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All programs below are available to bring to your hospital. Icons to the left of the Program title indicate if the program is available live, through eLearning, or the Bookstore. Click “Learn More” to view the program’s agenda or click “Download Agenda” to see a printable .pdf.

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12-Lead ECG Interpretation: Essential Skills for Clinical Practice

Program Category: Continuing Education Course

Areas of Practice: Administration Ambulatory Care Cardiology Certifications Critical Care Emergency Gastroenterology Med-Surg Neurology Nursing Legalities Orthopedic Pediatrics Pre, Peri, Post-Op Care Progressive Care/Stepdown Pulmonary Rehab Staff Development Women's Health/Perinatal Other

This class is an introduction to 12-Lead ECG interpretation for acute and critical care nurses, advanced practice nurses and anyone who needs to be able to interpret an ECG in his or her clinical practice. Content includes anatomy of a 12Lead ECG, how leads record electrical activity traveling through the heart, normal waveforms and intervals and how each lead should look on a normal ECG. Additional content includes an easy way to determine the QRS axis and its clinical implications; recognition of right and left bundle branch blocks; and ECG criteria for recognizing myocardial ischemia, injury and infarction.

Program Learning Outcomes

This program prepares the learner to:

  • Identify a normal 12-Lead ECG.
  • Demonstrate the ability to calculate the QRS axis on selected ECGs.
  • Identify right and left bundle branch block.
  • Recognize ST-elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) on the 12-Lead ECG.
  • Recognize signs of ischemia and non-ST-elevation myocardial infarction (NSTEMI) on the 12-Lead ECG. 

Agenda

Sign-in begins at 7:30 am. The 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.

8:00 am to 4:30 pm

  • Normal 12-Lead ECG, Waves and Intervals of the Cardiac Cycle
    Anatomy of a 12-Lead | Which Leads Look Where | Normal Waves and Intervals | Steps in Reading Strips
  • Electrical Activity, QRS Complex and Calculating QRS Axis
    Normal Ventricular Depolarization | Recording Electrical Activity | Definition of Axis | Origin of Hexaxial Reference System | Practice Axis Calculation
  • Right and Left Bundle Branch Bloc
    Best Leads for Recognizing | Ventricular Depolarizing | Practice ECGs
  • Coronary Artery Blood Supply | Indicative and Reciprocal Changes | Recognizing STEMI
    Coronary Artery Anatomy | Indicative Changes of Ischemia, Injury, Infarction | Reciprocal Changes | Progressive Changes and ECG Evolution | Anterior-Wall STEMI | Antero-Lateral Wall STEMI
  • Recognizing STEMI | Recording Posterior and Right Ventricular Leads
    Inferior-Wall STEMI | Posterior-Wall MI | Right-Ventricular MI | Recording Right Ventricular and Posterior Leads
  • Signs of Unstable Angina and Non-ST Elevation MI
    ECG Signs of Ischemia | Wellens’ Warning | Practice ECGs: NSTEMI
  • Practice ECGs
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  Seminar  eLearning  DVD-ROM  Audio CD 

Acute Delirium: Can You Spot It?

Program Category: Continuing Education Course

Areas of Practice: Administration Ambulatory Care Cardiology Certifications Critical Care Emergency Gastroenterology Med-Surg Neurology Nursing Legalities Orthopedic Pediatrics Pre, Peri, Post-Op Care Progressive Care/Stepdown Pulmonary Rehab Staff Development Women's Health/Perinatal Other

Delirium affects an estimated 14% to 50% of all hospitalized elderly patients. At least 20% of the 12.5 million patients over age 65 hospitalized each year experience complications because of delirium. It is essential that healthcare professionals recognize who is at risk, practice early identification and implement current management strategies for the patient with delirium. This one-day program is designed to provide this education.

Program Learning Outcomes

This program prepares the learner to:

  • Identify the major differences between various dementias and delirium.
  • Identify high-risk hospitalized patients.
  • Develop a unit-based strategy for the prevention of delirium.

Agenda

Sign-in begins at 7:30 am. The 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.

8:00 am to 4:15 pm

  • Alzheimer’s Type Dementia vs. Other Types
    Alzheimer’s | Lewy Body | Frontal Lobe
  • Acute Delirium
    Risk Factors | Common Assessment Tools
  • Pharmacologic Management of Acute Delirium
    Benzodiazepines | Antipsychotics | Cholinesterase Inhibitors
  • National Recommendations for Delirium Management
    HELP Guidelines | NICHE Guidelines | AGS Guidelines
  • Fall Prevention Interventions
    Risk Identification | Safety Interventions
  • Putting It All Together With Case Studies
    Alzheimer’s Type Dementia Admitted for UTI | Post-Surgical Delirium | Sepsis From Decubitus Ulcer | Multi-Infarct Dementia Admitted for Colon Resection
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  Seminar  eLearning  DVD-ROM  Audio CD 

Advanced Stethoscope Assessment Skills

Program Category: Continuing Education Course

Areas of Practice: Administration Ambulatory Care Cardiology Certifications Critical Care Emergency Gastroenterology Med-Surg Neurology Nursing Legalities Orthopedic Pediatrics Pre, Peri, Post-Op Care Progressive Care/Stepdown Pulmonary Rehab Staff Development Women's Health/Perinatal Other

This intensive one-day workshop provides the individual healthcare provider with the information needed to recognize and understand the production of sounds within the human body. Rather than memorizing sounds, the physiology of normal and abnormal sounds is presented with the use of audiovisual aids. Practice sessions enable the provider to accurately distinguish normal and abnormal sounds and recognize the significance of the sounds heard. The goals of this class are identifying strategies of treatment needs based on assessment findings and developing the confidence to use the stethoscope to assist in performing a thorough and accurate assessment. Please wear comfortable, loose clothes and bring your stethoscope!

Program Learning Outcomes

This program prepares the learner to:

  • Describe the differences in stethoscopes and how to properly use your tool.
  • Demonstrate a complete abdominal assessment.
  • Identify organs and broken bones using the stethoscope.
  • Identify the requirements for an adequate cardiac auscultation.
  • Learn how to use the Handy Heart Simulator to duplicate heart sounds.

Agenda

Sign-in begins at 7:30 am. The 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.

8:00 am to 4:00 pm

  • Stethoscope Skills
    Proper Usage of a Stethoscope | Properly Identify the Sounds You Hear | Sound = Movement
  • Auscultated Assisted Percussion
    When It is Just You and Your Scope | What You Weren’t Taught in School | You Can’t Memorize Sounds
  • Auscultate Before You Palpate!
    Big or Small Body | What the Research Says | Bowel Obstructions
  • “I Can’t Hear You”
    Lung Location | Atelectasis | Aspiration | Asthma | Pulmonary Edema | Pulmonary Hypertension
  • My Heart Only Beats for You
    Blood Flow and What it Means | Valve Locations | Good Heart, Bad Heart
  • Don’t Murmur, Speak Up!
    Detection and Grading Murmurs | Bedside Teaching | Don’t be Afraid of a Broken Heart
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  Seminar  eLearning  DVD-ROM  Audio CD 

Aggressive Management of the Unstable Med-Surg Patient

Program Category: Continuing Education Course

Areas of Practice: Administration Ambulatory Care Cardiology Certifications Critical Care Emergency Gastroenterology Med-Surg Neurology Nursing Legalities Orthopedic Pediatrics Pre, Peri, Post-Op Care Progressive Care/Stepdown Pulmonary Rehab Staff Development Women's Health/Perinatal Other

In this two-day program, participants will explore selected topics that every med-surg healthcare practitioner should know. General concepts will be covered to allow application to a wide variety of care settings, and comprehensive assessment and treatment modalities will be introduced to stimulate the experienced clinician. Each topic will be presented in a case study format highlighting the “red flags” to watch for, along with cutting-edge treatment strategies, in order to prevent further deterioration for the patient and ultimately to prevent harm.

Program Learning Outcomes

This program prepares the learner to:

  • Discuss the assessment of the deteriorating medical-surgical patient using a systematic approach.
  • Discriminate between a variety of tests and lab results in order to determine if the patient is on the right course.
  • Describe the best care and treatment modalities for the patient using nursing judgment and critical thinking.
  • Recognize when to call the Rapid Response Team.

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 4:00 pm

  • What do the Numbers Mean?
    CBC, Chemistries | Life-Threatening Electrolytes
  • IV Therapy and Fluids
    IV Fluids and Considerations | Recognition, Maintenance and Care of the Central Venous Access Devices (CVAD): CVC, PICC and Port-a-Cath
  • Air, Air, I Must Have Air: Respiratory Complications
    Assessment | Treatment of Conditions | Chest Drainage: In the Hospital and Going Home
  • Easy Steps to ABG Analysis
    Respiratory and Metabolic Disorders | Compensation: Heading in the Right Direction | Case Studies
  • The 5 Easy Steps to Rhythm Interpretation
    Identify Sinus Rhythm Quickly and Easily! | Identify Rhythms Quickly: Normal, Worrisome or Lethal?
  • Chest Pain—Chest Pain—Chest Pain
    Differentiating Pulmonary Embolism, Acute Coronary Syndromes, MI and Pericarditis | Don’t Forget GI Disorders
  • Pacemakers: Don't Miss a Beat
    Tips to Know to be Successful at the Bedside | AICDs–a Special Breed

Day 2, 8:00 am to 4:00 pm

  • Sepsis: Getting the Bugs Out!
    Identification of Sepsis | New Bundle Treatments
  • Bowel Issues: Go with the Gut!
    GI Bleeds, Obstructions and Paralytic Ileus | Nasogastric Tubes and More
  • Metabolic Syndromes
    Syndrome X: Solving the Mystery | Diabetes: DKA and HHNK—Help, My Patient is Out of Control!
  • Neurological Emergencies
    Strokes, Bleeds and Seizures
  • Urological Issues: My Patient isn’t Micturating!
    Assessing Output | Failure
  • The Non-Critical Trauma Patient: What are We Watching For?
    Late Presentation Injuries (Pulmonary, GI, Orthopedic, Neuro) | Other Potential Lethal Complications | When to Activate the Rapid Response Team
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  Seminar  eLearning  DVD-ROM  Audio CD 

Ambulatory Care Nursing Exam Review

Program Category: Certification Review

Areas of Practice: Administration Ambulatory Care Cardiology Certifications Critical Care Emergency Gastroenterology Med-Surg Neurology Nursing Legalities Orthopedic Pediatrics Pre, Peri, Post-Op Care Progressive Care/Stepdown Pulmonary Rehab Staff Development Women's Health/Perinatal Other

The Ambulatory Care Nursing Exam Review is designed to prepare those nurses working in ambulatory care to sit for the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s exam. Ambulatory Care Nursing encompasses all practice settings of Ambulatory Care including, but not limited to, outpatient surgery, office settings, clinics and primary care settings. The course content is based on the exam blueprint provided by ANCC.

Program Learning Outcomes

This program prepares the learner to:

  • Describe the Ambulatory Care Nursing Exam, test plan and the practice requirements to sit for the exam.
  • Construct a study plan for the exam based on understanding the blueprint and domains of practice covered.
  • Identify common mistakes and pitfalls that are made during studying and testing for the exam.
  • Recall the core components covered in the exam through didactic supplementation and test questions.

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 4:00 pm

  • Test-Taking Information
    It’s All About You
  • Professional Issues (22%)
    Overview of Ambulatory Care Nursing | Advocacy for Ambulatory Care Nursing | Leadership Styles | Mentoring, Precepting, Coaching | Delegating | Legal and Regulatory
  • Clinical Practice (34%)
    Nursing Process in the Ambulatory Setting | Rapid Assessment | Care Management and Disease Management | Medication Management: Unapproved Abbreviations, Verbal Orders, Safety | Complementary and Alternative Medications and Treatment | Drug-Seeking Behaviors

Day 2, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm

  • Clinical Practice (cont.)
    Consent and Universal Protocol | Specimens | Care Across the Lifespan
  • Systems (10.67%)
    Operations and Fiscal Management | Evidence-Based Practice | Performance Improvement | Quality Monitors | Sterilization and Disinfection
  • Communication (19.33%)
    Interpersonal Skills | Cultural Competence | Communication Barriers | Telephone and Multimedia Communication
  • Education (14%)
    Health Literacy | Modes of Educational Delivery | Hand-Off Communication | Health Promotion and Disease Prevention
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Avoiding Legal Perils in Nursing Practice

Program Category: Continuing Education Course

Areas of Practice: Administration Ambulatory Care Cardiology Certifications Critical Care Emergency Gastroenterology Med-Surg Neurology Nursing Legalities Orthopedic Pediatrics Pre, Peri, Post-Op Care Progressive Care/Stepdown Pulmonary Rehab Staff Development Women's Health/Perinatal Other

This course will expose the nurse to the importance of critical documentation in EHR to prevent and defend a medical malpractice lawsuit. The elements of a medical malpractice lawsuit will be discussed along with common myths that have been perpetual in the nursing world. The critical components of the nursing process and standard of care in documentation will be addressed. Lastly, the role of HIPAA in EHR and social media will be stressed.

Program Learning Outcomes

This program prepares the learner to:

  • Identify the importance of nursing documentation to prevent and defend a medical malpractice lawsuit.
  • Describe how the nursing process and standard of care are essential components of documentation in EHR.
  • Identify the role of the nurse as it pertains to: the importance of privacy and HIPAA, EHR, social media and data breaches. 

Agenda

Sign-in begins at 7:30 am. The 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.

8:00 am to 4:00 pm

  • Anatomy of a Lawsuit
    Negligence | Why do Patients Sue? | The Lawsuit
  • The M&M Saga
    Myths about Medical Malpractice Lawsuits
  • Essential Defense of the Medical Malpractice Lawsuit
    Standards of Care and EHR
  • Importance of HIPAA
    Definition | Audit Preparation | Awareness Training | Hazards of Social Media
  • Discussion
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  Seminar  eLearning  DVD-ROM  Audio CD 

Basic Principles and Evaluation of Neonatal X-Rays

Program Category: Continuing Education Course

Areas of Practice: Administration Ambulatory Care Cardiology Certifications Critical Care Emergency Gastroenterology Med-Surg Neurology Nursing Legalities Orthopedic Pediatrics Pre, Peri, Post-Op Care Progressive Care/Stepdown Pulmonary Rehab Staff Development Women's Health/Perinatal Other

Presented in lecture format, this course is designed to provide the participant with a basic understanding of the process utilized to interpret the neonatal X-ray. The major components include: an anatomical review of thoracic/abdominal structures seen on a neonatal film, terminology utilized in the X-ray evaluation process, identifying umbilical lines and endotracheal tube placement and comparing radiographic findings associated with specific neonatal pulmonary or abdominal disease processes. Through case scenarios, participants will have the opportunity to relate maternal and neonatal history and clinical presentation with various films.

Program Learning Outcomes

This program prepares the learner to:

  • Ensure high-quality, safely-performed neonatal X-rays.
  • Develop a systematic approach to evaluating commonly utilized films in the neonatal intensive care (NICU).
  • Correlate specific clinical presentations with findings demonstrated on the neonatal chest and/or abdominal film.

Agenda

Sign-in begins at 7:30 am. The 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.

8:00 am to 4:00 pm

  • Introduction
    X-Ray Discovery | Units of Measurement | X-Ray Safety
  • Principles of Imaging
    Determining Radiographic Quality | Anatomical Terminology | Pulmonary and Cardiac Landmarks
  • Developing a Systematic Approach to Evaluation
  • Line and Tube Placement
    Umbilical Arterial/Venous (Practice Evaluation) | Endotracheal Tubes (Practice Evaluation) | PICC Lines
  • Recognizing Neonatal Disease on Film
    Transient Tachypnea of Newborn | Respiratory Distress Syndrome | Pneumonia | Meconium Aspiration Syndrome
  • Abdominal Films
    Anatomy on Film | Obstructions | Necrotizing Entercolitis
  • Practice Session
    Review | Q & A Session | Post-Test
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  Seminar  eLearning  DVD-ROM  Audio CD 

BMTCN® Exam Review

Program Category: Certification Review

Areas of Practice: Administration Ambulatory Care Cardiology Certifications Critical Care Emergency Gastroenterology Med-Surg Neurology Nursing Legalities Orthopedic Pediatrics Pre, Peri, Post-Op Care Progressive Care/Stepdown Pulmonary Rehab Staff Development Women's Health/Perinatal Other

This program is designed for BMT oncology nurses seeking a review in preparation for the ONCC® Blood & Marrow Transplant Certified Nurse (BMTCN®) Exam. The review will focus on the following categories from the 2016 test content outline: indications for transplantation, types of transplants and stem-cell sources, pretransplant care, preparative  regimens, stem-cell infusion, graft-versus host disease, post-transplant care, survivorship and professional practice. This is not an introductory course to BMT, but rather a comprehensive review of BMT oncology nursing practice.  

Program Learning Outcomes

This program prepares the learner to:

  • Discuss and practice test-taking skills and strategies.
  • Review the basic concepts for pre- and post-transplantation.
  • Identify the nurse’s role in the management and care of BMT patients across the transplant trajectory.
  • Discuss the clinical presentation and evidence-based interventions of common issues in BMT.  
  • Identify key survivorship issues in BMT and professional oncology practice. 

Agenda

Sign-in begins at 7:30 am. The 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 4:30 pm

  • Introduction
    Welcome and Introduction | Eligibility | Application and Testing | Study Resources | Test-Taking Tips
  • Basic Concepts and Indications for Transplantation
    Hematopoiesis | Immunology | Role of Caregiver | Goals of Therapy | Indications for Transplant
  • Types of Transplants and Stem-Cell Sources
    Autologous | Allogeneic | Other Therapies | Peripheral Blood | Bone Marrow | Umbilical Cord Blood
  • Pretransplant Care
    Recipient Eligibility and Management | Donor Selection and Care | Stem-Cell Procurement
  • Preparative Regimens and Stem-Cell Infusion
    Intensity of Therapy | Chemotherapy | Radiation Therapy | Biotherapy | Immunotherapy | Targeted Therapies | Fresh vs. Cryopreserved | Infusion Management | Hematologic Compatibilities
  • Psychosocial Impact of Cancer
    Cancer and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder | Emotional Distress and Supportive Care | Risk Factors and Interventions | Fertility | Sexuality | Coping Mechanisms and Cultural Issues 
  • Graft-Versus-Host Disease Prevention & Management
    Types of GVHD | Toxicity and Grading Scales | Common Symptoms and Evidence-Based Management
  • Post-Transplant Issues and Management
    Interventions | Hematologic | Hydration and Electrolyte Imbalances | Gastrointestinal | Nutritional | Genitourinary | Integumentary | Cardiopulmonary | Neurologic | Dermatologic | Dental | Ocular | Musculoskeletal | Psychosocial | Graft Rejection or Failure | Disease Relapse | End of Life
  • Survivorship
    Secondary Malignancy | Psychosocial Issues | Fertility | Sexuality | Quality of Life | Follow-up Care
  • Professional Practice
    Ethical and Legal Issues | Clinical Trials | Standards of Practice | Accreditation Standards | Continuous Quality Improvement | Professional Boundaries | Compassion Fatigue | Chemotherapy and Biotherapy Competence | Sources of Data for Evidence-Based Practice
  • Conclusion and Wrap-up

 

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Breast Milk and Lactation

Program Category: Continuing Education Course

Areas of Practice: Administration Ambulatory Care Cardiology Certifications Critical Care Emergency Gastroenterology Med-Surg Neurology Nursing Legalities Orthopedic Pediatrics Pre, Peri, Post-Op Care Progressive Care/Stepdown Pulmonary Rehab Staff Development Women's Health/Perinatal Other

This course will enable the bedside clinician to care for the lactating mother and breastfeeding infant on basic and advanced levels. Breast milk value, supporting the mother with basic lactation care and assisting the infant with breastfeeding practice will be presented. Mothers with babies in the NICU require some different support. These topics include stimulating milk supply, partnering in care at the bedside and maintaining breast milk supply with planning for discharge.

Program Learning Outcomes

This program prepares the learner to:

  • Integrate basic knowledge of breast milk when educating families.
  • Identify the newborn or mother at risk of not being successful with lactation.
  • Discuss the consequences to not providing breast milk for mother and infant.
  • Relate differences for the breastfeeding mother with an infant in the NICU.

Agenda

Sign-in begins at 7:30 am. The 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.

8:00 am to 4:30 pm

  • Benefits of Breast Milk
    Composition of Breast Milk
  • Basics of Breastfeeding
    Positioning | Latch | Care of Breast Tissue
  • Common Issues with Lactating
    Mother | Infant
  • NICU Infant Needs
    Initiating Milk Supply | Kangaroo Care | Maintaining Milk Supply | Starting Breast Feeds | Feed Progression | Donor Human Milk | Discharge Prep with Breastfeeding | Troubleshooting Difficulties with Maintaining Breastfeeds
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Cardiac Crises & Pulmonary Predicaments

Program Category: Continuing Education Course

Areas of Practice: Administration Ambulatory Care Cardiology Certifications Critical Care Emergency Gastroenterology Med-Surg Neurology Nursing Legalities Orthopedic Pediatrics Pre, Peri, Post-Op Care Progressive Care/Stepdown Pulmonary Rehab Staff Development Women's Health/Perinatal Other

This seminar is designed to assist the nurse and other healthcare providers by giving them the knowledge to manage the patient in cardiopulmonary crisis. The presentation will focus on an overview of cardiopulmonary physiology, the management of hemodynamics specific to patients with cardiopulmonary disease, and the medical and surgical management of these patients.

Program Learning Outcomes

This program prepares the learner to:

  • Review cardiac and pulmonary assessment skills in the critically ill patient.
  • Define ACS and discuss the complex medical/surgical treatment plan of care of the adult patient.
  • Define neurohormonal pharmacological intervention in the patient with HF.
  • Discuss the etiology of ARDS, and the treatment regimen in the multisystem failure patient.
  • Review the mechanism of pulmonary embolism and pneumonia in the critically ill patient.
  • Discuss ventilatory management skills required in the mechanically ventilated patient.

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 4:00 pm

  • Cardiac Physiology Review
    Electrical-Mechanical Function | Myocardial Oxygen Balance
  • Cardiac Assessment
    ABC’s of Cardiac Function | Look, Feel and Hear
  • Hemodynamics
    ABC’s of Dynamic Flow, Cardiac Function | Drugs: Manipulating Parameters | Case Studies
  • Acute Coronary Syndrome
    Angina to Acute MI | Diagnostic Tools: Labs, 12-Lead | Drugs, Interventional Therapies | Case Studies
  • Heart Failure: The New Epidemic
    Pathophysiology | Neurohormonal Activation | Diagnostics and Treatment | Use of Natrecor | Destination Therapy | Case Studies

Day 2, 8:00 am to 4:00 pm

  • Pulmonary Physiology Review
    Oxygenation and Ventilation | Alveolar Function
  • Pulmonary Assessment
    ABC’s of Hearing | Hemodynamic Monitoring | ABGs | CXR
  • Acute Diffuse Lung Injury
    ARDS: What’s New? | Case Studies
  • Complications of the ICU
    Pneumonia: Ventilator Assisted Pneumonia (VAP)
  • Ventilatory Management of Pulmonary Crisis: Recognition and Management
    Etiology | Diagnostic Tools | Prevention and Management | -Ectomies and -Otomies | Case Studies
  • Q & A Session
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Cardiac Pharmacology

Program Category: Continuing Education Course

Areas of Practice: Administration Ambulatory Care Cardiology Certifications Critical Care Emergency Gastroenterology Med-Surg Neurology Nursing Legalities Orthopedic Pediatrics Pre, Peri, Post-Op Care Progressive Care/Stepdown Pulmonary Rehab Staff Development Women's Health/Perinatal Other

This one-day pharmacology course is designed to introduce concepts of how drugs are developed and basic pharmacokinetics. The actions of various classifications of drugs including beta blockers, ACE inhibitors, statins and anticoagulants will also be explored. The course is intended for nurses at the bedside, educators and advanced practice nurses.

Program Learning Outcomes

This program prepares the learner to:

  • Understand the process for developing drugs.
  • Understand basic pharmacokinetics.
  • Identify important concepts of pharmacokinetics in the elderly.
  • Discuss the use and action of beta blockers, ACE inhibitors (ACEI), angiotensin blockers (ARBs), statins and various anticoagulants.

Agenda

Sign-in begins at 7:30 am. The 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.

8:00 am to 4:30 pm

  • Drug Development and Introduction to Pharmacokinetics in the Elderly
    Pre-Clinical, Phase I, II, III | Post-Marketing Surveillance, Orphan Drugs | Introduction to Basic Pharmacokinetics | Protein Binding and Metabolism, Drug Actions, CYP-450 System, P-Glycoprotein, Excretion and Creatinine Clearance
  • Basic Cardiac Function
    Pathophysiology | Medications
  • Beta Blockers
    Indications, Actions, Dosing and Special Considerations
  • ACEI | ARBs
    Indications, Actions, Dosing and Special Considerations
  • Calcium Channel Blockers
    Indications, Actions, Dosing and Special Considerations
  • Additional AHA Recommended Medications
    Indications, Actions, Dosing and Special Considerations
  • Statins | Anticoagulants | Platelet Inhibitors
    Indications, Actions, Dosing and Special Considerations
  • Pulmonary Hypertension
    Pathophysiology | Disease Classification | Medication
  • Questions and Wrap-Up
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Cardiac-Vascular Nursing Exam Review

Program Category: Certification Review

Areas of Practice: Administration Ambulatory Care Cardiology Certifications Critical Care Emergency Gastroenterology Med-Surg Neurology Nursing Legalities Orthopedic Pediatrics Pre, Peri, Post-Op Care Progressive Care/Stepdown Pulmonary Rehab Staff Development Women's Health/Perinatal Other

This two-day seminar is a concentrated review of major cardiac and vascular disease processes coupled with current treatment modalities and best practice recommendations for the adult patient. Each section will contain a system review coupled with associated pathophysiology and disease states relevant to the cardiac vascular systems. Case studies will be incorporated throughout the program to encourage development of critical thinking skills. The course content is based on the exam blueprint provided by ANCC.

Program Learning Outcomes

This program prepares the learner to:

  • Describe the Cardiac-Vascular Nursing Exam, test plan and the practice requirements to sit for the exam.
  • Construct a study plan for the exam based on understanding the blueprint and domains of practice covered.
  • Identify common mistakes and pitfalls that are made during studying and testing for the exam.
  • Recall the core components covered in the exam through didactic supplementation and test questions.

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 4:00 pm

  • Cardiovascular Risk Factors
    Coronary Heart Disease | Stroke | Peripheral Vascular Disease | Diabetes | Metabolic Syndrome
  • Risk Reduction Strategies for the Cardiovascular Patient
  • Cardiac System Review and Electrophysiology
    Cardiac Structure | Cardiac Vascular System | Electrophysiology | Identifying Dysrhythmias
  • Cardiac Disease States and Current Therapeutic Strategies
    Angina, Acute Coronary Syndrome and Infarction | Cardiomyopathies, Heart Failure and Ventricular Dysfunction | Pericarditis, Endocarditis and Valvular Disease | Structural and Congenital Anomalies | Pulmonary Hypertension
  • Q & A Session and Case Study Review

Day 2, 8:00 am to 4:00 pm

  • Vascular System Review
  • Vascular Disease States and Current Treatment Modalities
    Carotid Artery Occlusive Disease | Upper and Lower Extremity Arterial Occlusive Disease | Aortic Aneurysm | Chronic Venous Insufficiency | Deep Vein Thrombosis
  • Acute Cardiovascular Emergencies
    Blunt Cardiac Injury | Sudden Cardiac Arrest and Death
  • Cardiac Vascular Pharmacology Updates
    Inotropes | Vasodilators | Anti-Dysrhythmics | Adrenergic Group | Calcium Channel Blockers | Anticoagulants and Fibrinolytics | Diuretics
  • Special Situations
    Race, Ethnic, Gender and Cultural Considerations | Comorbid Conditions | Specific Nursing Considerations
  • Leadership, Legal and Ethical Issues
  • Test-Taking Skills, Q & A Session
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Cardio Blitz

Program Category: Continuing Education Course

Areas of Practice: Administration Ambulatory Care Cardiology Certifications Critical Care Emergency Gastroenterology Med-Surg Neurology Nursing Legalities Orthopedic Pediatrics Pre, Peri, Post-Op Care Progressive Care/Stepdown Pulmonary Rehab Staff Development Women's Health/Perinatal Other

This one-day course is designed to introduce the nurse to methods of evaluating the patient presenting with complaints of chest pain and/or heart failure. The nurse is often the first member of the healthcare team present when the patient complains of symptoms suggesting a coronary or heart failure event may be unfolding. Cardio Blitz is a broad overview of essential cardiac information for the nurse at the bedside in CCU, ICU, PCU, ED, including clinical educators and clinical nurse specialists.

Program Learning Outcomes

This program prepares the learner to:

  • Describe the significance of understanding lead concepts.
  • List the determinants of cardiac output.
  • Describe the critical points of assessment, patterns and treatment of the patient with chest pain.
  • Discuss the NYHA classification and types of heart failure.
  • Describe the pathophysiology and pharmacological management strategies for heart failure.

Agenda

Sign-in begins at 7:30 am. The 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.

8:00 am to 4:30 pm

  • Important Statistics of Heart Disease, Lead Placement and Cardiac Output
    Practice Patterns | Provider and Patient Awareness of Statistics | Data from AHA and CDC
  • Patient Assessment
    Precordial and R-Wave Progression | Role of Natriuretic Peptides | Renin-Angiotensin-Aldosterone System | PQRST in Chest Pain | TIMI Flow | Red Flags in Chest Pain and Differential Diagnoses
  • Coronary Syndromes
    Coronary Anatomy | STEMI and NSTEMI | ECG Practice | Angina Patterns | Wellens’ and Broken Heart Syndrome
  • Understanding Types of Heart Failure
    Definition and Types (Systolic, Diastolic, Hypertropic) | NYHA Classification System | EECP | Biventricular Pacing | IABP | VADs
  • Pharmacological Management
    Beta Blockers | ACE Inhibitors | ARBs | Aldosterone Inhibitors | IV Agents
  • Alternative Treatment in Coronary Disease and Heart Failure
    TMR | Surgical Interventions
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Cardiology for the Non-Cardiac Nurse

Program Category: Continuing Education Course

Areas of Practice: Administration Ambulatory Care Cardiology Certifications Critical Care Emergency Gastroenterology Med-Surg Neurology Nursing Legalities Orthopedic Pediatrics Pre, Peri, Post-Op Care Progressive Care/Stepdown Pulmonary Rehab Staff Development Women's Health/Perinatal Other

This program is designed for nurses and healthcare providers working in non-critical care areas. Content provides easy recall tips on cardiovascular assessment, diagnostics, drugs and non-pharmacologic interventions related to heart failure, acute coronary syndrome and other cardiac diseases. Case scenarios enhance learning and provide challenges for group discussion. Easy-to-remember tips help understanding and build confidence in sorting out the array of cardiac drugs encountered. Current guidelines and options in disease management will be discussed.

Program Learning Outcomes

This program prepares the learner to:

  • Identify abnormal heart sounds quickly and correlate changes in physical findings with significance.
  • Simplify the myriad of cardiovascular drugs prescribed and better understand the physiologic basis of cardiac drugs.
  • Identify atrial fib, SVT, VT and Torsades and discuss emergency interventions for each.
  • Assess and care for patients with heart failure with greater confidence regarding pathophysiology, newer terminology, diagnostics and interventions.
  • Identify early signs of cardiac decompensation and emergencies such as pulmonary embolism.

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 4:00 pm

  • Assessment: Get Reacquainted
    Cardiac Physiology | Heart Sounds: What, When and Where | Physical Exam | Diagnostics | Risk Assessment: What’s New?
  • Cardiovascular Drugs
    The Oldies and the Newbies | Physiologic Basis of Cardiac Drugs
  • Diagnostics: What’s New! Acute Heart Failure and Acute Coronary Markers
    What Can We Measure and When?
  • Acute Coronary Events
    Rapid Approach to Analysis | Locating the Area of Infarction | Serial ECGs | 12-, 15- and 18-Lead ECGs | Invasive Diagnostics and Treatments | What’s New on the Horizon?
  • Case Challenges and Interventions

Day 2, 8:00 am to 3:30 pm

  • Racing Hearts: They’re Everywhere!
    Atrial Fib | Atrial Flutter | SVT | WPW | New Drugs | Ablation Therapies
  • Heart Failure
    The Oldies and the Newbies | Physiologic Basis of Cardiac Drugs
  • Cardiopulmonary Emergency! Heart Block and Pulmonary Embolus
    Identification | Diagnostic Procedures | Flash Pulmonary Edema: Who is at Risk and What to Do!
  • Gender Bias: Does it Exist?
    Assessment | Difference in Treatment
  • Case Challenges—Test Your Knowledge
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Cardiovascular Chaos: Risk, Recognition, Response

Program Category: Continuing Education Course

Areas of Practice: Administration Ambulatory Care Cardiology Certifications Critical Care Emergency Gastroenterology Med-Surg Neurology Nursing Legalities Orthopedic Pediatrics Pre, Peri, Post-Op Care Progressive Care/Stepdown Pulmonary Rehab Staff Development Women's Health/Perinatal Other

This two-day seminar is for nurses caring for acutely and critically ill cardiac patients. It is designed to augment the bedside nurse’s ability to accurately assess and treat a variety of complex cardiovascular disorders such as: acute coronary syndromes, cardiogenic shock, acute decompensated heart failure and valvular heart disease. Additionally, it reviews management of patients undergoing therapeutic hypothermia after cardiac arrest, as well as strategies for preventing sudden cardiac death.

