NEPQR Primary Care Digital Badges

Primary care nursing is more essential than ever before. Promoting wellness, assessing population groups, and helping our clients prevent, as well as live well with, chronic conditions are nurse-led activities in primary care. The University of Utah College of Nursing has developed 13 online, CE approved modules directed at enhancing primary care nursing knowledge and skills.

The modules help you develop interpersonal skills with your clients through content such as promoting positive behavior change or advanced care planning. The modules also help you develop the 'business case' for nursing in primary care with content such as managing panels, assessing and stratifying risk and exploration of billing appropriate for nurse-led encounters. Each module is fully online and takes 3-4 hours for participants to complete. Progress through a module begins with a short demographic survey, followed by videos and readings, a 10 point content quiz, and an exit survey. Successful completion is earned by an 80% or higher quiz score and completion of an exit survey. Each module is awarded CEs.

If you are interested in accessing the modules, please send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .We will send you a code and instructions for accessing the modules. If you choose to use the modules, we ask that you complete a survey about how you will use the module in your nursing practice. This provides us with outcome data that support the continued improvement of these educational modules.

Primary Care Nursing Online Modules
Digital Badge Module Topics Covered
PC Behavioral Health Alzheimer's Disease & Related Dementias (ADRD)
  • Assessment of Dementia
  • Evidence-based dementia interventions and protocols
Behavioral & Mental Health and
Substance Abuse
  • Evidence-based nurse-led behavioral interventions
  • Coaching for behavioral health
  • Monitoring
 Population Health for Nurses  Population Health for Nurses 
  • Risk stratification
  • Interprofessional roles
  • Protocol driven care 
Data-Driven Quality Improvement &
Evidence-Based Practice 
  • EBP
  • Continuous quality improvement
  • Electronic health record data sets 
 Chronic Disease in PC  Chronic Disease Prevention
  •  Pre-identification of common chronic illnesses
  • Nurse-led clinic visits
    • Annual wellness
    • Yearly screenings
    • Oral health
  • Promoting healthy behaviors
Chronic Disease Management (CDM) 
  • Multiple chronic conditions and rurality
  • Advanced Care Planning
  • Trajectory
  • Chronicity
  •  Medication Management
  • Telehealth
Patient Engagement in PC Patient Engagement and Shared Decision-Making
  • Health coaching
  • Shared decision-making
  • Motivational interviewing
  • Readiness to change
  • Resiliency
  • Strength-based assessment
  • Self-determination
  • Therapeutic use of self
  • Patient engagement
Professional Roles in Primary Care
  • Working within the primary care team
  • Enhanced nursing roles
  • Interprofessional communication
  • Team roles
Leadership Roles in Primary Care
  • Creating the RN role in Primary Care teams
  • Panel Management
  • Fee for service vs value-based payment structures
  • Financing RNs in Primary Care
Care Management in PCs Care Coordination
  • High risk/high-cost patients
  • Social needs & referral
  • Order set development
  • Protocol driven clinical decision making
  • RN-led visits
  • Standing and delegated orders sets
  • Billing, coding and documentation
Care Transitions
  • Expectations of patient and family plans of care between settings/multiple providers
  • Effective discharge planning
  • Transition models
  • Anticipatory teaching for common transitions
  • Billing and coding
Caregiving Care Management: Clinical Issues
  • Geriatric care management
  • Strength-based assessment
  • Psychosocial and functional assessment
  • Colemen Pillars of Care Transitions
  • Interpersonal skills with clients and families
  • Coordination of services
Caregiving & Aging Families
  • Biological and psychological changes in aging
  • Realities of caregiving
  • Assisting caregivers in decision-making
  • Caregiver assessment
  • Caregiver engagement and support