Online Classes

GERTI is approved as a provider of continuing nursing education by the Kansas Board of Nursing. There are no upcoming in-person courses, but we offer many online options based on the contact hours applicable for RN, LPN or LMHT relicensure. KS Board of Nursing provider # LT02490916. Course is approved for Licensed Social Workers by Behavioral Science Regulatory Board provider #07-003. This course is approved for Kansas Licensed Administrators by the Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services. Long-Term Sponsorship Number: LTS-A1141. GERTI will not grant fractional increments of hours as stated in providership policies.

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1-Hour Online Courses

Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation

Course Objectives:

  • Define abuse, neglect and exploitation
  • Cite regulations that guide prevention of abuse, neglect and exploitation
  • Identify effective communication techniques for residents with dementia
  • Describe ways to prevent abuse, neglect and exploitation
  • Explain investigation process of abuse, neglect and exploitation
  • List signs of burnout, frustration and stress

Course Description:

Abuse, neglect and exploitation are preventable in adult care homes. Staff must have the right resources and education for them to be able to prevent these situations from happening  This course will provide the participant with the ability to define abuse, neglect and exploitation, identify ways to effectively communicate in order to prevent abuse and de-escalate the situation if it does occur. This course will also discuss signs and ways to prevent burnout, which can lead to abuse, neglect or exploitation. 1 Resident Care Hour.

Cost: $9

Information: 913-477-8251

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Accident Prevention Course

Course Objectives:

  • Define accidents.
  • Discuss different types of accidents.
  • Identify risks for accidents.
  • Describe interventions and solutions to prevent accidents.

Course Description:

Accident prevention is a very important aspect of any adult care home’s quality assurance program. Older adults are more likely to have devastating results from a fall. All staff must understand their role in accident prevention and why we do it. 1 Administration Hour

Cost: $9

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Balancing Work and Personal Life

Course Objectives:

  • Learn how respected leaders find the balance.
  • Describe ways to get organized and prioritize.
  • Define personal limitations and boundaries.

Course Description:

Balancing work and personal life can truly be a juggling act.  There are so many things in the world today that are pulling us in different directions.  Join us for a lively discussion about how to prioritize, organize and be true to you. 1 Administration Hour.

Cost: $9

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Coaching vs. Counseling

Course Objectives:

  • Differentiate between coaching and counseling.
  • Identify ways to use the two techniques.
  • Describe characteristics of a good leader.

Course Description:

This one hour CEU is designed to compare coaching and counseling.  Case studies will be used to demonstrate how the two can be used by leaders.  Tips for successfully using the techniques will be discussed.  This would be a beneficial class for anyone that supervises staff. 1 Administration Hour.

Cost: $9

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Conflict Resolution

Course Objectives:

  • Discuss that open and honest communication and a team environment can help keep conflict at bay.
  • Recognizing we are humans and from time to time conflict will still arise.
  • Describe causes and types of conflict.
  • Explain skills for resolving conflict in a way that achieves optimal results, does not add fuel to the fire and deepens understanding and relationships. 

Course Description:

In any organization, there are times when conflicts arise. It is crucial to provide ongoing education to all staff on how to effectively resolve conflict. Conflict resolution training can benefit every individual – both at home and on the job. This class would be helpful for staff working in any facet of long term care. 1 Administration Hour.

Cost: $9

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Customer Service and Communication

Course Objectives:

  • Define who the customer is.
  • Discuss how to provide customer service.
  • Describe ways to better communicate and how communication can break down. 

Course Description:

Customer service is often the one thing that is lacking in the long-term care environment. We are selling something that nobody really wants, so we must go above and beyond to provide superior customer service. To provide excellent service, we must communicate within our teams and to the customer. Often, we feel like we are very good at providing customer service but we all need reminders. I have found that providing this training on an ongoing basis really helps staff understand why we do what we do. 1 Administration Hour.

Cost: $9

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Dealing with Difficult People

Course Objectives:

  • Explain types of difficult people
  • Discuss effective communication skills for dealing with difficult situations
  • Identify methods to maintain relationships with hard to handle people 

Course Description:

Do you struggle to work with difficult clients, family members, co-workers, and colleagues? This presentation will discuss effective methods of handling those situations and several strategies for communicating with and maintaining relationships with people that can cause difficulties at work (and at home). 1 Administration Hour.

