Joint Training Opportunities

Visit the HHS COVID-19 Provider page for the Infection Control Basics: Personal Protective Equipment Webinar, slides and more information.

Seminar Date/Time Location Class Availability
October 2020
ICF Expanded Visitation Rules (course description)
Friday, October 2, 2020
9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Webinar
(1000 MAX)
Nursing Facility Infection Control (course description)
Friday, October 2, 2020
10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Webinar
(500 MAX)
Emergency Preparedness in Long-Term Care Facilities (course description)
Monday, October 5, 2020
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Webinar
(500 MAX)
Emergency Preparedness in Long-Term Care Facilities (course description)
Friday, October 16, 2020
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Webinar
(500 MAX)
Life Safety Code and Maintenance of Nursing Homes (course description)
Friday, October 23, 2020
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Webinar
(500 MAX)
Notes: No continuing education hours are offered for this webinar.

Continuing Education Information

A Certificate of Successful Completion will not be issued to anyone arriving late (late is defined as once the activity begins, registration closes at the time the activity begins), or returning late any amount of time following time designated for a break or lunch. Exceptions will not be made.

Texas Health and Human Services Commission Long-Term Care Regulatory Services is approved as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by Colorado Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

Texas Health and Human Services Commission Long-Term Care Regulatory is also an approved provider of continuing social work education by the Texas State Board of Social Work Examiners. These courses have been approved for clock hours for Texas Licensed Social Workers – Provider #4649

Courses with Long Term Care Administrator continuing education credit hours meet continuing education requirements for license renewal for Nursing Facility Administrators licensed by the State of Texas (per 26 Texas Administrative Code §555.35). The courses are not approved by the National Association of Boards of Examiners of Long Term Care Administrators (NAB). Sponsor or provider numbers are not applicable (NA) to these courses. This is indicated on the certificate of successful completion.

Course Descriptions

Course Description Legend:

  • ALF — Assisted Living Facility,
  • ICF/IID — Intermediate Care Facilities for Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities,
  • NF — Nursing Facilities

Transition to Practice in Long-term Care Settings: Registered Professional Nurses who provide direct client services, monitor, and or evaluate the care of older individuals and/or persons with disabilities will have the latest evidence based information (knowledge) and current standards of care (practice) regarding the rules and regulations and best practices related to a nurse transitioning from other areas, such as an acute care practice setting to a Long-Term Care (LTC) practice setting.

Participating nurses will gain valuable resources and takeaways that support their transition and prepare nurses to offer the highest possible level of care to nursing facility residents. Participants will be provided with a toolkit including evidence-based best practice information on topics such as medication administration; abuse, neglect, and exploitation; documentation; transition to practice; time management; Alzheimer's disease and dementia; retention; success in the workplace; and ethics.

  • Registered Nurses earn 8.50 contact hours upon successful completion of this activity.
  • LP/VNs earn 10.10 contact hours upon successful completion of this activity.

Culture Change: Improving Quality of Life in Long Term Care: This webinar, for nursing facility surveyors and providers, such as registered nurses, licensed vocational nurses, social workers, and nursing facility administrators, introduces participants to apply culture change practices within facilities to address the importance of language and labeling, the Holistic Approach to Transformational Change (HATCh), and provide participants with culture change principles within the context of the federal rules and regulations.

Registered Nurses earn 1.75 contact hours upon successful completion of this activity.

  • 1.75 clock hours for social workers,
  • 1.75 clock hours for nursing facility administrators, and
  • 1.75 clock hours

Dehydration: Prevention and Intervention in Long-Term Care: This webinar, for nursing facility surveyors and providers, such as registered nurses, licensed vocational nurses, social workers, and nursing facility administrators, introduces participants to discuss the purpose of water in our body, different types of dehydration, review at risk conditions, signs and symptoms of dehydration and preventative measures that can be facilitated in the LTC setting.

Registered Nurses earn 1.75 contact hours upon successful completion of this activity.

  • 1.75 clock hours for social workers,
  • 1.75 clock hours for nursing facility administrators, and
  • 1.75 clock hours

Emergency Preparedness: This course provides guidance that a registered nurse, a licensed vocational nurse, a social worker, and other staff members can use to develop a disaster plan. You will learn the basic steps of emergency preparedness (including risk assessment and plan development) and the eight core functions of a disaster plan. You will also learn the federal requirements for emergency preparedness. The course applies to nursing homes, assisted living facilities, intermediate care facilities for persons with an intellectual disability or related conditions, day activity and health services providers, PPECCs, and HCSSAs.

