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February 26, 2009

HealthForumOnline Offers Discounted CE Hours to PSNA in Time for Nursing Continuing Education Mandate (ACT 58)

HealthForumOnline (HFO), a provider of PSNA-approved and nationally-approved online continuing education (CE/CEU) for nurses, mental health professionals, and other allied health professionals, has formed an alliance with the Pennsylvania State Nurses Association (PSNA) to offer discounted CE hours to their members.  HFO’s large library of online CE courses, which are accessible anywhere there is Internet access and focus on topics in health psychology and behavioral medicine, is an ideal resource for nurses with regard to both content and convenience. This is especially pertinent in light of the PA State Board of Nursing’s recent passing of ACT 58 which requires all nurses to fulfill CE requirements as part of license renewal beginning in October 2010.

Philadelphia, PA (PRWEB) February 26, 2009 – HealthForumOnline (HFO), a premier provider of nationally-approved (APA, ASWB, NBCC, CA-BBS) online continuing education (CE) for mental health professionals and an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the Pennsylvania State Nurses Association (PSNA), announces a new alliance with PSNA to offer their over 120,000 RN members a 30% discount on all HFO courses. PSNA, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation (ANCC), is a non-profit professional organization aimed at advancing the identity, integrity and continuity of the nursing profession in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. This alliance represents HFO's growing expansion into servicing the group/corporate/institutional arena and establishes HealthForumOnline as one of PSNA’s largest providers of online CE hours. In preparation for the accrual of 30 CE hours as of the October 2010 renewal period, PSNA nurses can now chose from HFO’s 18 topic categories containing over 60 online continuing education courses exclusively focused on health psychology and behavioral medicine – many of which are on ACT 58’s acceptable CE course content list; such as human sexuality, pharmacology, disease management, ethics, death, dying and grief, just to cite a few.

“HealthForumOnline understands that healthcare providers play a pivotal role in promoting emotional, as well as physical, adjustment to illness. This is the case when caring for patients as well as their family and caregivers”, said Dr. Michelle Rodoletz, the co-founder of HFO and Director of the Continuing Education Program. “Our online courses offer nurses, psychologists, social workers, counselors, and other allied health professionals convenient, cost-effective, theory- and evidence-based CE activities that are tailored to provide the optimal benefit for healthcare providers treating the biopsychosocial aspects of illness. Thus, HFO’s courses are a perfect fit for PSNA nurses who are looking for a way to get meaningful continuing education hours toward the newly mandated requirements under ACT 58.

Dr Laura Stanton, HFO co-founder and Director of Clinical Services, added, “HealthForumOnline offers an ideal way for busy health professionals to improve patient-based knowledge, clinical skills, and earn CE hours anywhere they have Internet access. And HFO’s online CE courses are updated and maintained on a regular basis to offer state-of-the-science education. Since customers have continued access to courses even after completion, that means they make a true investment in their continuing education by having ongoing access to the most current information available. That’s a critical factor for nurses and other healthcare professionals.”

HFO’s courses are available in an online format, as well as in downloadable, transportable PDFs. Health professionals are able to access and complete courses at their own pace, on their own schedule, anywhere there is access to the Internet. Professionals can print their own online continuing education certificates to meet licensure deadlines, and courses can be revisited to view updates and certificates reprinted at any time.

For more information or a complete listing of nursing, psychology, social work, and counseling continuing education courses, visit HealthForumOnline.com.

About HealthForumOnline:

HealthForumOnline (HFO) is approved as a provider of CE courses by the American Psychological Association, the National Board of Certified Counselors, the Association of Social Work Boards, and several state professional organizations, including the Pennsylvania State Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation, and the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. HFO’s CE Program’s Advisory Committee and authors are comprised 70 nationally-recognized experts in behavioral medicine.