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CEN® Exam Review

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Course Description

This course is a review of emergency nursing designed to assist the participant in successfully obtaining CEN® certification. The course offers lectures, graphics, videos and practice questions in many of the areas that are tested on the CEN® Exam. This review will provide not only a knowledge base for successfully completing the exam, but also a foundation for further study as the participant works towards emergency nursing certification.

Why Be Certified
Successfully completing the Certified Emergency Nurse (CEN®) Exam is a challenge that has been completed by only a minority of emergency nurses. Successful completion of this exam exhibits to others that the bearer has demonstrated a knowledge base in the specialty of emergency nursing that exceeds his or her peers.

Program Learning Outcomes

This program prepares the learner to:

  • Discuss priorities of the primary and secondary assessment of patients in presenting to the emergency department.
  • Describe basic principles of disaster management.
  • Analyze the effectiveness of patient or family education in a clinical scenario.
  • Discuss the basic principles of safe interfacility transfer.
  • Describe anticipated assessment findings of patients with selected respiratory, medical, cardiovascular, neurologic, toxicologic, gastrointestinal and genitourinary emergencies.
  • Plan and prioritize interventions of patients with selected respiratory, medical, cardiovascular, neurologic, toxicologic, orthopedic, psychiatric or gastrointestinal emergencies.
  • Select appropriate triage categories for patients in clinical scenarios.
  • Differentiate cardiogenic, hypovolemic and distributive shock with regards to assessment and management.

Agenda

Sign-in begins at 7:30 am. Each day includes a one-hour lunch (on your own), as well as a morning and afternoon break of 15 minutes each. The order of lectures presented and break times may vary according to speaker preference.

Day 1, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm

  • CEN® Exam Process
    Review of Exam | Test-Taking Strategies | Certification and Re-Certification
  • Professional Issues
    Stabilization and Transport | End-of-Life Issues | Legal Issues | Evidence-Based Practice and Research | Disaster Planning | Critical Incident Stress Management | Ethics
  • Shock
    Hypovolemic Shock | Cardiogenic Shock | Obstructive Shock | Distributive Shock
  • Neurological Emergencies
    Headaches | Stroke | Intracranial Trauma | Spinal Cord Injury
  • Environmental Emergencies
    Heat and Cold Related Illnesses | Burns | Submersion and Diving Injuries | Animal Injuries
  • Toxicological Emergencies
    Toxicological Treatment Modalities | Review of Common Toxicological Agents
  • Medical Emergencies
    Infectious Diseases | Endocrine Disorders | Hematological Disorders

Day 2, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm

  • Respiratory Emergencies
    Disorders of the Upper and Lower Respiratory Tract
  • Cardiovascular Emergencies
    Coronary Artery Disease | Other Disorders of the Heart | Peripheral Vascular Diseases
  • Gastrointestinal Emergencies
    Medical Disorders Common to the GI Tract | Traumatic Injuries to the GI Tract
  • GU, OB and GYN Emergencies
    Disorders of the Male and Female GU Tract | Renal Disorders | Obstetrical Complications | Care of the Woman and Infant During and After Emergency Delivery | Gynecological Presentations | STDs
  • Orthopedic and Wound Emergencies
    Injuries to Bones and Joints | Compartment Syndrome | Fat Emboli
  • Maxillofacial Emergencies
    Ocular Emergencies | Auricular Emergencies | Nasal Emergencies | Mouth and Throat Emergencies | Facial Trauma
  • Psychological-Social Emergencies
    Anxiety Disorders | Psychotic Disorders | Affect Disorders | Substance Abuse | Maltreatment Abuse