Program Learning Outcomes

This program prepares the learner to:

  • Recognize warning signs of right ventricular infarctions and understand how management differs from other types of acute MI.
  • Be familiar with early, subtle signs and symptoms of pulmonary hypertension and the different drug classes used in its treatment.
  • Describe the rationales for and ways to implement therapeutic hypothermia after cardiac arrest.
  • Detect and understand murmurs and their pathology as well as the presentation of valve disorders and their management.
  • Gain the confidence to recognize and treat patients experiencing acute coronary syndromes and cardiogenic shock.
  • Develop a better understanding of the roles pharmacologic and mechanical circulatory support in the management of patients with systolic and diastolic dysfunction.

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 4:00 pm

  • Acute Coronary Syndromes
    Pharmacologic Treatment | Thrombolytics | Percutaneous Coronary Intervention | Indications for CABG
  • Post-MI Complications
    VSD | Papillary Muscle Rupture | Free Wall Rupture
  • Hemodynamics: What Do the Numbers Mean?
    Pulmonary Artery Catheters | Interpretation | Less and Non-Invasive Cardiac Output Monitoring
  • Tissue Oxygenation
  • Cardiogenic Shock
    Hemodynamics | Pharmacologic Treatments | Intra-Aortic Balloon Therapy | Ventricular Assist Devices
  • The Forgotten Ventricle: RV Infarcts
    Pathology, Signs and Symptoms | Pulmonary Hypertension

Day 2, 8:00 am to 4:00 pm

  • Acute and Chronic Heart Failure
    Left vs. Right Failure | Systolic vs. Diastolic Dysfunction | Neurohormonal Influences | Treatment Modalities
  • Inflammatory Disorders of the Myocardium
    Pericarditis | Myocarditis
  • Acute Cardiovascular Trauma
    Aortic Aneurysm, Dissection, Transection | Blunt Cardiac Injury
  • Hematologic Monitoring
    Complications Post-PCI and Open Heart Surgery | Heparin Induced Thrombocytopenia
  • Valve Disorders and Murmurs
    Anatomy and Pathophysiology | Congenital | Acquired | Indications for Surgery
  • Therapeutic Hypothermia After Sudden Cardiac Death
    Indications | Pharmacology | Techniques | Monitoring
  • Prevention of Sudden Cardiac Death
    Pharmacologic Treatments | Electrophysiology Studies | Catheter Ablation | Internal Cardioverter Defibrillator
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CCRN® Exam Cram

Program Category: Certification Review

Areas of Practice: Administration Ambulatory Care Cardiology Certifications Critical Care Emergency Gastroenterology Med-Surg Neurology Nursing Legalities Orthopedic Pediatrics Pre, Peri, Post-Op Care Progressive Care/Stepdown Pulmonary Rehab Staff Development Women's Health/Perinatal Other

This interactive course is designed for the nurse who has either just begun studying for the CCRN Exam or who has been independently studying and desires assistance with knowledge validation, questions and test-taking strategies. Each area on the CCRN blueprint is discussed through reviewing exam questions, with a focus on applying knowledge and critical thinking. The CCRN curriculum will be discussed throughout the day to assist with rationale, application of theory and pathophysiology and the ability to avoid typical pitfalls of multiple-choice testing. By the end of the day, you will have learned the skills and strategies necessary to successfully master CCRN content and exam questions.

Program Learning Outcomes

This program prepares the learner to:

  • Describe the CCRN Exam, test plan and the practice requirements to sit for the exam.
  • Understand test-taking strategies for successfully passing the CCRN Exam.
  • Identify common mistakes and pitfalls that are made during studying and testing for the CCRN Exam.
  • Identify three ways to narrow down multiple choice questions for the CCRN Exam.
  • Examine the 10 areas of content for the CCRN Exam through test questions and didactic supplementation.

Agenda

Sign-in begins at 7:30 am. The 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.

8:00 am to 5:00 pm

  • Exam Content and Test-Taking Strategies
  • Cardiovascular Review
  • Pulmonary Review
  • Endocrine Review
  • Hematology and Immunology Review
  • Gastrointestinal Review
  • Renal Review
  • Musculoskeletal Review
  • Neurology Review
  • Behavioral and Psychosocial Review
  • Multisystem Review
  • Professional Caring and Ethical Practice Review
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CCRN® Exam Review (Adult)

Program Category: Certification Review

Areas of Practice: Administration Ambulatory Care Cardiology Certifications Critical Care Emergency Gastroenterology Med-Surg Neurology Nursing Legalities Orthopedic Pediatrics Pre, Peri, Post-Op Care Progressive Care/Stepdown Pulmonary Rehab Staff Development Women's Health/Perinatal Other

This two-day course provides the critical care nurse with a review of AACN’s core curriculum. The agenda combines central knowledge-based lectures for nurses working in the ICU with an essential review of nursing care and interventions according to the AACN exam blueprint for the critical care provider. This review is not an introduction to  the ICU, but a comprehensive update for the professional at the bedside and preparing for the certification examination.


For attendees preparing to take the CCRN Exam:
This review course content follows AACN’s updated 2015 CCRN Exam blueprint. Professional Caring and Ethical Practice (20% of exam) issues are addressed when appropriate throughout the seminar.

Program Learning Outcomes

This program prepares the learner to:

  • Discuss and practice test-taking skills.
  • Review critical anatomy, physiology and pathophysiology of each system.
  • Discuss significant assessment and diagnostic findings relevant to the critical care environment.
  • Discuss clinical presentation as well as specific patient management of commonly seen critical care conditions.

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

  • Introduction, Test-Taking Strategies, Ethics & Professional Caring
  • Immunology/Hematology
  • Cardiovascular
  • Endocrine
  • Gastrointestinal
  • Behavioral/Psychosocial

Day 2, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm

  • Neurology
  • Renal
  • Pulmonary
  • Multisystem/Shock
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CCRN® Exam Review (Pediatric)

Program Category: Certification Review

Areas of Practice: Administration Ambulatory Care Cardiology Certifications Critical Care Emergency Gastroenterology Med-Surg Neurology Nursing Legalities Orthopedic Pediatrics Pre, Peri, Post-Op Care Progressive Care/Stepdown Pulmonary Rehab Staff Development Women's Health/Perinatal Other

Critical care nurses are seeing patients with more severe and complex healthcare needs, which requires nurses to be more proficient and clinically competent. Nursing certification is considered the standard by which regulatory agencies and the public recognize quality nursing care.

The purpose of this review is to assist the participant in preparing for the Pediatric CCRN® Exam. This course preparation will use a systems approach to review the essential aspects of nursing care in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit. Teaching methods to be utilized during this review include lecture, case studies, discussion and practice questions. The information provided will benefit the critical care nurse through the enhancement of knowledge concerning the continuum of care for the pediatric critical care patient.

Program Learning Outcomes

This program prepares the learner to:

  • Review test-taking strategies.
  • Review the AACN Synergy Model.
  • Review critical physiology of each core body system.
  • Discuss significant assessment and diagnostic findings for each core body system.
  • Discuss etiology, pathophysiology, clinical presentation, diagnostic findings and specific patient management of commonly seen critical care conditions.

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 4:00 pm

  • CCRN® Exam and Test Construction
  • Cardiovascular Parts I, II, and III
  • Synergy
  • Pulmonary Parts I and II
  • Endocrine

Day 2, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm

  • Hematology and Immunology
  • Renal
  • Gastrointestinal
  • IV Infiltrates | Psychosocial | Muscular Infections
  • Neurology
  • Shock | MOSF | Trauma
  • Toxicology | Near-Drowning | Multisystem
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CCRN®/PCCN® Exam Review

Program Category: Certification Review

Areas of Practice: Administration Ambulatory Care Cardiology Certifications Critical Care Emergency Gastroenterology Med-Surg Neurology Nursing Legalities Orthopedic Pediatrics Pre, Peri, Post-Op Care Progressive Care/Stepdown Pulmonary Rehab Staff Development Women's Health/Perinatal Other

This three-day course is designed to provide critical care and progressive care nurses a review of AACN’s core curriculum. The course combines central knowledge-based lectures so that nurses working in the PCU and ICU arenas will have a review of AACN’s certification blueprint. The first day will provide the critical care provider with an essential review of nursing care and interventions designed for the ICU setting. The second day of this lecture series will combine both the critical care and the progressive care areas. Information essential to each will be presented in a combined method still complying with AACN’s certification blueprint. The third day will be specifically for the progressive care provider and complete AACN’s blueprint for system review. This review is not an introduction to the environment of the ICU or PCU, but a comprehensive update for the professional already in practice at the bedside and preparing for either or both of the certification examinations.

Program Learning Outcomes

This program prepares the learner to:

  • Discuss and practice test-taking skills.
  • Review critical anatomy, physiology and pathophysiology of each system.
  • Discuss significant assessment and diagnostic findings relevant to the critical and/or progressive care environment.
  • Discuss clinical presentation as well as specific patient management of commonly seen critical care conditions.

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 4:30 pm
CCRN® Only

  • Cardiovascular
    Physiology and Hemodynamics | Cardiac Pharmacology | Acute Coronary Syndrome | Acute Myocardial Infarction | Heart Failure, Pulmonary Edema | Cardiogenic Shock | Acute Peripheral Vascular Insufficiency | Cardiomyopathy | Hypertensive Crisis | Structural Heart Defects
  • Pulmonary
    Assessment and Physiology | Acute Respiratory Failure | Ventilator Strategies | ARDS | Pneumonia | Pulmonary Embolus | Asthma | Chest Trauma | Pulmonary Hypertension
  • Neuro Assessments
    Space-Occupying Lesions | Seizure Disorders | Stroke | Brain Death | Encephalopathy | Neurologic Infectious Disease

Day 2, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm
CCRN®/PCCN® Combined

  • Exam Preparation
    Requirements | Study Techniques | Resources, References and Practice
  • Professional Caring and Ethical Practice
    Synergy Model | Systems Thinking | Advocacy and Moral Agency | Response to Diversity | Facilitation of Learning | Clinical Inquiry
  • Hematology
    Life-Threatening Coagulopathies | Anemia | Thrombocytopenia
  • Endocrine
    Diabetic Ketoacidosis | HHS | SIADH | Diabetes Insipidus | Hypoglycemia
  • Renal
    Renal Assessment | Acute Renal Failure | CKD | Electrolyte Imbalances | Integumentary Disorders
  • Gastrointestinal
    GI Hemorrhage, Hepatic Failure | Acute Pancreatitis, Bowel Infarction | Abdominal Trauma | GI Infection | GI Motility Disorders
  • Behavioral and Psychosocial
    Delirium and Dementia | Mood Disorders and Depression | Substance Abuse | PTSD, Suicidal Behaviors
  • Multisystem Failure
    Bariatric Complications | Healthcare-Associated Infections | Sepsis Continuum | Shock States, MODS | Multisystem Trauma | Toxic Exposure/Ingestions

Day 3, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm
PCCN® Only

  • Cardiovascular
    Assessment and Physiology | Cardiac Pharmacology | Acute Coronary Syndrome, STEMI | Post CABG | Heart Failure, Pulmonary Edema | Peripheral Vascular Disease | Aneurysm | Acute Inflammatory Disease | Dysrhythmias | Cardiomyopathies | Cardiac Tamponade | Valvular Disease | Genetic Cardiac Disease
  • Pulmonary
    Assessment and Physiology | Acute Respiratory Distress and Failure | Acute Lung Injury | Respiratory Infections | Pulmonary Embolus | Severe Asthma, Chronic Lung Disease | Pneumothorax | Pulmonary Hypertension | Exacerbation of COPD | Sleep-Disordered Breathing | Thoracic Surgery
  • Neuro Assessments
    Intracranial Hemorrhage | Seizure Disorders | Stroke | Brain Death | Encephalopathy | Neurologic Infectious Disease
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CCTN Exam Review

Program Category: Certification Review

Areas of Practice: Administration Ambulatory Care Cardiology Certifications Critical Care Emergency Gastroenterology Med-Surg Neurology Nursing Legalities Orthopedic Pediatrics Pre, Peri, Post-Op Care Progressive Care/Stepdown Pulmonary Rehab Staff Development Women's Health/Perinatal Other

This course combines content addressing domains of cognitive ability, critical thinking, clinical practice, research and evidence-based practice. This clinical and certification test review is based on a topical outline from the American Board for Transplant Certification. This course is designed for the experienced transplant nurse to focus his or her review of transplant content in preparation for the professional certification examination. This course also serves as a concise clinical update on care of the transplant patient from initial evaluation for transplant candidacy through transplantation, postoperative care, hospital discharge and follow-up.

Program Learning Outcomes

This program prepares the learner to:

  • Articulate clinical and lab findings consistent with end-stage hepatic failure indicating possible transplant candidacy and make appropriate changes to the patient and family plan of care.
  • Differentiate clinical and lab findings associated with organ rejection vs. acute infection.
  • Identify potentially abnormal blood levels of immune-modulating agents and make appropriate recommendations for titration of therapy.
  • Differentiate between hyperacute, acute and chronic rejection in the solid organ recipient and make appropriate recommendations for clinical management.
  • Apply critical thinking strategies in managing the transplant patient in all phases of care from initial evaluation through transplant surgery, hospital discharge and follow-up.
     

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 4:00 pm

  • Pathophysiology of Hepatitis C
    Hepatitis C Pathophysiology | Pathway to Hepatic Failure
  • Multiple Indications for Liver Transplantation
    Fulminant Hepatic Failure | Hepatocellular Carcinoma | Toxin Exposure | MELD Score Factors and Calculation
  • Considerations for the Patient in Hepatic Failure or Preop Liver Transplant Patient
    Multisystem Support | Neurologic Issues | Bleeding Issues
  • Clinical Effects of Organ Failure Consequent to Hepatic Injury
    Brain Failure | Renal Consequences | Pulmonary Consequences | Hemodynamic Consequences
  • Kidney and Pancreas Transplantation
    Kidney Transplant Indications | Pancreas Transplant Indications
  • Management Considerations for Kidney and Pancreas Recipients
    Kidney Transplant Intraoperative Phase | Kidney Transplant Postoperative Phase | Pancreas Transplant Intraoperative Phase | Pancreas Transplant Postoperative Phase | Immediate Postoperative Period: SICU | Bleeding | Oxygenation | Hemodynamic Status | Lab Studies | Complications | Transplant Floor

Day 2, 8:00 am to 4:00 pm

  • Immune System Physiology
    Immune System Anatomy and Physiology | Organ Recipient Issues | Physiology of Organ Rejection
  • Immune Modulating Medications
    Classes of Agents
  • Side Effects, Nursing Considerations and Indications of Immune Modulating Agents
    Calcineurin Inhibitors | Cyclosporine | Immune Globulin | Steroids | Timing of Therapy
  • Assessment and Monitoring Parameters Associated with Post-transplant Complications
    Heart Transplant | Liver Transplant | Kidney Transplant | Pancreas Transplant | Lung Transplant | Infectious Complications | Psychosocial Concerns
  • Clinical Findings of End-Stage Cardiac and Pulmonary Failure as Indications for Transplantation
    Cardiac Failure | Pulmonary Failure
  • Patient and Family Education
    Pre-Transplant Education | Post-Transplant Education | Discharge Planning
  • Ethical Considerations
    Confidentiality
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CEN® Exam Cram

Program Category: Certification Review

Areas of Practice: Administration Ambulatory Care Cardiology Certifications Critical Care Emergency Gastroenterology Med-Surg Neurology Nursing Legalities Orthopedic Pediatrics Pre, Peri, Post-Op Care Progressive Care/Stepdown Pulmonary Rehab Staff Development Women's Health/Perinatal Other

The CEN® Exam Cram is a one-day, fast-paced, question-driven program. Are you the nurse who wants that last-minute to cram before the exam? Then this program is for you. There are no long lectures or tedious talks, just questions. Using over 400 questions and patient scenarios, we will review the twelve areas outlined by the CEN® Blueprint. Whether you are preparing to take the CEN® Exam or just want to test the waters; come test your emergency nursing knowledge and CRAM for the EXAM!

Program Learning Outcomes

This program prepares the learner to:

  • Describe the CEN® Exam, test plan and the practice requirements to sit for the exam.
  • Understand test-taking strategies for successfully passing the CEN® Exam.
  • Identify common mistakes and pitfalls that are made during studying and testing for the CEN® Exam.
  • Identify three ways to narrow down multiple-choice questions for the CEN® Exam.
  • Examine the 12 areas of content for the CEN® Exam through test questions and didactic supplementation.

Agenda

Sign-in begins at 7:30 am. The 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.

8:00 am to 4:30 pm

  • CEN® Exam Ins and Outs
  • Professional Issues
  • Shock
  • Neurological Emergencies
  • Environmental and Toxicology Emergencies
  • Medical Emergencies
  • Respiratory Emergencies
  • Cardiovascular Emergencies
  • Gastrointestinal Emergencies
  • Genitourinary and OB/GYN Emergencies
  • Orthopedic and Wound Emergencies
  • Maxillofacial and Ocular Emergencies
  • Psychological and Social Emergencies
  • Summary and Conclusion
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CEN® Exam Review

Program Category: Certification Review

Areas of Practice: Administration Ambulatory Care Cardiology Certifications Critical Care Emergency Gastroenterology Med-Surg Neurology Nursing Legalities Orthopedic Pediatrics Pre, Peri, Post-Op Care Progressive Care/Stepdown Pulmonary Rehab Staff Development Women's Health/Perinatal Other

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
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CEN®/CFRN® Exam Review

Program Category: Certification Review

Areas of Practice: Administration Ambulatory Care Cardiology Certifications Critical Care Emergency Gastroenterology Med-Surg Neurology Nursing Legalities Orthopedic Pediatrics Pre, Peri, Post-Op Care Progressive Care/Stepdown Pulmonary Rehab Staff Development Women's Health/Perinatal Other

Successfully completing the Certified Flight Registered Nurse (CFRN®) Exam is a challenge that has been accomplished by only a minority of flight nurses, exhibiting to others that the bearer has demonstrated a knowledge base in the specialty of emergency nursing that exceeds their peers.

Held in combination with the Certified Emergency Nurse (CEN®) review course, this course is a review of emergency nursing designed to assist the participant to be successful in obtaining CFRN® and CEN® certification. Much of the material is similar between these two exams, offering lectures, graphics, videos and practice questions in many of the areas that are tested on the CEN® and CFRN® Examinations. This review will provide not only a knowledge base for successfully completing either exam, but also a foundation for further study as the participant works towards flight nursing
certification.

Program Learning Outcomes

This program prepares the learner to:

  • Describe the CEN® or CFRN® Exam, test plan and the practice requirements to sit for the exam.
  • Construct a study plan for the exam based on understanding the blueprint and domains of practice covered.
  • Identify common mistakes and pitfalls that are made during studying and testing for the exam.
  • Recall the core components covered in the exam through didactic supplementation and test questions.

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®/CFRN®

  • CEN® Exam Ins and Outs
  • Patient Care Management
  • Shock
  • Neurological Emergencies
  • Environmental and Toxicological Emergencies
  • Medical Emergencies

Day 2, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm
CEN®/CFRN®

  • Respiratory and Thoracic Emergencies
  • Cardiovascular Emergencies
  • Gastrointestinal Emergencies
  • OB, GYN and Genitourinary Emergencies
  • Orthopedic Emergencies | Wound and Surface Trauma
  • EENT and Maxillofacial Emergencies
  • Psychiatric and Psychological Emergencies

Day 3, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm
CFRN® Only

  • CFRN® Exam Ins and Outs
  • Flight Physiology
    Gas Laws | Stresses of Transport | Effects of Altitude
  • Advanced Monitoring and Management
    Art Lines | CVP | PA | IABP | VAD | X-Rays
  • Advanced Airway Management
    RSI with Pharmacology | Management of the Difficult Airway | Alternative Airway Devices | Invasive and Non-Invasive Modes of Ventilation | Capnography | Pneumothorax Management
  • Transport Considerations and Safety
    Communications and Frequencies | Crew Resource Management (AMRM) | Scene Management, Extrication, and Immobilization | Patient Packaging | Survival Concepts | Landing Zone Concepts | New Technology
  • Case Scenarios, Jeopardy, and Practice Exam
    Advanced Pharmacology Review | Advanced Procedures | High Risk OB | Neonates
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Certified Case Manager Exam Review

Program Category: Certification Review

Areas of Practice: Administration Ambulatory Care Cardiology Certifications Critical Care Emergency Gastroenterology Med-Surg Neurology Nursing Legalities Orthopedic Pediatrics Pre, Peri, Post-Op Care Progressive Care/Stepdown Pulmonary Rehab Staff Development Women's Health/Perinatal Other

This course is designed to provide the practicing case manager with information to assist him or her in preparing for the CCM Exam, and can serve as a review for the ACM and ANCC certifications. The content is also appropriate for those who are seeking a basic course in case management practice.

The content of the course is based on feedback from course attendees as well as CCMC®’s list of content areas and is updated every 4 months.
 
The course includes:
  • A 300-page course manual, covering the content of the course plus resources for further self-study
  • Overview of the CCM process and exam
  • Intensives in core concepts, public benefits and workers’ compensation
  • 130+ sample exam questions
  • Self-assessment design.

Program Learning Outcomes

This program prepares the learner to:

  • Obtain knowledge of concepts related to case management practice in addition to the essential knowledge areas for case management practice as identified by the CCM Commission and national standards.
  • Describe the process for the CCM credential.
  • Gain insight and resources for any further self-study needs for the CCM Exam.

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 4:00 pm

  • History and Development of Professional Case Management
  • History and Process of Certification
  • Core Concepts in Definition and Philosophy
  • Six Steps in Case Management Process
  • Three Goals of Case Management
  • Key Functions of Case Manager’s Role
  • Skills and Knowledge Needed
  • Cost-Benefit Analyses
  • Legal Risk Challenges
  • Federal Laws
  • Five Guiding Principles for Ethical Practice
  • Sample Questions
  • Outcome Measures
  • Three Assessment Tools Utilized by Healthcare Providers
  • Evidence-Based Care vs. Consensus-Based Care Guidelines
  • Two Payer Accreditation Organizations
  • Private Health Insurance
  • Benefits of Health and Long-Term Care Insurance
  • Concept of Reinsurance
  • Life Insurance Benefits Prior to Death
  • Purposes of Life-Care Plans

Day 2, 8:00 am to 4:00 pm

  • Eligibility Criteria for SSDI, SSI
  • Eligibility and Benefits for Medicare Insurance Programs
  • Eligibility for Medicaid
  • Examples of Medicare Waiver Programs
  • Tricare vs. Veterans’ Benefits
  • Criteria, Benefits, Claims Administrative Processes for Workers’ Compensation Benefits
  • Case Manager’s Role in Workers’ Compensation
  • Secondary Gain in Long-Term Work Absences
  • Disability Insurance Benefits
  • Federal Laws Related to People with Disabilities
  • Sample Questions
  • Criteria, Benefits Under IDEA
  • Sample Questions
  • Psychosocial Factors
  • Sample Questions
  • Complementary Alternative Medicine
  • Behavioral Health
  • Sample Questions
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Certified Nurse Educator Exam Review

Program Category: Certification Review

Areas of Practice: Administration Ambulatory Care Cardiology Certifications Critical Care Emergency Gastroenterology Med-Surg Neurology Nursing Legalities Orthopedic Pediatrics Pre, Peri, Post-Op Care Progressive Care/Stepdown Pulmonary Rehab Staff Development Women's Health/Perinatal Other

This course is designed to prepare experienced nurse educators to successfully take the NLN® Certified Nurse Educator Exam. Topics covered are based on the NLN® Exam blueprint and include teaching and learning theories; curriculum design and evaluation; test construction and analysis; and the roles of a nurse educator. The course is fast-paced with a great deal of content. Participants are encouraged to review materials in preparation for the course and to design a plan for studying once the course is completed.

Program Learning Outcomes

This program prepares the learner to:

  • Describe the Certified Nurse Educator Exam, test plan and practice requirements to sit for the exam.
  • Develop a plan for study based on understanding of the blueprint.
  • Examine the various roles of the academic nurse educator.
  • Review the core components of the exam through lecture, case study and sample test questions.

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 4:30 pm

  • Facilitate Learning
    Educational Philosophies | Learning Theories | Matching Teaching to Learner Needs
  • Learner Development and Socialization
    Learning Styles | Strategies | Differing Learning Needs | Handling the Unexpected
  • Educator as Change Agent and Leader
    Leadership Styles | Characteristics | Theories of Change | Advocacy
  • Educator as Scholar
    Evidence-Based Teaching | Learning | Scholarly Integrity | Being a Scholar

Day 2, 8:00 am to 4:00 pm

  • Participate in Curriculum Design and Evaluation
    Curriculum Drivers | Considerations | Curriculum Revisions
  • Assessment and Evaluation Strategies
    Assessment Data Analysis | Evaluation Models and Strategies | Evidence-Based Assessment
  • Quality Improvement and the Nurse Educator
    Mentorship | Legal and Ethical Concerns | Self and Peer Evaluation
  • The Academic Role
    Obligation to Serve in the Institution, Profession and Community | Tenure and Non-Tenure Roles
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Certified Pediatric Nurse Exam Review

Program Category: Certification Review

Areas of Practice: Administration Ambulatory Care Cardiology Certifications Critical Care Emergency Gastroenterology Med-Surg Neurology Nursing Legalities Orthopedic Pediatrics Pre, Peri, Post-Op Care Progressive Care/Stepdown Pulmonary Rehab Staff Development Women's Health/Perinatal Other

This two-day seminar is for nurses who care for pediatric patients. This course serves as a review for the Certified Pediatric Nurse (CPN®)* Exam. The CPN® Exam is for the nurse who has pediatric practice experience and who demonstrates knowledge and abilities related to pediatric nursing beyond basic RN licensure.

Program Learning Outcomes

This program prepares the learner to:

  • Describe the Certified Pediatric Nurse Exam, test plan and the practice requirements to sit for the exam.
  • Construct a study plan for the exam based on understanding the blueprint and domains of practice covered.
  • Identify common mistakes and pitfalls that are made during studying and testing for the exam.
  • Recall the core components covered in the exam through didactic supplementation and test questions.

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 4:00 pm

  • Anatomy of the Exam | Test-Taking Strategies
  • Assessment and Child Development
  • Health Promotion
  • Immunizations
  • Child Maltreatment
  • Chronic Care | End of Life
  • Management of Illness: Respiratory Conditions
  • Management of Illness: Emergency Trauma
  • Management of Illness: Dermatologic Conditions
  • Sample Questions

Day 2, 8:00 am to 3:30 pm

  • Management of Illness: Gastrointestinal Conditions
  • Management of Illness: Neurologic Conditions
  • Management of Illness: Endocrine, Metabolic
  • Nursing Professional Role
  • Management of Illness: Infectious Disease
  • Management of Illness: Cardiovascular
  • Management of Illness: Renal
  • Management of Illness: Hematologic Conditions, Oncology
  • Management of Illness: Musculoskeletal Conditions
  • Sample Questions


*CPN® and the test name Certified Pediatric Nurse exam are the property of the trademark holder: the Pediatric Nursing Certification Board (PNCB). PNCB is not affiliated with MED-ED or this website.

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Charge Nurse Boot Camp

Program Category: Continuing Education Course

Areas of Practice: Administration Ambulatory Care Cardiology Certifications Critical Care Emergency Gastroenterology Med-Surg Neurology Nursing Legalities Orthopedic Pediatrics Pre, Peri, Post-Op Care Progressive Care/Stepdown Pulmonary Rehab Staff Development Women's Health/Perinatal Other

This course is geared toward new charge nurses or charge nurses that would like to kick their skills up a notch. Most charge nurses are promoted because of their clinical skills but are lacking in the other basic skills they need to lead in today’s shifting healthcare environment. This course will cover basics such as communication, conflict management, budgeting, relevant laws and other important concepts of leadership.

Program Learning Outcomes

This program prepares the learner to:

  • Identify the key components of transformational and servant leadership.
  • Discuss the basic components of error-free communication.
  • Practice a script that will be useful for addressing any form of conflict or disruptive behavior.
  • Identify the most common barriers to successful change in an organization.
  • Have the beginning of a personal professional development plan.

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 4:30 pm

  • 10 Key Skills for Novice Nurse Leaders
    Capacity to Learn and Translate Knowledge | Adaptability to Change | Communication | Conflict 
    Resolution | Delegation | Financial Basics | Decision Making and Problem Solving | Prioritization and Time Management | Flexibility | Self-Renewal
  • Reflection and Discussion
    Possible Skills to Improve
  • Leadership Styles and Theories of Leadership
    Styles of Leadership | Contemporary Leadership | Characteristics of Effective Leaders | Transformational Leadership | Servant Leadership
  • Emotional Intelligence
    Intrapersonal Domain | Interpersonal Domain | Why Emotional Intelligence Matters
  • Capacity to Learn and Translate Knowledge
    Age of the Knowledge Worker | Communication | Professional Development | Lifelong Learning
  • Policies that Affect Nursing
    Relevant Laws | Meaningful Use
  • Adaptability to Change
    Key Drivers of Change in Healthcare | How Change Affects Staff | Essential Elements | Barriers to Change | How to Help Staff through Change | How to be a Change Agents
  • Discussion
    Handling Workplace Changes
  • Communication
    Pressures | Elements | Types | Error-Free Communication | Assertiveness | Barriers | Listening Skills
  • Generational Diversity
    Four Generations at Work Today | Advantages of a Multicultural Workforce | How to Work Together
  • Conflict and Conflict Resolution
    Why Conflict Happens | Steps to Resolution | Crucial Conversations | Keys to Safe Conversation | 
    Disruptive Behavior | Workplace Violence
  • Discussion
    Recent Conflicts | Potential for Different Outcomes
  • Questions

Day 2, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm

  • Discussion, Questions from Day 1
  • Customer Service
  • Delegation
    Five Rights of Delegation | Barriers to Effective Delegation | Why Some Leaders Won’t Delegate | 
    Dumping | Willingness of Employees to Accept | When Delegation Fails | Empowerment | Accountability
  • Basics of Budgeting
    Control of Overtime | Affordable Care Act | Cutting Costs | Adding Value | Lean
  • Prioritization and Time Management
    Basics of Time Management | How to Prioritize | Time Wasters | Time Abusers | Tips for Saving Time | Tips for Organization | How to Help Staff Prioritize | Managing Unit Needs | 9 Helpful Suggestions
  • Flexibility
    Stretch Yourself | Optimism | Learning
  • Coping with Stress and Burnout
    Nature of Stress | Causes of Stress | Consequences of Stress | Burnout | Compassion Fatigue | Putting Fun Back into the Workplace | Managing Stress
  • Discussion
    Name Stressors | Recognize Burnout in Staff | Ideas to Decrease Stress
  • Advancing Your Career
    Envisioning Your Future | Managing Your Career | Finding and Using Mentors | Identifying Learning Needs  | Tracking Your Progress | When Your Plans Fail
  • Discussion
    Skills to Take Back to Work
  • Self-Renewal
    Why Do We Need It? | Letting Go | Meditation and Mindfulness | Reflection | Affirmations | Surrounding Yourself with Positives
  • Questions, Wrap-Up and Evaluation
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CFRN® Exam Review

Program Category: Certification Review

Areas of Practice: Administration Ambulatory Care Cardiology Certifications Critical Care Emergency Gastroenterology Med-Surg Neurology Nursing Legalities Orthopedic Pediatrics Pre, Peri, Post-Op Care Progressive Care/Stepdown Pulmonary Rehab Staff Development Women's Health/Perinatal Other

This course is a review of flight and transport nursing designed to assist the participant to be successful in obtaining CFRN® certification. The course offers lectures, graphics, videos and practice questions in all the areas outlined by the CFRN® Blueprint. 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 certification as a flight nurse.

Program Learning Outcomes

This program prepares the learner to:

  • Describe the CFRN® Exam, test plan and the practice requirements to sit for the exam.
  • Construct a study plan for the exam based on understanding the blueprint and domains of practice covered.
  • Identify common mistakes and pitfalls that are made during studying and testing for the exam.
  • Recall the core components covered in the exam through didactic supplementation and test questions.

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

  • CFRN® Exam Ins and Outs
  • Flight and Transport Physiology
  • Professional and Patient Care Issues
  • Advanced Airway Management
  • Shock
  • Respiratory Emergencies and Chest Trauma
  • Medical Emergencies
  • Orthopedic and Wound Trauma

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

  • Environmental and Toxicology Emergencies
  • Maxillofacial Emergencies and Trauma
  • Neurological Emergencies and Trauma
  • Gastrointestinal Emergencies and Trauma
  • Cardiovascular Emergencies
  • Advanced Monitoring and Equipment
  • Transport Considerations and Safety Operations
  • GU and OB/GYN Emergencies and Trauma
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CHFN Exam Review

Program Category: Certification Review

Areas of Practice: Administration Ambulatory Care Cardiology Certifications Critical Care Emergency Gastroenterology Med-Surg Neurology Nursing Legalities Orthopedic Pediatrics Pre, Peri, Post-Op Care Progressive Care/Stepdown Pulmonary Rehab Staff Development Women's Health/Perinatal Other

This course is designed to review the core curriculum content for the heart failure certification offered by the American Association of Heart Failure Nurses. By the end of the day, you will have learned the skills and strategies necessary to successfully master CHFN content and exam questions. The course assists the participant in ensuring that he or she has received, reviewed and practiced an understanding of the content and has a knowledge base to sit for the exam.

