Best Practice Modules


Engage nurses in lifelong professional development. 

Empower nurses to be curious and develop self confidence which supports psychological safety.

Ensure safe, high quality patient care.

Help nurses successfully manage evolving 

science and technology. 

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Prepare the Nurse to:

  • Consistently provide safe, high quality patient care
  • Consistently demonstrate competencies associated with current professional standards
  • Actively function as an informed interdisciplinary team member
  • Function as a change agent to improve patient care


Content covered in Best Practice Modules include a wide range of practice topics, both "hard skills" or technical and "soft skills" or human/professional skills including:

Clinical Best Practices

Specialty Nursing Topics

Drugs & Pharmacology

New and Emerging Technology

Professional Topics

Theory and Principles in Practice

Patient Population Topics

Self Care & Career Development

Hospital-Specific Organizational Topics

Uniquely designed Lifelong Learning

Innovative Program Structure

Each COS Best Practice Module consists of research-based education material and may be customized for the unique needs of the hospital and/or unit. They are typically focused on a single topic and can be completed in a few minutes to several hours. A course can be constructed to meet a specific clinical need and may be any length required.

The Competency Review is a focused offering using a blended learning experience. The Program emphasizes an extensive use of cloud-based technology that enables the staff member to complete learning assignments in their own time, at their own pace, and anywhere the web is available. 

The Learner is supported by online and onsite educators. Key onsite support for the Learner are the Department Manager and the Onsite Coordinator. The Onsite Coordinator is a nurse leader, often an educator, who functions as the hospital’s COS liaison. COS leadership is available to the Onsite Coordinator by email and phone to discuss any aspects of the program or issues with the Learner.

Activities Throughout the Program

  • Learning Module Completion 
  • Competency Simulation   
  • Clinical Competency Validation with  Bedside Competency Sign-Off  
  • Virtual Office Hours
  • Coaching/Emailing 

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Blended Onsite & Online Learning

COS Best Practice Modules are 

Blended Learning experiences with both onsite and online education and support. 

COS provides structure, curriculum, learning modules, competencies, and continuous interaction with Learner, Unit Manager, Onsite Coordinator and other key onsite players. 

COS Faculty coach continually by regularly responding to email and by posting Virtual Office Hours each week and as needed.  Support is available throughout the 24 hour day, weekdays and weekends.  

Onsite, the Learner is supported by the Unit Manager, the Onsite Coordinator, and key players as identified by the hospital. The Onsite Coordinator, often a nurse educator, is the hospital’s COS liaison. 

COS leadership is available to the Onsite Coordinator to discuss any aspect of the program.

~~~ Cloud-Based Platform ~~~

COS innovative Cloud-Based Platform allows us to provide programs that are cost-effective and easily client-customized. This makes Blended Learning easy, flexible and smart.

Maximum flexibility and mobility enable Learners to complete learning assignments in their own time, at their own pace, and anywhere the web is available. 

Our platform supports all mobile devices and enjoys industry-leading up-time. It is accessible regardless of time of day or day of week.

All COS Learners may create a Professional Portfolio to document COS coursework, other educational achievements, certifications, personal committee work, research involvement, professional organization involvement, and volunteer work.  The cloud-based document is available indefinitely.

This full support for Competency-Based Learning coupled with actionable learning analytics, supports maximum productivity for the Learner and all persons supporting the nurse learner.

Competency-Based Learning Dashboards

Designed to support Competency-Based Learning, Dashboards are available online for review at any time by the Learner and those involved in the learning experience. 

Learner progress and outcomes include:

  • Course Progress
  • Competency Completion

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