Cost: $9

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Disaster and Emergency Preparedness

Course Objectives:

  • Define the regulations that govern disaster and emergency preparedness.
  • Describe types of disasters adult care homes may encounter.
  • Explain what to look for to identify the type of emergency and the source.
  • Discuss what the disaster and emergency preparedness plan includes.

Course Description:

Disasters and emergencies often strike when you least expect it.  Adult care home staff must be educated about the plan.  They also must have access to the plan at all times.  When the emergency arises we often do not remember the plan.  Staff are providing services to residents that are vulnerable, especially in an emergency.  This course will discuss types of emergencies and disasters, other than fires, what to look for, and how to respond. 1 Administration Hour.

Cost: $9

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Fire Prevention and Safety

Course Objectives:

  • Describe the State Fire Marshal’s role.
  • Cite the regulation that discusses fire safety.
  • Identify causes of fires.
  • Discuss equipment to use in case of a fire.

Course Description:

Fire prevention and safety is such an important topic, especially in adult care homes. All staff must understand their role in order to keep residents and staff safe. This course will describe the regulations that guide us, what to look for, and how to respond. 1 Administration Hour.

Cost: $9

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Good Grief!

Course Objectives:

  • Describe how the COVID-19 pandemic has helped you better understand grief.
  • Distinguish between grief myths and truths.
  • Apply Dr. Alan Wolfelt’s Mourner’s Bill of Rights to your own grief journey.
  • Name at least 5 practical strategies you can use to assist others.

Course Description:

Grief has a profound, often life-changing impact on each of us. If you are not currently on a grief journey of your own, you likely know someone who is. Good Grief! introduces elements of the grief journey, debunks common misconceptions, and provides helpful suggestions to help you and others navigate the journey. In the process, you will learn that grief is not to feared or dreaded, but should be embraced as a healthy expression of loss and love. 1 Resident Care Hour.

Cost: $9

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Healthy Aging and Quality of Life

Course Objectives:

  • Cite characteristics of resilience in older adults.
  • Describe ways to improve physical health.
  • Identify ways to prevent negative effects of poor oral health.
  • Describe ways to prevent cognitive impairment.
  • Express tips for overall health improvement.

Course Description:

So often we talk about quality of life and healthy aging for our residents.  What does it really mean?  This course will discuss overall health, identifying four major areas of interest.  Physical, oral, cognitive and mental health will be defined, as well as suggestions for improving or tips to prevent decline.  Tips for overall health will also be explained. 1 Resident Care Hour.

Cost: $9

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Improving Workplace Communication

Course Objectives:

  • Discuss where workplace culture starts.
  • Define how to be a great team member.
  • State successful teamwork strategies.
  • Evaluate communication styles and analyze if you are an effective communicator.

Course Description:

Creating an environment where people actually want to come to work and they are thriving is something that is difficult, but not impossible.  Communication plays a very important role in teamwork and a positive work environment.  This course will explain the need for communication.  It will explore communication barriers, blind spots, and identify better ways to communicate. 1 Administration Hour.

Cost: $9

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Infection Control

Course Objectives:

  • Summarize how infections are spread.
  • Discover why infections occur at a higher rate in older adults.
  • Distinguish between standard precautions and transmission-based precautions.
  • Examine ways to protect yourself and residents from infection.
  • Demonstrate the importance of hand washing and hand hygiene.

Course Description:

Infection control is a very important aspect of any adult care home’s quality assurance program.  Older adults are more vulnerable to infections.  All staff must understand their role in infection control and why we do it.  This course will describe the regulations that guide us, explain how infections are spread and how to prevent it. Updated on 01/2022 with COVID-19 information and resources. 1 Administration Hour.

Cost: $9

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It's Not You, It's Me...Move In, Move Out and Transfers

Course Objectives:

  • Identify the regulations that relate to admission, transfer, discharge and retaining residents.
  • Establish ways to create a move in and move criteria form.
  • Demonstrate the need to establish realistic expectations with consumers.
  • Describe ways to keep staff informed and involved. Establish ways to create a move in and move criteria form.

Course Description:

Moving to a state licensed only adult care home is a tough decision.  Many consumers feel once they move in they can stay “forever” in your communities.  Sometimes we must part ways, but we need to make sure residents and their loved ones don’t feel like they have done something wrong.  This course will discuss the move in, move out and transfer regulations, how to establish criteria, when to discuss it with residents and their families and how to keep staff informed. 1 Administration Hour.

