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Educational Outreach

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, College of Nursing is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the Tennessee Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. Through the Center for Nursing Practice, we offer a variety of continuing nursing education opportunities including, but not limited to, leadership training, targeted areas of research, mentoring trends, cultural competency, advocacy, forensics, sexual assault training, simulation, and advanced practice nursing topics including an annual pharmacology update.

Face-to-face and webinar sessions are available for nurses who are proactive in continuously updating their knowledge and skills to promote and improve health care. We position ourselves to support several educational offerings in conjunction with Fcioother professional disciplines to endorse the needs of our society.

For additional information, contact:

Laurie Acred-Natelson
Faculty Coordinator of Continuing Education

Virginia Fowler
Coordinator of Continuing Education

College of Nursing
1200 Volunteer Blvd.
Knoxville, TN 37996-4180

2019 Nurse Leadership Workshops

The 2019 Nurse Leadership Workshops will be held at the Gettysvue Country Club in Knoxville and are specifically designed to provide new and aspiring nurse leaders the tools needed to be successful as they begin their leadership journey. The workshops are also beneficial to seasoned nurse managers and directors who want a fresh look at current leadership hot topics.

Each attendee will receive a continuing education certificate for each session completed and an opportunity to network with other nurse leaders. Participants who register for all six sessions will receive three months of post-workshop coaching sessions.

2019 Nursing Leadership Workshops (PDF)

Registration link: 

Please email Virginia Fowler at for more information.


Pharmacology Update

Provided by the University of Tennessee College of Nursing and the UT Health Science Center College of Pharmacy. This program is for nurses, nurse practitioners, pharmacists, psychologists, social workers, substance abuse counselors and other health care providers. Provides 5 live ACPE credits and 2 hours of opiate education required for NP licensure.

We are excited to announce the 2019 Pharmacology Update will be live-streamed! If you aren’t available to be on Rocky Top on May 24 for the in-person program, you can watch it live from your location! The last day to register for on-line streaming is May 22, 2019 at 4:00pm. All details, including log-in information, will be emailed to you.


Save the Date: May 24, 2019

Pharmacology Update Flyer (PDF)

Registration link: TINY.UTK.EDU/PHARM2019

Please email Virginia Fowler at for more information.


Center for Nursing Practice

Email for slides and information from 2016 and 2017

Engage-IL:  Enhancement of Geriatric Care for All

The purpose of ENGAGE-IL is to leverage our strengths in geriatric care, health professions education, and community outreach to integrate geriatrics training into primary care and maximize patient and family engagement.

Dissemination is key to making an impactful difference in the lives of older adults.

Our website is for everybody:  older adults, health care providers, caregivers, families, faculty, students, or anyone curious about older adult health concerns, well-being, or dementia.

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Cultural Competency Series

Courtesy of the Tennessee Action Coalition

Growing Caring Organizations and Initiatives: From the Roots Up

The first webinar, Growing Caring Organizations and Initiatives: From the Roots Up, presented by Sandy Mixer, a transcultural nursing scholar from the University of Tennessee, focuses on one of the six competencies that are foundational to the overall goal of culturally competent nursing care: Cultural competence in health care systems and organizations. Cultural competence in health care systems and organizations occurs when the systems and individuals within the systems, such as nurses, provide high-quality care that takes into account the unique perspectives, practices, and traditions of people. Participants can use learning and examples from this webinar to influence care and achieve positive outcomes for diverse populations including individuals, groups, communities, and systems (patients, families, students, and interdisciplinary team members/organizational employees).

Learn more about Growing Caring Organizations and Initiatives: From the Roots Up

Patient Advocacy and Empowerment: The Nurse’s Role

The second webinar, Patient Advocacy and Empowerment: The Nurse’s Role, was presented by Joanne Cunningham,director of patient and family-centered care at Methodist Healthcare. Patient advocacy and empowerment is the sixth of 12 standards for culturally competent nursing care. Cunningham shares her experiences as a mother advocating for her child and talks about her work as director of patient and family centered care for Methodist University Hospital in Memphis. Joanne works with a team that focuses on building authentic partnerships between the organization and the patients and families they serve.

Learn more about Patient Advocacy and Empowerment: The Nurse’s Role

Expand Your Mind and Heart through Reflective Practice 

The third webinar, Expand Your Mind and Heart through Reflective Practice, was presented by Kate Payne, associate professor of nursing at Vanderbilt University and adjunct assistant professor in the Center for Biomedical Ethics, Education, and Research at Albany Medical College, Albany, New York. Critical reflection and reflective practice are at the heart of modern nursing. Critical reflection is a way of critiquing our practice as well as examining our values, beliefs, and cultural heritage. Such reflective practice helps each nurse be aware of how these aspects of our practice affect the care we give as well as our interactions with peers and colleagues. Reflective practice helps us create caring cultures and to continue to learn, grow and develop in and through practice.

Learn more about Expand Your Mind and Heart through Reflective Practice 

Race and Language in Healthcare: The Impact on Quality of Care

The fourth webinar, Race and Language in Healthcare: The Impact on Quality of Care, presented by Aswita Tan-McGrory, MBA, MSPH, deputy director of the Disparities Solutions Center, is the fourth in our series based on the standards of practice for culturally competent nursing care (2011). The standards provide a basis for reading nurses to care for the increasingly diverse citizens of Tennessee.  This presentation discusses the impact of unconscious bias and stereotyping in our health care system, how this relates to health care disparities, and some of the actions we can take at both a system level and as clinicians.

Learn more about Race and Language in Healthcare: The Impact on Quality of Care

Cross-Cultural Leadership to Promote a Culture of Health

This webinar is the fifth in the series based on the standards of practice for culturally competent nursing care (2011) and features Adriana Perez, PhD, ANP-BC, FAAN, assistant professor at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing.  It provides a five-year retrospective review of the progress achieved since the 2010 release of the Institute of Medicine Future of Nursing:  Leading Change, Advancing Health report identified the lack of diversity as a challenge for the nursing profession and indicated that a more diverse workforce would help better meet the nation’s current and future health care needs. The success of this Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action pillar depends on strategies and efforts that promote the same diversity in leadership among current and future nurses. This presentation integrates the importance of a culture of health and the link between a culture of health and cross-cultural leadership.

Learn more about Cross-Cultural Leadership to Promote a Culture of Health

Multicultural Workforce (April 18, 2017)

This webinar is the sixth in the series based on the standards of practice for culturally competent nursing care (2011) and features Josepha Campinha-Bacote, PhD, MAR, PMHCNS-BC, CTN-A, FAAN, president of the Transcultural C.A.R.E. Associates. The learning outcomes of this webinar are:

  1. Describe workforce cultural competence as a strategy to enhance a culture of health
  2. Analyze culturally competent initiatives that enhance workforce diversity
  3. Apprise cultural challenges in own organizational workforce and apply webinar concepts/examples

Learn more about Multicultural Workforce