Monday Memo
Monday Memo
Monday, February 20, 2017
What's NEW at Athena Forum

Trending Now @ Athena Forum

Update on Changes to Athena Forum Website

Here's an update on the progress to date on improving the clarity and usability of our website.

Please check out the following changes and let us know what you think:

  • Created a "Pricing" page and added "Pricing" link to the menu bar
  • Added logo "Continuing Education Credits for Registered Nurses and Social Workers"
  • Changed the "Learning Forum" link to "Login"
  • Moved the link "Terms of Use" from the top menu bar to the footer
  • Updated language under all sections to spell out acronyms

Also in development are:

  • Landing pages for common search terms
  • A "NEWS" link for Athena Forum press releases and press coverage
  • Creation of an "Athena Forum Blog"
  • Develop a link to access the new 2017 Course Catalog

Stay tuned.

FDA Updates to Athena Forum Courses

Our latest FDA update to Athena Forum is the addition of a newly approved drug, Stelara, to the Inflammatory Bowel Disease course as follows:

Important Drug Update

This course has been updated to include FDA approved ustekinumab (Stelara, Janssen Biotech, Inc.) for the treatment of moderately to severely active Crohn's disease in patients aged 18 years or older.

New Asthma Course will be available February 27, 2017. Check it out.

Patients need asthma education at the time of diagnosis and integrated into all and every point of contact throughout follow up.

Education can be provided:

  • During one-on-one and in group educational sessions
  • During ED visits and hospitalizations
  • By pharmacists and school nurses
  • During home visits by CMs, asthma educators and social workers

Thus, patient education and engagement is a cornerstone of effective asthma management. It helps patients gain the motivation, skills and confidence they need to manage their condition.

[Asthma 2017 sneak peek, Module C Transdisciplinary Team]

Tips from our featured course

Patient Engagement and Medication Adherence is a Critical Factor

"Lack of medication adherence is responsible for unnecessary hospitalizations and premature death, particularly among patients with chronic diseases. Patient motivation is key to medication adherence.

The transdisciplinary team can be highly effective in monitoring adherence and engaging patients. CMs should pull together the transdisciplinary team which includes physicians, pharmacists, nurses, and other healthcare professionals to help motivate and encourage patients. Motivated patients will become more adherent which in turn improves their health."

Teresa Fugate, RN, BBA, CCM, CPHQ

[IBD, Module D, Pharmacology]

Achieving Patient Engagement

Five Key Elements to Achieve Successful Patient Engagement

  1. Define the organization's vision for patient engagement
  2. Create a culture of engagement
  3. Employ the right technology and services
  4. Empower patients to become collaborators in their care
  5. Chart progress and be ready to change and adapt

[IBD, Module C, Patient Engagement]

Notice from the Publisher

I want to thank our 20,000 healthcare professionals for requesting new topics on Athena Forum.

Thomas A. Rasmussen
CEO & Publisher
Athena Forum Institute

Monday Memo Editor

Cathy Wright, BSN, RN

Clinical Editor

Athena Forum

Contact the Editor


Online CE for RN, CCM & LSW
7,000 pages of clinical excellence.

Clinical Care Series®
» Asthma
» Diabetes Mellitus
» Heart Failure
» Inflammatory Bowel Diseases
» Obesity Management
» Pain Management
» Sepsis Care
» Wound Care & Payments

Care Management Series®

» CM Express®
» Discharge Planning
» Ethics in CM
» Hospital Revenue Cycle
» Palliative & EOL Care
» Patient Advocacy
» Population Health
» Professional Identity
» Utilization Management

Behavioral Health Series®

» Abuse
» Depression
» Harm Risk Behaviors

Help Desk

Athena Forum Help Desk
Mon-Fri 9am-5pm ET

Enrollment & Passwords
Kristin Hoffman, Registrar

Recommend to a friend
Tom Rasmussen, Publisher

Athena Forum, LLC awards CE for ANCC - NASW - CCMC

Athena Forum is a world wide service mark in nursing education
by the U.S. Office of Trademarks and Patents.