Program Learning Outcomes

This program prepares the learner to:

  • Integrate evidence-based heart failure care into daily clinical practice.
  • Engage heart failure patients in optimal self-care management.
  • Construct a study plan for the successful completion of the heart failure nursing certification exam.
  • Enhance heart failure patient outcomes through application of new knowledge and skills.

Agenda

Sign-in begins at 7:30 am. The 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.

8:00 am to 4:30 pm

  • Reduced LVEF vs. Preserved LVEF
    Definition of Heart Failure | Epidemiology | Systolic Dysfunction | Diastolic Dysfunction
  • NYHA Classification System and ACC/AHA Stages of Heart Failure
  • Pathophysiology of Heart Failure and Compensatory Mechanisms
    SNS | RAAS | Ventricular Remodeling | Cycle Progression | Natriuretic Peptides
  • Physical Assessment and Diagnostic Results
    Extra Heart Sounds | Jugular Venous Assessment | Lab Values | Chest X-Ray | Echocardiogram | Invasive Studies
  • Pharmacological Treatment Strategies
    Beta Blockers | ACE Inhibitors | Angiotensin Receptor Blockers | Aldosterone Antagonists | Digoxin | Hydralazine and Isosorbide Dinitrate | Diuretics | New Agents \ Medications to Avoid
  • Acute Decompensated Heart Failure
    Criteria for Hospitalization | Causes of Decompensation | Hemodynamic Assessment | Vasoactive Medications | Impact of Pharmacological on LV Function | Additional Treatment Considerations | Criteria for Discharge
  • Stage D (Advanced Heart Failure)
    Criteria | Hospice vs. Palliative Care | Home Inotropic Therapy | Advanced Therapies
  • Comorbid Conditions
    Atrial Fibrillation | Mitral Valve Regurgitation | Aortic Stenosis | AKI and CKD | Diabetes | Sleep Apnea | HTN | CAD | COPD | Depression | Anxiety
  • Self-Care Management
    Healthcare Literacy Issues | Caregiver Involvement | Educational Content | Self-Care Management vs. Self-Care Maintenance
  • Quality Standards and Readmission Reduction Strategies
    Quality Indicators | HF Accreditation and Certification | Readmission Avoidance | Transitions of Care | Medication Reconciliation | Interdisciplinary Collaboration Across Continuum | Disease State Management 
  • Assess Knowledge of Above Topics
    Interactive Practice Questions | Open Discussion
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Clinical Excellence in Critical Care

Program Category: Continuing Education Course

Areas of Practice: Administration Ambulatory Care Cardiology Certifications Critical Care Emergency Gastroenterology Med-Surg Neurology Nursing Legalities Orthopedic Pediatrics Pre, Peri, Post-Op Care Progressive Care/Stepdown Pulmonary Rehab Staff Development Women's Health/Perinatal Other

This two-day program is presented on an intermediate to advanced level and is designed for nurses caring for the critically ill patient. Evidence-based practice protocols are discussed, as well as the importance of outcome measurements to determine quality in patient care. Each day will conclude with case studies to encourage critical thinking.

Program Learning Outcomes

This program prepares the learner to:

  • Gain the confidence to recognize and treat patients experiencing acute coronary syndromes and cardiogenic shock.
  • Develop a better understanding of the roles pharmacologic and mechanical circulatory support in the management of patients with systolic and diastolic heart dysfunction.
  • Describe the common etiologies, presentation and treatment modalities for the patient with acute adrenal insufficiency.
  • Differentiate between the presentation and treatment of ARDS from other acute respiratory failure causes.
  • Understand and assess the needs of the long-term mechanical ventilated patient as well as weaning techniques and procedures.
  • Describe the rationales for and ways to implement therapeutic hypothermia after cardiac arrest.

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 4:30 pm

  • Measuring and Controlling Tissue Oxygenation
    Determinants of Adequate Oxygenation | Measuring Oxygenation
  • New Monitoring Modes
    Hemodynamic Monitoring | Labs | Electrocardiographic
  • Transfusions Practices and Problems
    Indications | Types | Acute Hemolytic Reactions | TRALI
  • Therapeutic Hypothermia
    Physiological Response | Indications for Induced Hypothermia | Outcomes
  • Stroke Management
    Etiologies | Assessment | Standard and Up-and-Coming Therapies | Outcome Measurements
  • Acute Adrenal Insufficiency
    Primary vs. Secondary | Clinical Manifestations | Evaluation of Adrenal Function | Associations with Sepsis, Trauma
  • Case Studies

Day 2, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm

  • Acute Coronary Syndromes
    New Guidelines | STEMI vs. NonSTEMI | Invasive and Non-Invasive Diagnostics
  • Acute Heart Failure
    Definition | Etiologies | Current Treatment Strategies
  • Management Strategies for DVT, PE
    Statistics | Virchow’s Triad—Who’s at Risk | Current Treatment Strategies | Preventative Measures
  • The Ventilated Patient
    Invasive vs. Non-Invasive Ventilation | Ventilator-Associated Pneumonia | Ventilator Induced Lung Injury | Bundles | ARDS Net
  • Pharmacology: What’s New
    Cardiac Medications | ACE Inhibitors, ARBs | Anticoagulants
  • Pain Control for the Critically Ill
    Analgesia and Sedation | Monitoring Techniques | The Agitated Patient
  • Putting it All Together with Case Studies
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CMC® Exam Review

Program Category: Certification Review

Areas of Practice: Administration Ambulatory Care Cardiology Certifications Critical Care Emergency Gastroenterology Med-Surg Neurology Nursing Legalities Orthopedic Pediatrics Pre, Peri, Post-Op Care Progressive Care/Stepdown Pulmonary Rehab Staff Development Women's Health/Perinatal Other

This two-day seminar has been developed to prepare nurses for the Subspecialty Certification in Cardiac Medicine (CMC®) Exam. The seminar may also be used to provide education regarding acute and chronic cardiac disorders for all healthcare workers. The agenda content has been adopted based on the American Association of Critical Care Nurses (AACN) test blueprint for the CMC® Subspecialty Exam. The content will be based on current guidelines from the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association. A case study approach will be used to comprehensively evaluate the assessment and management of cardiac patients.

Program Learning Outcomes

This program prepares the learner to:

  • Describe the Subspecialty Certification in Cardiac Medicine Exam, test plan and the practice requirements to sit for the exam.
  • Construct a study plan for the exam based on understanding the blueprint and domains of practice covered.
  • Identify common mistakes and pitfalls that are made during studying and testing for the exam.
  • Recall the core components covered in the exam through didactic supplementation and test questions.

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 4:30 pm

  • Introduction: AACN Certification
    Test Requirements | Test Blueprint | Test-Taking Strategies
  • Cardiac Anatomy and Physiology Review
    The Essentials | Anatomy: The Heart and Great Vessels | Coronary Artery: Anatomy and Physiology | Sympathetic and Parasympathetic Systems | Electrical and Mechanical Function
  • Cardiac Assessment
    Critical Components | Cardiac, Vascular Assessment | Hemodynamics | ECG
  • Cardiac Pathophysiology
    Coronary Artery Disease | Assessment | Diagnosis and Treatment Modalities
  • Heart Failure
    Incidence and Statistics | Diagnosis | Treatment Modalities
  • Valvular Disease: Physical Findings, Diagnosis, Treatment
    Mitral Stenosis/Insufficiency | Aortic Stenosis/Insufficiency

Day 2, 8:00 am to 3:30 pm

  • Introduction to Cardiac Surgery and Medical Intervention
    Interventions | Treatment Summary of Coronary Artery Disease and Heart Failure
  • Indications for CABG and/or Valve Repair or Replacement
    Preoperative Assessment | Perioperative Period | Techniques of Surgery | Effects of Bypass | Effects of Hypothermia
  • Aortic Aneurysm and Dissection
    Postoperative and Procedural Care | Goals | Immediate Interventions | Complications | Bleeding | DIC | Blood Products | Low Cardiac Output Syndrome
  • Right Ventricular Failure and Pulmonary Hypertension
    Pulmonary Complications | Neurological Complications | Renal Complications | Gastrointestinal Complications
  • Summary
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CMC®/CSC® Exam Review

Program Category: Certification Review

Areas of Practice: Administration Ambulatory Care Cardiology Certifications Critical Care Emergency Gastroenterology Med-Surg Neurology Nursing Legalities Orthopedic Pediatrics Pre, Peri, Post-Op Care Progressive Care/Stepdown Pulmonary Rehab Staff Development Women's Health/Perinatal Other

This two-day seminar is designed to prepare the cardiac medical and cardiac surgical nurse to take the AACN certification exam for Cardiac Medicine and/or Surgery Exam. The course focuses on adult cardiac abnormalities with a concentration on nursing assessment and medical/surgical interventions. Coronary artery disease, acute coronary syndrome, heart failure and endocarditis will be the major topics of discussion, with related medical and surgical interventions. The review will also include a brief review of pulmonary, hematology, neurology and gastrointestinal and renal systems as they pertain to the cardiac patient.

Program Learning Outcomes

This program prepares the learner to:

  • Discuss and practice test-taking skills.
  • Review critical anatomy, physiology and pathophysiology of the cardiac system.
  • Discuss significant assessment and diagnostic findings relevant to the cardiac adult patient.
  • Discuss clinical presentation as well as specific patient management of the cardiac medical and surgical patient.

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 4:00 pm

  • Introduction to the CMC®/CSC® Examination
    Test-Taking Strategies
  • Cardiac Anatomy and Physiology Review
    The Heart | Coronary Arteries | Perfusion | The Essentials
  • Hemodynamics: The Essentials of Flow
    Definitions of Cardiac Output and BP | Cardiac Pharmacology
  • Coronary Artery Disease
    Pathophysiology | Identification | Medical Treatment | Medications
  • Heart Failure
    Identification | Definitions | Medical/Surgical Treatment

Day 2, 8:00 am to 4:00 pm

  • Introduction to Cardiac Surgery
    Indications for Surgery | Risks | Comorbidities
  • Pre and Intraoperative Considerations
  • Operative Procedures
    CABG | MAZE | Valve Repair and Replacement | Aorta Surgery
  • Postoperative Considerations and Complications
    Anesthesia | Immediate Postoperative Period: First 12 Hours | Fluids | Electrolytes | Ventilator Management | Glycemic Control | Pain Management | Incision Care | Epicardial Pacing | IABP | Goals of Therapy
  • Non-Cardiac Complications
    Hematology | Neurology | Pulmonary | Renal | Gastrointestinal
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CNN Exam Review

Program Category: Certification Review

Areas of Practice: Administration Ambulatory Care Cardiology Certifications Critical Care Emergency Gastroenterology Med-Surg Neurology Nursing Legalities Orthopedic Pediatrics Pre, Peri, Post-Op Care Progressive Care/Stepdown Pulmonary Rehab Staff Development Women's Health/Perinatal Other

This course is a review of all modalities of renal replacement therapy designed to assist participants to successfully obtain CNN certification. The course offers lectures, graphics and practice questions based on the CNN Exam blueprint. This review will provide the knowledge base necessary to pass the certification exam.

Why be Certified:
Those who successfully achieve certification exhibit a level of experience and expertise to provide excellent care to patients, as well as interact with other healthcare professionals for effective communication. In addition, certification can provide the opportunity to advance your career within the practice of nephrology nursing.

Program Learning Outcomes

This program prepares the learner to:

  • Determine priority of needs for a CKD Stage 4 patient.
  • Describe the evaluation process for donors and recipients of kidney transplants.
  • Differentiate types of immunosuppressive therapy and potential side effects.
  • Discuss the fluid balance assessment of the patient on Peritoneal Dialysis.
  • Describe the relationship between flow, resistance and pressure in hemodialysis.
  • Explain the consequences of not following the Conditions for Coverage mandated CDC guidelines for proper hand hygiene for dialysis patients.
  • Contrast site rotation cannulation with the buttonhole cannulation techniques.
  • Describe the multiple filters required in a water treatment system for hemodialysis.
  • Verbalize how to complete a physical examination of the vascular access.
  • Identify three risks factors that could make reuse dangerous to patients or staff.

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

  • CNN Exam Process
    Review of Exam | Test-Taking Strategies | Certification and Re-Certification
  • Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD)
    Progression of Disease | Stages | Focus of Treatment | Education Needs: Diet, Medications, Vascular Access
  • Peritoneal Dialysis (PD)
    Anatomy and Physiology | Procedure | PET Testing | Determining Adequacy | Issues: Pros and Cons
  • Transplantation
    Types of Transplants | Workup | Listing | Immunosuppressive Drugs | Types of Rejection | Issues: Pros and Cons
  • Nutritional Considerations
    Role of the Dietitian: Assessment, Anthropometric Measurements, SGA | Renal Diet: Needs, Losses, Restrictions | Medications | Electrolyte Concerns

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

  • Hemodialysis and Concepts of Renal Failure
    Anatomy and Physiology | Manifestations | Causes of Renal Failure: Acute and Chronic | Principles of Hemodialysis | Vascular Access: Types, Education, Pros and Cons | Cannulation Techniques
  • Infection Control
    Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Regulations: Bloodborne Pathogens, Infection Control Plans | Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Recommendations | Conditions for Coverage (CfC) Regulations | Issues: Hand Hygiene and Surface Cleaning; Isolation Requirements; Resistant Organizations; Vascular Access Risks; Machines
  • Water and Reuse
    American Advancement for Medical Instrumentation (AAMI) Regulations | Conditions for Coverage | Testing Requirements | Allowable Limits and Action Levels | Water Filters | Reuse: Practice, Pros and Cons, Issues
  • Acute Dialysis and Renal Replacement Therapies
    Acute Kidney Injury | CVV | CVVH | CVVHD | Indications for Therapy
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CNOR® Exam Review

Program Category: Certification Review

Areas of Practice: Administration Ambulatory Care Cardiology Certifications Critical Care Emergency Gastroenterology Med-Surg Neurology Nursing Legalities Orthopedic Pediatrics Pre, Peri, Post-Op Care Progressive Care/Stepdown Pulmonary Rehab Staff Development Women's Health/Perinatal Other

This course is designed for nurses working in the perioperative setting who plan to take the CNOR Certification Exam. The course will focus on core concepts defined by AORN® while caring for all populations. The CNOR Test Blueprint published by CCI® is used to design the course content to enhance the nurse’s knowledge of key information needed to successfully pass the CNOR Certification Exam.

Program Learning Outcomes

This program prepares the learner to:

  • Describe the CNOR Exam, test plan and the practice requirements to sit for the exam.
  • Construct a study plan for the exam based on understanding the blueprint and domains of practice covered.
  • Identify common mistakes and pitfalls that are made during studying and testing for the exam.
  • Recall the core components covered in the exam through didactic supplementation and test questions.

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 4:30 pm

  • It’s All About You
    CNOR Test Information | Study Tips | Good Test-Taking Concepts
  • Domain 9: Professional Accountability
    Scope of Practice | Competency | Evidence-Based Practice | Quality Improvement
  • Domain 1: Preoperative Patient Assessment and Diagnosis
    Patient Identification | Surgical Consent | Preoperative Assessment | Patient Data | Pain Assessment | Advanced Directives | Nursing Diagnosis
  • Domain 2: Plan of Care and Expected Outcomes
    Age Specific Care in the Perioperative Setting | Cultural Competency | PNDS | Preoperative Teaching | Legal and Ethical Considerations
  • Domain 3: Intraoperative Activities
    Universal Protocol | Anesthesia Management | Anesthetic Agents | Medication Labeling | Environmental Controls | Aseptic Technique | Maintaining Sterile Field | Surgical Drapes and Barriers | Positioning | Prevention of Retained Surgical Item | Surgical Prepping | Electrosurgical Principles and Laser Safety | Radiation Safety | Tourniquet Use | Implants and Explants | Specimens | Standard Precautions | Transmission-Based Precautions | Cleaning the OR | Wound Classification

Day 2, 8:00 am to 4:00 pm

  • Domain 3: Intraoperative Activities (cont.)
  • Domain 4: Communication
    Types of Communication | Improving Communication | Critical Values | Medication Safety | HIPPA/Patient Privacy
  • Domain 5: Transfer of Care
    Patient Condition | Interdisciplinary Collaboration | Documentation | Post-Discharge Follow-Up
  • Domain 6: Central Sterile Processing
    Environment of Care | Cleaning and Decontamination | Packaging and Sterilization | Storage
  • Domain 7: Emergency Situations
    Cardiac Arrest | Fire | Malignant Hyperthermia
  • Domain 8: Management
    Critical Thinking | Delegation and Mentor | Healthcare Industry Representatives | Product Evaluation and Selection
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CNRN® Exam Cram

Program Category: Certification Review

Areas of Practice: Administration Ambulatory Care Cardiology Certifications Critical Care Emergency Gastroenterology Med-Surg Neurology Nursing Legalities Orthopedic Pediatrics Pre, Peri, Post-Op Care Progressive Care/Stepdown Pulmonary Rehab Staff Development Women's Health/Perinatal Other

The CNRN Exam Cram course is designed to provide the neuroscience nurse a review of the topics presented in the CNRN Examination. The course outline is based upon the blueprint of the CNRN Examination provided by ABNN. The course provides the participant with hints and easy ways to remember certain pertinent information.

Program Learning Outcomes

This program prepares the learner to:

  • State the CNRN Exam, test plan and the practice requirements to sit for the exam.
  • Construct a study plan for the exam based on understanding the blueprint and domains of practice covered.
  • Identify common mistakes and pitfalls that are made during studying and testing for the exam.
  • Recall the core components covered in the exam through didactic supplementation and test questions.

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.
 

8:00 am to 4:30 pm

  • Cerebrovascular Conditions
  • Brain/Spine Trauma
  • Chronic Neurological Conditions
  • Neuro Immune/Infections
  • Neuro Pediatric/Developmental Conditions
  • Brain/Spine Tumors
  • Seizures
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CNRN® Exam Review

Program Category: Certification Review

Areas of Practice: Administration Ambulatory Care Cardiology Certifications Critical Care Emergency Gastroenterology Med-Surg Neurology Nursing Legalities Orthopedic Pediatrics Pre, Peri, Post-Op Care Progressive Care/Stepdown Pulmonary Rehab Staff Development Women's Health/Perinatal Other

The CNRN Exam Review course is designed to provide the neuroscience nurse a review of the topics presented in the CNRN Examination. The course outline is based upon the blueprint of the CNRN Examination provided by ABNN. The course provides the participant with hints and easy ways to remember certain pertinent information.

Program Learning Outcomes

This program prepares the learner to:

  • Describe the CNRN Exam, test plan and the practice requirements to sit for the exam.
  • Construct a study plan for the exam based on understanding the blueprint and domains of practice covered.
  • Identify common mistakes and pitfalls that are made during studying and testing for the exam.
  • Recall the core components covered in the exam through didactic supplementation and test questions.

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 4:30 pm

  • Neurotrauma
    Traumatic Brain Injury | Spinal Cord Trauma
  • Seizures
    Definitions | Classifications | Post Seizure | Diagnostics | Treatment Status Epilepticus
  • Cerebrovascular
    Risk Factors | Physiology | Symptoms | Emergency Management
  • Pediatric and Developmental
    Chiari Malformations | Spina Bifida | Cerebral Palsy

Day 2, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm

  • Chronic Neurological
    Pain Management | Benign Headaches | Balance Disorders | Dementia | Movement Disorders
  • Tumors
    Classification of Brain Tumors | Common Primary Brain Tumors | Presentation | Prognosis | Treatment
  • Immune/Infections
    Meningitis | Prion Disease | Multiple Sclerosis | Myasthenia Gravis | Demyelinating Polyneuropathy | Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis
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CPAN® Exam Review

Program Category: Certification Review

Areas of Practice: Administration Ambulatory Care Cardiology Certifications Critical Care Emergency Gastroenterology Med-Surg Neurology Nursing Legalities Orthopedic Pediatrics Pre, Peri, Post-Op Care Progressive Care/Stepdown Pulmonary Rehab Staff Development Women's Health/Perinatal Other

This course is designed for nurses working in the perianesthesia setting who plan to take the CPAN® Exam. The course will focus on core concepts defined by ASPAN™ for caring for all populations.

Program Learning Outcomes

This program prepares the learner to:

  • Review key concepts and topics related to the APBANC test blueprint for a candidate to successfully challenge the CPAN® Exam.
  • Review patient clinical data with a focus on perianesthesia complications, anesthesia techniques and drug therapy and perianesthesia medications.
  • Examine practice standards, legal and regulatory requirements related to perianesthesia nursing.
  • Discuss test-taking strategies and critical thinking components for a successful CPAN® Exam.

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 4:00 pm

  • The Exam
    CPAN® Exam | Certification Preparation | Test-Taking Strategies
  • Practice Standards
    The Professional Nurse | Overview of Perianesthesia Nursing and ASPAN™ Standards
  • Legal, Regulatory and Professional Issues
    Legal Terms | Regulatory Bodies | Professional Issues
  • Assessment of the Perianesthesia Patient
    Nursing Process in the Perianesthesia Setting | Perianesthesia Nursing Assessment
  • Age Specific Care in the Perianesthesia Setting
  • Patient Clinical Data Related to Perianesthesia Nursing
    Fluid and Electrolyte Balance | Chemistry Labs | Hematology and Blood Transfusions | ABG Interpretation

Day 2, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm

  • Anesthesia
    Anesthetic Techniques and Blocks | Anesthetic Agents, Drugs and Adjuncts | Herbal Drugs and Homeopathic Treatments Related to Anesthesia Outcomes
  • Medications in the Perianesthesia Setting
    Common Medications Used in Perianesthesia Nursing | Pain Management
  • Patient and Family Education
  • Perianesthesia Complications
    Airway Emergencies | Cardiovascular Emergencies | Hemodynamics | Neurologic Complications | Post-Op Nausea and Vomiting | Malignant Hyperthermia | Management of Hypothermia
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CPAN®/CAPA® Exam Review

Program Category: Certification Review

Areas of Practice: Administration Ambulatory Care Cardiology Certifications Critical Care Emergency Gastroenterology Med-Surg Neurology Nursing Legalities Orthopedic Pediatrics Pre, Peri, Post-Op Care Progressive Care/Stepdown Pulmonary Rehab Staff Development Women's Health/Perinatal Other

This course is designed for nurses working in the perianesthesia setting who plan to take the CPAN®/CAPA® Exam. The course will focus on core concepts defined by ASPAN™ for caring for all populations.

Program Learning Outcomes

This program prepares the learner to:

  • Describe the CPAN®/CAPA® Exam, test plan and the practice requirements to sit for the exam.
  • Construct a study plan for the exam based on understanding the blueprint and domains of practice covered.
  • Identify common mistakes and pitfalls that are made during studying and testing for the exam.
  • Recall the core components covered in the exam through didactic supplementation and test questions.

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 4:00 pm

  • The Test
    CPAN® and CAPA® Test | Certification Preparation | Test-Taking Strategies
  • Practice Standards
    The Professional Nurse | Overview of Perianesthesia Nursing and ASPAN™ Standards
  • Legal, Regulatory and Professional Issues
    Legal Terms, Regulatory Bodies and Professional Issues
  • Assessment of the Perianesthesia Patient
    Nursing Process in the Perianesthesia Setting | Perianesthesia Nursing Assessment
  • Age Specific Care in the Perianesthesia Setting
  • Patient Clinical Data Related to Perianesthesia Nursing
    Fluid and Electrolyte Balance | Chemistry Labs | Hematology and Blood Transfusions
  • ABG Interpretation

Day 2, 8:00 am to 4:45 pm

  • Anesthesia
    Anesthetic Techniques and Blocks | Anesthetic Agents, Drugs and Adjuncts
  • Herbal Drugs and Homeopathic Treatments Related to Anesthesia Outcomes
  • Medications in the Perianesthesia Setting
    Common Medications Used in Perianesthesia Nursing | Pain Management
  • Education
    Patient and Family Education
  • Perianesthesia Complications
    Airway Emergencies | Cardiovascular Emergencies | Hemodynamics | Neurologic Complications | Post-Op Nausea and Vomiting | Malignant Hyperthermia | Management of Hypothermia
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CPEN® Exam Review

Program Category: Certification Review

Areas of Practice: Administration Ambulatory Care Cardiology Certifications Critical Care Emergency Gastroenterology Med-Surg Neurology Nursing Legalities Orthopedic Pediatrics Pre, Peri, Post-Op Care Progressive Care/Stepdown Pulmonary Rehab Staff Development Women's Health/Perinatal Other

The Pediatric Emergency Nurse serves on the front lines, advocating and caring for children presenting to the pediatric emergency setting. To function effectively in this role, this nurse must be able to quickly and efficiently assess the patient and family, recognize life-threatening challenges specific to the pediatric population and use critical thinking to affect positive outcomes. This course is designed to assist that nurse in meeting the challenge through preparation for the Certification in Pediatric Emergency Nursing Exam.* It also serves as a comprehensive focused review, geared towards delivering challenging topics in a manner that is easy to understand and transfer to the real world clinical scenario.

Program Learning Outcomes

This program prepares the learner to:

  • Describe and apply principles of age specific assessment and triage.
  • Apply principles of growth and development to care of pediatric patients.
  • Recognize signs and symptoms of common emergencies.
  • Perform various tasks related to care of the pediatric patients.
  • Describe common mechanisms of injury for pediatric patients.
  • Identify and prioritize appropriate nursing interventions.
  • Recognize patterns of child maltreatment, abuse and neglect.
  • Apply legal concepts of EMTALA, assent/consent, evidence collection and discharge care/instructions.

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

  • Triage
    Sick, Sicker, Sickest Concepts | Pediatric Assessment | Triage Acuity Levels | Triage Interventions | Medication Administration | Principles of Decon in Pediatrics
  • Alphabet Soup
    Primary and Secondary Assessments | History Taking and CIAMPEDS | Prioritizing Care | Growth and Development | Developmental Considerations of the Special Needs Child | Pain Assessment and Management | Procedural Sedation | Assessment and Care of the Family
  • You Take My Breath Away
    Technical Skills Related to Airway and Ventilatory Management | Respiratory Mechanical Emergencies | Respiratory Diseases | Respiratory Congenital Disorders
  • My Child is Burnin’ Up
    Technical Skills | Fever Management | Hematology and Oncology | Endocrinology | Dermatology | Communicable Diseases | Trauma: Mechanism of Injury
  • Neonates in a Nutshell
    Technical Skills | Thermoregulation | Neonatal Sepsis | Newborn Resuscitation | Congenital Anomalies
  • Who Ate My Skittles?
    Common Toxicologic Emergencies | Toxicologic Treatment Modalities | Heat and Cold Related Emergencies | Burns | Bites and Stings | Submersion and Near-Drowning
  • This is NOT My Child
    Assess Psychosocial Status and Risk for Violence | Suicidal Ideations and Attempt | Homicidal Ideations and Attempt | Acute Psychosis | Aggressive Behavior | Substance Abuse | Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • “He Just Fell Off the Couch”
    Suspected Abuse, Neglect and Maltreatment | Pattern Injuries | Shaken Impact Syndrome | Munchausen by Proxy | Emotional Abuse | Sexual Abuse and Assault

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

  • My Achy Breaky Heart
    Technical Skills | Cardiac Tamponade | Shock | Rhythm Disturbances | CHF| Infections | Kawasaki Disease | Heart Defects
  • My Noggin
    Technical Skills | Shunt Malfunction | Tumors | Herniation | Seizures | Meningitis, Encephalitis | Reyes Syndrome | Stroke | Headache | Head Trauma | Hydrocephalus | AV Malformations
  • You Put What...Where?
    Technical Skills | Foreign Bodies | Hyphema | Ludwigs Angina | Facial and Dental Trauma: Tooth Avulsion
  • Mommy, My Tummy Hurts
    Technical Skills | Obstruction | Intussusception | Volvulus | Hernia–Incarcerated | Pyloric Stenosis | Hirschsprung's | Abdominal Trauma | Appendicitis | Necrotizing Enterocolitis | Gastroenteritis | Dehydration | Fluid and Electrolyte Imbalance | Congenital | TE Fistula | Nutrition | FTT | Formula Intolerance | Obesity
  • It Hurts When I Tinkle
    Technical Skills | Stricture | Ovarian Cyst | Testicular Torsion | Ectopic Pregnancy | Straddle Injury (Male and Female) | UTI | Nephrotic Syndrome | Renal Failure | STD | Vaginal Bleeding | Urethral Valve Disease
  • Sticks and Stones May Break My Bones
    Technical Skills | Traction | Splinting | Fractures | Lacerations | Dislocations | Sprains and Strains | Slipped Capital Femoral Epiphysis | Compartment Syndrome | Septic Joint
  • Just the Facts
    Patient Identification | Specimen Collection | Informed Consent and Assent | Forensic Evidence Collection, Chain of Custody | EMTALA | CISD | Conflict Resolution with Family | Injury Prevention: Promote Patient Safety, Health and Wellness in Community
  • Certification Exam Prep


*CPEN® and the test name Certified Pediatric Emergency Nurse exam are property of the trademark holders: the Pediatric Nursing Certification Board (PNCB) and the Board of Certification for Emergency Nursing (BCEN®). PNCB and BCEN® are not affiliated with MED-ED or this website.

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Critical Care Concepts: Beyond the Basics

Program Category: Continuing Education Course

Areas of Practice: Administration Ambulatory Care Cardiology Certifications Critical Care Emergency Gastroenterology Med-Surg Neurology Nursing Legalities Orthopedic Pediatrics Pre, Peri, Post-Op Care Progressive Care/Stepdown Pulmonary Rehab Staff Development Women's Health/Perinatal Other

Although there are many programs available for those working in critical care, there is a need for those who are considered the “experts” to be challenged and further build their critical-thinking skills. With the constant changes in evidence-based practice driving what and why we do what we do, for many of us the only way to stay on top of the changes is through interaction in seminar format. Come learn, grow and be challenged as we move beyond the basics with the sickest of our patients.

Program Learning Outcomes

This program prepares the learner to:

  • Apply advanced critical thinking skills in the management of the complex critically ill patient.
  • Identify current evidence-based practices for patient management.
  • Discuss rationales for selected interventions, including invasive and noninvasive therapies.

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 4:30 pm

  • Introduction
    Advanced Critical Care Concepts | Consequences of Critical Care Illness | Goals of Critical Care
  • Advanced Assessment: Advanced Physiology Review
    The Complex Critically Ill Patient | Cardiac Function | Pulmonary Function
  • Abdominal Assessment
    Intra-Abdominal Pressure | Compartment Syndrome | Assessment of Ileus and Complex Syndromes of Bowel Complications | Feeding Assessment | C. difficile
  • Neurological Assessment
    ICP Monitoring | Advanced Assessment of Increased ICP | Cerebral Blood Flow Issues
  • Hematology, Summary of Complex Critical Illness
    Review of Coagulation

Day 2, 8:00 am to 4:00 pm

  • Heart Failure
    Improvements in Function | Acute or Chronic Decompensation | IABP/VAD/TAH/Impella
  • Neurological Injury
    Acute Brain Injury | Induced Hypothermic Therapy
  • Pulmonary Injury
    Strategies of Ventilation | Diagnosis and Treatment of Pulmonary Hypertension | ARDS | Strategies to Improve Oxygenation | PAD Protocol and ABCDE | Pulmonary Embolus
  • Sepsis
    Bundles of Care
  • Summary
    How to Evaluate Your Practice | How to Institute Change in Your Practice
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Critical Care Nuts & Bolts

Program Category: Continuing Education Course

Areas of Practice: Administration Ambulatory Care Cardiology Certifications Critical Care Emergency Gastroenterology Med-Surg Neurology Nursing Legalities Orthopedic Pediatrics Pre, Peri, Post-Op Care Progressive Care/Stepdown Pulmonary Rehab Staff Development Women's Health/Perinatal Other

The purpose of this program is to provide a basic overview of common complications encountered in the critical care environment. We will discuss clinical assessment findings, as well as various etiologies that contribute to these conditions. This course will discuss the spectrum of chest pain, causes and treatment. We will provide an in-depth review of Acute Coronary Syndromes, recognition of ischemia vs. infarction, as well as treatment modalities for each. We will also review the various types of heart failure, differentiating between systolic and diastolic dysfunction, as well as treatment recommendations. As the number of patients diagnosed with heart failure continues to rise, we will also see an increase in comorbidities with our patients. Increased recognition and awareness of the pathophysiological processes are essential in providing safe, comprehensive care in today’s healthcare environment.

This course will also discuss pulmonary assessment skills, as well as a thorough review of arterial blood gas analysis and interpretation. Renal failure will also be reviewed; discussing the incidence and causes of both acute and chronic renal failure. We will end the course with a review of current data related to patients with sepsis—recognizing the signs and discussing Early Goal Directed therapy. Emphasis will be placed on early recognition and initiation of recommended protocols to improve patient outcomes.

