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Professional Development

417.347.5840

Freeman Health System Professional Development Overview

Freeman Professional Development offers a wide variety of continuing education programs for our staff, healthcare professionals and the community. We have been an American Heart Association (AHA) Training Center since 2004. Many of our life support courses are available to the community, whether you’re a lay person or an experienced healthcare professional.

Training areas include basic life support skills such as CPR and first aid, as well as initial and renewal courses for advanced cardiovascular life support (ACLS) and pediatric advanced life support (PALS). Our specialty courses designed for healthcare professionals range from basic certifications to advanced licenses in AWHONN, STABLE, NRP, ASLS and TNCC.

Professional Development

Freeman Clinical Courses

We offer a variety of life support programs from the American Heart Association (AHA) and the American Academy of Pediatrics and Emergency Nurses Association.

Which course is right for you?

Call our Enrollment and Records Specialist today at 417.347.5845 to learn about upcoming courses and enrollment requirements. Courses offered include:

    HeartCode BLS uses a variety of eLearning assets such as dramatizations, eSimulations, animations, self-directed learning, and interactive activities to teach participants BLS knowledge and skills. HeartCode BLS is for healthcare professionals seeking an alternative method for completing an initial or renewal BLS Course.

    Dates: This course is offered on a weekly basis.

    Becoming an American Heart Association instructor is easy after consulting with an American Heart Association Training Center to find out whether the Training Center (TC) is accepting new instructors and the TCC's (Training Center Coordinator) preferred course delivery. The steps are simple – get started today!

    1. Be accepted by your local AHA Training Center before enrolling in an Instructor Course and have a completed Instructor Candidate Application on file with that Training Center.

    2. Have current AHA provider status in the discipline for that Instructor Course and be proficient in all the skills of that discipline. Disciplines include ACLS, BLS, PALS, PEARS and Heartsaver®.

    3. Successfully complete the discipline-specific classroom Instructor Course.

    4. Successfully be monitored teaching your first course within six months of completing the discipline-specific classroom Instructor Course. Training Center Coordinators can require additional monitoring.

    Prerequisite: Current BLS Provider Certification Instructional Method: Seated

    Date: This course is offered on a semi-annual basis.

    BLS Instructors must attend updates as required within the previous 2 years of their cards expiration date. Updates may address new course content or methodology and review Training Center, regional and national ECC information.

    Prerequisite: BLS Instructor Card Instructional Method: Blended

    Dates: This course is offered on a semi-annual.

    HeartCode® ACLS is a self-directed, comprehensive eLearning program that uses eSimulation technology to allow participants to assess and treat patients in virtual healthcare settings. Participants will be presented with a team dynamics lesson and 10 in-hospital patient cases, including a BLS case and 2 megacode cases. The cases may be repeated as many times as necessary to pass. Upon successful completion of all the patient cases, participants will take a multiple-choice exam and must pass with a minimum score of 84%.

    Course Schedule: This course is offered on a weekly basis.

    AHA’s ACLS Course has been updated to reflect new science in the 2015 AHA Guidelines Update for CPR and Emergency Cardiovascular Care. This course builds on the foundation of lifesaving BLS skills, emphasizing the importance of continuous, high-quality CPR. This advanced course highlights the importance of high-performance team dynamics and communication, systems of care, recognition and intervention of cardiopulmonary arrest, immediate post-cardiac arrest, acute dysrhythmia, stroke, and acute coronary syndromes (ACS).

    Course Schedule: This course is offered on a monthly basis.

    AHA’s ACLS Course has been updated to reflect new science in the 2015 AHA Guidelines Update for CPR and Emergency Cardiovascular Care. This course builds on the foundation of lifesaving BLS skills, emphasizing the importance of continuous, high-quality CPR. This advanced course highlights the importance of high-performance team dynamics and communication, systems of care, recognition and intervention of cardiopulmonary arrest, immediate post-cardiac arrest, acute dysrhythmia, stroke, and acute coronary syndromes (ACS).  Course uses learning stations for practice of essential skills simulated clinical scenarios that encourage active participation-Hands-on class format reinforces skills proficiency -Classroom-based works well for learners who prefer group interaction and instructor feedback while learning skills                 
     

    Course Schedule: This course is offered on a monthly basis.

