Ph.D.

Target Audiences: PT, PTA, OT, OTA

Contact Hours: 14.5 hours

Registration Deadline: 10-31-14

Fees: Single Registration: $450; Group Registration Fee: $430 (2+ from one facility)



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Contact Information:

Marianjoy Rehabilitation Hospital
26W171 Roosevelt Road
Wheaton, IL 60187

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