On-Demand CE Training

ODL 224: American Nurse: An Overview for Helping Professionals and Clinicians

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Revised on 05/16/2023

Target Audience:

This course is targeted for social workers, case managers, nurses, and counselors.


Confronted with a U.S. population that is growing, aging and facing deteriorating health, the eye-opening documentary, The American Nurse, showcases 5 fearless nurses as they serve on the frontlines of healthcare — navigating their patients through birth, death, prison, war and harsh poverty.  In addition, with the COVID-19 Pandemic in 2020 – the front lines of healthcare (many of whom are nurses) are strained emotionally – suffering from severe psychological trauma.  As clinicians and helping professionals – it is imperative that we have a deeper understanding of what they go through “on the front lines” as we provide them with counseling, social work and other services.   From award-winning filmmaker Carolyn Jones, the film will leave you informed and inspired by the amazing nurses that serve our communities every day.  Supplemented by an overview of the profession — with demographics, historical considerations, and challenges and opportunities, this online course will provide participants with a better understanding of the nursing profession, its vital role in our healthcare system, and the critical linkage nurses play in building and sustaining healthy communities.  In viewing this eye-opening documentary film, the clinician/helping professional will gain better insights into what healthcare professionals go through on a day-to-day basis and thus, gain insights into being able to provide better treatment and resources to these clients in need. 

Course Objectives:

By the end of the session – the participant will be able to:

  • Describe the roles of a professional nurse and how these roles may come under strain. 
  • State the difference between compassion fatigue, burnout and vicarious trauma. 
  • Discuss the challenges the nursing profession may face in the modern age – specifically the huge strain that COVID-19 has placed on the front-line workers. 
  • Identify at least two resources to help counselors, social workers and other helping professionals when dealing with a nurse (or front-line worker) as a client.


Carolyn Jones

Carolyn Jones, an award-winning photographer and filmmaker who specializes in telling stories that shed light on issues of global concern. Her first book, Living Proof: Courage in the Face of AIDS, was published by Abbeville Press and accompanied by shows in Tokyo, Berlin, the USA, and at the United Nations World AIDS Conference. She directed a television series for Oxygen Media called Womenshands as well as Women… on Family, a program for PBS. Carolyn founded the non-profit 100 People Foundation which creates educational films and curricula for school children worldwide. She has spent the last two years interviewing nurses from all over the country for the book and documentary film: The American Nurse.


Social Workers
ASWB ACE – 2 CE Credits
New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work – 2 Contact Hours
Case Managers
CCMC – 2 Contact Hours
California Board of Registered Nursing – 2 Contact Hours
NBCC ACEP – 2 Contact Hours
New York State Education Department’s State Board for Mental Health Practitioners – 2 Contact Hours

Please make sure to check with your own state board to ensure the transferability of CE credit. Some state boards may place restrictions regarding the modality of training required for ethics credits to be awarded. If this training indicates ethics credits are available, please verify that your state allows them to be earned through an on-demand course format.