    The AHA’s PALS Course has been updated to reflect new science in the 2015 AHA Guidelines Update for CPR and ECC. This classroom, instructor-led course uses a series of videos and simulated pediatric emergencies to reinforce the important concepts of a systematic approach to pediatric assessment, basic life support, PALS treatment algorithms, effective resuscitation and team dynamics. The goal of the PALS Course is to improve the quality of care provided to seriously ill or injured children, resulting in improved outcomes.

     Features

    • Classroom-based courses work well for participants who prefer group interaction and instructor feedback while learning
    • Course includes realistic, clinical scenarios that encourage active participation – delivered through actual pediatric patient videos and lifelike simulations
    • Course is comprehensive and includes our systematic approach to assess and treat pediatric patients in emergency situations
    • Course uses a hands-on class format to reinforce skills proficiency
    • Co-branded with the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP)

     

    Course Schedule: This course is offered on a monthly basis.

    This American Heart Association workshop is designed to improve the quality of care provided to seriously ill or injured children, resulting in improved outcomes. This program is designed for physicians, nurses, paramedics, and respiratory therapists, who either direct or participate in resuscitation of a infant or child, whether in or out of the hospital. The update course is for those who have had PALS within the last 2 years.

    Course Schedule: This course is offered on a monthly basis.

    The PALS Instructor Course is designed to prepare instructor candidates to teach AHA instructor-led and blended learning courses. The course educates instructor candidates on how to adequately use AHA instructor teaching materials, ensure that participants meet learning objectives, offer participant coaching skills, provide an objective skills performance evaluation, and follow AHA instructor and course policies. The course covers core content and discipline-specific content required to teach AHA courses. Candidates who successfully complete the PALS Instructor Course, followed by course monitoring, will receive a PALS Instructor card, valid for two years. PALS instructors are then able to teach PALS Provider and HeartCode PALS Hands-on Sessions, as well as the PEARS Instructor-led Course.

    Course Schedule: This course is offered on a semi-annual basis.

    The PALS Instructor Course is designed to prepare instructor candidates to teach AHA Instructor-led and blended learning courses. The course educates instructor candidates on how to adequately use AHA instructor teaching materials, ensure that participants meet learning objectives, offer participant coaching skills, provide an objective skills performance evaluation, and follow AHA instructor and course policies. The course covers core content and discipline-specific content required to teach AHA courses. Candidates who successfully complete the PALS Instructor Course, followed by course monitoring, will receive a PALS Instructor card, valid for two years. PALS instructors are then able to teach PALS Provider and HeartCode PALS Hands-on Sessions, as well as the PEARS Instructor-led Course.

    Course Schedule: This course is offered on a semi-annual basis.

    The Neonatal Resuscitation Program® (NRP®) course conveys an evidence-based approach to care of the newborn at birth and facilitates effective team-based care for healthcare professionals who care for newborns at the time of delivery. NRP utilizes a blended learning approach, which includes online testing, online case-based simulations, and hands-on case-based simulation/debriefing that focus on critical leadership, communication, and team-work skills.

    Course Schedule: This course is offered on a monthly basis.

    This comprehensive 2-day instructor-led course is critical for enhancing and validating nurses and physicians' ability to interpret and respond to fetal heart monitoring tracings. Skills taught and knowledge assessed include maternal and fetal physiology, interpretation of fetal and uterine monitor tracings, evaluation of auscultated fetal heart sounds, Leopold's Maneuvers, placement of fetal spiral electrodes and intrauterine pressure catheters, and evaluation of and strategies for enhancing communication. The course is presented to approximately 15,000 clinicians a year and may be used as a competency assessment to validate the knowledge and skills of perinatal clinicians who utilize fetal monitoring and includes a post-test to assess participant knowledge.

    Course Schedule: This course is offered on a quarterly basis.