Registered Nurses earn 6.00 contact hours upon successful completion of this activity.

  • 7.20 contact hours for LP/VNs,
  • 6.50 clock hours for nursing facility administrators, and
  • 6.50 clock hours for social workers.
NOTE: The course does not give you a disaster plan.

Emergency Preparedness in Assisted Living Facilities: This webinar reviews state rules governing emergency preparedness in assisted living facilities. It provides an overview of state interactions in a disaster and available resources for additional guidance related to emergency preparedness.

No continuing education hours are offered for this webinar.

Emergency Preparedness in HCSSAs (includes COVID-19 & hurricane guidance): To most people, emergency preparedness simply means getting ready for emergencies before they happen. However, preparedness is only part of the entire emergency preparedness and response process. The goal of emergency preparedness is to simplify decision-making during emergencies. The emergency preparedness and response process incorporates the means to rapidly identify, evaluate and react to a wide spectrum of emergencies and emergency conditions.

This two-hour webinar will focus on HCSSA responsibilities to follow program rules and ensure client safety during an emergency, COVID-19 and hurricane guidance.

No certificates, continuing education credits or administrator clock hours will be provided.

Emergency Preparedness in Long-Term Care Facilities: Course description pending.

No continuing education hours are offered for this webinar.

ICF Expanded Visitation Rules: This webinar will review the recently released emergency rules regarding expansion of reopening visitations in ICF facilities.

ICF/IID Course - Active Treatment in ICF/IID: This comprehensive course is designed for the registered nurse, licensed vocational nurse, social worker and staff to provide an overview of the steps that should be taken by a facility to meet the Condition of Participation of Active Treatment. The Active Treatment Loop and the role of the Qualified Intellectual Disability Professional (QIDP) are discussed. Eighteen outcome-based active treatment regulations of the Fundamental Survey will be covered, with the entire Condition of Participation explored through case studies. Participants will complete activities, including reviewing case studies that will provide them with an opportunity to utilize the fundamental survey tool used by surveyors.

Registered Nurses earn 5.50 contact hours upon successful completion of this activity.

  • 6.30 contact hours for LP/VNs,
  • and
  • 6.00 clock hours for social workers.

ICF/IID Course - Detecting and Preventing Abuse and Neglect in ICFs/IID: This course was designed to enhance the registered nurse, licensed vocational nurse, social worker, other provider and Regulatory Services staff understanding of abuse and neglect issues pertaining to individuals served by an intermediate care facility for individuals with an intellectual disability (ICF/IID) facility. The focus is intended to provide a generic approach to the detection and prevention of abuse and neglect.

Registered Nurses earn 5.00 contact hours upon successful completion of this activity.

  • 5.70 contact hours for LP/VNs,
  • 6.50 clock hours for social workers.

ICF/IID Course - Meeting Nursing Needs of Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities: The purpose of this education activity is to enhance the knowledge of observational skills of the client care provider Registered Nurse and other healthcare professionals, i.e. the licensed vocational nurse, nursing facility administrator, and social worker. This course focuses on assessing and/or updating plans the care for individuals and persons with intellectual disabilities and addressing best care techniques. The eight survey tasks will be reviewed, along with patient outcomes, in an effort to achieve optimal standards of care and quality of life for the residents with intellectual disabilities.

Registered Nurses earn 5.50 contact hours upon successful completion of this activity.

  • 5.50 clock hours for social workers.
  • 6.20 contact hours for LP/VNs,

Immediate Jeopardy; Appendix Q Core Guidelines: Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) requirements and survey process for Immediate Jeopardy situations. This course is for ALL Nursing Facility, Skilled Nursing Facility, HCSSA, and ICF/IID providers.

There are no continuing education hours offered for this webinar.

Infection Control Basics Personal Protective Equipment (PPE): The purpose of this webinar is to emphasize how to prevent or minimize the spread of infectious disease, by using personal protective equipment or PPE, to protect ourselves and our fellow Texans. During this webinar we will review Standard Precautions and Transmission-based Precautions; learn proper hand hygiene techniques; demonstrate how to utilize personal protective equipment (PPE); and discuss the importance of social distancing in an outbreak situation.