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 4:30 pm

  • Chest Pain: When to Worry
    ACS Protocols and Pharmacology | ECG: Ischemia or Infarction | Pericarditis | Non-Cardiac Conditions of Chest Pain
  • Heart Failure: The Epidemic
    Evaluation of Heart Failure | Systolic vs. Diastolic Dysfunction | Treatment Modalities
  • Pulmonary Assessment
    Physical Examination | The Chest X-Ray | ABG Interpretation
  • The Patient with Shortness of Breath
    Acute Respiratory Failure | Pulmonary Embolism | ARDS
  • Recognizing Renal Failure
    Acute Renal Failure | Chronic Renal Failure | The RIFLE Study and Criteria

Day 2, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm

  • Neuro Complications: Acute Change in Level of Consciousness
    Assessment | Increased ICP | Labs and Data | Ischemic and Hemorrhagic Stroke | Delirium vs. Dementia
  • Interpreting Lab Values
    Differentiating the CBC | Life-Threatening Electrolyte Disorders
  • Interpreting Hemodynamic Parameters
    Fluid and Vasopressor Management | Waveform Analysis | Case Studies
  • Troubleshooting Ventilators
    Modes | Complications | Case Studies in Troubleshooting
  • Sepsis: Are You Ready?
    Identification of the Septic Patient | Bundles and Protocols | Treatment | Measuring Outcomes
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Crossing the Quality Chasm

Program Category: Continuing Education Course

Areas of Practice: Administration Ambulatory Care Cardiology Certifications Critical Care Emergency Gastroenterology Med-Surg Neurology Nursing Legalities Orthopedic Pediatrics Pre, Peri, Post-Op Care Progressive Care/Stepdown Pulmonary Rehab Staff Development Women's Health/Perinatal Other

Crossing the Quality Chasm provides a look at the historical aspects of healthcare quality and the evolution of those programs to present day mandated and elective quality initiatives. The information is brought to you with real-life case studies to demonstrate trends and legal liabilities of process failure and ways to mitigate your practice risk.

Program Learning Outcomes

This program prepares the learner to:

  • Discuss historical quality programs.
  • Understand the evolution of healthcare quality initiatives.
  • Discuss areas of practice liability.
  • Create process improvements to mitigate risk.

Agenda

Sign-in begins at 7:30 am.The day includes a break of 15 minutes. The order of lectures presented and break times may vary according to speaker preference

8:00 am to 5:30 pm

  • Historical Perspective of Healthcare Quality and Recent History, Emphasis
    Quality Audits | CQM | CQI | To Err is Human, 1999 | Pockets of Quality | The Quality Chasm: Faces of Quality
  • Mandated vs. Elective Programs
    Meaningful Use | Physician and Care Criteria | JACHO/TJC | Certification | Consortiums | Baldridge | Magnet Status
  • Environmental and Cultural Influences
    Culture of Care | Staff Education | Staff Engagement | Risk Management
  • Legal Relationship Between Quality and Practice
    Patient Safety Goals | Standards of Care | Care Guidelines | Best Practices | Case Studies
  • Case Studies
    Electronic Records
  • Conclusion
    Future of Healthcare Quality
  • Adjourn
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CRRN® Exam Review

Program Category: Certification Review

Areas of Practice: Administration Ambulatory Care Cardiology Certifications Critical Care Emergency Gastroenterology Med-Surg Neurology Nursing Legalities Orthopedic Pediatrics Pre, Peri, Post-Op Care Progressive Care/Stepdown Pulmonary Rehab Staff Development Women's Health/Perinatal Other

This two-day seminar is for nurses providing care to rehabilitation patients. It is designed to enhance the skills of rehabilitation nurses working in a variety of inpatient or outpatient settings. Rehabilitation nursing standards of care and practice will be reviewed. Participants will gain additional skills to manage the complex needs of rehabilitation patients as well as work more effectively in the interdisciplinary team.

Program Learning Outcomes

This program prepares the learner to:

  • Describe the history and evolution of rehabilitation care.
  • Discuss the standards of care and practice for rehabilitation nurses.
  • Discuss the role of the rehabilitation nurse in the care and treatment of patients across the continuum of care.
  • Describe disease processes that relate to patients requiring rehabilitation.

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

  • History, Philosophy and Theories of Rehabilitation | Ethics and Bio-Ethics
  • Nutrition
  • Elimination
  • Neuro Assessment
  • Stroke
  • Communication
  • Brain Injury
  • Cardiac and Pulmonary
  • Sleep and Rest
  • Q & A Session

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

  • Neuromuscular Diseases
  • Gerontological Nursing
  • Growth and Development | Pediatric Issues
  • Pain Management
  • Orthopedic | Musculoskeletal | Disuse
  • Self-Care and ADLs
  • SCI
  • Amputees
  • Sexuality and Sexual Function
  • Role Changes and Psychosocial Aspects of Disability
  • Team Communication
  • Case Management | Discharge Planning
  • Test-Taking Strategies
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Current Concepts in Cardiopulmonary Care

Program Category: Continuing Education Course

Areas of Practice: Administration Ambulatory Care Cardiology Certifications Critical Care Emergency Gastroenterology Med-Surg Neurology Nursing Legalities Orthopedic Pediatrics Pre, Peri, Post-Op Care Progressive Care/Stepdown Pulmonary Rehab Staff Development Women's Health/Perinatal Other

This two-day course is geared to providing the new and experienced nurse, CRNA and respiratory therapist with a review of cardiopulmonary system pathophysiology along with common issues seen often in today’s environment. Also a review of heart failure, along with pulmonary hypertension, will be presented with common treatment plans. Finally, a discussion and presentation of sepsis and its effects on the heart and lungs will also be presented. 

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Dementia Across the Spectrum

Program Category: Continuing Education Course

Areas of Practice: Administration Ambulatory Care Cardiology Certifications Critical Care Emergency Gastroenterology Med-Surg Neurology Nursing Legalities Orthopedic Pediatrics Pre, Peri, Post-Op Care Progressive Care/Stepdown Pulmonary Rehab Staff Development Women's Health/Perinatal Other

This course is designed to update healthcare practitioners who care for patients with cognitive impairments. Areas that will be covered include pathophysiology, pharmacologic strategies, behavior and cognitive therapies and end-of-life care.

Program Learning Outcomes

This program prepares the learner to:

  • Recognize individuals with different types of cognitive impairments.
  • Identify pharmacologic interventions, including benefits and risks, of common medications used in the cognitively impaired individual.
  • Formulate a behavior management plan for a cognitively impaired person.
  • Identify the common pathways to death and management strategies for cognitively impaired individuals with advanced disease.

Agenda

Sign-in begins at 7:30 am. The 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.

8:00 am to 4:00 pm

  • Overview of Dementia
    Types | Pathophysiology | Treatment Strategies
  • Pharmacologic Approach to Dementia
    Geriatric Pharmacology Principles | Interactions and Side Effects
  • Family Dynamics
    Communication Strategies | Caregiver Stress
  • Behavioral Approach to Dementia
    Disturbing Behaviors vs. Disturbed Behaviors | Staging Recommendations
  • Dying with Dementia
    Common Causes | Terminal Anorexia and Dehydration | Comfort Measures
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Demystifying X-Ray and Lab Findings: Are You Understanding the Clues?

Program Category: Continuing Education Course

Areas of Practice: Administration Ambulatory Care Cardiology Certifications Critical Care Emergency Gastroenterology Med-Surg Neurology Nursing Legalities Orthopedic Pediatrics Pre, Peri, Post-Op Care Progressive Care/Stepdown Pulmonary Rehab Staff Development Women's Health/Perinatal Other

No matter what your area of expertise, no field in medicine spends enough time training you for radiographic or lab interpretation. Join us as we demystify the interpretation of both X-rays and lab findings to help you gain the clues you need to provide better care to your patients. What we understand, we can then use to set up the plan of the day, to progress the patient towards good outcomes and to predict the next step in the treatment goal. Data collection and understanding are important steps in the development of critical thinking. Join us and hone those critical thinking skills in this one-day program.

Program Learning Outcomes

This program prepares the learner to:

  • Understand the intricacies of the differential on CBC.
  • Use a three-part tool to make interpretation of ABGs fast and easy
  • Understand the five areas of quick assessment of the chest X-ray and what abnormal findings are indicating.
  • Predict causes of acute renal failure by looking at lab findings and learn causes of each.
  • Calculate the corrected calcium to drive need for intervention.
  • Learn the new lab helping identify those patients at a high risk for progressing to severe sepsis.

Agenda

Sign-in begins at 7:30 am. The 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.

8:00 am to 4:00 pm

  • Why are Labs So Important?
    Findings and the Patient's Plan | Cost of Healthcare and Testing
  • CBC
    Changes to WBC Counts | RBCs—Anemias and Polycythemia | H & H | Platelets | Critical Values for the CBC | The Differential—Now We're Looking for Clues! | Shift to the Left, Shift to the Right | Example of Shift to the Left
  • Coag Labs
    The Coag Panel: APTT, PT, INR | The Clotting Cascade | Meds and the Coag Panel
  • DIC Panels, Including D-Dimer
    Understanding DIC | Reading the DIC Panel | Treating DIC | Case Study
  • Cardiac Labs and ECG Changes
    The Coronary Artery Tree | STEMI vs. NSTEMI | ECG Clues to Cardiac Muscles Ischemia and Infarct | Telling ACS from an Acute MI | Cardiac Panels | Troponin "Leaks"—Identifying Non-Cardiac Causes | Understanding the BNP | Case Study
  • ABGs
    Understanding Compensatory Mechanisms | Normal Ranges | Abnormal ABG Findings and Common Causes | Three-Step Tool for Making Interpretation Fast and Easy | Practice Reading ABGs
  • Labs of Sepsis
    SIRS, Sepsis, Severe Sepsis, Septic Shock and MODS | Identifying High Risk Populations | Lactate | Procalcitonin | Base Excess | WBCs and the "Shift" | Cultures and Sensitivities
  • X-Ray Interpretation
    Points of Normal Chest X-Ray | Clues on the Chest X-Ray for Pulmonary Reasons | Clues on the Chest XRay for Cardiac Reasons | Fractures and Healing | Other Points of Interest
  • The CMP = BMP + LFTs
    Understanding the Liver | Liver Function Tests | What are Abnormal Findings Telling Us? | Breaking the Total Bilirubin Down | Common Liver Failure Complications
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Developing Collegial Workplaces

Program Category: Continuing Education Course

Areas of Practice: Administration Ambulatory Care Cardiology Certifications Critical Care Emergency Gastroenterology Med-Surg Neurology Nursing Legalities Orthopedic Pediatrics Pre, Peri, Post-Op Care Progressive Care/Stepdown Pulmonary Rehab Staff Development Women's Health/Perinatal Other

Lateral violence or workplace bullying are terms used to define actions between colleagues. However, how do you know if this is happening in your workplace? If you do know it’s happening, what can you do to mitigate its effects personally and professionally? What can you do as a leader at the bedside or as a leader of your unit? This course will discuss these questions and more with interactive audience discussion and sharing of ideas, concerns and questions.

Program Learning Outcomes

This program prepares the learner to:

  • Identify what lateral violence looks like in the workplace and its effects.
  • Relate positive and negative communication methods.
  • Describe how to communicate with colleagues effectively.

Agenda

Sign-in begins at 7:30 am. The 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.

8:00 am to 4:30 pm

  • Introduction
    Definitions | Behaviors | Current Research | Result of Effects on Workforce
  • Methods for Deterring
    Behaviors | Support | Colleagues
  • Positive Communication Methods
    Inquiry | Advocacy
  • Audience Scenario Interaction
    Questions with Discussion
  • Developing Leadership at the Bedside
    Initiative Focus | Developing Staff Involvement | Mentorship
  • Group Work
    Discuss Various Workplace Environments | How to Incorporate Concepts Described in this Course
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Electronic Fetal Monitoring Exam Review

Program Category: Certification Review

Areas of Practice: Administration Ambulatory Care Cardiology Certifications Critical Care Emergency Gastroenterology Med-Surg Neurology Nursing Legalities Orthopedic Pediatrics Pre, Peri, Post-Op Care Progressive Care/Stepdown Pulmonary Rehab Staff Development Women's Health/Perinatal Other

This course will review test content outline and the associated competencies to prepare for the 2012 NCC subspecialty examination in Electronic Fetal Monitoring. Content will include fetal heart monitoring (FHM) pattern recognition and interpretation using NICHD definitions; review of the physiology of maternal fetal oxygenation and other factors impacting on the neuromodulation of fetal heart rate, complications of labor and the potential effects on FHM data; review interventions and management targeted to the physiology of FHR patterns. Content will be applied in the context of case studies. Adjunct fetal assessment, legal aspects of FHM and equipment troubleshooting will be reviewed.

Program Learning Outcomes

This program prepares the learner to:

  • Apply NICHD terminology to fetal heart rate pattern recognition, interpretation and assessment.
  • Discuss factors affecting fetal oxygenation, including fetal heart rate regulation; maternal and fetal physiology; complications of pregnancy and labor, drug effects and dysrhythmias.
  • Review appropriate nursing interventions and actions targeted to the physiology of the FHM patterns.
  • Discuss adjunct fetal assessment, including fetal acid base interpretation and the biophysical profile.
  • Incorporate knowledge of legal responsibilities and liabilities related to FHM data into a plan of care.

Agenda

Sign-in begins at 7:30 am. The 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.

8:00 am to 4:30 pm

  • About the Test, Test-Taking Skills
    Scheduling the Test, Computer Testing Overview | How Multiple Choice Questions are Constructed | Study Tips and Skills | Managing Test Anxiety
  • Equipment Overview and Patient Education
    Internal vs. External FHR and Uterine Contraction Monitoring | Equipment Failure and Troubleshooting | Continuous vs. Intermittent Monitoring | Positioning and Movement in Labor | Volume Control | Normal Patterns of FHR
  • Physiology of Fetal Oxygenation: Extrinsic Factors
    Maternal Cardiac Output | Maternal Medical History | Uterine Contraction Frequency, Duration and Intensity | Effects of Maternal Cardiac Output | Exchange Mechanisms | Alterations in Cord Blood Flow
  • Physiology of Fetal Oxygenation: Intrinsic Factors
    Autonomic Nervous System: Sympathetic and Parasympathetic | Alterations in Blood Pressure: Cord Compression | Alterations in Oxygenation: O2, CO2 and pH | Epinephrine, Norepinephrine, Renin and Angiotensin
  • Pattern Recognition, Interpretation and Intervention
    Baseline Rate | Baseline Variability | Accelerations | Decelerations | NICHC Classification of FHR and Implications for Care
  • Dysrhythmias and Variant Patterns
    SVT | Heart Block | Ectopic Beats
  • Complications of Pregnancy and Birth
    Preterm Patterns | Hypertensive Disorders | Postdates Pregnancy | Diabetes | Infections | Multi-Fetal Pregnancy
  • Adjunct Fetal Assessment
    Adjunct Methods of Fetal Assessment | Fetal Cord Blood Acid Base Results
  • Legal Aspects of Fetal Monitoring and Chain of Command
    Elements of Nursing Documentation for EFM Data | Chain of Command and Nursing Failure to Rescue
  • Q & A Session
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Emergency Nursing Exam Review

Program Category: Certification Review

Areas of Practice: Administration Ambulatory Care Cardiology Certifications Critical Care Emergency Gastroenterology Med-Surg Neurology Nursing Legalities Orthopedic Pediatrics Pre, Peri, Post-Op Care Progressive Care/Stepdown Pulmonary Rehab Staff Development Women's Health/Perinatal Other

Follows American and Canadian Blueprints

This course is a review of emergency nursing designed to assist the participant to be successful in obtaining specialty certification. This course also provides opportunity for the certified nurse to maintain certification and stay up-to-date on emergency nursing care. The course offers lectures, graphics, videos and practice questions in many of the areas that are tested on the Board of Certification of Emergency Nursing (BCEN®) CEN® Exam and the Canadian Nurses Association (CNA) Emergency Nursing Certification 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 BCEN®’s CEN® or CNA’s ENC(C) 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:

  • Describe the CEN® or ENC(C) Exam, test plan and the practice requirements to sit for the exam.
  • Construct a study plan for the exam based on understanding the blueprint, competencies and domains of practice covered.
  • Identify common mistakes and pitfalls that are made during studying and testing for the exam.
  • Recall the core components covered in the exam through didactic supplementation and test questions.

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

  • Exam Process
    Review of Exams | Test-Taking Strategies | Certification and Re-Certification
  • Professional Issues
    Triage, Stabilization, and Transport | End-of-Life Issues | Legal and Ethical Issues | Evidence-Based Practice and Research | Disaster Planning | Critical Incident Stress Management | Nursing Leadership and Delegation
  • Shock
    Hypovolemic Shock | Cardiogenic Shock | Obstructive Shock | Distributive Shock | Resuscitation Management
  • Neurological Emergencies
    Neurological Assessment | Headaches | Seizures | Stroke | Intracranial Trauma | Spinal Cord Injuries
  • Environmental and Toxicological Emergencies
    Heat and Cold Related Injuries | Burns | Submersion and Diving Injuries | Animal and Insect Bites and Stings | Review of Common Toxicological Agents and Management
  • Medical Emergencies
    Communicable Diseases | Electrolyte and Endocrine Disorders | Hematological Disorders | Childhood Diseases

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

  • Respiratory Emergencies
    Physiology of Ventilation| Disorders of the Upper and Lower Respiratory Tract | Thoracic Trauma | Blood Gas Analysis | Respiratory Medications
  • Cardiovascular Emergencies
    Coronary Artery Disease | Hypertensive Emergencies | Peripheral Vascular Diseases | Cardiac Medications
  • 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 | STIs
  • Orthopedic and Wound Emergencies
    Injuries to Bones, Joints and Soft Tissue | Compartment Syndrome | Fat Emboli | Wound Care
  • Maxillofacial Emergencies
    Ocular Emergencies | Ear and Nasal Emergencies | Mouth and Throat Emergencies | Facial Trauma
  • Psychological-Social Emergencies
    Anxiety Disorders | Psychotic and Mood Disorders | Substance Abuse | Maltreatment Abuse | Medication Review
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Emergency Triage: Assess & Intervene

Program Category: Continuing Education Course

Areas of Practice: Administration Ambulatory Care Cardiology Certifications Critical Care Emergency Gastroenterology Med-Surg Neurology Nursing Legalities Orthopedic Pediatrics Pre, Peri, Post-Op Care Progressive Care/Stepdown Pulmonary Rehab Staff Development Women's Health/Perinatal Other

This intense one-day review will cover one of the most critical assignments for the ED nurse: triage. This program will review gathering a patient’s history, assessment skills and critical thinking. This course is designed to provide participants with a review of systems and discuss common emergencies for each system. Interactive triage case studies will challenge even the most seasoned nurses.

Program Learning Outcomes

This program prepares the learner to:

  • Describe the benefits of a 5-level triage system.
  • Assign the appropriate triage category to common ED presentations.
  • Describe resources needed for a variety of patient complaints.
  • Describe age-appropriate differences when triaging pediatric and geriatric populations.

Agenda

Sign-in begins at 7:30 am. The 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.

8:00 am to 5:00 pm

  • Goals and Guidelines for Triage
    History of Triage | Regulatory Considerations | Medical Screening | Types of Triage
  • 5-Level Triage
    ESI | CTC-Canada | Manchester-United Kingdom | Australasion Triage Scale (ATS)
  • The Triage Process
    Components | Quick Look Assessment | Patient History | Focused Physical Assessment | Red Flags | 
    Interventions | Resource Utilization
  • Triaging Respiratory Complaints
    Respiratory Assessment | Respiratory History | Difficulty Breathing
  • Triaging Cardiac Complaints
    Cardiac Assessment | Cardiac History | Chest Pain | ECG Changes | Differential Diagnosis of Chest Pain
  • Triaging Abdominal Complaints
    Complaints by Quadrants | Separating the B’s From the C’s
  • Triaging Neurological Complaints
    Stroke | Seizures | Head Trauma | LOC | Headaches
  • Triaging EENT Complaints
    Ocular | Nasal | Dental | Facial | Throat/Neck Complaints
  • Triaging Ortho/Integumentary Complaints
    Wounds | Ortho Injuries | Non-Traumatic Extremity Pain | Bites/Stings | Back Pain
  • Triaging Psychiatric Complaints
    Alcohol and Drug Use | Altered Mental Status | Confusion | Depression | Suicidal Behavior/Ideation
  • Specific Patient Populations
    Pediatric | Geriatric | Obstetric | Domestic Violence | Non-Accidental Trauma
  • ESI Triage Process
    You Make the Call | Triage Case Studies
  • Questions, Wrap-Up and Evaluation
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Essentials in Emergency Nursing

Program Category: Continuing Education Course

Areas of Practice: Administration Ambulatory Care Cardiology Certifications Critical Care Emergency Gastroenterology Med-Surg Neurology Nursing Legalities Orthopedic Pediatrics Pre, Peri, Post-Op Care Progressive Care/Stepdown Pulmonary Rehab Staff Development Women's Health/Perinatal Other

This course is a review of emergency nursing designed to assist the participant to be successful in 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.

Program Learning Outcomes

This program prepares the learner to:

  • Discuss priorities of the primary and secondary assessment of patients presenting in the emergency department.
  • Explain basic principles of patient management, disaster management and selected professional issues common to emergency nursing.

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 4:30 pm

  • Professional Issues
    Legal and Professional Issues | Patient Transport | Triage and Priority Setting | Patient Assessment | Patient and Family Education | Organ Donation | Disaster Management
  • Shock
    Hypovolemic Shock | Cardiogenic Shock | Obstructive Shock | Distributive Shock
  • Neurological Emergencies
    Headaches | Stroke | Intracranial Trauma | Spinal Cord Injury
  • Environmental
    Heat and Cold Related Illnesses | Burns | Submersion and Diving Injuries | Animal Injuries
  • Toxicological
    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 GU Tract | Renal Disorders | Obstetrical Complications | Care During and After Emergency Delivery | Gynecological Presentations | STDs
  • Orthopedic and Wound Emergencies
    Injuries to Bones and Joints | Compartment Syndrome | Fat Emboli
  • Maxillofacial Emergencies
    Ocular | Auricular | Nasal | Mouth and Throat | Facial Trauma
  • Psychological-Social Emergencies
    Anxiety and Psychotic Disorders | Affect Disorders | Substance Abuse | Maltreatment Abuse
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Essentials of Pain Management

Program Category: Continuing Education Course

Areas of Practice: Administration Ambulatory Care Cardiology Certifications Critical Care Emergency Gastroenterology Med-Surg Neurology Nursing Legalities Orthopedic Pediatrics Pre, Peri, Post-Op Care Progressive Care/Stepdown Pulmonary Rehab Staff Development Women's Health/Perinatal Other

This two-day seminar is designed to follow the blueprint for the Pain Management Nursing Board Certification, but it is also relevant for all nurses caring for patients in pain. The course addresses both acute and chronic pain syndromes of all ages. The course will also cover specialty populations, such as the cognitively impaired and addicts. It includes various aspects of pain: physiology, assessment, interventions that include both non-pharmacological treatments and complementary alternatives, crisis management and the ethics of pain.

Program Learning Outcomes

This program prepares the learner to:

  • Discuss the physiology of the pain process, including the transmission, perception and modulation of pain.
  • Describe the components of a complete pain assessment and identify tools available for recording the pain assessment.
  • Discuss the difference between opioid, nonopioid and adjuvant therapy, and identify the general side effects of each.
  • Identify common side effects of spinal analgesia and state the indications for transdermal and PCA.
  • Identify the alternative and complementary therapies used for pain management.
  • Discuss the ethical issues of pain management in end-of-life care.

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 4:00 pm

  • Pathophysiology of Pain
    Acute vs. Chronic | Nociceptive vs. Neuropathic | Science of Pain | Consequences of Unrelieved Pain
  • Pain Assessment
    Components of Pain Assessment | Tools | Associated Symptoms
  • Common Pain Syndromes
    Cancer | Lower Back Pain | Bone Pain | Complex Regional Pain Syndromes (CRPS) | TMJ | Headaches
  • Sedation
    Assessment of Sedation | Tools | Anxiolytics | Non-Pharmacological Management of Sedation
  • Psychosocial Issues of Pain
    Assessment of Patient and Family’s Barriers to Pain Management | Quality of Life | Coping Strategies | Spiritual Care

Day 2, 8:00 am to 3:30 pm

  • Pharmacological Management of Pain
    Opioid | Nonopioid | Adjuvants | Side Effects
  • Routes of Treatment
    Oral, IV, IM | PCA | Transdermal | Spinal
  • Chronic Use and Abuse: Pain Management
    Opioid Withdrawal | Addiction, Tolerance | Physical Addiction and Pseudoaddiction
  • Non-Pharmacological Treatment and Complementary Alternatives
    Physical (Exercises, Spinal Stimulators, Massage, Thermal, Positioning) | Environmental | Magnets | Acupuncture, Chiropractory | Homeopathy | Herbals
  • Crisis Management of Pain
    Intractable Pain | Suicide | Chronic Pain Syndromes
  • Ethics of Pain Management
    Bias | Placebo Use | End-of-Life Considerations | Patient Self-Determination
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Essentials of Pediatric Critical Care

Program Category: Continuing Education Course

Areas of Practice: Administration Ambulatory Care Cardiology Certifications Critical Care Emergency Gastroenterology Med-Surg Neurology Nursing Legalities Orthopedic Pediatrics Pre, Peri, Post-Op Care Progressive Care/Stepdown Pulmonary Rehab Staff Development Women's Health/Perinatal Other

Caring for complex critically ill children is both rewarding and challenging. Essentials of Pediatric Critical Care is a course designed to assist pediatric critical care nurses to learn how to think quickly and independently to assess patients and provide immediate care.

This course will use a systems approach to review the essential aspects of nursing care in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit. Teaching methods to be utilized during this review include lecture, case studies, discussion and practice questions. The information provided will benefit the critical care nurse through the enhancement of knowledge concerning the continuum of care for the pediatric critical care patient.

Program Learning Outcomes

This program prepares the learner to:

  • Review test-taking strategies.
  • Review the AACN Synergy Model.
  • Review critical physiology of each core body system.
  • Discuss significant assessment and diagnostic findings for each core body system.
  • Discuss etiology, pathophysiology, clinical presentation, diagnostic findings and specific patient management of commonly seen critical care conditions.

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 4:00 pm

  • Neurology
  • Renal
  • Cardiovascular
  • Endocrine
  • Synergy
  • Sample Questions

Day 2, 8:00 am to 4:00 pm

  • Hematology and Immunology
  • Pulmonary
  • Gastrointestinal
  • Shock, MOSF and Trauma
  • Toxicology, Near-Drowning and Oncological Emergencies
  • Sample Questions
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Essentials of Pediatric Neurology

Program Category: Continuing Education Course

Areas of Practice: Administration Ambulatory Care Cardiology Certifications Critical Care Emergency Gastroenterology Med-Surg Neurology Nursing Legalities Orthopedic Pediatrics Pre, Peri, Post-Op Care Progressive Care/Stepdown Pulmonary Rehab Staff Development Women's Health/Perinatal Other

This program is designed to assist medical professionals who care for the child with neurological diagnoses and related complications. Topics covered will enable the participant to increase understanding of how pediatric neurological disorders are diagnosed and managed, where and when children are referred for needed therapies and what prognosis holds. It will also provide an overview of neurologic conditions, evaluation and treatment options. The diagnosis and practice of neurology is complex due to the variation within disorders, however, the use of case presentations in this seminar will provide a comprehensive, clear overview of common and uncommon neurological problems.

Program Learning Outcomes

This program prepares the learner to:

  • Understand the fragile newborn brain and how various injuries can result in neurological complications.
  • Identify various modalities used in the management of the child with cerebral palsy.
  • Describe childhood epilepsies, treatment options and outcomes.
  • Recognize signs and symptoms of genetic disorders that have neurological implications.
  • Improve recognition of the early signs of autism using the new DSM-V diagnostic criteria.

Agenda

Sign-in begins at 7:30 am. The 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.

8:00 am to 4:00 pm

  • Developmental Delays
    Inborn Errors of Metabolism | Brain Malformations | Prematurity | Screening Tools
  • Cerebral Palsy
    Etiologies | Diagnosis | Spasticity | Intrathecal Baclofen Pump
  • Neurological Exam
    Developmental Milestones | Motor Function | Diagnostic Testing | Sleep Studies | Laboratory Evaluation
  • Traumatic Brain Injuries
    Abusive Head Trauma | Risk Factors | Proven Prevention Strategies | Unintentional Head Injuries | Post-Concussive Syndrome
  • Headaches and Migraines
    Incidence | Triggers | Diagnosis | Medication, Complementary Treatment Options | Brain Tumor Warning Signs
  • Epilepsies
    Seizures by Age | Treatment Options | Safety | School Considerations
  • Tourette Syndrome
    Common Tics | Comprehensive Behavioral Intervention for Tics (CBIT) | Medication Selection | School Accommodations
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
    Characteristics | Obsessions | Compulsions | Treatment Options
  • Autism
    Changing Statistics | 2013 DSM-5 | Evaluation, Screening Tools | Comorbid Disorders | Treatment Options
  • Genetic Syndromes
    Patterns of Inheritance | Genetic Disorders Diagnostic Criteria | Neurocutaneous Syndromes | Prolonging Life
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Everything Cardiac

Program Category: Continuing Education Course

Areas of Practice: Administration Ambulatory Care Cardiology Certifications Critical Care Emergency Gastroenterology Med-Surg Neurology Nursing Legalities Orthopedic Pediatrics Pre, Peri, Post-Op Care Progressive Care/Stepdown Pulmonary Rehab Staff Development Women's Health/Perinatal Other

This program provides a clinically applicable review of cardiovascular physiology and pathophysiology, cardiac assessment, cardiovascular pharmacology and interventions based on current guidelines for the most common cardiac disorders seen in clinical practice. Content includes a review of cardiac physiology that can be applied in daily practice, the physiological basis for cardiovascular drug therapy and the pathophysiology, diagnosis and guideline-based treatment strategies for heart failure, acute coronary syndromes and atrial fibrillation. Clinically useful tips on noninvasive assessment techniques and 12-Lead ECG interpretation can be applied in any clinical setting where cardiac patients receive care. Evidence-based practice standards for bedside cardiac monitoring for arrhythmia identification, ST-segment monitoring and QT interval monitoring provide a foundation for the delivery of high quality patient care in any monitored setting. Take your knowledge of cardiovascular patient care to a higher level and improve outcomes for your patients.

Program Learning Outcomes

This program prepares the learner to:

  • Apply physiological concepts to your understanding of cardiovascular drug therapy.
  • Utilize physical assessment skills to evaluate a patient’s cardiovascular status.
  • Utilize the 12-Lead ECG to evaluate patients with chest pain and acute coronary syndrome.
  • Utilize the bedside cardiac monitor to evaluate arrhythmias and to assess the ST segment and the QT interval.
  • Discuss management of patients with heart failure, acute coronary syndromes and atrial fibrillation.

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 4:30 pm

  • Essential Cardiovascular Physiology
    Normal Cardiac Valve Function | Coronary Artery Anatomy and Blood Supply to the Heart | Cardiac 
    Conduction System | Origin of ECG Waves and Intervals | Determinants of Cardiac Output and 
    Noninvasive Evaluation | Blood Pressure Regulation
  • Essential Assessment Skills
    Blood Pressure Evaluation | Evaluating Neck Veins | Heart Sounds | Compensatory Mechanisms for 
    Decreased Cardiac Output | Signs of Peripheral Hypoperfusion | Signs of Pulmonary Congestion
  • Cardiovascular Pharmacology
    Manipulating Determinants of Cardiac Output | Balancing Myocardial O2 Supply and Demand | Altering the Renin-Angiotensin-Aldosterone System | ACE Inhibitors | Beta Blockers | Calcium Channel Blockers | 
    Antiplatelets and Anticoagulants | Vasoactive Drugs
  • Essentials of 12-Lead ECG Interpretation
    Anatomy | Normal ECG Waves and Intervals | Easy Axis Determination | Bundle Branch Block
  •  Acute Coronary Syndromes
    Pathophysiology | Diagnosis | ECG Signs of Ischemia vs. Injury | Identifying Site of Infarction | 18-Lead ECG | Guidelines for Managing ST-Elevation MI and Non-ST Elevation MI

     

Day 2, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm

  • Understanding Heart Failure
    Pathophysiology | Systolic vs. Diastolic | Signs and Symptoms | Classification Systems | Acute 
    Decompensated HF | Drug Therapy | Biventricular Pacing | Ventricular Assist Devices
  • Atrial Fibrillation: Risks and Management
    Pathophysiology | Detrimental Effects | Determining Stroke Risk | Management | Anticoagulation 
    Guidelines | Ablation and Surgical Management
  • Cardiac Monitoring: Using the Bedside Monitor and 12-Lead ECG for Rhythm Identification
    Advantages and Disadvantages | Proper Electrode Placement for 5-Wire Systems | Best Practice for 
    Bedside Monitoring | Alternative Monitoring Leads | Best Leads for ST-Segment Monitoring | Technical Aspects of ST-Segment Monitoring | Supraventricular Tachycardias | Ventricular Tachycardias | Mechanisms of Aberrant Conduction | Differential Diagnosis of Wide QRS Tachycardias
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Everything Neuro

Program Category: Continuing Education Course

Areas of Practice: Administration Ambulatory Care Cardiology Certifications Critical Care Emergency Gastroenterology Med-Surg Neurology Nursing Legalities Orthopedic Pediatrics Pre, Peri, Post-Op Care Progressive Care/Stepdown Pulmonary Rehab Staff Development Women's Health/Perinatal Other

This course provides healthcare professionals with a foundation of correlative neuro anatomy and physiology as it pertains to the neurological patient and his or her assessment. We will provide an overview of the pathophysiological processes and complications encountered in the neurologic patient. Clinical assessment findings will be discussed, as well as various etiologies that contribute to these conditions. An in-depth review of traumatic brain injuries, strokes and brain tumors will be provided, as well as the treatment modalities for each. The focus is on current management according to evidence-based guidelines.