    This 2-day course sponsored by the Emergency Nurses Association is the premier course for hospitals and trauma centers worldwide, empowers nurses with the knowledge, critical thinking skills and hands-on training to provide expert care for trauma patients. At successful completion of the course, participants will be able to perform rapid identification of life-threatening injuries, comprehensive patient assessment and enhanced intervention for better patient outcomes.

    Professional Development

    Freeman Job Shadowing

    The Freeman job shadowing program enables students and community members to explore healthcare careers by shadowing caregivers. Through the program, members of our medical team share experience, advice and knowledge with participants. Students are encouraged to use their firsthand experiences at Freeman help make decisions about class choices, continuing education and their career. 

    Participating departments include:
    • Anesthesiology
    • Cancer (Oncology)
    • Cardiology
    • Cardiovascular Operating Room
    • Cath Lab
    • Emergency Department
    • General Medical
    • Infusion Center
    • Laboratory
    • Maternity Center
    • Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
    • Occupational Therapy
    • Operating Room/Scrub Technicians
    • Orthopaedics
    • Pediatrics
    • Pharmacy
    • Physical Therapy
    • Physician Assistants
    • QuickMeds Pharmacy™
    • Radiology
    • Respiratory Therapy
    • Social Services
    Contact Our Job Shadowing Team

    Kasandra Acuff, RN, MSN
    Job Shadow Program
    932 E. 34th St.
    Joplin, MO 64804
    Phone: 417.347.2554
    Fax: 417.347.9316
    klacuff@freemanhealth.com

    Additional Job Shadowing Resources

      Guidelines
      • Participants must be 16 or older.
      • The program is open to high school, college and job-training program students. Community members may also be eligible to shadow – please call for more information.
      • We make every effort to arrange shadow opportunities in the student’s area(s) of interest.
      • Job shadowing hours will be limited to 2 days up to 16 hours in a calendar year (January 1-December 31).
      • If this job shadow request is for an academic program requiring more than 16 hours please provide documentation from the academic program and submit along with the completed job shadow application for processing. Request for more than 16 hours will only be submitted for approval with proof from an academic program.
      • Job shadowing takes place during regular business hours, Monday through Friday, 7:30 am – 4:30 pm.
      • Completion of registration form, Confidentiality and Non-Disclosure Agreement form, Observational Experience Agreement form, Observational Expectations and Regulations form, and HIPAA 101 patient privacy training are required for each shadow experience (to be completed in the Human Resources Office) are required for each job shadow experience..
      • Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.
      Registration
      • Participants are required to review HIPAA patient privacy training prior to the job shadow experience within the Human Resources Office on the date of the scheduled job shadow.
      • Applications must be completed entirely, prior to submission.
      • Applications must be submitted to the contact information below to be considered for the job shadowing program.
      • Please be aware that your job shadow experience will not be scheduled until all forms are completed and submitted.
      • Please allow a minimum of four weeks between the date the application is returned to the coordinator and your desired shadowing date.

      Apply today!

      Professional Development

      Freeman Health Academy

      Interested in a career in healthcare?

      The Freeman Health Academy is a program that provides local students the opportunity to have an introduction into the healthcare profession. To better serve our local students seeking out careers in healthcare, Freeman Health Academy will be in line with the academic school year, starting in September and running thru April with health-related educational topics and hands-on activities being offered one time per month.

      Freeman Health Academy is for any junior who meets the application requirements and who is interested in a healthcare career.

      In conjunction with classes, students will have the opportunity to job shadow in various units throughout the facility. These job shadow opportunities are provided each month to participants who attend the in-class sessions and uphold the requirements of the program. Job shadowing is a chance for applicants to work alongside unit staff and see the everyday operation of various departments within the facility.

      Hands-on labs will be offered for participants as well. These labs will take place at Freeman Health System. Topics for labs may include but are not limited to: dissections, CPR, blood draws, starting IVs, vital signs, and assessment techniques.

      Seats are limited. Apply today!

      Contact Us

      Kasandra Acuff, RN, MSN
      932 E. 34th St.
      Joplin, MO 64804
      Phone: 417.347.2554
      Fax: 417.347.9316

      Contact Information

      Professional Development Department
      932 E 34th Street
      Joplin, MO 64804
      Office: 417.347.5840
      Fax: 417.347.2520