There are no continuing education hours offered for this webinar.

Life Safety Code and Maintenance of Nursing Homes: This course helps participants maintain their fire alarm, sprinkler, and HVAC systems. While many of the facility staff can gain from this class, the information is especially suited for the maintenance staff. Other modules discuss the maintenance of a building's construction type, smoke barriers, and corridor doors. Commercial cooking equipment, medical gas, and exit requirements are also discussed.

There are no Continuing Education credits provided for this educational activity.

NF Course - Culture Change: Transforming Care within the Regulations: This course, for nursing facility surveyors and providers, such as registered nurses, licensed vocational nurses, social workers, and nursing facility administrators, introduces participants to the concept of culture change, provides participants the opportunity to discuss culture change principles within the context of the federal regulations, and offers participants the opportunity to set implementation goals to enhance the quality of care provided to residents.

Registered Nurses earn 6.00 contact hours upon successful completion of this activity.

  • 7.60 contact hours for LP/VNs,
  • 6.50 clock hours for nursing facility administrators, and
  • 6.50 clock hours for social workers.

NF Course - How to be a Successful DON in a Texas Nursing Facility: The Nursing Facility Director of Nursing (DON) Academy is an educational activity that will provide participants with evidence-based best practice information as well as external resources that are necessary not only for the successful management of a nursing facility but also for the improvement of the quality of care and quality of life of the residents, with an emphasis placed on the team approach to quality improvement and creating a person-centered care culture. The information provided during the training will include topics on the state and federal regulations for long-term care, staff engagement and retention, leadership, person-centered care, culture change, dementia care, and many others.

Registered Nurses earn 10.25 contact hours upon successful completion of this activity.

  • 12.00 contact hours for LVNs.
  • 18.75 contact hours for Nursing Facility Administrators.

NF Course - Life Safety Code and Maintenance of Nursing Facilities: This course helps participants maintain their fire alarm, sprinkler, and HVAC systems. While many of the facility staff can gain from this class, the information is especially suited for the maintenance staff. Other modules discuss the maintenance of a building's construction type, smoke barriers, and corridor doors. Commercial cooking equipment, medical gas, and exit requirements are also discussed.

Nursing Facility Administrators earn 5.50 contact hours upon successful completion of this activity.

NOTE: Each participant must bring to the training a copy NURSING FACILITY REQUIREMENTS 40 TAC §19.300 THROUGH §19.344 as well as an 8.5" X 11" copy of the floor plan of your facility.

NF Course - Virtual Dementia Tour: 'Life Through Their Eyes': The Virtual Dementia Tour is a sensory training that lets participants feel the overwhelming effects of the aging process when combined with Alzheimer's disease or dementia.

Each tour will simulate what it might be like to have dementia symptoms or other age-related conditions such as Alzheimer's disease, hearing disruption and impaired vision. Participants will be asked to follow simple instructions to replicate what someone with dementia or other age-related conditions may experience. The aim of the Virtual Dementia Tour - "Life Through Their Eyes" sensory training is for participants to gain tools to move from sympathy to empathy, and better understand the behaviors and needs of loved ones and patients.

  • Please request this class by sending an email to: JointEd.Services@hhsc.state.tx.us
  • There will be no CEUs awarded for this class.
  • There will be only 4 participants allowed for each 2 hour session

Nursing Facility Infection Control: This webinar, for nursing facility surveyors and providers, such as registered nurses, licensed vocational nurses, social workers, and nursing facility administrators, introduces participants to strategies and tools to assess and develop interventions to prevent infections in older adults and Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities. The webinar will address infection control practices and issue of infection prevention and control in the Texas Long-Term care setting.

Registered Nurses earn 1.75 contact hours upon successful completion of this activity.

  • 1.75 clock hours for social workers,
  • 1.75 clock hours for nursing facility administrators, and
  • 1.75 clock hours

P.O.W.E.R. Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation (ANE) Training Academy: This 2 day course was designed to enhance the registered nurse, licensed vocational nurse, social worker, and other providers on what Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation (ANE) looks like, how to screen for it, how to prevent it, how to change the environment in which Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation (ANE) is easily bred, how to decrease the systematic desensitization of Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation against the facility residents, removing the status quo with regards to subtle instances and the mandatory reporting requirements of Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation. This 2 day course is distinct from the 1 day REGULATORY course titled NF Course Detecting and Preventing Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation in Nursing Facilities: A Proactive Approach.