Cost: $9

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Principles of Assisted Living

Course Objectives:

  • State the principles of assisted living.
  • Define person directed living.
  • Describe life enhancement.

Course Description:

There are many principles that guide care providers in adult care homes.  Most importantly, residents should be treated as individuals.  This course will look at all the principles in depth.  This course is one of the required in-services for assisted living/residential health care communities but these guiding principles are important to all adult care homes. 1 Administration Hour.

Cost: $9

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Resident Rights

Course Objectives:

  • Identify resident rights.
  • Describe the ways not upholding the resident rights impacts the residents.
  • Ways to enhance resident rights.

Course Description:

The protection and promotion of resident rights is a very important duty for staff in adult care homes.  Each resident must have the right to a dignified existence, self-determination, and communication with and access to persons and services inside and outside the adult care home.  This course will analyze in depth rights of residents that live in adult care homes. 1 Resident Care Hour.

Cost: $9

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Resident-Centered Approach to Dementia Care

Course Objectives:

  • Ensure staff provide resident-centered care based on thorough knowledge of each person’s abilities and needs.
  • To help staff act as “care partners” to help people achieve optimal functioning and improved quality of life.
  • To use a flexible, problem-solving approach to care designed to prevent problems before they occur.

Course Description:

This course is a brief overview of challenges that people who have dementia face every day.  Explaining the challenges helps us to gain a better understanding of what they are experiencing.  Resident-centered approaches to working with people who have dementia are described and real world examples are used. The technique of using validation is also discussed. 1 Resident Care Hour.

Cost: $9

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Self-Esteem

Course Objectives:

  • Define self-esteem.
  • Discuss comparison of self-esteem and self-confidence.
  • Cite ways to measure self-esteem.
  • Describe ways to improve self-esteem.

Course Description:

Self-esteem is an important part of who we are and how we react to our environment. This course is an exploration of what self-esteem is, how it is impacted and what we can do to improve how we value ourselves. 1 Administration Hour.

Cost: $9

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Team Building and Communication

Course Objectives:

  • Identify strategies for building teams.
  • Demonstrate how to be a valuable team member.
  • Discuss the importance of customer service and team building.
  • Describe effective communication techniques.

Course Description:

Communication and team building are important to any organization, especially long-term care.  This course will describe effective ways to communicate, explore the value of staff empowerment and other ways to build an effective team.  This would be excellent for formal and informal leaders. 1 Administration Hour.

Cost: $9

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Toxic Positivity

Course Objectives:

  • Define toxic positivity.
  • Cite risks of toxic positivity.
  • State ways to avoid toxic positivity.

Course Description:

Toxic positivity imposes positive thinking as the only solution to problems, demanding that a person avoid negative thinking or expressing negative emotions. This presentation will define what it is, cite risks, give examples, and ways to avoid it. We'll also hear stories about real examples of toxic positivity and how it impacted the lives of the individuals. 1 Administration Hour.

Cost: $9

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2-Hour Online Courses

Diagnosis Depression & Anxiety in LTC Care Residents

Course Objectives:

  • Define behavioral health
  • State difference between mental health and mental illness
  • List most common psychiatric diagnoses in LTC
  • Identify non-pharmacological intervention for residents living with mental illness
  • Identify ways to identify behaviors (reactions) and how to prevent or help residents cope
  • Discuss root cause and how this helps residents living with mental illness
  • Discuss diagnostic criteria for major depressive disorder and generalized anxiety disorder

Course Description:

Mental Health is a very important topic, often overlooked in long-term care.  The course discusses the most common psychiatric diagnoses found in adult care homes and to look at what can we do instead of jumping to prescribing medications.  The information will help staff look deeper into mental illness and help residents to improve their quality of life.  This course also offers diagnostic criteria for major depressive disorder and generalized anxiety disorder, which meets BSRB criteria for diagnosing.

Cost: $18

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Mental Health and a Pandemic

Course Objectives:

  • Recall diagnostic criteria for depression and anxiety.
  • Identify suicide myths, risk factors, and ways to prevent
  • State the effects of the pandemic on mental health
  • Demonstrate self-care strategies

Course Description:

Mental Health is a very important topic, often overlooked in long-term care. This course is designed to discuss the most common psychiatric diagnoses found in adult care homes and to look at what can we do instead of jumping to prescribing medications. This class will help staff look deeper into mental illness and help residents to improve their quality of life.