Program Learning Outcomes

This program prepares the learner to:

  • Correlate the neurologic patient assessment to anatomy and physiology
  • List the evidence-based management strategies for the discussed neurological injuries and diseases.

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 4:30 pm

  • Anatomy and Physiology
    Meninges | CSF Productions and Circulation | Cortical Lobes and Subcortical Areas of the Brain | Brainstem
  • Neurological Assessment
    Level of Consciousness | Motor Responses | Pupillary Assessment | Cranial Nerve Assessment | Brainstem Reflexes | Comatose Patient
  • Brain Tumors
    Classification | Prognosis of Common Tumors | Presentation of Supra- and Infratentorial Tumors | Intraoperative Management with Debulking, Radiation Beads and Chemotherapy Wafers
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
    TBI Mechanism of Injury | Skull Fractures | Epidural and Subdural | Primary and Secondary Injury | Anoxic Brain Injury | Management of Elevated Intracranial Pressure
  • Spinal Cord Mechanism of Injury
    Incomplete Cord Injuries | Clearing C-spines | Emergency Management | Spinal Shock, Neurogenic Shock and Autonomic Dysreflexia

Day 2, 8:00 am to 4:00 pm

  • Stroke Management
    Risk Factors | Stroke Physiology and Symptoms | Primary and Secondary Stroke | Fibrinolytic Therapy and Management Issues
  • Cerebral Aneurysms
    Cerebral Aneurysms, Symptoms, Risk Factors, Complications and Management | Classification of Severity of SAH | Management of Aneurysm, Complications and Vasospasm Management Issues
  • Infectious Disease in the Neurological Patient
    Bacterial Meningitis | Viral Meningitis | Neurocystercerosism Abscess | Encephalitis
  • Seizures
    Seizure Classification | Risk Factors | Pharmacologic Management | Assessment | Treatment of Status Epilepticus
  • Common Fluid and Electrolyte Disorders
    Diabetes Insipidous | SIADH | Cerebral Salt Wasting
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Everything Pulmonary

Program Category: Continuing Education Course

Areas of Practice: Administration Ambulatory Care Cardiology Certifications Critical Care Emergency Gastroenterology Med-Surg Neurology Nursing Legalities Orthopedic Pediatrics Pre, Peri, Post-Op Care Progressive Care/Stepdown Pulmonary Rehab Staff Development Women's Health/Perinatal Other

The past several years have seen significant advances in the treatment of patients with acute and chronic pulmonary disorders. This comprehensive and interactive two-day seminar begins with an in-depth discussion of the normal and pathological physiology of the lungs. Attendees will be provided with a logical approach to the recognition and management of pulmonary diseases based on solid evidence-based practice guidelines. Attendees’ learning experience is enhanced throughout the course with presentations of challenging case studies. This teaching strategy provides opportunities for problem solving and applying newly learned concepts.

Program Learning Outcomes

This program prepares the learner to:

  • Develop an in-depth understanding of the physiology and physics of oxygenation, ventilation and perfusion.
  • Learn the ins and outs of integrated pulmonary assessment, including physical exam, imagery and labs.
  • Gain confidence in the multimodal management of complex respiratory patients, including airway management, pharmacology and mechanical ventilation.

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 4:30 pm

  • Oxygenation, Ventilation and Perfusion
    Oxyhemoglobin Dissociation Curve | Minute Ventilation | Oxygen Delivery vs. Oxygen Demand
  • Blood Gases, Capnography and Pulse Oximetry Data
    Interpretation of ABGs | Waveform Capnography | Pulse Oximetry and Hemodynamics
  • Physical Assessment and Imagery
    Inspect, Auscultate, Percuss | Radiographic Interpretation
  • Airway Pharmacologic Agents
    Airway Smooth Muscle | Edema | Infection and Inflammation
  • Basic and Advanced Airway Management
    Patient Positioning | Airway Adjuncts | Intubation Pharmacology | Intubation | Chest Tubes

Day 2, 8:00 am to 4:00 pm

  • Non-Invasive and Invasive Mechanical Ventilation
    CPAP and BiPAP | Pressure vs. Volume Control | Triggers | Advanced Modes HFOV, APRV
  • Complications of Mechanical Ventilation
    BaroTrauma and VoluTrauma | Oxygen Toxicity | Dyssynchrony | Ventilator-Associated Pneumonia
  • Weaning and Extubation
    Criteria and Methods | Pearls and Pitfalls
  • Ventilation and Oxygenation Issues
    Asthma | Pneumonia | Pulmonary Edema | Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome
  • Perfusion Issues: Putting It All Together
    Pulmonary Embolism | Cardiogenic Shock | Sepsis
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Gerontological Nursing Exam Review

Program Category: Certification Review

Areas of Practice: Administration Ambulatory Care Cardiology Certifications Critical Care Emergency Gastroenterology Med-Surg Neurology Nursing Legalities Orthopedic Pediatrics Pre, Peri, Post-Op Care Progressive Care/Stepdown Pulmonary Rehab Staff Development Women's Health/Perinatal Other

This two-day review course is designed to help prepare the registered nurse to take the Gerontological Nursing Exam offered by the American Nurses Credentialing Center. The following core areas will be covered: aging principles and theories, normal aging changes, dementia, depression, delirium, cardiopulmonary problems, health promotion, neurological diseases, pharmacologic issues, hematologic and immunologic problems, GI/GU issues, environments of care and end-of-life issues. Practice questions will also be utilized. Even if you are not preparing to take the exam, this course will give you an excellent and consolidated review of geriatric topics.

Program Learning Outcomes

This program prepares the learner to:

  • Describe the Gerontological Nursing Exam, test plan and the practice requirements to sit for the exam.
  • Construct a study plan for the exam based on understanding the blueprint and domains of practice covered.
  • Identify common mistakes and pitfalls that are made during studying and testing for the exam.
  • Recall the core components covered in the exam through didactic supplementation and test questions.

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 4:00 pm

  • Introduction and Test Format
  • Aging Principles and Theories
    Demographics | Theories | Communication
  • Assessment and Normal Aging Changes
    H & P Considerations
  • The 3 D’s
    Dementia | Depression | Delirium
  • Cardiovascular Problems
    CAD | AMI | CHF | PVD
  • Respiratory
    Pneumonia | Influenza | TB | COPD
  • Health Promotion
    Prevention Levels

Day 2, 8:00 am to 4:00 pm

  • Neurological Problems
    CVA | Parkinson’s Disease
  • Hematologic and Immunologic Problems
    Anemia | HIV
  • End-of-Life Care
    Symptom Management | Advance Directives | Hospice Care
  • GI and GU Problems
    GERD | UTI | Cancer
  • Pharmacologic Issues
    Polypharmacy | ADRs
  • Special Issues
    Pain | Decubitus Ulcers | Sexuality
  • Metabolic and Musculoskeletal Problems
    Diabetes | Osteoarthritis
  • Environments of Care
    Falls | Levels of Care
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Hemodynamic Monitoring

Program Category: Continuing Education Course

Areas of Practice: Administration Ambulatory Care Cardiology Certifications Critical Care Emergency Gastroenterology Med-Surg Neurology Nursing Legalities Orthopedic Pediatrics Pre, Peri, Post-Op Care Progressive Care/Stepdown Pulmonary Rehab Staff Development Women's Health/Perinatal Other

This course is designed for healthcare providers working with patients requiring hemodynamic monitoring. The course includes care of the patient with a pulmonary artery catheter and advanced less invasive hemodynamic monitoring. It includes accurate obtaining of readings, waveform analysis and interpretations. Case studies in hemodynamic monitoring will be reviewed.

Program Learning Outcomes

This program prepares the learner to:

  • Discuss the preparation and insertion of the pulmonary artery catheter.
  • Describe the method to obtain an accurate reading from the hemodynamic waveform including the identifying of the A and V waves.
  • Discuss the newer less invasive hemodynamic monitors and provide scenarios for using these monitors.
  • Discuss case studies using patients requiring hemodynamic monitoring.

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 3:30 pm

  • Hemodynamic Parameters
    Cardiac Index: Preload, Afterload, Contractility, Heart Rate | What’s Normal—What’s Not | Factors that Affect Cardiac Index
  • Ensuring Accuracy
    Patient Position: HOB and Side, Laying/Prone | Dynamic Response | Cardiac Output | Impact of Mechanical Ventilation
  • Waveform Analysis
    Valvular Dysfunction: Mitral, Aortic and Triscupid | Effects of Dysrhythmias on Waveforms | Volume Changes and Tamponade
  • Putting It All Together: Case Studies
    Left Ventricular Failure | Cardiogenic Septic Shock | Post Open Heart Surgery

Day 2, 8:00 am to 3:30 pm

  • Noninvasive Hemodynamic Monitoring
    Technique | Stroke Volume Determination | Clinical Applications: CHF Management
  • Therapeutic Intervention
    Inotropic Drugs | Afterload Reducers | Preload Reducers | Which Drug to Choose
  • DO2/VO2 Relationships
    Definitions | Factors that Alter O2 Delivery and Consumption | Anaphylactic Shock and Acute Abdomen
  • Putting It All Together: Case Studies
    Congestive Heart Failure (Acute) | Cardiac Surgery | Acute MI, Cardiogenic Shock | Pneumonia | Multisystem Trauma
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Hospice and Palliative Care Certification Review Course

Program Category: Continuing Education Course

Areas of Practice: Administration Ambulatory Care Cardiology Certifications Critical Care Emergency Gastroenterology Med-Surg Neurology Nursing Legalities Orthopedic Pediatrics Pre, Peri, Post-Op Care Progressive Care/Stepdown Pulmonary Rehab Staff Development Women's Health/Perinatal Other

The purpose of this two-day course is to enable the nurse to successfully pass the examination to be certified in hospice and palliative care. The information presented is applicable to nurses working with adults in diverse settings since patients with end-stage diseases reside either temporarily or permanently in multiple arenas. The dying process is included as it is imperative for nurses to understand and provide comfort and knowledge to patients and families.

Program Learning Outcomes

This program prepares the learner to:

  • Integrate and apply the knowledge, skills and judgment to practice effectively and ethically in designated role of caring for seriously ill patients.
  • Apply the specific scope and standards of palliative care principles to patients based on their goals of care in serious illness.
  • Articulate the compassion, sensitivity, assessment and communication skills required for palliative nursing.
  • Acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to successfully obtain certification in this specialty.
  • Remain current in the practice of palliative care as this specialty evolves.

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 4:00 pm

  • Introduction and Overview
    Registration | Scheduling the Examination | Weight of Content Topics
  • Cancer
    Hematologic | Oncologic | Paraneoplastic
  • Neurological Disorders and Stroke
    Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis | Nutrition and Hydration | Autonomic Symptoms | Goals of Care Decisions | ICU Placement for Poor Outcome
  • Dementia
    Food and Fluid Decisions | Delirium | Medication Use and Behavioral Therapies
  • Cardiopulmonary Heart Failure
    Medications for Pain and Dyspnea | Fluid Balance | Dyspnea | Fatigue | Devices that Extend Life
  • COPD
    Pathophysiology of the Disease | Oral and Inhaled Medications | Respiratory Distress | Opioid Use | 
    Dyspnea | Anxiety | Exacerbations | Oxygen Use | Non-Invasive Ventilator Support
  • Renal Failure
    Diseases of the Kidneys | Assessing Glomerular Filtration Rate | Fluid Balance | Medical Management | Dialysis Decisions | Specific Analgesia Required
  • Liver Failure
    Causes | Ascites | Encephalopathy | Medications for Discomfort | GI Bleeding | Endoscopic Intervention for Esophageal Varices | MELD Scoring for Liver Failure Severity | Cachexia
  • Palliative Symptom Management
    Review Goals of Care | Distressing Symptoms | Anorexia/Cachexia | Mobility | Skin Protection
  • Pain Management: Assessment and Evaluation and Pharmacologic Interventions
    Past History | Current Etiology | Types of Pain | Psychosocial | Existential | Cultural | Fear | Depression | WHO Ladder | APS 12 Principles | Appropriate Pain Scales | Medications | Baseline and Breakthrough Pain | Side Effects | Equianalgesic Determination | Adjuvant Medications | Spiritual Issues | Therapies
  • Symptom Management
    Dyspnea and Cough | Nausea and Vomiting | Constipation | Delirium | Depression | Anxiety
  • Hospice and Palliative Emergencies
    Complications | Superior Vena Cava Syndrome | Spinal Compression | Acute Hemorrhage

Day 2, 8:00 am to 4:00 pm

  • Approach to Test-Taking
  • Care of the Patient and Family and Medicare Hospice Benefit
    Grief Process | Types of Grief | Bereavement Plan | Goals of Care | Risks and Benefits of Interventions | Assess for Desired Place of Death | Patient/Surrogate Elect the Benefit | Desired Hospice | Requirements for Certifications | Four Levels of Care
  • Care of the Imminently Dying Patient and Management of Symptoms
    Signs and Symptoms | Change in Respirations | Mottling | Restlessness | Near-Death Awareness | Rales Dyspnea | Explanation of Interventions| Pharmacological and Non-Pharmacological | Spiritual Support | Presence | Teach Family to Recognize Stages in the Dying Process
  • Professional and Regulatory Issues
    Nursing Standards | Practice Guidelines | Advance Directives | Professional Responsibilities | Domains of Care | Evidenced-Based Practice | Quality Assurance Practices
  • Review Questions
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Initial Care of the Newborn

Program Category: Continuing Education Course

Areas of Practice: Administration Ambulatory Care Cardiology Certifications Critical Care Emergency Gastroenterology Med-Surg Neurology Nursing Legalities Orthopedic Pediatrics Pre, Peri, Post-Op Care Progressive Care/Stepdown Pulmonary Rehab Staff Development Women's Health/Perinatal Other

This course will integrate key aspects of care for those involved in the care of newborn infants in the newborn nursery, post-partum, labor and delivery, and emergency departments. Thermoregulation, physical assessment and glucose management are the primary topics of discussion. Methods to effectively manage care for this population will be elaborated upon and students will be able to successfully integrate their knowledge.

Program Learning Outcomes

This program prepares the learner to:

  • Establish solid knowledge base for normal newborn infant care.
  • Identify abnormal findings in the newborn infant.
  • Discuss planning for emergency situations.

Agenda

Sign-in begins at 7:30 am. The 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.

8:00 am to 4:30 pm

  • Fetal to Newborn
    Life-Transition Phases | Initial Steps of Caring for Infants
  • Thermoregulation
    Needs, Physiology | Equipment | Methods
  • Physical Assessment
    Head-to-Toe Methodology | All Organ Systems
  • Glucose Management
    Hypoglycemia | Hyperglycemia | When to Call Provider
  • Emergency Management
    Scenario with Participation | Mock Codes
  • Unknown Infant Diagnoses
    How to Know if an Infant is not Transitioning Well | Finding an Undiagnosed Defect
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Inpatient Obstetric Nursing Exam Review

Program Category: Certification Review

Areas of Practice: Administration Ambulatory Care Cardiology Certifications Critical Care Emergency Gastroenterology Med-Surg Neurology Nursing Legalities Orthopedic Pediatrics Pre, Peri, Post-Op Care Progressive Care/Stepdown Pulmonary Rehab Staff Development Women's Health/Perinatal Other

Presented in lecture format, this course reviews topics for the National Certification Corporation (NCC) Examination “Inpatient Obstetrics.” Elements of the examination will be discussed, followed by a review of the content. Pictures, animation, and graphics will be utilized to enhance the presentation. The major components include disease processes during pregnancy, fetal evaluation, application of fetal monitoring for the laboring client, and postpartum and neonatal assessments. Practice questions will be integrated throughout the content. 

Program Learning Outcomes

This program prepares the learner to:

  • Describe the Inpatient Obstetric Nursing Exam, test plan and the practice requirements to sit for the exam.
  • Construct a study plan for the exam based on understanding the blueprint and domains of practice covered.
  • Identify common mistakes and pitfalls that are made during studying and testing for the exam.
  • Recall the core components covered in the exam through didactic supplementation and test questions. 

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 4:00 pm

  • Understanding the NCC Examination
    Preparing for the Exam | Reference Review

Maternal Factors Affecting the Fetus and Newborn (14%)

  • Disease Processes
    Hypertension | Diabetes | Cardiac Disease | Pulmonary Disease | Infectious Disease | Hematological Disorders | Urinary & Renal Disease | GI Disease | Autoimmune Disorders
  • Pregnancy Risk
    Teratogens | Substance Abuse | Domestic Violence | Obesity

Fetal Assessment (20%)

  • Antepartum Assessment
    Ultrasound | Non-Stress Testing | Contraction Stress Testing | Biophysical Profile | Fetal Movement Counting | Fetal Lung Maturity | Amniocentesis | Chorionic Villus Sampling (CVS) | Cordocentesis | Genetic Screening
  • Electronic and Non-Electronic Fetal Monitoring
    Fetal Heart Rate Assessment | Acid-Base Assessment

Day 2, 8:00 am to 4:00 pm

Labor & Delivery (29%)

  • Physiology of Labor
    Uteroplacental Physiology | Theories on Labor Initiation
  • Labor Management
    General Assessment | Stages of Labor 
  • Obstetrical Procedures
    Version | Episiotomy | Forceps and Vacuum Extraction | Cesarean Birth | VBAC | Induction of Labor and Cervical Ripening

Obstetric Complications (20%)

  • Obstetric Complications
    Dysfunctional Labor | Dystocia | Amniotic Fluid | Placental Problems | Preterm Labor | Multiple Gestation | Prolonged and Postterm Pregnancy | Obesity and Bariatric Surgery

Postpartum (10%)

  • Postpartum
    Physiologic Changes | Complications | Family Adaptation | Lactation

Newborn Care (10%)

  • Newborn
    Adaptation to Extrauterine Life | Resuscitation | Gestational Age Assessment | Pathophysiology, Assessment of Newborn Disorders | Congenital Anomalies | Routine Care & Screening | Late Preterm Infant | Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome

Professional Issues (2%)

  • Patient Safety | Safe Staffing | Legal Issues | Nursing Ethics | Nursing Research | Evidence-Based Practice | Quality Improvement
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Kicking it Up a Notch: Sharpening Your Leadership Skills

Program Category: Continuing Education Course

Areas of Practice: Administration Ambulatory Care Cardiology Certifications Critical Care Emergency Gastroenterology Med-Surg Neurology Nursing Legalities Orthopedic Pediatrics Pre, Peri, Post-Op Care Progressive Care/Stepdown Pulmonary Rehab Staff Development Women's Health/Perinatal Other

The accelerating rate of change in the world of healthcare has left many new and experienced leaders breathless to keep up. Effective leadership skills in this decade are substantially different than those of any other generation of nursing leaders. This seminar will discuss the new complex realities that today’s leaders face, and attendees will leave with strategies they can take immediately into the workplace.

Program Learning Outcomes

This program prepares the learner to:

  • Discuss the skills effective leaders need to succeed and help move their organizations forward.
  • Begin a personal professional development plan.
  • Choose at least 5 action items that nurses can use the next day in their leadership positions.

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 4:30 pm

  • What the Quantum Leader Needs Today
    What Type of Leader Succeeds Today? | The Age of the Knowledge Worker | High Velocity Change | Communication | Conflict Resolution | The World of Value-Added Healthcare and Financing | Decision Making and Problem Solving | Understanding Health Policy | What ‘Lean’ Is and What It Isn’t | 
    Prioritization and Time Management | Developing Resilience | Self-Renewal
  • Reflection and Discussion
    Skills to be Improved Upon
  • Quantum Leadership
    Outdated Styles | Contemporary Leadership | Emotional Intelligence | Transformational Leadership | 
    Servant Leadership
  • Age of the Knowledge Worker
    Knowledge and Communication | Professional Development | Lifelong Learning
  • Policies that Affect Nursing
    Relevant Laws
  • High Velocity Change
    Key Drivers of Change in Healthcare | How Change Affects Staff | Essential Elements for Change | 
    Barriers to Change | How to Help Staff Through Change | How to be a Change Agent
  • Discussion
    Workplace Change
  • Communication
    Elements | Types | Error-Free Communication | Assertiveness | Generational Diversity | Barriers | 
    Listening Skills
  • Conflict and Conflict Resolution
    Why Conflict Happens | Steps to Effective Conflict Resolution | Crucial Conversations | Keys to a Safe Conversation | Disruptive Behavior | Workplace Violence
  • Discussion
    Recent Workplace Conflicts

Day 2, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm

  • Questions from Day 1
  • Customer Service
  • Decision Making and Problem Solving
    Critical Thinking | Decision Types | Decision-Making Techniques | Problem-Solving Process | Innovation
  • Understanding Politics and Policy
    The Difference Between Politics and Policy | Influencing Health Policies | Understanding Power in an 
    Organization
  • ‘Lean’
    What It Is and What It Isn’t
  • Prioritization and Time Management
    Basics | How to Prioritize | Time Wasters | Time Abusers | Tips for Saving Time | Tips for Organization | How to Help Staff Prioritize
  • Flexibility and Resilience
    Stretch Yourself | Optimism | Learning | Innovation
  • Discussion
    Stretching and Innovation
  • Coping with Stress and Burnout
    Nature of Stress | Causes of Stress | Consequences of Stress | Burnout | Compassion Fatigue | Putting Fun Back in the Workplace | Managing Stress
  • Personal Development Plan
    Definition | Development | Continue Growing
  • Discussion
    Workplace Stressors and Burnout
  • Self-Renewal
    Why Do We Need It | What Does It Mean | Letting Go | Mediation and Mindfulness | Reflections | 
    Affirmations | Surrounding Yourself With Positives | Next Steps
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Leadership Development for the Charge Nurse

Program Category: Continuing Education Course

Areas of Practice: Administration Ambulatory Care Cardiology Certifications Critical Care Emergency Gastroenterology Med-Surg Neurology Nursing Legalities Orthopedic Pediatrics Pre, Peri, Post-Op Care Progressive Care/Stepdown Pulmonary Rehab Staff Development Women's Health/Perinatal Other

The purpose of this seminar is to provide new and experienced charge nurses with concepts, strategies and competencies that will enhance success in this leadership role. Concepts of leadership and management will be discussed. Techniques to address the challenges of maximizing employee performance, shift work and lateral violence will be provided. Customer service tips and strategies will also be provided.

Program Learning Outcomes

This program prepares the learner to:

  • Understand the importance of establishing both personal goals and unit goals.
  • Identify techniques for improving communication as well as developing and maintaining trust in the workplace.
  • Define intrinsic and extrinsic motivation and how to create a motivational work climate.
  • Understand techniques for resolving conflict in the workplace, including how to diffuse an angry co-worker, physician, patient or family member.

Agenda

Sign-in begins at 7:30 am. The 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.

8:00 am to 4:30 pm

  • Push, Pull and Stroll: Concepts of Leadership and Management
    Envisioning Goals | Affirming Values | Communication | Delegation | Teamwork | Managing Change
  • Maximizing Employee Performance Through Creative Motivational Techniques
    Intrinsic Motivation | Extrinsic Motivation | Positive Motivation | Negative Motivation
  • Nursing’s Dirty Little Secret
    Lateral Violence | Workplace Bullying
  • Working Weekends and Nights Can Be Shifty
    Negative Impact of Shift Work | Patient Safety | Workplace Productivity
  • Just a Bunch of Happy Campers: Managing Satisfaction
    Improving Customer Satisfaction | Handling Employee Satisfaction | Conflict Resolution
  • Complaint Management 101
    30 Tips on Handling Unhappy Co-Workers, Physicians, Patients and Families
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Leadership Development for the Clinical Nurse

Program Category: Continuing Education Course

Areas of Practice: Administration Ambulatory Care Cardiology Certifications Critical Care Emergency Gastroenterology Med-Surg Neurology Nursing Legalities Orthopedic Pediatrics Pre, Peri, Post-Op Care Progressive Care/Stepdown Pulmonary Rehab Staff Development Women's Health/Perinatal Other

The purpose of this seminar is to provide clinical nurses with the concepts, strategies and tools required to successfully care for today’s consumer of health care. Advanced critical thinking, managing complex patient problems, engaging the connected patient and quality care and service expectations will be addressed.

Program Learning Outcomes

This program prepares the learner to:

  • Have a better understanding of the changing role of today’s nurse.
  • Incorporate components of high quality, effective, safe patient care into practice.
  • Bridge the gap between health care reform and the clinical nurse.

Agenda

Sign-in begins at 7:30 am. The 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.

8:00 am to 4:00 pm

  • Understanding Today’s Health Care Consumer
    HCAPS | Core Measures | CMS | Quality Matters
  • Challenges Facing Today’s Nurse
    Managing Demands | Technology | Prioritization and Delegation
  • Advanced Critical Thinking
    Focused Assessments | Early Risk Identification | Evaluating Results
  • Educating Today’s Connected Patient
    Teach Back Methodology | Social Media Platforms | Technology
  • Managing Rapidly Changing Conditions
    Failure to Rescue | Incorporating Lab Values | Proactive Management
  • Success Strategies in Today’s Complex Health Care World
    Resources | The Power of Debriefing | Adult Learning Concepts
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Low Risk Neonatal Nursing Exam Review

Program Category: Certification Review

Areas of Practice: Administration Ambulatory Care Cardiology Certifications Critical Care Emergency Gastroenterology Med-Surg Neurology Nursing Legalities Orthopedic Pediatrics Pre, Peri, Post-Op Care Progressive Care/Stepdown Pulmonary Rehab Staff Development Women's Health/Perinatal Other

This course is designed for nurses who wish to take the NCC Certification Examination to obtain RNC-LRN designation. The course will focus on core concepts that are essential for caring for low-risk newborns. Course content has been designed specifically around NCC test content outlines and competency statements. Preparation is recommended prior to participation in this course. Recommended study resources, exam outlines and associated competencies can be found at www.nccwebsite.org.

Program Learning Outcomes

This program prepares the learner to:

  • Describe the Low Risk Neonatal Nursing Exam, test plan and the practice requirements to sit for the exam.
  • Construct a study plan for the exam based on understanding the blueprint and domains of practice covered.
  • Identify common mistakes and pitfalls that are made during studying and testing for the exam.
  • Recall the core components covered in the exam through didactic supplementation and test questions.
     

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 4:30 pm

  • Maternal Risk Factors
  • Fetal Circulation and Transition to Extrauterine Life
  • Physical Assessment and Gestational Age Assessment
  • Thermoregulation
  • Neonatal Fluid Balance
  • Neonatal Enteral Nutrition
  • Q & A Session

Day 2, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm

  • Glucose Metabolism
  • Sepsis
  • Gastrointestinal Conditions
  • Arterial Blood Gases
  • Respiratory Diseases and Modalities
  • Hematological Conditions
  • Cardiac Assessment of the Newborn
  • Q & A Session
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Management and Collaborative Care of the Critically Ill Patient

Program Category: Continuing Education Course

Areas of Practice: Administration Ambulatory Care Cardiology Certifications Critical Care Emergency Gastroenterology Med-Surg Neurology Nursing Legalities Orthopedic Pediatrics Pre, Peri, Post-Op Care Progressive Care/Stepdown Pulmonary Rehab Staff Development Women's Health/Perinatal Other

The primary purpose of this program is to provide an overview of high-acuity and low-volume clinical states encountered in the critically ill patient. Clinical issues including GI bleeding, respiratory failure, renal/hepatic dysfunction as well as neurologic consequences of critical illness are discussed in detail with a focus on rapid recognition, aggressive resuscitation and mechanism-based care.

Program Learning Outcomes

This program prepares the learner to:

  • Identify onset and progression of acute asthma and ARDS leading to profound respiratory failure.
  • Identify management priorities in resuscitation for the patient experiencing severe GI bleeding.
  • Appraise risk factors for acute kidney injury.
  • Analyze clinical assessment findings to identify neurologic complications of critical illness.
  • Analyze clinical findings and multisystem consequences of hepatic injury.

Agenda

Sign-in begins at 7:30 am. The 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.

8:00 am to 4:00 pm

  • Liver Failure: Cause and Consequence
    Mechanism of Hepatic Injury, Fulminant Hepatic Failure | Clinical Management and Collaborative Care | Mechanism-Based Care
  • Upper GI Bleeding
    Risk Factors and Causes | Clinical Priorities and ABCs of Care | Esophageal Variceal Hemorrhage
  • Acute Renal Failure as a Consequence of Critical Illness
    Types of Renal Failure | Hepatorenal Syndrome
  • Acute Asthma: The Pulmonary Nightmare
    Pathophysiology | Mechanism-Based Management | Ventilator Management | Sedation, Analgesia, NeuroMuscular Blockade
  • ARDS: Clinical Management and Outcomes
    Pathophysiology and Risk Factors | Multidisciplinary Collaboration: ICU to Rehabilitation to Home
  • Neurological Consequences of Critical Illness
    Factors Impacting Neurological Assessment | GCS and LOC Evaluation | Peripheral Nervous System: Polyneuropathy
  • Pain and Symptom Management in the Critically Ill
    Mechanisms of Pain and Symptom Development | Differentiating Symptoms: Cause vs. Consequence
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Managing Acute Illness of the Aging Population

Program Category: Continuing Education Course

Areas of Practice: Administration Ambulatory Care Cardiology Certifications Critical Care Emergency Gastroenterology Med-Surg Neurology Nursing Legalities Orthopedic Pediatrics Pre, Peri, Post-Op Care Progressive Care/Stepdown Pulmonary Rehab Staff Development Women's Health/Perinatal Other

The hospitalized geriatric patient is at great risk for multiple complications that can result in increased morbidity and mortality. This two-day program is designed to provide the nurse and other healthcare providers with the up-to-date information necessary to provide excellent care for the acutely ill geriatric patient.

Program Learning Outcomes

This program prepares the learner to:

  • Gain confidence in the management of the acutely ill geriatric patient.
  • Increase awareness of early signs of complications that can occur in this high-risk patient.
  • Improve recognition of key differences related to normal aging changes between younger and older patients.
  • Develop a better understanding of current management strategies for the acutely ill and hospitalized geriatric 
    patient.

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 4:00 pm

  • Intro to Geriatrics
    What is It? | Who is It? | Where is It?
  • The Hazards of Hospitalization
    Immobility | Iatrogenesis | Functional Decline | Medication Errors
  • The Physiologic Changes of Aging
    Cardiovascular | Pulmonary | Renal
  • The ‘Pick’ Syndrome
    Acute Delirium vs. Dementia | Depression
  • Pharmacologic Principles in Geriatrics
    Pharmacokinetics | Pharmacodynamics | Dosing Strategies
  • Acute Respiratory Failure
    The Mechanically Ventilated Patient | Failure States | Drug Therapy
  • Case Studies

Day 2, 8:00 am to 4:00 pm

  • Dying the Good Death
    Advance Directives | The Death Culture | Ethical Issues: Terminal Dehydration/Anorexia
  • Infectious Disease in the Elderly
    Common Organisms | UTI | Pneumonia Syndromes
  • Family Dynamics
  • Cardiovascular Syndromes
    Acute MI | Cardiogenic Shock
  • Chronic Heart Failure
    The New Epidemic | Drug Therapy
  • Case Studies
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Managing Bedside Emergencies for the Non-ICU Nurse

Program Category: Continuing Education Course

Areas of Practice: Administration Ambulatory Care Cardiology Certifications Critical Care Emergency Gastroenterology Med-Surg Neurology Nursing Legalities Orthopedic Pediatrics Pre, Peri, Post-Op Care Progressive Care/Stepdown Pulmonary Rehab Staff Development Women's Health/Perinatal Other

Your shift is going smoothly—couldn't be better. In fact, you just said what a great day you were having. Then it happens. An aide runs from one of your patient’s rooms down the hall. "Help! We need help in here NOW!" As you enter the room, you notice your patient is gray, diaphoretic and complaining of chest pain. Would you know what to do next? You will if you attend this course! This two-day course will prepare the non-ICU nurse to assess and intervene in life-threatening emergencies at the bedside.

Program Learning Outcomes

This program prepares the learner to:

  • Identify high risk populations for bedside emergencies.
  • Recognize deadly clinical crises based upon your bedside assessment.
  • Integrate lab and other diagnostic findings into your plan of care for your patient in crisis.
  • Intervene appropriately when caring for the patient with a life-threatening emergency.

