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This program is provided by the University of Delaware’s Division of Professional and Continuing Studies and Bayhealth Medical Center’s Department of Education.
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This course is open to licensed registered nurses who are presently ineligible for endorsement or reinstatement of licensure in Delaware or elsewhere because they do not currently meet the state nursing board requirements. Registered nurses from states other than Delaware should contact their respective boards of nursing to determine if the University of Delaware RN Refresher course meets that state’s requirements for an RN refresher course.
An RN refresher course may not be the only requirement for relicensure. Contact your local board of nursing for possible additional requirements.
Registered nurses holding current active licenses are also eligible for enrollment in the course. Nursing contact hours (94 contact hours) will be awarded for successful completion of the didactic component (including mastery of online quizzes, completion of assignments, and final exam). No additional credit will be awarded for completion of the clinical component.
In order to successfully complete this course, participants must have access to a computer with a high-speed Internet connection, RealPlayer, and Adobe Reader; as well as basic computer knowledge such as how to use email, the Internet, and Microsoft Word.
The RN Refresher Course was created to update and enhance the nursing knowledge and clinical skills of inactive registered nurses preparing for reentry into active practice, addressing foundational competencies for medical-surgical nursing in today’s increasingly complex practice settings.
The RN Refresher Course is a six-month program comprised of didactic and clinical components:
Upon successful completion of the RN Refresher course, participants will receive a certificate of completion. RNs with currently active licenses will receive 94 nursing contact hours provided through Bayhealth Medical Center.
Bayhealth Medical Center is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the Delaware Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.
At the completion of this course the participant will be able to:
The theoretical component of the RN Refresher Online (94 hours) is comprised of online asynchronous presentations by expert faculty and practitioners with correlated reading assignments, case studies, and learning activities designed to guide and reinforce participant learning. All coursework takes place using online learning technologies.
A course schedule will designate due dates for assignments and the final exam, to be completed within the first 15 weeks of the program. Successful completion of the theoretical component is a prerequisite for enrollment in the clinical component of the course. Highlights of course content include:
The clinical component of this course requires 80 hours of supervised clinical practice to take place in the participant’s state of licensure. Participants identify an acute care clinical setting in their local area in which to complete their practice hours. Participants also identify a nurse preceptor within that institution. Both the institution and preceptor are subject to approval by the RN Refresher Program Director at least 6 weeks prior to starting clinical hours.
The Learner shall:
The Health Care Institution shall:
The Preceptor shall:
The Faculty (Course Coordinator) shall:
How fast can I complete this program? – The didactic portion of the program takes approximately 15 weeks to complete, ending with a final exam administered to all students on the same set date and time. The clinical component follows successful completion of the didactic component and requires 80 hours in an acute care setting with the schedule determined by the participant and preceptor. Clinical hours can begin upon successful completion of the didactic component, and must be completed within six months of the course start date.
Can I start my clinical hours early, while completing the didactic component? – Clinical hours cannot begin until 1) successful completion of the didactic component; and 2) all required pre-clinical documentation is completed and permission is given by the RN Refresher Program Director.
Is there a list of clinical competencies to be achieved during the clinical experience? – Yes. These will be the basis for clinical evaluation. This information is available to registered students on the password-protected course website.
Is there a comprehensive written exam? – Yes. Mastery of the online self-assessment quizzes associated with each content topic will provide a strong foundation for success on the comprehensive didactic exam. A proctored final exam is taken at the end of the semester. The final exam is taken on the same set date/time by all participants approximately 15 weeks from the start of the course. Participants living within 125 miles of either the UD Newark Campus or Bayhealth Medical Center, Dover, DE will be required to take the exam at one of these sites. Participants living more than 125 miles from these sites need to make arrangements to have the exam sent to a designated agency in advance of the exam date.
Is it possible to take the didactic component without the clinical component? – This would be your choice, and it would not meet relicensure requirements in Delaware. However, the didactic component can be used to meet contact hour requirements for license renewal by those holding an active license (94 contact hours will be awarded).
If I am a currently licensed RN and wish to “refresh” my medical/surgical knowledge base and skills, can I enroll in the course and receive contact hour credit for license renewal purposes? – Yes. Registered nurses holding current licenses are eligible for enrollment in the course. Nursing contact hours (94 contact hours) will be awarded for successful completion of the didactic component (including mastery of online quizzes, completion of assignments, and final exam). No additional credit will be awarded for completion of the clinical component should you choose to do this.