Cost: $18

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Mental Health and LTC Residents

Course Objectives:

  • Define behavioral health
  • State difference between mental health and mental illness
  • List most common psychiatric diagnoses in LTC
  • Identify non-pharmacological intervention for residents living with mental illness
  • Identify ways to identify behaviors (reactions) and how to prevent or help residents cope
  • Discuss root cause and how this helps residents living with mental illness

Course Description:

Mental Health is a very important topic, often overlooked in long-term care. This course is designed to discuss the most common psychiatric diagnoses found in adult care homes and to look at what can we do instead of jumping to prescribing medications. This class will help staff look deeper into mental illness and help residents to improve their quality of life. 2 Resident Care Hours.

Cost: $18

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3-Hour Online Courses

Code of Social Work Ethics in Healthcare

Course Objectives:

  • Identify ethical principles that enhance social work practice with older adults
  • Identify when a referral to another practitioner or agency may be appropriate
  • Identify common ethical dilemmas
  • Identify core values, ethical principles, and ethical responsibilities in a long-term care setting

Course Description:

Social Workers are often faced with ethical dilemmas, regardless of their practice setting. The NASW Code of Ethics is intended to serve as a guide to the everyday professional conduct of social workers. This course will detail the Code of Ethics, ethical guidelines and provide case studies to test your knowledge. This course satisfies the Kansas licensing requirement for 3 hours of Ethics. 3 Resident Care Hours.

Cost: $25

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6-Hour Online Courses

Activities: It's Not Just Department Anymore

Course Objectives:

  • Describe regulations that impact activities and quality of life for residents.
  • Define person-centered activity approaches.
  • Explore how meaningful activities are defined.
  • Identify activity approaches for people with dementia.

Course Description:

Life enhancement or activities are a crucial part of quality of life for residents in long-term care and all senior living.  In so many communities, the role of activities is shared with many staff members throughout the organization.  So often, staff do not feel comfortable conducting activities because they do not know what to do or how to do it. This course will explore the regulations that guide activities and what the new role of life enhancement looks like. Several life enhancement ideas and resources will be shared. 6 Resident Care Hours.

Cost: $49

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Assisted Living Nurse 101

Course Objectives:

  • Learn general assisted living concepts pertinent to nursing. 
  • Discuss the relationship between the functional capacity screen, negotiated service agreements and health service plan.
  • Examine negotiated service agreement and health service plan development.
  • Explain medication management and other nursing function regulations.

Course Description:

This class is designed to help the assisted living/residential healthcare/home plus nurse with some of the concepts learned in the operators course.  The relationship between the functional capacity screen, negotiated service agreement and health service plan will be discussed.  How to develop the negotiated service agreement and health service plan will be examined in detail.  The regulations regarding medication management and other nursing functions will also be explained.  If you have not taken the Assisted Living Operators Course and are currently working or hope to work in state licensed only adult care homes this class is definitely for you. 4 Resident Care Hours, 2 Administration Hours.

Cost: $49

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Behavioral Health, Including Dementia

Course Objectives:

  • Identify communication techniques that minimize misunderstandings when working with people with dementia.
  • Identify environmental modifications that can improve the quality of life for persons with dementia
  • Discuss the effect restrictive diets have on people with dementia and identify alternatives to dietary restrictions
  • Name non-pharmacological techniques that could minimize distress in people with dementia
  • Define behavioral health

Course Description:

Working with people with dementia is rewarding and challenging.  This course is designed to teach caregivers how to create an environment where people with dementia and the people working with them can thrive.  CMS is now requiring that skilled nursing communities analyze behavioral health care, which includes dementia.  This course presents ways in which caregivers can promote a dementia-friendly environment by looking at the whole person.  The course also briefly discusses mental health and LTC care residents.  How to individualize care for people with dementia, with an emphasis on non-pharmacological interventions will be discussed. 6 Resident Care Hours.

Cost: $49

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Regulations for Dummies-State Licensed Only Edition

Course Objectives:

  • Compare statutes and regulations.
  • Discover the reason why regulations were developed.
  • Identify how the state regulations are organized.
  • Become familiar with regulations and how they apply to daily tasks.
  • Demonstrate understanding of how the regulations support resident-centered care.
  • Describe how to be survey ready.