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 4:00 pm

  • High Risk Populations for Cardiovascular Morbidity
    Demystifying Metabolic Syndrome | ATP III New Guidelines in Managing Hypertension
  • Take Action in ACS (Acute Coronary Syndrome)
    Unstable Angina | STEMI | NSTEMI | Cardiac Markers and Clotting Studies | Re-Perfusion Strategies
  • Honing in on Heart Failure
    Left Ventricular Systolic and Diastolic Failure | Right-Sided Failure | Pharmacological Management
  • The Down and Dirty of DKA and HHNKS
  • The Aching Abdomen
    GI Bleeding | Acute Pancreatitis | Mesenteric Thrombosis
  • Vascular Crises
    Pulseless Extremity | Failing Flaps | Compartment Syndrome | Extravasation
  • Moderate Sedation at the Bedside

Day 2, 8:00 am to 4:00 pm

  • It’s All in Your Head!
    Hemorrhagic and Ischemic Brain Attack | Post-Op Neurosurgical Patient | Seizures and Status | The DT’s
  • A Little Air Please
    Pulmonary Embolism | Pulmonary Edema | Hemo, Pneumo and Tension Pneumothorax
  • Rapid ABG Analysis
  • Beyond SIRS
    SIRS | Sepsis | Severe Sepsis | Septic Shock | MODS
  • Don’t Forget Your ABC’s + D
    Airway Management | Nurse’s Role in Bedside Intubation | The Newest CPR Guidelines: The Science Behind the Changes | What’s the Buzz about Biphasic Defibrillation
  • Life-Threatening Arrhythmias
    Asystole | PEA | V-Fib, Torsades | V-Tach | Bradycardia | Unstable Tachycardias
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Maternal Newborn Nursing Exam Review

Program Category: Certification Review

Areas of Practice: Administration Ambulatory Care Cardiology Certifications Critical Care Emergency Gastroenterology Med-Surg Neurology Nursing Legalities Orthopedic Pediatrics Pre, Peri, Post-Op Care Progressive Care/Stepdown Pulmonary Rehab Staff Development Women's Health/Perinatal Other

Presented in lecture format, this course reviews topics for the National Certification Corporation (NCC) examination “Maternal Newborn Nursing.” Elements of the examination are discussed, followed by a review of the content. The major components include disease processes during pregnancy, maternal and fetal complications, postpartum and neonatal assessments. Practice questions are integrated throughout the presentation.

Program Learning Outcomes

This program prepares the learner to:

  • Describe the Maternal Newborn Nursing Exam, test plan and the practice requirements to sit for the exam.
  • Construct a study plan for the exam based on understanding the blueprint and domains of practice covered.
  • Identify common mistakes and pitfalls that are made during studying and testing for the exam.
  • Recall the core components covered in the exam through didactic supplementation and test questions.

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 4:00 pm

  • Understanding the NCC Examination
    Preparing for the Examination | Taking the Examination | Reference Review
  • Factors Affecting Maternal and Neonatal Outcomes (Antenatal Factors)
    Age | Nutrition | Obstetrical History | Physiologic Changes During Pregnancy
  • Antepartum Risk Factors and Complications
    Disease Processes | Hypertension | Diabetes | Cardiac Disease | Infectious Disease | Anemia | Substance Abuse | Preterm Labor | Multiple Gestation
  • Fetal Assessment
    Ultrasound | Non-Stress Test | Biophysical Profile | Lung Maturation Studies | Alpha-Fetoprotein, Triple Screen
  • Intrapartal Factors
    Medications in Labor | Complications of Labor | Cord Gases

Day 2, 8:00 am to 3:00 pm

  • Maternal Assessment and Management in Postpartum Period
    Physiological Changes
  • Nursing Care and Education
    Comprehensive Postpartum Assessment | Common Postpartum Problems | Postpartum Depression | Hemorrhage | Infections | Thrombophlebitis
  • Lactation and Newborn Feeding
    Anatomy and Physiology | Hormonal Influences | Breastfeeding Complications | Bottle Feeding
  • Newborn Assessment and Management
    Transition to Extrauterine Life | Neonatal Resuscitation | Thermoregulation
  • Physiological Changes and Physical Assessment
    Gestational Age | Neurobehavioral | Systems Review | Complications
  • Aspects of Professional Practice
    Ethical Principles | Nursing Liability
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Matters of the Heart: Assessment, Diagnostics and Treatments

Program Category: Continuing Education Course

Areas of Practice: Administration Ambulatory Care Cardiology Certifications Critical Care Emergency Gastroenterology Med-Surg Neurology Nursing Legalities Orthopedic Pediatrics Pre, Peri, Post-Op Care Progressive Care/Stepdown Pulmonary Rehab Staff Development Women's Health/Perinatal Other

This one-day course provides a review of essential cardiac assessment skills, including physical assessment, use of bedside cardiac monitoring and 12-Lead ECG interpretation skills in evaluating patients with cardiac disease. Included is a review of commonly used cardiac drugs and the pathophysiology and evidence-based management of the most commonly encountered cardiac diagnoses: hypertension, atrial fibrillation, heart failure and acute coronary syndromes. This class is appropriate for nurses who care for patients with cardiac conditions in all types of clinical settings as well as for advanced practice nurses and nurse educators.

Program Learning Outcomes

This program prepares the learner to:

  • Apply physiological concepts to your understanding of cardiovascular drug therapy.
  • Utilize physical assessment skills to evaluate a patient’s cardiovascular status.
  • Apply monitoring electrodes correctly, and select appropriate leads for evaluation of cardiac rhythm.
  • Utilize the 12-Lead ECG to evaluate patients with chest pain and acute coronary syndrome.
  • Discuss management of patients with hypertension, atrial fibrillation, heart failure and acute coronary syndromes.

Agenda

Sign-in begins at 7:30 am. The 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.

8:00 am to 4:30 pm

  • Physical Assessment Skills and Bedside Monitoring Principles
    Blood Pressure Evaluation | Neck Vein Evaluation | Heart Sounds | Cardiac Monitoring (Lead Placement and Selection)
  • Drug Mechanism of Action and Side Effects
    Altering the Renin-Angiotensin-Aldosterone System | Drugs to Control Blood Pressure | Drugs to Alter Platelet Function and the Clotting Cascade
  • Guidelines for Assessment and Management of Hypertension
    Diagnosis of Hypertension | Evidence-Based Guidelines for Hypertension Management | Sprint Study
  • Evidence-Based Guidelines for Management of Atrial Fibrillation
    Hemodynamic Consequences of Atrial Fib | ECG Recognition | Drugs for Rate and Rhythm Control | Anticoagulation Issues and Stroke Prevention | Nonpharmacological Management
  • Pathophysiology and Compensatory Mechanisms
    Pathophysiology of Heart Failure | Systolic vs. Diastolic HF | Classification Systems | Acute Decompensated HF | Drug Therapy | Biventricular Pacing | Ventricular Assist Devices
  • Acute Coronary Syndromes
    Pathophysiology | Ischemia vs. Injury | Sites of Infarction | 18-Lead ECG | STEMI | Non-STEMI | Practice ECGs
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Med-Surg Exam Cram

Program Category: Certification Review

Areas of Practice: Administration Ambulatory Care Cardiology Certifications Critical Care Emergency Gastroenterology Med-Surg Neurology Nursing Legalities Orthopedic Pediatrics Pre, Peri, Post-Op Care Progressive Care/Stepdown Pulmonary Rehab Staff Development Women's Health/Perinatal Other

This one-day course is designed to provide nurses with the tools, confidence and knowledge to successfully complete the Medical-Surgical Nursing Exam. The exam content outlines and blueprints from the ANCC and MSNCB were used to develop this program. Topics covered from the exam content outlines will include: review of body systems, cardiac, pulmonary, gastrointestinal and diabetes. Pathophysiology of disease processes, including signs and symptoms and treatment modalities, will be presented. The nursing process and nursing practice roles in the management of patient care will be discussed through case scenarios and sample questions. Aspects of the Practice Domains will be addressed, and strategies for test-taking will also be covered. 

Program Learning Outcomes

This program prepares the learner to:

  • Differentiate between the ANCC and the MSNCB exams, and determine which will best suit the nurse’s practice.
  • Understand how this exams validates and empowers the nursing practice.
  • Successfully complete the certification exam with a passing score.

Agenda

Sign-in begins at 7:30 am. The 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.

8:00 am to 4:00 pm

  • ANCC vs. MSNCB
    Initial Criteria | Cost | Recertification | Membership
  • Test-Taking Strategies
  • Common Electrolyte Abnormalities
    Electrolytes | Fluids
  • Gastrointestinal Disorders
    GI Bleeds | Bowel Obstructions | Infarction
  • Pulmonary
    Aspiration | ABGs | COPD and Asthma | Medications | Pneumothorax
  • Cardiovascular
    Anatomy and Physiology | Acute Coronary Syndrome | Myocardial Infarction | Heart Failure | Hypertension
  • Diabetes
    DKA, HHS
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Med-Surg Madness

Program Category: Continuing Education Course

Areas of Practice: Administration Ambulatory Care Cardiology Certifications Critical Care Emergency Gastroenterology Med-Surg Neurology Nursing Legalities Orthopedic Pediatrics Pre, Peri, Post-Op Care Progressive Care/Stepdown Pulmonary Rehab Staff Development Women's Health/Perinatal Other

This program is designed to support today's nurse working in a complex, crazy world. From the bedside and beyond, the expectations of nurses caring for the medical-surgical patient have grown exponentially! This 2-day seminar provides the necessary skills that nurses need in order to meet the expectations and manage the madness!

Program Learning Outcomes

This program prepares the learner to:

  • Understand the changing role of today’s nurse caring for the medical-surgical patient.
  • Incorporate components of high-quality, effective and safe patient care into practice.
  • Relate the med-surg pathophysiological basis of various disease states to the nursing assessment, planning,
    implementation and evaluation process.
  • Identify strategies to meet the demands of an increasingly complex healthcare world.

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 4:00 pm

  • Nursing Practice Expectations for Med-Surg Patient
    Scope and Standards of Practice | Definition of Med-Surg Nurse
  • Fluid & Electrolytes
    Common Abnormalities | IVF Management
  • Understanding Today’s GI Patient
    Inflammatory Bowel Disease | GERD and Related Disorders | Bowel Obstructions | Life-Threatening GI Emergencies
  • The Cardiovascular System
    Acute Coronary Syndrome | Anticoagulants | Cardiac Dysrhythmias
  • Pain Management
    Drug Addiction | Options | Pain at End of Life

Day 2, 8:00 am to 4:00 pm

  • The Respiratory System
    COPD Management | Pneumonia | Tuberculosis | Blood Gas Interpretation
  • Endocrine and Diabetes Management
    Type 1 and 2 Diabetes | Insulin Administration | Thyroid Dysfunction | DKA
  • Musculoskeletal and Neurological Management
    Ischemic and Hemorrhagic Stroke | Neuro Assessment | Osteoarthritis | Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Renal and Genitourinary Disorders
    ESRD | Renal Calculi | BPH
  • Advanced Critical Thinking
    Focused Assessments | Early Risk Identification | Managing Rapidly Changing Conditions | Failure to Rescue
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Med-Surg Nursing: Clinical Issues and Treatment Strategies

Program Category: Continuing Education Course

Areas of Practice: Administration Ambulatory Care Cardiology Certifications Critical Care Emergency Gastroenterology Med-Surg Neurology Nursing Legalities Orthopedic Pediatrics Pre, Peri, Post-Op Care Progressive Care/Stepdown Pulmonary Rehab Staff Development Women's Health/Perinatal Other

This two-day program provides a clinical review of common medical-surgical issues, including current treatments and interventions that the med-surg nurse encounters on a daily basis. Medical-surgical nurses touch the lives of many patients in many different environments. Shared experiences and lessons learned are evident throughout the seminar, with a primary focus on sharing knowledge that is relevant for bedside practice and beyond. Easy-to-remember tips help understanding and build confidence in sorting out the various scenarios encountered.

Program Learning Outcomes

This program prepares the learner to:

  • Have an increased level of competence in the specialty of medical-surgical nursing.
  • Discriminate between a variety of tests and lab results in order to determine if the patient is on the right course.
  • Describe the best care and treatment modalities for the patient using nursing judgment and critical thinking.
  • Take practical tools back to the bedside to facilitate improved outcomes among this client group.
  • Increase knowledge of current areas of best practice through case studies and shared experiences.

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 4:00 pm

  • Interpreting Lab Values
    CBC | Chem 7 | ABGs
  • Respiratory Issues
    Respiratory Failure | Pneumonia States | Oxygen Therapy 
  • Quantum Leadership
    Styles | Contemporary Leadership | Characteristics of Effective Leaders | Emotional
    Intelligence | Transformational Leadership | Servant Leadership
  • Symptom Analysis
    Cardiac | Pulmonary
  • Palliative Care — What is It?
    “Am I Dying?” - How Do You Answer? | Legal and Ethical Issues 

Day 2, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm

  • Sepsis, SIRS, MODS
    Inflammatory Response | Sepsis Bundles | Renal Failure
  • Medication Management
    Pain | Diabetes
  • Cardiac Challenges
    Heart Failure States | Detecting Arrhythmias | Heart Sounds
  • Nutritional Issues
    Enteral | Parenteral | Fluids | Terminal Illness
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Medical-Surgical Nursing Exam Review

Program Category: Certification Review

Areas of Practice: Administration Ambulatory Care Cardiology Certifications Critical Care Emergency Gastroenterology Med-Surg Neurology Nursing Legalities Orthopedic Pediatrics Pre, Peri, Post-Op Care Progressive Care/Stepdown Pulmonary Rehab Staff Development Women's Health/Perinatal Other

This two-day course is designed to provide nurses with the tools, confidence and knowledge to successfully complete the Medical-Surgical Nursing Exam. The exam content outlines and blueprints from the ANCC and MSNCB were used to develop this program. Topics covered from the exam content outlines will include: review of body systems, cardiac, pulmonary, neurologic, gastrointestinal, renal, genitourinary, reproductive, endocrine, hematologic, musculoskeletal, immune and more. Pathophysiology of disease processes including signs and symptoms and treatment modalities will be presented. The nursing process and nursing practice roles in the management of patient care will be discussed through case scenarios and sample questions. All aspects of the Practice Domains will be addressed at the end of Day 2 and strategies for test-taking will also be covered.

Program Learning Outcomes

This program prepares the learner to:

  • Differentiate between the ANCC and the MSNCB exams and determine which will best suit their practice.
  • Understand how this exam validates and empowers the nurse’s practice.
  • Successfully complete the certification exam with a passing score.

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 4:30 pm

  • ANCC vs. MSNCB
    Benefits of Certification | Initial Criteria | Cost | Recertification | Membership
  • Cardiovascular
    Anatomy and Physiology | Acute Coronary Syndrome | Myocardial Infarction | Heart Failure | Hypertension | AAA | Cardiac Trauma | Cardiac Medications
  • Pulmonary
    Anatomy and Physiology | Aspiration | ABGs | COPD and Asthma | Pulmonary Medications | Sleep Apnea | Blunt Chest Trauma | Pneumothorax | PE | Respiratory Failure
  • Neurological Disorders
    Anatomy and Physiology | Stroke | Seizures | Meningitis | Encephalitis | Neuromuscular Disorders
  • Musculoskeletal
    Fractures | Traction | Fat Embolism | Rhabdomyolysis
  • Behavioral Disorders
    Dementia | Delirium | Alcohol Withdrawal
  • Legal and Ethical Considerations
    ANA Code of Ethics | HIPAA | Scope of Practice

Day 2, 8:00 am to 4:00 pm

  • Immunological and Hematological
    Inflammatory Response | AIDS | Leukemia | Sickle Cell | DVT | Pressure Ulcers
  • Endocrine Disorders
    Thyroid Dysfunction | Adrenal Disorders | Diabetes | DKA and HHS | DI and SIADH
  • Renal and GU Disorders
    Acute Kidney Injury | Chronic Renal Failure | BPH
  • Gastrointestinal Disorders
    GI Bleeds | Bowel Obstruction | Infarction | Pancreatitis | Liver Disorders | Hepatitis
  • Multisystem
    Shock | SIRS | Sepsis
  • ANCC and MSNCB Exam Blueprints
    Breakdown of the Domains of Practice
  • ANCC Domains of Nursing Practice
    Health Promotion and Health Teaching | Planning, Implementation and Outcomes Evaluation | Professional Role | Assessment and Evaluation
  • Test-Taking Strategies
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Monitoring for Changes in the Acutely Ill Patient

Program Category: Continuing Education Course

Areas of Practice: Administration Ambulatory Care Cardiology Certifications Critical Care Emergency Gastroenterology Med-Surg Neurology Nursing Legalities Orthopedic Pediatrics Pre, Peri, Post-Op Care Progressive Care/Stepdown Pulmonary Rehab Staff Development Women's Health/Perinatal Other

This two-day seminar is designed to help both novice and expert critical care nurses incorporate a variety of monitoring data, such as hemodynamics and tissue oxygenation, into their patient assessments. The course employs an easy-to-use methodology for determining if the data obtained is accurate and practical ways to troubleshoot inaccuracies. It also discusses relevant nursing and medical treatment strategies for each patient population.

Program Learning Outcomes

This program prepares the learner to:

  • Discuss basic, advanced and new monitoring techniques.
  • Understand standard oxygenation measurements vs. less invasive monitoring.
  • Discuss reversal of standard anticoagulation medications.
  • Discuss the rationale for THAC.

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 4:00 pm

  • Hemodynamic Monitoring
    Patient Selection Criteria | Basic Monitoring Techniques | Advanced Monitoring Techniques | RV Volume PA Catheters | Non-Invasive and Less-Invasive Cardiac Output Monitoring
  • Monitoring Tissue Oxygenation
    Why It’s Important | SvO2 vs. ScvO2 | Non-Invasive Oxygenation Monitoring | Tissue Hemoglobin Index (THI)
  • Monitoring Anticoagulation
    Managing Heparin and Direct Thrombin Inhibitor Drips | Oral Antiplatelet Agents | Heparin-Induced Thrombocytopenia and HITT | Reversal of Anticoagulants
  • Monitoring Transfusions
    Indications for PRBC, FFP, Platelets | Managing Transfusion Reactions (Hemolytic, Hypersensitivity, Bacterial, Febrile)
  • Monitoring the Chest X-Ray (CXR)
    CXR Basics: Exposure, Techniques (Portable vs. PA) | Benefit of Lateral X-Rays | Normal Anatomy and Normal Findings on CXR

Day 2, 8:00 am to 4:00 pm

  • Monitoring the Heartbeat
    Choosing the Best Leads | Introduction to the 12-Lead | Monitoring for Acute Coronary Syndromes
  • Monitoring the Patient Undergoing Therapeutic Hypothermia Following Cardiac Arrest
    Rationale for THAC | Surface vs. Intravascular Temperature Modulation | Paralytic Monitoring | Vitals and Electrolytes during Induction | Maintenance and Rewarming | Preventing Shivering
  • Neuro Monitoring
    Standard ICP Monitoring | Ventriculostomy Catheters | Licox Brain Tissue Oxygenation Monitoring
  • Sedation Monitoring
    Best Practices and Sedation Scales | Which Drugs Work Best with the Least Side Effects?
  • Putting It All Together with Case Studies
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Neonatal Intensive Care Nursing Exam Review

Program Category: Certification Review

Areas of Practice: Administration Ambulatory Care Cardiology Certifications Critical Care Emergency Gastroenterology Med-Surg Neurology Nursing Legalities Orthopedic Pediatrics Pre, Peri, Post-Op Care Progressive Care/Stepdown Pulmonary Rehab Staff Development Women's Health/Perinatal Other

This course is designed for the neonatal intensive care nurse preparing to take the certification exam The course begins with a review of the test plan, practice requirements and test-taking strategies as well as how to avoid common mistakes and pitfalls made during study preparation and answering test questions. The remainder of the course will focus on core components of the test plan that are essential for caring for the high-risk newborn along with opportunities for the learner to practice with sample test questions. .

Program Learning Outcomes

This program prepares the learner to:

  • Describe the Neonatal Intensive Care Nursing Exam, test plan and the practice requirements to sit for the exam.
  • Construct a study plan for the exam based on understanding the blueprint and domains of practice covered.
  • Identify common mistakes and pitfalls that are made during studying and testing for the exam.
  • Recall the core components covered in the exam through didactic supplementation and test questions.
     

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

  • Neurological Conditions of the Neonate
  • Retinopathy of Prematurity
  • Electrolyte Disturbances
  • Glucose Metabolism
  • Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition
  • Gastrointestinal Disorders
  • Q & A Session | Practice Questions

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

  • Neonatal Sepsis and Meningitis
  • Genitourinary Disorders
  • Arterial Blood Gas Interpretation
  • Respiratory Diseases and Treatments
  • Cardiac Assessment and Common Disorders
  • Hematologic Conditions in the Newborn
  • Q & A Session | Practice Questions
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Neurovascular Crisis: Caring for Stroke Patients

Program Category: Continuing Education Course

Areas of Practice: Administration Ambulatory Care Cardiology Certifications Critical Care Emergency Gastroenterology Med-Surg Neurology Nursing Legalities Orthopedic Pediatrics Pre, Peri, Post-Op Care Progressive Care/Stepdown Pulmonary Rehab Staff Development Women's Health/Perinatal Other

This course is designed for nurses and other healthcare professionals caring for the neurological patient. Information on the vascular anatomy and an in-depth neurological assessment for stroke patients will be provided. Both ischemic and hemorrhagic strokes will be discussed, as well as the management of strokes from emergency through rehabilitation.

Program Learning Outcomes

This program prepares the learner to:

  • Identify the major cerebral vessels of the Circle of Willis.
  • Describe the symptoms of a stroke based on the structural location of the stroke.
  • Identify risk factors and discuss prevention of strokes.
  • Discuss procedures performed in interventional radiology.

Agenda

Sign-in begins at 7:30 am. The 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.

8:00 am to 4:30 pm

  • Vascular Anatomy and Diagnostic Imaging
  • Stroke Assessment, NIH Scale and More…
  • Risk Factors and Prevention of Stroke
  • Hemorrhagic Strokes
  • Thrombotic Ischemic Stroke: Care through Rehabilitation
  • Cardioembolic Stroke
  • Interventional Radiology
  • Rehabilitation Issues of Stroke
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Numbers: What do they mean?

Program Category: Continuing Education Course

Areas of Practice: Administration Ambulatory Care Cardiology Certifications Critical Care Emergency Gastroenterology Med-Surg Neurology Nursing Legalities Orthopedic Pediatrics Pre, Peri, Post-Op Care Progressive Care/Stepdown Pulmonary Rehab Staff Development Women's Health/Perinatal Other

No matter what your area of expertise, there is always a need for training and review in the area of radiographic and lab interpretation. Participants will learn the significance of both the normal findings of commonly ordered lab tests, as well as the implications of various abnormalities. This course is loaded with case studies to bring laboratory abnormalities to life. Join us as we demystify the interpretation of both X-rays and lab findings to help you gain the clues you need to provide better care to your patients. Data collection and understanding are important steps in the development of critical thinking. This seminar is meant to enhance the practice of nurses in all clinical areas, from inpatient areas to outpatient practices. 

Program Learning Outcomes

This program prepares the learner to:

  • Understand the CBC and differential with respect to infections, viral and bacterial.
  • Use a three-part tool to make interpretation of ABGs fast and easy.
  • Understand the five areas of quick assessment of the chest X-ray and what abnormal findings are indicating.
  • Predict causes of acute renal failure by looking at lab findings and learn causes of each.
  • Calculate the corrected calcium to drive need for intervention.
  • Learn the new lab helping identify those patients at high risk for progressing to severe sepsis. 

Agenda

Sign-in begins at 7:30 am. The 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 4:00 pm

  • Introduction
  • Untangling the Alphabet Soup of Hematology Studies
  • The Postives and Negative of Electrolyte Studies
  • Minding Your "Pees" and "Q's": Renal Function Tests
  • The CMP = BMP + LFTs
  • Plugging up the Mysteries of Coagulation Studies
  • Case Studies

Day 2, 8:00 am to 4:00 pm

  • Introduction
  • Arterial Blood Gas Interpretation for the ABG Challenged
  • It's All Shades of Gray to ME: Interpreting the Chest X-Ray
  • Labs of Sepsis
  • Cardiac Labs and ECG Interpretation
  • Putting it All Together: Case Studies
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Nurse Executive Exam Cram (Basic)

Program Category: Certification Review

Areas of Practice: Administration Ambulatory Care Cardiology Certifications Critical Care Emergency Gastroenterology Med-Surg Neurology Nursing Legalities Orthopedic Pediatrics Pre, Peri, Post-Op Care Progressive Care/Stepdown Pulmonary Rehab Staff Development Women's Health/Perinatal Other

The Nurse Executive Exam Cram (Basic) is designed to provide an overview of those subjects that are included in the ANCC certification exam. Subjects covered include: professional practice, with focus on nursing theory, research, quality improvement, process improvement, change theory and ethics. Healthcare economics is reviewed, as well as the healthcare environment. Lastly, delivery of care including: regulatory, process outcome, Magnet recognition, benchmarking, charts and graphs are described. The course is a fast-paced, intense presentation, and review of the exam blueprint along with preliminary study is recommended prior to attending. After attending, participants are encouraged to create a study plan individualized to meet their needs to successfully pass this exam.

Eligibility

Who is eligible to take this exam? All requirements must be completed prior to application for this examination.

  • Hold a current, active RN license in a state or territory of the United States or the professional, legally recognized equivalent in another country.
  • Hold a baccalaureate or higher degree in nursing.
  • Held an administrative position at the nurse executive level OR a faculty position teaching graduate students nursing administration OR a nursing management or executive consultation position for at least 24 months fulltime equivalent in the last five years.
  • Completed 30 hours of continuing education in nursing administration within the last three years. This requirement is waived if you have a master’s degree in nursing administration.

Program Learning Outcomes

This program prepares the learner to:

  • Describe the Nurse Executive, Basic , test plans and the practice requirements to sit for the exam.
  • Develop a study plan for the exam based on understanding the blueprint and domains of practice covered.
  • Identify common mistakes and pitfalls that are made during studying and testing for the exam.

Agenda

Sign-in begins at 7:30 am. The 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.

8:00 am to 4:30 pm

  • Review of Leadership Styles | Differences in Institution Plan | Global Review of Nursing Theorists
  • Components of Institutional Strategic Planning | Company Organization | Role of Human Capital
  • Labor Relations | Legal Organizations
    Negotiation | Arbitration | Unionization | Groupthink | Just Culture
  • Basic Formulas | Criminal vs. Civil Law
    Staffing, Profit, Loss Formulas | Torts and Concepts of Medical Negligence
  • Federal Documents | Medicaid and Medicare Differences and Similarities
  • Staffing Guidelines/Formulas | Nursing Models | Model of Nursing Professionalism
  • Change Models | Quality Improvement Theory and Terminology | Emotional Intelligence
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Nurse Executive Exam Review, Advanced

Program Category: Certification Review

Areas of Practice: Administration Ambulatory Care Cardiology Certifications Critical Care Emergency Gastroenterology Med-Surg Neurology Nursing Legalities Orthopedic Pediatrics Pre, Peri, Post-Op Care Progressive Care/Stepdown Pulmonary Rehab Staff Development Women's Health/Perinatal Other

If you are in Nursing Management, you need to validate your competency in that area by taking the Advanced Certification Exam. Prove to hospital administration, corporate office and/or the new facility where you are trying to secure a position that you have excelled in your area of expertise. Obtaining this certification will benefit your facility in its journey toward excellence and/or keeping its Magnet Status by having a percentage of its management staff be certified. Obtaining this certification also benefits your personal professional development plan. Prove to your superiors that you have what it takes to secure the promotion you desire.

Invest in yourself! Invest in your future! It’s an investment that is guaranteed to provide professional and financial returns for years to come.

Who is eligible to take this exam? All requirements must be completed prior to application for the examination.

  • Hold a current, active RN license in a state or territory of the United States or the professional, legally recognized equivalent in another country.
  • Hold a master’s or higher degree in nursing, or hold a bachelor's degree in nursing and a master’s in another field.
  • Held an administrative position at the nurse executive level, OR a faculty position teaching graduate students executive level nursing administration, for at least 24 months full time equivalent in the last five years.
  • Have completed 30 hours of continuing education in nursing administration within the last three years. This requirement is waived if you have a master’s degree in nursing administration.

Program Learning Outcomes

This program prepares the learner to:

  • Describe the Nurse Executive—Advanced Certification Exam, test plan and the practice requirements to sit for the exam.
  • Construct a study plan for the exam based on understanding the blueprint and domains of practice covered.
  • Identify common mistakes and pitfalls that are made during studying and testing for the exam.
  • Recall the core components covered in the exam through didactic supplementation and test questions.

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 5:30 pm

  • Quality Management: Part I
    Healthcare Outcomes | Stakeholder Satisfaction | Patient and Employee Safety
  • Quality Management: Part II
    Risk Management | Credentialing and Privileging | Continuous Performance Improvement
  • Professional Practice Environment: Part I
    Ethics | Clinical Practice
  • Professional Practice: Part II
    Nursing Research | Personal Professional Development | Autonomy and Accountability
  • Organizational Leadership: Part I
    Change Management | Strategic Visioning | Planning and Leveraging Diversity
  • Organizational Leadership: Part II
    Intellectual Capital Development and Retention | Leadership Skills

Day 2, 8:00 am to 5:30 pm

  • Organizational Leadership: Part III
    Organizational Culture and Systems Thinking
  • Organizational Systems Management: Part I
    Human Resource Management and Labor Relations | Fiscal Planning and Management | Knowledge Management | Technology Planning and Management
  • Organizational Systems Management: Part II
    Marketing | Patient Care Delivery Systems and Decision-Making/Problem-Solving | Systems Accountability and Crisis Management
  • Communication and Collaboration: Part I
    Negotiation | Conflict Management | Community Relations
  • Communication and Collaboration: Part II
    Political Navigation | Communication Skills
  • Test-Taking Strategies
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Nurse Executive Exam Review (Basic)

Program Category: Certification Review

Areas of Practice: Administration Ambulatory Care Cardiology Certifications Critical Care Emergency Gastroenterology Med-Surg Neurology Nursing Legalities Orthopedic Pediatrics Pre, Peri, Post-Op Care Progressive Care/Stepdown Pulmonary Rehab Staff Development Women's Health/Perinatal Other

The Nurse Executive Exam Review (Basic) is designed to provide an overview of those subjects which are included in the ANCC certification exam. Subjects include professional practice including nursing theory, research, quality improvement, process improvement, change theory and ethics. Healthcare economics is reviewed, as well as the healthcare environment. Lastly, delivery of care including regulatory, process outcome, Magnet recognition, benchmarking, charts and graphs are described. The course is a fast-paced, intense presentation and review of the exam blueprint along with preliminary study is recommended prior to attending. After attending, participants are encouraged to create a study plan individualized to meet their needs to successfully pass ANCC’s certification exam.

Who is eligible to take this exam? All requirements must be completed prior to application for the examination.

  • Hold a current, active RN license in a state or territory of the United States or the professional, legally recognized equivalent in another country.
  • Hold a baccalaureate or higher degree in nursing.
  • Held an administrative position at the nurse executive level, OR a faculty position teaching graduate students nursing administration, OR a nursing management or executive consultation position, for at least 24 months full-time equivalent in the last five years.
  • Completed 30 hours of continuing education in nursing administration within the last three years. This requirement is waived if you have a master’s degree in nursing administration.

Program Learning Outcomes

This program prepares the learner to:

  • Describe the Nurse Executive Exam (Basic), test plan and the practice requirements to sit for the exam.
  • Construct a study plan for the exam based on understanding the blueprint and domains of practice covered.
  • Identify common mistakes and pitfalls that are made during studying and testing for the exam.
  • Recall the core components covered in the exam through didactic supplementation and test questions.

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 5:30 pm

  • Test-Taking Skills
  • Professional Practice
    Written, Verbal and Non-Verbal Communication | Conflict Management | Crisis Management | Team Dynamics | Documentation | Informatics | Teaching and Learning Principles | Adult Learner | Competency | Interviewing | Nursing Theory | Nursing Research | Evidence-Based Practice | Critical Thinking | Human Resources and Labor Relations | Nursing Licensure | ADA | Corporate Compliance | HIPAA | Labor Management Relations | Unionization | Principles of Leadership | Change Theory | Time Management | Stress Management | Stress Reduction
  • Healthcare Environment
    Customer Service | Cultural Competence | Diversity | Organizational Climate and Culture | Organizational Structure | Corporate Governing Body | Strategic Planning | Communication

Day 2, 8:00 am to 5:30 pm

  • Legal, Regulatory and Ethics
    Legal Terms | Ethics | Ethical Theories | Regulatory | Federal Acts | Laws | Other Legal Issues (Sexual Harassment, Affirmative Action, COBRA) | How a Bill Becomes a Law
  • Healthcare Economics
    Fiscal Management | Budget Process | Types of Budgets | Reimbursement | Cost Containment | Materials Management | FTEs and Staffing | Nursing Care Delivery Models
  • Delivery of Care
    Healthcare Errors | Healthy People 2010 | Structure, Process and Outcome Standards | Transparency | Program Evaluation Models | Institute of Health Improvements | CMS Core Measures | Performance Improvement | Quality Improvement | Baldrige and Magnet | Outcome Criteria | Benchmarking | Charts and Graphs | Patient Safety | NPSG | Sentinel Events | Employee Safety | Marketing
  • Q & A Session
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Nurse Executive Exam Review, Basic & Advanced

Program Category: Continuing Education Course

Areas of Practice: Administration Ambulatory Care Cardiology Certifications Critical Care Emergency Gastroenterology Med-Surg Neurology Nursing Legalities Orthopedic Pediatrics Pre, Peri, Post-Op Care Progressive Care/Stepdown Pulmonary Rehab Staff Development Women's Health/Perinatal Other

The nurse executive-advanced and nurse executive board certification examinations are competency-based assessments to validate knowledge related to the art and science of nursing leadership. Nurse executives taking this course will learn about operational structures and processes that support nursing excellence, exemplary professional practice, transformational leadership, knowledge management and the development of new knowledge and innovations. This course will not only prepare the nurse executive for a successful examination, but will also enable them to be a stronger nurse leader within their organization. 

