This program will satisfy the new requirement for dental hygienist for license renewal Dec. 31, 2021
This program is a LIVE INTERACTIVE webinar: you will need an i-phone, i-pad, lap top, or desk top to view it. You do not need a microphone or webcam.
Webinar links are emailed one day prior to the class date.
The NJ State Board of Dentistry has voted that Registered Dental Hygienists are required to complete the Opioid and Infection Control CE this renewal period (which expires on December 31, 2021)
The requirements include:
One hour of continuing education in educational programs on topics concerning prescription opioid drugs, including the risks and signs of opioid abuse, addiction, and diversion.
One hour of continuing education in preventing and controlling infectious diseases and managing personnel health and safety concerns related to infection control in dental settings.
The remaining 4 mandatory CE hours (Ethics and CPR) will be required starting next renewal period.
CE Credit: 1 CEU
Course Description: This course was written by a dental hygienist for the dental professional because it is imperative that we are equipped with the tools necessary to identify opioid misuse and abuse, but we should also be equipped with the tools necessary to effectively treat pain and openly discuss natural alternatives.
By the end of this course, participants will be able to:
• Discuss the role of the dental hygienist in opioid abuse identification
• Understand and recite the risks of opioid misuse and the signs of abuse
• Discuss diversion programs in New Jersey
• Discuss options for pain management
Instructor Nicole Greco: Nicole holds a MA in Health Education from Columbia University and a BS in Dental Hygiene from NYU. Nicole spent over 14 years in formal education, serving in various positions from High School Dental Assisting instructor to the Dean of Dental Hygiene. She shares her own medical history in this course, which includes an eighteen-year battle with opioid dependance to treat chronic pain. Learn how she overcame opioid dependance and then helped patients do the same using cannabis at New Jersey Alternative Medicine Cannabis Certification Center educating patients on the use of cannabis to replace opioids, benzodiazepenes and more.