Registered Nurses can earn 5.75 contact hours upon successful completion of this activity.

  • 6.75 contact hours for LP/VNs
  • 11.25 clock hours for social workers
  • 11.25 clock hours for nursing facility administrators

Pressure Injury Prevention: This webinar for nursing facility surveyors and providers, such as registered nurses, licensed vocational nurses, social workers, and nursing facility administrators, addresses the definition of a pressure injury, tools and interventions to assess individuals at risk and the guidance for long-term care facilities to prevent pressure injury development, promote the healing of existing pressure injuries, and how surveyors determine if a pressure injury is avoidable or unavoidable according to state and federal regulations.

Registered Nurses earn 1.75 contact hours upon successful completion of this activity.

  • 1.75 clock hours for social workers
  • 1.75 clock hours for nursing facility administrators, and
  • 1.75 clock hours

Scope and Severity Training for ALFs, DAHS, ICF/IID and PPECC Providers: House Bill 2025 was passed during the 85th Texas Legislature, regular Session, 2017 and required HHSC to develop a system to record and track the scope and severity of licensure violations by ALF, DAHS, ICF/IID and PPECC facilities for the purpose of assessing an administrative penalty or taking other enforcement action. This 60-minute webinar will provide an overview of Long-Term Care Regulatory, examine House Bill 2025 as it relates to scope and severity and review the scope and severity chart and definitions of terms associated with the chart.

There are no Continuing Education credits provided for this educational activity.

Six Keys to Self-Reporting ANE and Other Incidents (NF): This webinar was created in response to an identified need for clarification on the self-reporting process. The purpose of the webinar is to review the why, what, who, where, when and how of self-reporting abuse, neglect, exploitation and other incidents in Texas nursing facilities (NF). The webinar includes current regulatory guidance, case studies, and handouts for future reference. Attendees will leave more confident in identifying and managing reportable incidents.

There are no continuing education hours are offered for this webinar.

Texas Oasis Dementia Training Academy: This course was designed to enhance the registered nurse, licensed vocational nurse, social worker, and other providers on innovative methods to better understand and care for older adults with dementia. The training is dementia specific, with a focus on dementia basics; person-centered care; behaviors; assessments and care planning; abuse, neglect and exploitation; sexuality in dementia; cultural and socioeconomic considerations; and alternative interventions.

Registered Nurses earn 7.25 contact hours upon successful completion of this activity.

  • 8.50 contact hours for LP/VNs
  • 11.20 clock hours for social workers
  • 11.20 clock hours for nursing facility administrators

Understanding the Survey Process: Understanding the Survey Process provides an overview of the annual survey process for nursing facilities. This webinar explains how survey teams determine whether facilities are following the federal regulatory requirements. Understanding the Survey Process is designed for surveyors and nursing facility employees.

There are no continuing education hours offered for this webinar.

Weight Loss in Older Adults: This webinar, for nursing facility surveyors and providers, such as registered nurses, licensed vocational nurses, social workers, and nursing facility administrators, introduces participants to prevent weight loss in older adults and Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities. The webinar will cover involuntary weight loss, assessment of nutritional status, loss parameters and pertinent labs, malnutrition, identify risk factors and interventions/preventive measures, and review avoidable versus unavoidable negative outcomes.

Registered Nurses earn 1.75 contact hours upon successful completion of this activity.

  • 1.75 clock hours for social workers,
  • 1.75 clock hours for nursing facility administrators, and
  • 1.75 clock hours

What You Need to Know about COVID-19 Mitigation and Visitation (NFs/ALFs): In August 2020, Texas HHSC issued enhanced COVID-19 emergency rules allowing for limited visitation and requiring additional actions by nursing facilities (NFs) and assisted living facilities (ALFs) to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. The purpose of this webinar is to provide a comprehensive overview of these new rules and to discuss practical implementation in Phase 1 designated NFs and ALFs.

For additional information, please email JointEd.Services@hhsc.state.tx.us.

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