Eligibility

Who is eligible to take this exam? All requirements must be completed prior to application for this examination.

Nurse Executive, Basic Exam

  • Hold a current, active RN license in a state or territory of the United States or the professional, legally recognized equivalent in another country.
  • Hold a baccalaureate or higher degree in nursing.
  • Held an administrative position at the nurse executive level OR a faculty position teaching graduate students nursing administration OR a nursing management or executive consultation position, for at least 24 months fulltime equivalent in the last five years.
  • Completed 30 hours of continuing education in nursing administration within the last three years. This requirement is waived if you have a master’s degree in nursing administration. 

Nurse Executive, Advanced Exam

  • Hold a current, active RN license in a state or territory of the United States or the professional, legally recognized equivalent in another country.
  • Hold a master’s or higher degree in nursing or hold a bachelor's degree in nursing and a master’s in another field.
  • Held an administrative position at the nurse executive level OR a faculty position teaching graduate students  executive level nursing administration, for at least 24 months full time equivalent in the last five years.
  • Have completed 30 hours of continuing education in nursing administration within the last three years. This  requirement is waived if you have a master’s degree in nursing administration. 

Program Learning Outcomes

This program prepares the learner to:

  • Apply principles of transformational leadership to advance the practice of nursing and achieve clinical and  operational excellence within their organization.
  • Identify strengths and areas of opportunity in preparing for board certification as a nurse executive.
  • Develop a test plan strategy based on the review course and examination content outline to ensure success on the nurse executive examination.

Agenda

Sign-in begins at 7:30 am. The 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 4:30 pm

  • The Art and Science of Nursing Leadership | Leadership Definitions | Leadership vs. Management | Nurse Executive Competencies | Leading Oneself | Leading Teams | Leading the Profession 
  • Preparing for Board Certification as a Nurse Executive | Domains of Knowledge for the Nurse Executive | Identification of Gaps | Test Preparation 
  • The Current Healthcare Landscape | The External Environment | Regulatory Climate | Policy | Funding Sources for Healthcare | Mergers and Acquisition | The Healthcare Workforce | Diversity, Inclusion, Equity and Population Health 
  • Leadership and Management | Leadership Theories | Strengths-Based Leadership | Organization and Structure | Management Functions | Planning Continuum | Organizational Culture | Group Dynamics | Leading Change 
  • The Business of Healthcare | Budget | Staffing Models | Reimbursement 

Day 2, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm

  • The Business of Healthcare (cont.) | Cost Containment | Marketing 
  • Innovation and Technology | Disruptive Innovation | Advances in Technology | Evaluation of Technology
  • Legal, Regulatory, Political and Ethical Issues | Legal Issues in Professional Practice | Ethics | Patient Safety | Institutional Liabilities | Risk Management |  Accreditation Readiness 
  • Validating Excellence: The Pursuit of International Designations and Awards
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Nursing Leadership Practices: A Continuous Journey

Program Category: Continuing Education Course

Areas of Practice: Administration Ambulatory Care Cardiology Certifications Critical Care Emergency Gastroenterology Med-Surg Neurology Nursing Legalities Orthopedic Pediatrics Pre, Peri, Post-Op Care Progressive Care/Stepdown Pulmonary Rehab Staff Development Women's Health/Perinatal Other

In this two-day program, participants will explore selected topics to enrich leadership skills, as well as prepare the new leader who may be contemplating career advancement. General concepts and topics will be covered to allow application to a wide variety of leadership roles and styles, including multi-faceted settings. Following each presented topic, real-life situations and scenarios will be discussed, allowing the participant to gain more confidence to enhance his or her leadership style. Barriers and “red flags” to watch for along the leadership journey will be discussed, and appropriate solutions will be found together.

Program Learning Outcomes

This program prepares the learner to:

  • Define what it means to be a valued leader.
  • Discriminate between leadership roles and styles.
  • Describe the best means to achieve effective leadership by utilizing good communication and critical thinking skills.
  • Discuss how the culture of safety and quality plays such a significant role in leadership.
  • Recognize when there are barriers or when situations may be difficult.

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 4:00 pm

  • Leadership and Management Introduction
    Are Leaders Born or Made? | Novice to Expert
  • Leadership Styles and Types
    Transform as You Grow—Flexibility is Often Key | Roles and Responsibilities
  • The Images of Nursing—“This Not That”
    They are Watching! | Think and Be Positive
  • Delegation
    The Five Rights of Delegation | Benefits for the Leader and the Recipient | Barriers to Effective Delegation | Legal Issues
  • Patient-Focused and Family-Centered Care
    Core Values | Key Concepts
  • Customer Satisfaction—“How to Make Everyone Happy!”
    Defining Your Customers | And the Survey Says…
  • Staffing Issues
    Acuity vs. Ratios/NHPPD (Nursing Hours per Patient Day) | Related to ANA Guidelines/Facility Needs | Making the Schedule and Legal Aspects | Staff Retention
  • Prioritization and Time Management
    Was that Due Today?! | Flexibility is Key

Day 2, 8:00 am to 4:00 pm

  • The Culture of Safety and Quality
    Promoting Safety and Minimizing Errors | Reaching for the Stars
  • Nursing Code of Ethics
    The Intent and Purpose | The Provisions and How They Work
  • Communication
    Speaking Persuasively—The STATE Principle | Listening Effectively | Crucial Conversations
  • Team Building
    There is No “I” in Team…and No “We” Either | Lead and They Will Follow
  • Critical Thinking in Leadership
    Putting it All Together | Dealing with Problems and Conflicts
  • Leadership Potpourri
    Hot Topics and Trends | Scenarios: Test Yourself—Are You Ready?
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Nursing Professional Development Exam Review

Program Category: Certification Review

Areas of Practice: Administration Ambulatory Care Cardiology Certifications Critical Care Emergency Gastroenterology Med-Surg Neurology Nursing Legalities Orthopedic Pediatrics Pre, Peri, Post-Op Care Progressive Care/Stepdown Pulmonary Rehab Staff Development Women's Health/Perinatal Other

The Nursing Professional Development Exam Review covers numerous topics of interest and value to the Nurse Educator. These topics cover the various roles of the Nurse Educator, including program planning, management, collaboration, support of change and self-actualization. The Nursing Professional Development Exam Review focuses on the key aspects of the Nursing Professional Development Exam. Adult learning principles are utilized to foster an interactive and supportive environment during the review process.

Who is eligible to take this exam? All requirements must be completed prior to application for the examination.

  • Hold a current, active RN license within a state or territory of the United States or the professional, legally recognized equivalent in another country.
  • Hold a bachelor’s or higher degree in nursing.
  • Have practiced the equivalent of two years full-time as a registered nurse.
  • Have a minimum of 4,000 hours of clinical practice in nursing professional development within the last five years.
  • Have completed 30 hours of continuing education in nursing professional development within the last three years.

Program Learning Outcomes

This program prepares the learner to:

  • Describe the Nursing Professional Development Exam, test plan and the practice requirements to sit for the exam.
  • Construct a study plan for the exam based on understanding the blueprint and domains of practice covered.
  • Identify common mistakes and pitfalls that are made during studying and testing for the exam.
  • Recall the core components covered in the exam through didactic supplementation and test questions.

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 4:00 pm

  • Introduction | The Exam
  • Overview
    Adult Education | Learning Objectives | Methodologies, Teaching and Learning
  • Ethical Guidelines and Legal Issues
  • Change
    Change Theories | Elements of Change | Change Process and Evaluation
  • Evaluation of the Learning Process
    Purpose | Evaluation Types | Methodologies | Tools for Evaluation
  • Issues and Trends
  • Accreditation and Approval
    Accreditation | Approval | Terms | Processes | Applying
  • Q & A Session

Day 2, 8:00 am to 4:00 pm

  • Introduction | Questions
  • Learning Needs
    Need Types | Assessment
  • Planning
  • Implementation
    Methods | Techniques
  • Evaluation
  • Marketing
    Definitions | Process | Plan | Implementation and Evaluation | Advertising
  • Performance Improvement
    Terms | Data | Standards
  • Management Aspects
    Resources | Facilities | Budgeting | Records and Reports
  • Educator, Leader, Researcher
  • Studying and Test-Taking
  • Q & A Session
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OCN® Exam Review

Program Category: Certification Review

Areas of Practice: Administration Ambulatory Care Cardiology Certifications Critical Care Emergency Gastroenterology Med-Surg Neurology Nursing Legalities Orthopedic Pediatrics Pre, Peri, Post-Op Care Progressive Care/Stepdown Pulmonary Rehab Staff Development Women's Health/Perinatal Other

This program is designed for oncology nurses seeking a general oncology review in preparation for the ONCC® OCN Exam. We will focus on the following categories from the 2016 OCN blueprint: cancer epidemiology, health promotion and cancer screening, scientific basis for practice, treatment modalities, symptom management, psychosocial care, oncologic emergencies, palliative/end-of-life care and survivorship. This is not meant to be an introductory course, but rather a comprehensive review of basic oncology nursing practice.

Program Learning Outcomes

This program prepares the learner to:

  • Discuss and practice test-taking skills and strategies.
  • Review the assessment and diagnostic findings associated with oncology conditions and diagnoses.
  • Identify the nurse’s role in the management and care of patients across the cancer trajectory.
  • Discuss the clinical presentation and evidence-based intervention of common oncologic emergencies.
  • Identify models of survivorship in oncology practice.

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 4:30 pm

  • Welcome and Introduction, Test-Taking Strategies
    OCN Eligibility | Application and Testing Process | Study Resources | Test Anxiety | Test-Taking Tips
  • Epidemiology, Screening and Prevention
    Terms and Concepts | Incidence and Mortality | Levels of Prevention | Health Promotion | Screening | Early Detection | Risk Factors | Attributable Risk | Risk Assessment
  • Scientific Basis for Oncology Practice
    Carcinogenesis | Genetics and Genomics | Cancer Grading and Staging | Cancer Types | Clinical Trials 
  • Treatment Modalities and Nursing Implications
    Surgery | Radiation Therapy | Chemotherapy | Biologics and Targeted Therapies | Blood and Marrow Transplantation
  • Symptoms Management
    Patterns | Toxicity & Grading Scales | Hematologic | Gastrointestinal | Genitourinary | Integumentary |  Cardiopulmonary Function | Neurologic Function | Musculoskeletal Function | Nutrition | Pain |  Complementary and Integrative Medicine

Day 2, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm

  • Follow-up Questions, Introduction
  • Psychosocial Impact of Cancer
    Cancer and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder | Emotional Distress and Supportive Care | Risk Factors and Interventions | Fertility | Sexuality | Coping Mechanisms and Cultural Issues 
  • Metabolic Oncologic Emergencies
    DIC | TTP | Infection | TLS | SIADH | Hypercalcemia | Hypersensitivity Reactions | Anaphylaxis | SCC | SVCS | ICP | Cardiac Tamponade | Obstructions | Pneumonitis
  • Cancer Survivorship
    Early and Late Effects | Recurrence/Secondary Malignancy | Surveillance | Survivorship Models | Impact of Survivorship
  • Palliative Care Concepts and End-of-Life Issues
    Palliative Care Models| Hospice | Grief Theory | Bereavement | Interdisciplinary Team | Community  Resources | Caregiver Support | Comfort Measures
  • Regulatory Agencies and Issues of Professional Practice
    Scope and Standards | Standards of Professional Performance | Local, State and National Resources | Patient Education Process | Evidence-Based Practice | Legal Issues | Ethical Issues | Patient Advocacy | Compassion Fatigue | Quality Improvement | Professional Development | Multidisciplinary Collaboration | Cancer Care Navigation 

 

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OCN®/BMTCN® Exam Review

Program Category: Certification Review

Areas of Practice: Administration Ambulatory Care Cardiology Certifications Critical Care Emergency Gastroenterology Med-Surg Neurology Nursing Legalities Orthopedic Pediatrics Pre, Peri, Post-Op Care Progressive Care/Stepdown Pulmonary Rehab Staff Development Women's Health/Perinatal Other

This three-day course is designed for oncology nurses seeking a general oncology review in preparation for the ONCC® OCN Exam and BMT oncology nurses seeking a review in preparation for the ONCC® Blood & Marrow Transplant Certified Nurse (BMTCN®) Exam. The first two days will focus on the following categories from the 2016 OCN blueprint: cancer epidemiology, health promotion and cancer screening, scientific basis for practice, treatment modalities, symptom management, psychosocial care, oncologic emergencies, palliative/end-of-life care and survivorship. This is not meant to be an introductory course, but rather a comprehensive review of basic oncology nursing practice. The third day will focus on the following categories from the BMTCN® 2016 test content outline: indications for transplantation, types of trans-plants and stem-cell sources, pretransplant care, preparative regimens, stem-cell infusion, graft-versus host disease, post-transplant care, survivorship and professional practice. This is not an introductory course to BMT, but rather a com-prehensive review of BMT oncology nursing practice.

Program Learning Outcomes

This program prepares the learner to:

  • Discuss and practice test-taking skills and strategies.
  • Review the assessment and diagnostic findings associated with oncology conditions and diagnoses.
  • Identify the nurse’s role in the management and care of patients across the cancer trajectory.
  • Discuss the clinical presentation and evidence-based intervention of common oncologic emergencies.
  • Identify models of survivorship in oncology practice.
  • Review the basic concepts for pre- and post-transplantation.
  • Identify the nurse’s role in the management and care of BMT patients across the transplant trajectory.
  • Discuss the clinical presentation and evidence-based interventions of common issues in BMT.
  • Identify key survivorship issues in BMT and professional oncology practice.

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 4:30 pm
OCN® Only

  • Welcome and Introduction, Test-Taking Strategies
    OCN Eligibility | Application and Testing Process | Study Resources | Test Anxiety | Test-Taking Tips
  • Epidemiology, Screening and Prevention
    Terms and Concepts | Incidence and Mortality | Levels of Prevention | Health Promotion | Screening | Early Detection | Risk Factors | Attributable Risk | Risk Assessment
  • Scientific Basis for Oncology Practice
    Carcinogenesis | Genetics and Genomics | Cancer Grading and Staging | Cancer Types | Clinical Trials 
  • Treatment Modalities and Nursing Implications
    Surgery | Radiation Therapy | Chemotherapy | Biologics and Targeted Therapies | Blood and Marrow Transplantation
  • Symptoms Management
    Patterns | Toxicity & Grading Scales | Hematologic | Gastrointestinal | Genitourinary | Integumentary |  Cardiopulmonary Function | Neurologic Function | Musculoskeletal Function | Nutrition | Pain |  Complementary and Integrative Medicine

Day 2, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm
OCN® Only

  • Follow-up Questions, Introduction
  • Psychosocial Impact of Cancer
    Cancer and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder | Emotional Distress and Supportive Care | Risk Factors and Interventions | Fertility | Sexuality | Coping Mechanisms and Cultural Issues 
  • Metabolic Oncologic Emergencies
    DIC | TTP | Infection | TLS | SIADH | Hypercalcemia | Hypersensitivity Reactions | Anaphylaxis | SCC | SVCS | ICP | Cardiac Tamponade | Obstructions | Pneumonitis
  • Cancer Survivorship
    Early and Late Effects | Recurrence/Secondary Malignancy | Surveillance | Survivorship Models | Impact of Survivorship
  • Palliative Care Concepts and End-of-Life Issues
    Palliative Care Models| Hospice | Grief Theory | Bereavement | Interdisciplinary Team | Community  Resources | Caregiver Support | Comfort Measures
  • Regulatory Agencies and Issues of Professional Practice
    Scope and Standards | Standards of Professional Performance | Local, State and National Resources | Patient Education Process | Evidence-Based Practice | Legal Issues | Ethical Issues | Patient Advocacy | Compassion Fatigue | Quality Improvement | Professional Development | Multidisciplinary Collaboration | Cancer Care Navigation 

Day 3, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm
BMTCN® Only

  • Introduction
    Welcome and Introduction | Eligibility | Application and Testing | Study Resources | Test-Taking Tips
  • Basic Concepts and Indications for Transplantation
    Hematopoiesis | Immunology | Role of Caregiver | Goals of Therapy | Indications for Transplant
  • Types of Transplants and Stem-Cell Sources
    Autologous | Allogeneic | Other Therapies | Peripheral Blood | Bone Marrow | Umbilical Cord Blood
  • Pretransplant Care 
    Recipient Eligibility and Management | Donor Selection and Care | Stem-Cell Procurement
  • Preparative Regimens and Stem-Cell Infusion 
    Intensity of Therapy | Chemotherapy | Radiation Therapy | Biotherapy | Immunotherapy | Targeted Therapies | Fresh vs. Cryopreserved | Infusion Management | Hematologic Compatibilities
  • Psychosocial Impact of Cancer
    Cancer and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder | Emotional Distress and Supportive Care | Risk Factors and Interventions | Fertility | Sexuality | Coping Mechanisms and Cultural Issues 
  • Graft-Versus-Host Disease Prevention & Management
    Types of GVHD | Toxicity and Grading Scales | Common Symptoms and Evidence-Based Management
  • Post-Transplant Issues and Management
    Interventions | Hematologic | Hydration and Electrolyte Imbalances | Gastrointestinal | Nutritional | Genitourinary | Integumentary | Cardiopulmonary | Neurologic | Dermatologic | Dental | Ocular | Musculoskeletal | Psychosocial | Graft Rejection or Failure | Disease Relapse | End of Life
  • Survivorship 
    Secondary Malignancy | Psychosocial Issues | Fertility | Sexuality | Quality of Life | Follow-up Care
  • Professional Practice
    Ethical and Legal Issues | Clinical Trials | Standards of Practice | Accreditation Standards | Continuous Quality Improvement | Professional Boundaries | Compassion Fatigue | Chemotherapy and Biotherapy Competence | Sources of Data for Evidence-Based Practice
  • Conclusion and Wrap-up
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ONC® Exam Review

Program Category: Certification Review

Areas of Practice: Administration Ambulatory Care Cardiology Certifications Critical Care Emergency Gastroenterology Med-Surg Neurology Nursing Legalities Orthopedic Pediatrics Pre, Peri, Post-Op Care Progressive Care/Stepdown Pulmonary Rehab Staff Development Women's Health/Perinatal Other

The ONC Exam is made up of different types of questions related to different key orthopedic components. These questions can prove challenging, and potential test-takers must be prepared to face these challenges. This session gives the participant strategies for preparing to take the exam as well as strategies to successfully navigate the questions that are likely to be encountered.

This course is a review of orthopedic nursing designed to assist the participant in successfully obtaining the ONC certification. The course offers lectures, graphics and practice questions in many of the areas that are tested on the ONC Examination. 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 orthopedic nursing certification. This course is designed to provide the tools and knowledge necessary to ensure successful preparation for the Orthopedic Nursing Exam by providing key information regarding the format of the exam, the key components of the exam and testing strategies

ONC® is a registered trademark of the Orthopaedic Nurses Certification Board, which neither sponsors nor endorses this product.

Program Learning Outcomes

This program prepares the learner to:

  • Gain an understanding of the layout of the exam and the components of the exam.
  • Review the different components of the exam: degenerative disease, orthopedic trauma, sports injuries, neuromuscular, pediatrics, congenital, inflammatory disorders, operative orthopedics, metabolic bone disease and orthopedic oncology.
  • Review testing strategies to ensure success.
  • Given the opportunity to apply the knowledge and testing strategies to practice questions.

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

  • Welcome & Introduction | Outline of Course | Overview of ONCB
  • Key Orthopedic Assessment Priorities
    Basic Principles of Musculoskeletal System | Nursing Focus in Orthopedic History, Physical Assessment and Nursing Implications | Identification of Priorities, Need for Teamwork
  • Perioperative Care Priorities
    National Patient Safety Goals, Universal Protocol, SCIP Core Measures | Preop Assessment Planning | Intraop Anesthesia | Postop Care Priorities
  • Pediatric/Congenital/Neuromuscular Disorders
    Spectrum of Disorders Challenging a Child | Causes, Assessment, Interventions, Teaching for Each
  • Pediatric/Congenital/Neuromuscular Disorders (cont.)
  • Metabolic Bone Diseases
    Disease Processes Causing Alteration in Bone Formation | Osteoporosis, Other Diseases | Assessments and Priority Care
  • Degenerative/Inflammatory Disorders
    Case Study for RA Hip Fracture | Osteoarthritis/Degenerative | Spectrum of Inflammatory Disorders | Care Implications for Joint Replacement

Day 2, 8:00 am to 4:00 pm

  • Orthopedic Trauma and Sports Injury
    Conservative vs. Surgical Interventions | Fracture Management | Exemplars
  • Musculoskeletal Tumors/Amputation
    Benign vs. Malignant Tumors | Physical and Psychosocial Challenges
  • Spine Disorders
    Anatomical Structures and Degenerative Problems | Case Study
  • Orthopedic Complications | Prevention Strategies
    Signs and Symptoms | Diagnostics | Prevention Strategies | Care Implications
  • Practice Questions | Test-Taking Strategies
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Orthopedic Nursing: Basics for Effective Patient Care

Program Category: Continuing Education Course

Areas of Practice: Administration Ambulatory Care Cardiology Certifications Critical Care Emergency Gastroenterology Med-Surg Neurology Nursing Legalities Orthopedic Pediatrics Pre, Peri, Post-Op Care Progressive Care/Stepdown Pulmonary Rehab Staff Development Women's Health/Perinatal Other

This course is an introduction to the specialty of orthopedic nursing, which includes study of the care of patients experiencing orthopedic trauma, fractures, total joint arthroplasty, spinal surgery or orthopedic complications. Participants will be able to identify the essential components of a thorough orthopedic-focused assessment for early recognition of complications, describe the breadth of orthopedic injuries and conditions, determine safe patient positioning and mobilization and define essential components for effective orthopedic patient education to achieve positive patient outcomes. The full-day course content is based on orthopedic nursing practice standards and patient teaching implications guided by the National Association of Orthopaedic Nurses (NAON).

Program Learning Outcomes

This program prepares the learner to:

  • Define the scope of orthopedic injuries/conditions and related evidence-based practice for quality patient care.
  • Identify assessment priorities to promote patient safety and for early prevention and recognition of complications.
  • Describe orthopedic patient responses to injuries/conditions along with effective teamwork, collaboration and education to promote positive patient outcomes.
  • Explore opportunities for professional advancement and certification in orthopedic nursing.

Agenda

Sign-in begins at 7:30 am. The 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.

8:00 am to 5:00 pm

  • Welcome, Review and Overview of Subspecialties
  • Basic Principles of Musculoskeletal System and Nursing Focus in Orthopedic History
    Structures | Growth and Metabolism | Aging | Culture and Dietary Considerations | Basic Nursing Principles | Pain | Assessment Priorities | Diagnostic Tests | Priorities of Care
  • Scope of Conditions
    Common Orthopedic Conditions | Neuromuscular Diseases | Neoplastic Bone Diseases | Inflammatory/Autoimmune Conditions | Degenerative Joint Disease | Metabolic and Other Bone Diseases | Pediatric Orthopedic Conditions
  • Common Injuries and Management
    Strains, Subluxation and Dislocation | Causes and Classifications of Fractures | Bone Healing | Fracture Management | Related Nursing Care
  • Benefits of Total Joint Arthroplasty
    Posterior vs. Anterior Approach | Total Knee Arthroplasty | Other Joint Replacements | Complication of Venous Thromboembolism | New Technologies
  • Casting and Traction to Stabilize Fractures
    Materials | Padding | Cast Care | Traction
  • Safe Mobility
    Transfers | Equipment
  • Implications for Amputation and Related Care
    Causes | Level of Amputation | Patient Care
  • Case Study of Spinal Surgical Implications
    Anatomical Structures | Degenerative Problems | Spinal Fusion Patient Case Study
  • Early Recognition and Rapid Interventions: Complications
    Signs and Symptoms | Diagnostic Tests | Prevention Strategies | Medical/Surgical Nursing Implications
  • Resources for Professional Advancement
    National Association of Orthopaedic Nurses | Orthopaedic Nurses Certification Board
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Overcoming Analysis Paralysis:
Laboratory and Diagnostic Test Interpretation

Program Category: Continuing Education Course

Areas of Practice: Administration Ambulatory Care Cardiology Certifications Critical Care Emergency Gastroenterology Med-Surg Neurology Nursing Legalities Orthopedic Pediatrics Pre, Peri, Post-Op Care Progressive Care/Stepdown Pulmonary Rehab Staff Development Women's Health/Perinatal Other

What is the significance of an elevated Mean Corpuscular Volume (MCV)? What does an elevated blood urea nitrogen (BUN) level with a normal creatinine level indicate? What is the diagnostic difference between ST depression and ST elevation? How does pregnancy affect fibrinogen or platelet levels?

This seminar will look at the answers to these and many other questions regarding laboratory and diagnostic tests. Participants will learn the significance of both the normal findings of numerous commonly ordered laboratory tests as well as the implications of various abnormalities. The course is loaded with case studies to bring laboratory abnormalities to life. Content will cover everything from hematology to chemistry studies, liver function tests to kidney function tests, as well as topics such as interpreting the urinalysis, the electrocardiogram and the chest X-ray. The effects of factors such as age and pregnancy will also be considered. This seminar is meant to enhance the practice of healthcare workers in all clinical areas, from critical care to medical-surgical, surgical services to rehabilitation services.

Program Learning Outcomes

This program prepares the learner to:

  • List the order that blood tubes should be drawn.
  • Verbalize at least three factors when performing phlebotomy that can alter the reliability of blood tests.
  • Differentiate between specificity and sensitivity when analyzing blood test results.

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 4:00 pm

  • Overcoming Analysis Paralysis: An Introduction to Laboratory Tests
    Definitions | Phlebotomy | Units of Measure
  • Untangling the Alphabet Soup of Hematology Studies
    Studies of the Various Blood Cells | Erythrocyte Indices and Anemia | The White Blood Cell Differential
  • The Positives and Negatives of Electrolyte Studies
    Potassium Imbalances | Sodium Imbalances | Chloride Imbalances | Magnesium Imbalances | Calcium Imbalances | Phosphate Imbalances
  • CSI: Culture and Sensitivity Investigations
    Basics of Microbiology | Collecting Various Cultures | Markers for Infection and Sepsis
  • Minding Your “Pees” and “Q’s": Renal Function Tests
    Blood Urea Nitrogen | Creatinine | Osmolality | Urinalysis
  • More Alphabet Soup: Liver Function and Pancreatic Function Tests
    Liver Enzymes | Ammonia Levels | Bilirubin | Albumin | Lipase and Amylase
  • Plugging Up the Mysteries of Coagulation Studies
    Prothrombin Time and Partial Thromboplastin Time | Platelet and Fibrinogen Levels | Fibrin Degradation Products
  • What a Bloody Mess: The Blood Bank
    Differentiating Blood Types | Blood Transfusions and Reactions | Coombs Test

Day 2, 8:00 am to 4:00 pm

  • Arterial Blood Gas Interpretation for the ABG Challenged
    Basic Blood Gas Abnormalities | Mixed Blood Gas Abnormalities | Partially Compensated and Compensated Blood Gas Abnormalities
  • It’s All Shades of Gray to Me: Interpreting the Chest X-Ray
    How the X-Ray Works | Identifying Major Landmarks on the Chest X-Ray | Recognizing Pathologies on the Chest X-Ray
  • Testing Through the Ages
    Geriatric Patients | Pregnant Patients
  • Heart Smarts: Lipid Profiles and Cardiac Enzymes
    Lipid Profiles | Cardiac Enzymes
  • Case Studies: Group Work
  • Squiggles and Squawks: Interpreting the 2- and 12-Lead ECG
    Basics of Electrophysiology | Approaching 2-Lead ECGs | Differences Between 2-Lead ECGs and 12-Lead ECGs | The 12-Lead ECG and the MI
  • Review of Case Studies
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Pain Management Nursing Exam Review

Program Category: Certification Review

Areas of Practice: Administration Ambulatory Care Cardiology Certifications Critical Care Emergency Gastroenterology Med-Surg Neurology Nursing Legalities Orthopedic Pediatrics Pre, Peri, Post-Op Care Progressive Care/Stepdown Pulmonary Rehab Staff Development Women's Health/Perinatal Other

This course will prepare the nurse experienced in pain management to successfully complete the exam. The course provides information for the pain management nurse, covering each of the topics on the test plan along with information on the pathophysiology of pain transmission, pain terminology and assessment of pain interventions, including the ethical issues in pain management.

Program Learning Outcomes

This program prepares the learner to:

  • Develop an understanding of the normal pain pathways and the use of pharmacological and non-pharmacological ways to diminish these pathways.
  • Relate pain assessment to interventions and outcomes, including acute, chronic and end-of-life pain.
  • Perform more complete pain assessments, and interact with patients to improve coping and pain 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 4:30 pm

  • Foundations of Pain: Pathophysiology of Pain
    Pathways | Effects of Chemical Substances | Common Terminology | Potential Complications
  • Foundations of Pain: Neuropathic Pain
    Common Symptoms | Assessment Strategies | Best Pharmacological and Non-Pharmacological Management
  • Foundations of Pain: Common Pain Syndromes
    Cancer Association | Surgical Management of Back Pain | Complex Regional Pain Syndrome
  • Foundations of Pain: Addictions
    Reasons for Drug-Seeking | Patients with Substance Abuse 
  • Teaching, Education and Collaboration
    Key Points for Patient and Family Education | Collaboration with Other Healthcare Professionals
  • Crisis Situation/Ethics
    Suicide Potential | Principle of Double Effect

Day 2, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm

  • Pain Assessment
    Common Issues | Tools | Techniques for Pediatric Patients
  • Pharmacological Interventions
    Side Effects of Opioids, Non-Steroidals | Conversion vs. Equilanalgesic Charts | Commonly Used Opioids, Administration | Adjuvant Therapy
  • Surgical/Invasive Interventions
    Intra-Arterial Techniques | Spine and Brain Stimulation | Intractable Pain
  • Complementary Interventions
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Palliative Care Across the Spectrum: Care When There is No Cure

Program Category: Continuing Education Course

Areas of Practice: Administration Ambulatory Care Cardiology Certifications Critical Care Emergency Gastroenterology Med-Surg Neurology Nursing Legalities Orthopedic Pediatrics Pre, Peri, Post-Op Care Progressive Care/Stepdown Pulmonary Rehab Staff Development Women's Health/Perinatal Other

This two-day program is designed to educate nurses and other healthcare professionals from a variety of settings including critical care, medical-surgical, emergency department, long-term care and hospice care about palliative care. Palliative care encompasses chronic and terminal disease management, pain and symptom management, excellent communication strategies, goals setting and end-of-life therapies. Because the nurse’s role in each of these areas is crucial, this seminar will help prepare the nurse to provide effective palliative care.

Program Learning Outcomes

This program prepares the learner to:

  • Prepare the participant to engage in primary palliative care strategies in a variety of settings.
  • Describe the differences between hospice care and palliative care.
  • Formulate an approach to having a goal of care conversation.
  • Recognize natural opportunities for death based on specific disease trajectories.
  • Develop a plan of care for the patient who is actively dying.

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 3:45 pm

  • Palliative Care: What Is It?
    Historical Perspectives: How did We get Here? | Definitions: End-of-Life, Comfort Care, Hospice Care—Is There a Difference? | Goals of Care: Whose Goals are They Anyway? | Dying the Good Death: Can Death be Good?
  • The Disease Trajectory
    CHF | COPD | Dementias | HIV, AIDS | Cancers
  • Symptom Management: Across All Settings—ICU to Home
    Dyspnea and Cough | Anxiety and Agitation | Nausea and Vomiting | Fatigue and Depression
  • Grief, Loss and Bereavement
    The Grief Process: Types of Grief | Grief Assessment: Who is Grieving? | Bereavement Interventions: What Can We Do?
  • Cultural and Spiritual Considerations
    Cultural Differences: Are They Important? | Spiritual Beliefs Regarding Death and Dying
  • Taking Care of You
    Death Anxiety | Cumulative Grief | Self Care

Day 2, 8:00 am to 3:45 pm

  • Pain Management
    Barriers to Pain Relief: They Don’t Look Like They are in Pain | Pain Assessment: What Am I Assessing? | Pharmacologic Therapies: Opioids, Adjunctive Meds | Non-Pharmacologic Interventions: Is it Quackery?
  • Ethical and Legal Issues
    Decision-Making Issues | Advance Directives | Withdrawing and Withholding Treatments | Double Effect Principal
  • Dying a Good Death
    Terminal Dehydration | Terminal Anorexia
  • Having “Those” Conversations: “Am I Dying?”
    The Communication Process | Factors Influencing Communication
  • Deceleration of Treatment
    Is This Legal? | What are We Doing?
  • The Imminently Dying Patient
    Psychological and Spiritual Signs | Physical Symptoms | Universal Signs of Imminent Death | Death Findings
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PCCN® Exam Review

Program Category: Certification Review

Areas of Practice: Administration Ambulatory Care Cardiology Certifications Critical Care Emergency Gastroenterology Med-Surg Neurology Nursing Legalities Orthopedic Pediatrics Pre, Peri, Post-Op Care Progressive Care/Stepdown Pulmonary Rehab Staff Development Women's Health/Perinatal Other

This course is designed for those nurses working in the Progressive Care Unit who wish to take the PCCN® Examination offered by AACN. The Progressive Care Area is defined as any unit referred to as: Intermediate Care, Direct Observation, Step-down, Telemetry Units or Transitional Care. The course will focus on core concepts defined by AACN that are essential for caring for this diverse population of adult patients.