Is there a prescribed schedule for the 80 clinical hours? – No. Hours are to be arranged with the preceptor who must be present whenever you are on the unit. A schedule must be shared with the course instructor with completed hours verified by the preceptor. Clinical hours must be completed within six months of the course start date.
How do I contact the course instructor if I have a question about lecture materials or assignments? – E-mail, fax, and phone contact information is provided on the secure course website.
Where do I find information about the course assignments? – The password-protected course home page will provide links to assignments and other course components.
Where do I purchase the required text and any associated materials? – Purchase information for the required textbook will be sent to you via e-mail shortly after registration.
Once I register and pay the fee, how do I get access to the password-protected Web site? – Access information is distributed by e-mail from email@example.com one day before the course start date.
How do I locate a preceptor for the clinical component? – Please notify the RN Refresher Program Manager with the name of your preferred local hospital to complete the clinical experience. If the University of Delaware does not already have a contract with your preferred hospital, it is the student’s responsibility to make the initial contacts.
Can the clinical component be arranged in a long-term care or pediatric facility? – No. The clinical component must be arranged to take place on an adult
medical-surgical unit in an acute care facility. However, the didactic component of the course provides updates in the specialty areas including maternal/child, psy/mental health, oncology, gerontology, etc.
Is it possible to repeat the clinical component if I am not successful the first time? – Unsuccessful completion of the clinical component will result in student failure of the RN Refresher Course. If you wish to repeat the course, a new registration form must be completed and accompanied by the required fee.
Would a person who graduated from a nursing program but has not yet taken or has failed the NCLEX exam be eligible for the course? – No. The course is designed for nurses who previously held active RN licenses but have been inactive for a specified period of time. Someone who is preparing to take or retake the NCLEX exam should seek a review course specifically developed for that purpose.
Where are the forms that must be submitted to gain approval for the clinical component? – All forms related to the clinical component are posted on the password-protected course Web site.
Next course start date is June 6, 2018
The RN Refresher course fee covers the theoretical/didactic component of the course. Additional costs to the participant include the required text, as well as any fees imposed by the clinical agency for background checks, drug testing, immunizations, etc. The nonrefundable clinical administration fee applies to all RN Refresher participants registering for the clinical component. All fees are subject to change.
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If the Board of Nursing in the state of licensure requires an RN Refresher course in order to reactivate licensure in that state, it is the student’s responsibility to verify that this course meets those requirements and will be acceptable to that board in meeting those requirements. It is also the student’s responsibility to be aware of any additional requirements for reactivation. For example, in addition to completing an RN Refresher course, inactive Delaware nurses need to complete an additional 30 contact hours in order to reactivate their license.
This course may also be accepted toward meeting the continuing education requirement for licensure renewal for active RNs. It is the participants’ responsibility to verify with their state Boards of Nursing whether this program meets those requirements.
To contact your state Board of Nursing please visit the National Council of State Boards of Nursing.
|Semester||Program start date||Didactic component end date / Final exam||Clinical component start date||Program completion / Completion of clinical hours|
|Fall 2017||Aug. 30, 2017||Dec. 19, 2017||*After Dec. 19, 2017||*March 1, 2018|
|Spring 2018||Feb. 7, 2018||*May 23, 2018||*After May 23, 2018||Aug. 7, 2018|
|Summer 2018||June 6, 2018||*Sept. 18, 2018||*After Sept. 18, 2018||*Dec. 6, 2018|
* Final exam and clinical component start dates for upcoming semesters is estimated and shown here for planning purposes only. Actual dates to be determined.
The didactic component of the RN Refresher program takes place through online learning. Participants view content presentations online, complete assignments and self-assessment quizzes, and communicate with the course coordinator via the course Web site and e-mail. Online learning offers many benefits…
Minimal computer skills are required to successfully navigate the RN Refresher course Web site. If you are not familiar with any of the terms below and/or do not have the knowledge or skills listed below, we recommend you update your computer skills prior to registering for this course. If you are familiar with the following skills and terms, you should be able to complete this online course:
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