Course Description:

If you ever wanted to have a basic understanding of the state regulations that govern state-licensed only adult care hones in Kansas from a non-clinical or administrative perspective, then this is the class for you. Understanding whether a resident can be admitted or discharged can be confusing. Learn how to navigate through the state regulations and gain a better understanding of what they mean and how they impact your role. You will also gain insight of survey readiness. 6 Administration Hours.

Cost: $49

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Resident Choice and Staff Empowerment

Course Objectives:

  • Discover the value of honoring choice related to eating, bathing, sleeping and spending the day
  • Describe the importance of sleep on residents' quality of life
  • Analyze the impact of consistent staffing on resident choice
  • Identify three modifications that may need to be made
  • Explore the importance of developing an individualized plan of care with input from the direct care partner
  • Empowerment: Creating leaders at every level
  • Consistent assignment and scheduling that makes sense
  • Deinstitutionalize the environment and create home
  • Promoting community
  • Regulations that support create home

Course Description:

No matter where you are on your resident-centered care journey, this class is for you. Discover how to honor resident choice with schedules, bathing, dining, and living a meaningful life, using real life examples. After completion of this course you will be able to identify staff empowerment and hiring right, as well as regulations that support creating home. 4 Resident Care Hours, 2 Administration Hours.

This course meets the requirement for new CNA instructors.  This course in addition to Residents Rights, Resident-Centered Approach to Dementia Care, or Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation fulfill the 7-hour requirement.

Cost: $49

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Rethinking Leadership and Staff Empowerment

Course Objectives:

  • Differentiate between management and leadership
  • Recognize how staff empowerment relates to leadership
  • Discover the value of staff empowerment
  • Describe the characteristics of a good leader
  • Discuss the effects of the new philosophy of leadership and how it impacts culture change
  • Cite regulations that guide prevention of abuse, neglect and exploitation

Course Description:

In these demanding times for long term care leaders, we must look for “new” leaders in our organizations.  Finding and training these new shining stars will be discussed in this interactive class.  Ways to empower staff will be analyzed, as well as characteristics of a good leader.  Differentiation between management and leadership will be defined. 6 Administration Hours.

Cost: $49

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30-Hour Online Courses

Assisted Living Operators CEU Bundle

Included Courses:

Resident Care:

  • Mental Health & Long-Term Care Residents 
  • Fire Prevention & Safety 
  • Abuse, Neglect, & Exploitation 
  • Resident Rights 

Administration:

  • Infection Control
  • Coaching vs. Counseling 
  • Accident Prevention 
  • State Regulation for Dummies - State Licensed Edition
  • Dealing with Difficult People
  • Conflict Resolution 
  • Self-Esteem
  • Improving Workplace Communication 

Resident Care & Administration:

  • Resident Choice & Staff Empowerment
  • Assisted Living Nurse 101

Continuing Education

This event is approved for up to 30 hours for Adult Care Home Administrators by the Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services (HOC approved provider number LTS-A1141) with 17 in the core of Administration and 13 hours in the core of Resident Care.

The Kansas State Board of Nursing approved GERTI as a provider of continuing education. This program is approved for up to 30 continuing education hours applicable to RN, APRN, and LPN re-licensure (KSBN LT0249-0916).

Approved for 30 continuing education clock hour for Kansas Licensed Social Workers by the Kansas Behavioral Sciences Regulatory Board (Provider Number: 07-003).

Cost: $250

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40-Hour Online Courses

Adult Care Home Operators Course - CEUs Only

About the Course

This online course includes all the requirements from the state-approved operator's course for assisted living and state licensed only adult care homes. In addition to the state-mandated elements, the importance of person-directed living concept of service, dementia and how dementia impacts the lives of older adults is covered.

Course Structure

This course will be delivered online. Students will be provided access to the online lessons, course materials, and resources following receipt of your enrollment fee.

Course Requirements

Internet ability (DSL, LAN, or cable connection desirable) with a supported web browser.

Continuing Education

This event is approved for up to 40 hours for Adult Care Home Administrators by the Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services (HOC approved provider number LTS-A1141) with 30 in the core of Administration and 10 hours in the core of Resident Care.

The Kansas State Board of Nursing approved GERTI as a provider of continuing education. This program is approved for up to 40 continuing education hours applicable to RN, APRN, and LPN re-licensure (KSBN LT0249-0916).

Approved for 40 continuing education clock hour for Kansas Licensed Social Workers by the Kansas Behavioral Sciences Regulatory Board (Provider Number: 07-003).

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