After more than a year of THEARI’s efforts to measure and document outcomes and advocate for Colorado’s nurse refresher students, we are proud to announce the addition of 100% Virtually Simulated Clinicals to the RN Refresher Course.
In October 2021, the Colorado State Board of Nursing voted to allow nurses with inactive licenses for 5-10 years the option to demonstrate clinical competency 100% virtually, in addition to 120 hours of theory. Nurses who have inactive licenses for more than 10 years may complete up to 75% of their requisite clinicals with simulation. This decision situated Colorado as a state leader in improving and expanding clinical education for previously licensed nurses that will transform the way nurses can re-enter the workforce, while helping to remove barriers for rural and disadvantaged nurses.
The Virtually Simulated Clinicals Program (VSC) is a robust and challenging clinical experience allowing nurses from all over the state and beyond to receive equitable access to clinicals regardless of where they live and provide nursing care. With nurse shortages and limited preceptors, it is difficult for students to find effective clinical placements. The VSC ensures a strong foundation of knowledge for all students, leading to well-trained and qualified healthcare providers. Our program was developed to include 50 unprompted, unfolding e-cases with real patient data and responses, weekly virtual debriefing sessions, related online lessons of updated evidence-based practices and pharmacology, prioritization exercises, individual coaching sessions, and weekly written assignments.
The THEARI Nurse Refresher Courses have been developed to meet Colorado State Board of Nursing requirements for re-licensure in Colorado. Completing the courses will allow previously licensed Registered Nurses (RN) and Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN) to update and enhance nursing knowledge and skills, develop confidence, renew their license, and re-enter the workforce. The online, interactive format of the course combined with rolling admission allows students to complete the course at their own pace anywhere, at any time. We also offer stand-alone virtually simulated clinicals for RN clinical requirements and additional courses for continuing education.
To celebrate the launch of Virtual Simulated Clinicals, we are offering a limited time $100 discount on RN Refresher Courses, just use code VSIM2022 at checkout!