Program Learning Outcomes

This program prepares the learner to:

  • Describe the PCCN® Exam, test plan and the practice requirements to sit for the exam.
  • Construct a study plan for the exam based on understanding the blueprint and domains of practice covered.
  • Identify common mistakes and pitfalls that are made during studying and testing for the exam.
  • Recall the core components covered in the exam through didactic supplementation and test questions.

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 4:30 pm

  • Applying to Take the Exam | Test-Taking Strategies
  • Professional Caring and Ethical Practice
    Synergy Model Reviewed | Informatics | Systems Thinking
  • Cardiovascular
    Physiology and Hemodynamics | Acute Coronary Syndrome | Acute Myocardial Infarction | Heart Failure | Endocarditis
  • Hematology
    Life-Threatening Coagulopathies | Blood Product Replacement | Inflammation
  • Endocrine
    Diabetes Insipidus and Syndrome of Inappropriate ADH | Diabetes Ketoacidosis and Hyperosmolar Coma | Hypoglycemia
  • Gastrointestinal
    GI Bleed | Hepatic Failure | Acute Pancreatitis | Bowel Infarction | Abdominal Trauma

Day 2, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm

  • Neuro
    Care of the Brain-Injured Patient | Stroke (Ischemic, Hemorrhagic) | Increased Intracranial Pressure | Seizures | Spinal Cord Injury
  • Behavioral and Psychosocial
    Delirium and Dementia | Mood Disorders and Depression | Substance Abuse
  • Renal
    Renal Assessment | Acute Renal Failure | Electrolytes
  • Pulmonary
    Assessment and Physiology | Acute Respiratory Failure | ARDS | Pneumonia | Pulmonary Embolus | Asthma | Chest Trauma
  • Multisystem
    Sepsis | Septic Shock | MODS
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Pharmacologic Management in
Critical Care and Emergency Medicine

Program Category: Continuing Education Course

Areas of Practice: Administration Ambulatory Care Cardiology Certifications Critical Care Emergency Gastroenterology Med-Surg Neurology Nursing Legalities Orthopedic Pediatrics Pre, Peri, Post-Op Care Progressive Care/Stepdown Pulmonary Rehab Staff Development Women's Health/Perinatal Other

This course is designed to broaden and deepen the critical care and/or emergency medicine nurse’s knowledge and application of pharmacologic treatment principles. This course is designed to build a strong foundation of critical under-standing of pharmacokinetic basics that can be applied to all drugs. The course will then explore common conditions found in critical patient populations with an emphasis on pharmacologic management.

Program Learning Outcomes

This program prepares the learner to:

  • Apply pharmacokinetic principles to pharmacological management of critical care and emergency medicine conditions (including overdose).
  • Practice evidence-based medicine according to current guidelines and recent literature.
  • Identify and utilize appropriate drug resources and references to procure relevant drug information.

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 4:30 pm

  • Pharmacokinetics
  • Principles of Renal Function and Renal Dosing
  • Rapid Sequence Intubation
  • Sedation and Analgesia
  • Electrolyte Abnormalities
  • Sepsis

Day 2, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm

  • Diabetic Ketoacidosis
  • Anticoagulation I
  • Anticoagulation II
  • Toxicology I
  • Toxicology II
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Psychiatric–Mental Health Nursing Exam Review

Program Category: Certification Review

Areas of Practice: Administration Ambulatory Care Cardiology Certifications Critical Care Emergency Gastroenterology Med-Surg Neurology Nursing Legalities Orthopedic Pediatrics Pre, Peri, Post-Op Care Progressive Care/Stepdown Pulmonary Rehab Staff Development Women's Health/Perinatal Other

This seminar is designed to provide the healthcare provider with a comprehensive review of Psychiatric–Mental Health Nursing Principles. The principle objectives of the course include enhancing professional nursing practice in Psychiatric–Mental Health Nursing as well as providing an outline for nurses preparing for the Psychiatric–Mental Health Nursing  Exam. The course follows the outline and core curriculum recommended by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). Case presentations will be presented to enhance critical-thinking skills and enhance knowledge of evidence-based practice in psychiatric settings.

Program Learning Outcomes

This program prepares the learner to:

  • Describe principles of professional nursing practice in Psychiatric–Mental Health Nursing.
  • Review concepts that provide the foundation for Psychiatric–Mental Health Nursing practice.
  • Discuss diagnostic criteria and assessment tools utilized to differentiate Psychiatric–Mental Health disorders across the lifespan.
  • Identify therapeutic interventions and treatment modalities in Psychiatric–Mental Health Nursing.
  • Recognize special populations at risk for developing Psychiatric–Mental Health complications.

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

  • Theories and Frameworks for Psychiatric Nursing Practice
    Theories from Personality Development | Theories from Psychology | Nursing Theory Frameworks
  • Communication and the Nurse-Patient Relationship
    Therapeutic Communication Skills | Barriers to Communication | Therapeutic Relationships
  • Evidence-Based Psychiatric Nursing
    Assessment | Diagnosis | Outcome Identification | Planning and Implementation, Evaluation
  • Provision of Care
    Scope of Practice for Psychiatric Nursing | ANA Code of Ethics | Legal Aspects of Psychiatric Nursing | Culturally Competent Care | Pain Management
  • Leadership and Management
    Roles of a Nurse Leader | Leadership Style | Leadership Power | Conflict Resolution Skills
  • Research
    Research: Scope of Practice | Five Steps of Evidence-Based Practice | Ethical Considerations in Research
  • Disease Prevention, Health Promotion and Education
    Theoretical Frameworks in Preventative Psychiatry | Levels of Prevention | Safety Issues | Patient Education, The Learning Process

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

  • Treatment Modalities
    Behavioral Concepts and Strategies | Individual and Group Therapies | Family Therapy | Milieu Therapy | Alternative Therapies | Crisis Intervention | End-of-Life Care
  • Psychiatric Disorders
    Mood Disorders | Anxiety Disorders | Schizophrenia and Other Psychotic Disorders | Cognitive Disorders | Substance-Related Disorders | Personality Disorders | Disorders of Childhood and Adolescence
  • Psychopharmacology
    Pharmacokinetics and Pharmacodynamics | Antipsychotics | Antidepressants | Antimanic and Mood Stabilizers | Anxiolytics | Cognitive Enhancers for Dementia | Over-the-Counter, Complementary or Herbal Agents
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Rapid Assessment of Critical Rhythms and 12-Leads

Program Category: Continuing Education Course

Areas of Practice: Administration Ambulatory Care Cardiology Certifications Critical Care Emergency Gastroenterology Med-Surg Neurology Nursing Legalities Orthopedic Pediatrics Pre, Peri, Post-Op Care Progressive Care/Stepdown Pulmonary Rehab Staff Development Women's Health/Perinatal Other

Rapid and accurate interpretation of rhythms and 12-Leads during cardiac emergencies ensures optimal interventions,  resulting in improved patient outcomes. This 1-day program will provide a concise and systematic approach to the  interpretation of the ECG that includes instruction as to which leads are best suited to reveal important interpretive clues, along with descriptions of the subtle and not-so-subtle morphologic clues seen in potentially life-threatening conditions. Several electrocardiographic tracings and scenarios are presented throughout the day that will provide opportunities for interaction and practice. 

Program Learning Outcomes

This program prepares the learner to:

  • Outline a systematic approach to the analysis and interpretation of rhythms and 12-Leads.
  • Correlate lead selections with specific electrocardiographic abnormalities.
  • Accurately interpret selected ECG rhythms and 12-Leads.

Agenda

Sign-in begins at 7:30 am. The day includes a break of 15 minutes. The order of lectures presented and break times may vary according to speaker preference.

8:00 am to 4:30 pm

  • The Normal 12-Lead
  • Rapid Calculations of Electrical Axis
  • Acute Coronary Syndromes
  • Bundle Branch Blocks: Right vs. Left
  • Wide-Complex Tachycardias
  • Interpretation Practice and Q&A
  • Dangerous Bradycardias
  • Electrolytes at Panic Levels
  • Supraventricular Tachycardias: When to Worry!
  • Putting it All Togethe: Testing Your Interpretive Skillsr
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Rapid Assessment of Rhythms and 12-Leads

Program Category: Continuing Education Course

Areas of Practice: Administration Ambulatory Care Cardiology Certifications Critical Care Emergency Gastroenterology Med-Surg Neurology Nursing Legalities Orthopedic Pediatrics Pre, Peri, Post-Op Care Progressive Care/Stepdown Pulmonary Rehab Staff Development Women's Health/Perinatal Other

This interactive two-day seminar will provide the attendee with a solid foundation necessary to bring his or her ECG interpretive skills to the next level. Detailed electrophysiological principles are emphasized to provide the learner with the foundations necessary to view rhythms and 12-leads with a critical eye. Patient cases are used in conjunction with lectures and opportunities for practicing interpreting skills are provided throughout the course. Each lecture is presented in an easy-to-understand format, along with a systematic method for interpretation. These combined instructional methods are used to facilitate the development of exceptional interpretive and critical thinking skills that every healthcare provider will take back to the bedside.

If you have an interesting or challenging ECG, email it along with a bit of patient history to Pam@MedEdSeminars.net or fax it to 704-333-5020 and we will discuss it at the end of the day.

Program Learning Outcomes

This program prepares the learner to:

  • Apply a systematic approach to rhythm strips and 12-leads.
  • Recognize common pitfalls and misconceptions that interfere with accurate interpretation.
  • Identify life-threatening abnormalities early in the game.
  • Confidently present findings to peers and physicians.

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 4:00 pm

  • Fundamentals of Rhythm Analysis
    Action Potential Revisited | Waveforms, Rates and Intervals: Don’t Forget the QT! | Developing a Systematic Method for Interpretation | Which Lead to Select for Monitoring
  • Sinus Node Disorders
    Sinus Arrest vs. Block | Tachy-Brady Syndrome and Management
  • Atrial Abnormalities: Mechanisms and Management
    Mechanisms: Enhanced Automaticity vs. Re-Entry | Tach, Flutter, Fib
  • AV Junctional Rhythms and Blocks: Some Are Friends in Need
    Tachycardias and Escape Rhythms | AV Nodal Blocks: When to Watch and When to Pace
  • Ventricular Mischief
    PVCs: When to Worry | Tachycardia | Brugada Syndrome
  • Putting It All Together with Practice Strips

Day 2, 8:00 am to 4:00 pm

  • The 12-Lead: What’s Normal?
    A Step-by-Step Approach | Principle of a Lead System | Proper Procedure for Recording the 12-Lead
  • Electrical Axis: Why and How to Calculate
    Why is it Important? | Causes of Axis Deviation | Steps to Determine Degrees | Practice
  • Ischemia/Infarction and Mimicry
    ECG Criteria | Signs of Early Ischemia | Localizing Areas of Infarction | Wellen’s Syndrome | ‘Broken Heart’ Syndrome | The ‘Pretenders’
  • Bundle Branch and Fascicular Blocks: When to Worry!
    Optimum Leads for Identification | ECG Criteria for Right and Left BBB | Intermittent Bundle Branch Blocks
  • FLBs vs. PVSs | VT vs. SVT
    Which Leads are the Best? | Morphological Clues | How Axis Can Help | Many More Clues
  • Miscellaneous Mayhem
    Electrolyte Disturbances | Digitalis Effect | Pericarditis | Wolff-Parkinson-White Syndrome
  • Putting it All Together
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Rapid Recognition, Assessment and
Management of Pediatric Predicaments

Program Category: Continuing Education Course

Areas of Practice: Administration Ambulatory Care Cardiology Certifications Critical Care Emergency Gastroenterology Med-Surg Neurology Nursing Legalities Orthopedic Pediatrics Pre, Peri, Post-Op Care Progressive Care/Stepdown Pulmonary Rehab Staff Development Women's Health/Perinatal Other

This program is designed for nurses and other healthcare providers involved in the care of pediatric patients. The course will provide knowledge regarding the unique anatomical and physiological differences affecting the assessment and intervention of pediatric patients, from initial presentation through stabilization.

Program Learning Outcomes

This program prepares the learner to:

  • Describe the vital anatomical/physiological differences between adults and children and determine how these changes effect initial treatment and resuscitation of the pediatric patient.
  • Identify appropriate calculations and reconstitution of pediatric medications.
  • List the characteristics of Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy.
  • Identify the components in MCI (Pediatric Mass Casualty Incident Triage).
  • Discuss current concepts in family involvement during treatment and resuscitation.

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 4:00 pm

  • Basics of Pediatric Assessment: The A’s, B’s, and C’s
    Anatomical and Physiological Differences between Adults and Children | Initial Treatment | Resuscitation
  • Pediatric Triage: Down and Dirty From the Door Assessment in 60 Seconds
    Pediatric Assessment Triangle | Urgent vs. Non-Urgent Patients
  • Fluid Management and IV Therapy in Children
    Normal Presentations | Dehydration Percentages | Pediatric IV Access
  • Principles of Medication Administration and Calculations
    Pediatric Medications | Weight Conversions and Dosaging | Pain Management
  • Non-Accidental Trauma
    Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy | Recognition
  • Management of Pediatric Respiratory Illnesses and Emergencies
    Asthma Care and Management | Foreign Bodies | Epiglottitis and Croup

Day 2, 8:00 am to 4:00 pm

  • Management of the Most Common Pediatric Trauma
    Thoracic, Abdominal and Head Trauma | Trauma Patterns | Drowning
  • Abdominal Emergencies
    Intussusception | Bowel Obstruction | Testicular Torsion
  • Assessment of Pediatric Neuro
    Neurological Structures | Neurological Assessment | Ventriculostomy Management | Meningitis | Seizures
  • Emergency Review
    Color Coding Length-Based Pediatric Emergency System | MCI (Pediatric Mass Casualty Incident Triage)
  • Teen Terrors: Exploring the Thought Process of the Teenage Patient
    Physiological Development | Self-Harm Behaviors
  • Family-Centered Care: How Do We Apply it to What We Do?
    Family Involvement During Treatment and Resuscitation | Critical Incident Stress Management
  • Putting It All Together: A Drill Down Case Review
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Rapid Response: Avoiding Failure to Rescue

Program Category: Continuing Education Course

Areas of Practice: Administration Ambulatory Care Cardiology Certifications Critical Care Emergency Gastroenterology Med-Surg Neurology Nursing Legalities Orthopedic Pediatrics Pre, Peri, Post-Op Care Progressive Care/Stepdown Pulmonary Rehab Staff Development Women's Health/Perinatal Other

This comprehensive day course will provide the bedside nurse and members of the Rapid Response Team (RRT) with the tools necessary to recognize clinical deterioration and avert failure to rescue. The course will begin with an overview of the Rapid Response System (RRS) and the subsequent development of an RRT. This is followed by an overview of the roles for the bedside caregiver and members of the RRT. Detailed scenarios will be presented that will challenge the attendee to critically think through the process of assessment, identification of the problem and then strategies for management.

Program Learning Outcomes

This program prepares the learner to:

  • Identify early warning signs of clinical deterioration.
  • List the indicators for the implementation of the RRS.
  • List appropriate assessment and differentials for selected clinical crises.
  • Discuss current evidence-based management strategies.
  • Evaluate current research results for the RRS.

Agenda

Sign-in begins at 7:30 am. The 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.

8:00 am to 4:30 pm

  • Rapid Response Teams in Today’s Healthcare Environment
    Functions of the RRT | Current Research Data | Roles of the Bedside Nurse | Who are the Team Members
  • Assessment and Differential
    Initial Head to Toe Assessment | Front-to-Back 90-Second Assessment | Review of Labs, CXR and ABGs
  • The Patient with Chest Pain
    Assessment/Differential | Acute Coronary Syndromes | Immediate Management | Reperfusion Strategies | Pharmacotherapy
  • The Patient Who is Short of Breath
    Assessment/Differential | PE, Asthma Exacerbation | Hemo/Pneumo/Tension-Thorax Chest Wall Abnormality | Indications for Intubation | Rapid Sequence Intubation Techniques | Acute Decompensated Heart Failure | Pharmacotherapies 
  • The Patient with a Change in Mental Status
    Assessment/Differential—Labs, ABC, CT Scan | Stroke: Prepare for the Stroke Team | Alcohol Withdrawal Syndrome | Pulmonary Compromise: Ventilatory Failure | Endocrine Emergencies
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Rapid Response: When Minutes Count

Program Category: Continuing Education Course

Areas of Practice: Administration Ambulatory Care Cardiology Certifications Critical Care Emergency Gastroenterology Med-Surg Neurology Nursing Legalities Orthopedic Pediatrics Pre, Peri, Post-Op Care Progressive Care/Stepdown Pulmonary Rehab Staff Development Women's Health/Perinatal Other

This comprehensive two-day course will provide the bedside nurse and members of the Rapid Response Team with the tools necessary to recognize clinical deterioration and avert failure to rescue. The course will begin with an overview of the Rapid Response System (RRS) and the subsequent development of Rapid Response Teams (RRTs). This is followed by an overview of the roles for the bedside caregiver and members of the RRT. Detailed scenarios will be presented that will challenge the attendee to critically think through the process of assessment, identification of the problem and then strategies for management.

Program Learning Outcomes

This program prepares the learner to:

  • Identify early warning signs of clinical deterioration.
  • List the indicators for the implementation of the Rapid Response System.
  • List appropriate assessment and differentials for selected clinical crises.
  • Discuss current evidence-based management strategies.
  • Evaluate current research results for the Rapid Response System.

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 4:30 pm

  • Rapid Response Teams in Today’s Healthcare Environment
    Functions | Research | Roles of Bedside Nurse, Team Members
  • Assessment and Differential
    Initial Head to Toe | Front-to-Back 90-Second Assessment | Review of Labs, CXR and ABGs
  • Identification of the Time-Sensitive Issues
    Rationale for Quick Responses | Early Signs | What to do Next?
  • My Patient Has Chest Pain
    Differential: 12-Lead and Labs | Assessment | Acute Coronary Syndromes | Immediate Management | Reperfusion Strategies | Pharmacotherapy
  • My Patient is Short of Breath
    Assessment/Differential: CXR and ABG | PE, Asthma Exacerbation, Hemo/Pneumo/Tension-Thorax, Chest Wall Abnormality | Indications for Intubation, Rapid Sequence Intubation Techniques | Acute 
    Decompensated Heart Failure

Day 2, 8:00 am to 4:00 pm

  • My Patient Has a Mental Status Change
    Assessment/Differential : Labs, ABC, CT Scan | Stroke: Prepare for the Stroke Team | Alcohol Withdrawal Syndrome | Pulmonary Compromise: Ventilatory Failure | Endocrine Emergencies
  • My Patient Has Abdominal Pain
    Assessment/Differential: KUB, Diet, Labs | GI Bleeding, Ileus, Nausea, Vomiting, Diarrhea | Acute 
    Abdomen, Surgical Emergency, Acute Pancreatitis | Bariatric Postoperative Complications
  • My Patient Has Hypotension
    Assessment Differential: Labs | Bleeding: Coagulopathy, Varices, Retroperitoneal Bleeding | Is My Patient Septic? | Fluid Resuscitation | Markers of Intervention Success
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Recognizing and Managing Life Threatening Complications

Program Category: Continuing Education Course

Areas of Practice: Administration Ambulatory Care Cardiology Certifications Critical Care Emergency Gastroenterology Med-Surg Neurology Nursing Legalities Orthopedic Pediatrics Pre, Peri, Post-Op Care Progressive Care/Stepdown Pulmonary Rehab Staff Development Women's Health/Perinatal Other

As acuity levels of patients continue to rise, today’s healthcare providers are confronted with patients developing life threatening complications with more and more frequency. This two-day seminar covers a variety of commonly seen and clinically significant patient pathologies including sepsis, ARDS, acute kidney injury and life threatening coagulation disorders. Critical thinking skills are challenged using a variety of complex case studies.

Program Learning Outcomes

This program prepares the learner to:

  • Discuss current sepsis bundle recommendations and the nurse’s responsibilities.
  • Describe the common etiologies, presentation and treatment modalities for the patient with acute adrenal insufficiency.
  • Describe the presentation for the patient with acute pancreatitis, laboratory assessment and the nurse’s role in treatment.
  • Differentiate the syndrome of HIT from the DIC patient including presentation and treatment.
  • Discuss acute renal causes, presentation and interventions, as well as determining the etiology of renal failure by examining lab values.
  • Differentiate between the presentation and treatment of ARDS from other acute respiratory failure causes.
  • Differentiate between cardiogenic and hypovolemic shock, including clinical presentation and current treatment interventions.

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 3:30 pm

  • The Clinical Continuum of Sepsis
    Terminology | Chemical Mediators | Systemic Complications | Cellular Oxygenation Research Findings | New Treatment Options | Antibiotics and Source Control
  • Acute Adrenal Insufficiency
    Etiology, Pathophysiology, Presentation | Treatment Options
  • Interpreting the Chest X-Ray
  • Acute Pancreatitis
    Etiologies, Pathophysiology | Clinical Presentation and Lab Findings | Treatment Options
  • Life Threatening Coagulopathies: Disseminated Intravascular Coagulation
    Types, Pathophysiology, Laboratory Markers | Clinical Presentation | Interventions: Anticoagulation vs. Replacement Therapy, AT-III Concentrates
  • Life Threatening Coagulopathies: Heparin Induced Thrombocytopenia and Thrombosis Syndrome
    Etiologies, Pathophysiology | Clinical and Laboratory Presentation | Therapeutic Interventions Including New Drug Therapies

Day 2, 8:00 am to 3:30 pm

  • Acute Kidney Injury
    Types, Etiologies, Pathophysiology | Clinical and Lab Findings | Medical Therapy | Indications for Continuous Renal Replacement Therapy and Hemodialysis
  • Laboratory Interpretation
    RBC Indices, Diagnosis of Anemias | WBC Differential | Electrolyte Imbalances, Calcium Correction | ABG Interpretation | Metabolic Acidosis and Anion GAP: Implications for Diagnosis and Treatment | Metabolic Alkalosis
  • Adult Respiratory Distress Syndrome
    Oxygenation Variables | Inflammatory Mediators | Pathophysiology, Clinical Presentation | Protective Lung Ventilation: The Pros and Cons of Conventional, Bilevel, HFOV | Experimental Interventions: Proning, Liquid Ventilation, Nitric Oxide
  • Acute Coronary Syndromes and Cardiogenic Shock
    Etiologies, Pathophysiology | Ischemic Changes Seen on ECG with Inferior, Posterior, Anterior, Lateral and Septal MIs | Clinical Presentation, Hemodynamic Findings | Anticipating and Preparing for Complications | Treatments: Drug Therapies, Mechanical Circulatory Assist Devices
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SCRN® Exam Review

Program Category: Certification Review

Areas of Practice: Administration Ambulatory Care Cardiology Certifications Critical Care Emergency Gastroenterology Med-Surg Neurology Nursing Legalities Orthopedic Pediatrics Pre, Peri, Post-Op Care Progressive Care/Stepdown Pulmonary Rehab Staff Development Women's Health/Perinatal Other

This course is designed to prepare the nurse specializing in caring for stroke patients to pass the Stroke Certified Registered Nurse Examination. The course reviews all major topics of the examination and provides information regarding the latest guidelines and protocols for managing stroke patients. It reviews different stroke types, assessment, acute management and rehabilitation of strokes.

Program Learning Outcomes

This program prepares the learner to:

  • Identify the different types of strokes and follow the current stroke guidelines for managing strokes.
  • Perform advanced neurological assessments for stroke patients.
  • Teach patients and family about prevention and recognition of strokes.

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 4:30 pm

  • Anatomy and Physiology
    Vascular Anatomy | Brain Structures | Correlation of Deficits | Neuroplasticity
  • Preventive Care
    Risk Factors | Health Education | Patient Education | Lifestyle Changes
  • Hyperacute Care
    Initial Triage | Neurological Assessment | Stroke Scores | Administer Thrombolytics | Emergency Management
  • Diagnostics
    Understanding Diagnostic Tests | Risks and Benefits | Pre- and Post-Care
  • Test Review

Day 2, 8:00 am to 4:00 pm

  • Acute Care
    Neurological Assessment | Diagnostic Tests | Monitoring | Safety Measures | Treatment Options | Associated Stroke Disorders | Holistic Care | Palliative Care | Organ Donation | Specific Stroke Care | Post-Interventional Procedures
  • Neurological Medications
    Indications | Contraindications | Side Effects | Dosage
  • Post-Acute Care
    Rehabilitation Care | Discharge Planning
  • Systems and Quality Care
    Protocols or Pathways | Stroke Units and Stroke Teams | Stroke Center Certification
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Sepsis: Are You Ready?

Program Category: Continuing Education Course

Areas of Practice: Administration Ambulatory Care Cardiology Certifications Critical Care Emergency Gastroenterology Med-Surg Neurology Nursing Legalities Orthopedic Pediatrics Pre, Peri, Post-Op Care Progressive Care/Stepdown Pulmonary Rehab Staff Development Women's Health/Perinatal Other

Sepsis is a complex, and many times fatal, disease. Many practitioners find the challenges of treating sepsis and reducing the likelihood of its complications as an impossible mission. The Surviving Sepsis Campaign developed several key strategies to reduce the morbidity and mortality associated with sepsis. By creating and implementing a plan to recognize and treat sepsis early, lives can be saved. This course is designed to assist nursing staff in realizing the importance of their position in identifying sepsis and helping the healthcare team get the patient the best care.

Program Learning Outcomes

This program prepares the learner to:

  • Discuss the key assessment findings of the sepsis patient.
  • Identify significant red flags that could mean your patient has sepsis.
  • Implement a plan of care for the first 24 hours of the patient with sepsis.
  • Identify when it is time to call the provider and get help for your septic patient.

Agenda

Sign-in begins at 7:30 am. The 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.

8:00 am to 4:00 pm

  • Patient Safety and Health Initiatives
    Joint Commission | Institute for Healthcare Improvement | Patient Safety Initiatives | Certification Programs  | Goal-Driven Care
  • Patient with Malperfusion
    Assessment Essentials | Microcirculation | Cellular Metabolism | Inflammation | Complications of Malperfusion
  • Sepsis: The Infection
    Incidence and Economic Impact | SIRS Criteria | Importance of Early Recognition, Lactate
  • Early Goal-Driven Therapy (EGDT)
    Sepsis Bundles | 3 Hours | 6 Hours | Evidence-Based Practice | Latest Research
  • Complications
    Why They Happen | Coagulopathy | Renal Failure | Respiratory Failure | Heart Failure | Liver Failure | Death
  • Institutional Polices and Procedures
    Current Policies | Cases Studies to Create Own Sepsis Plan
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Shining Your Light Again: Resiliency Training/ Compassion Fatigue

Program Category: Continuing Education Course

Areas of Practice: Administration Ambulatory Care Cardiology Certifications Critical Care Emergency Gastroenterology Med-Surg Neurology Nursing Legalities Orthopedic Pediatrics Pre, Peri, Post-Op Care Progressive Care/Stepdown Pulmonary Rehab Staff Development Women's Health/Perinatal Other

In this one day program, participants will explore a wide variety of information and skills to help combat chronic stress that leads to compassion fatigue. Participants will learn to develop professional resiliency skills to maximally function under the increasingly difficult and stressful demands of their work environments. There will be time-out sessions for practices in mindfulness, meditation, gentle movement and self-assessments. Each participant will develop an individualized self-care program to integrate into his or her practice immediately.

Program Learning Outcomes

This program prepares the learner to:

  • Explore the causes, symptoms, effects of compassion fatigue, along with the treatments and resiliency strategies for potentially debilitating life-changing conditions.
  • Explain the effects of the autonomic nervous system in magnifying our stress response.
  • Implement skills to self-regulate the autonomic nervous system, going from sympathetic to parasympathetic response.
  • Create a self-care resiliency individualized plan to implement immediately.

Agenda

Sign-in begins at 7:30 am. The 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.

8:00 am to 4:00 pm

  • How Stress Affects the Body
    Insomnia | Fat Storage | Memory Issues | Cortisol and Fat Cravings | Blood Sugar | Immunity | Blood Pressure | Identifying Stress and Anxiety
  • Profession Quality of Life Scale
    Questions on Self-Assessment | Interpretation of Results
  • Causes and Effects of Compassion Fatigue
    Fatigue vs. Burnout | Early Warning Signs | Secondary Traumatic Stress | Caregiver Stress
  • Role of Autonomic Nervous System
    Fight or Flight Response | Parasympathetic Response | Reactivity vs. Responding with Intention | Witness to Suffering On a Daily Basis
  • Relationship Between Chronic Stress and Chronic Disease States
    Premature Aging | Effects of Telomeres | Chronic Inflammation and Disease States | Multitasking and Time Management Issues
  • Stress Reduction Breathing Exercises
    4-7-8 Breathing Relaxation Techniques | Ratio Charts and Practice
  • Self Regulation Practices
    Definition | Parasympathetic Response vs. Fight or Flight | Exercises
  • Benefits of Mindfulness and Meditation
    Importance of Self-Care | Benefits | Mindful Eating | Progressive Muscle Relaxation | Breath | Spirituality
  • Self-Care Assessment
    Answer Questions | Interpretation of Results
  • Personalized Self-Resiliency Plan
    Worksheet | Learning to Play Again | Support Network | Work to Home Transition | Reducing Mind Noise
  • Resiliency Meditation
    Exercise | Questions and Answers
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Strategies for Pediatric Crises

Program Category: Continuing Education Course

Areas of Practice: Administration Ambulatory Care Cardiology Certifications Critical Care Emergency Gastroenterology Med-Surg Neurology Nursing Legalities Orthopedic Pediatrics Pre, Peri, Post-Op Care Progressive Care/Stepdown Pulmonary Rehab Staff Development Women's Health/Perinatal Other

This two-day course is designed to provide the medical care provider with a basic pediatric foundation in anatomy, physiology and scope of care. It is designed for nurses, respiratory therapists, paramedics, community and ED physicians, and any provider of healthcare in a non-PICU setting. It includes the discussion of differences in the adult and pediatric anatomy and physiology, as well as includes skill sets in immediate assessment. A focus will be the application of this knowledge to a variety of pediatric presentations. Case studies and examples will be utilized throughout the course.

Program Learning Outcomes

This program prepares the learner to:

  • Identify three differences in pediatric and adult anatomy and physiology.
  • Compare and contrast initial airway management in the pediatric vs. adult patient.
  • Discuss common respiratory presentations in the pediatric patient.
  • Identify stabilization priorities in the pediatric patient.
  • Describe the neurological process of maturation in the teenager.

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 4:00 pm

  • Differences Between Us and the Little People
    Unique Physiological Characteristics of the Pediatric Patient | Treatment Considerations
  • Sick or Not Sick: From the Door Assessment
    Three-Fold Rapid Pediatric Assessment (Pediatric Assessment Triangle) | Urgent vs. Non-Urgent Pediatric Patients
  • Management of Shock in Children
    Normal Presentations in Children | Dehydration Percentages | Initial Fluids for Treatment | Pediatric Specific Sites of IV Access
  • Non-Accidental Trauma
    “Red Flags” of Identification | Patterns in Bruising, Breaks and Burns
  • Management of Pediatric Respiratory Illnesses and Emergencies
    Foreign Body Aspiration and Ingestion | Differences between Epiglottitis and Croup

Day 2, 8:00 am to 4:00 pm

  • Neurologic Emergencies
    Pediatric Neurological Structures | Assessment Tools
  • Patterns in Pediatric Trauma
    Thoracic, Abdominal and Head Trauma | Common Trauma Patterns
  • The First 30 Seconds
    Transition from Fetus to Newborn | Initial Interventions
  • Teen Terrors
    Neurologic Development and Behavior | Medical Considerations
  • Management of Abdominal Emergencies
    Intussusceptions | Bowel Obstruction
  • Compassion Fatigue—When it Hurts to Help
    Stressors that Affect Performance and Job Satisfaction | How Fatigue Influences Communication
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TCRN® Exam Review

Program Category: Certification Review

Areas of Practice: Administration Ambulatory Care Cardiology Certifications Critical Care Emergency Gastroenterology Med-Surg Neurology Nursing Legalities Orthopedic Pediatrics Pre, Peri, Post-Op Care Progressive Care/Stepdown Pulmonary Rehab Staff Development Women's Health/Perinatal Other

This trauma certification review course is designed and developed to prepare nurses specializing in trauma care to take the TCRN Examination. This review course provides topics featured on the examination such as neurotrauma, chest, abdominal, extremity and wound, injury prevention and professional issues in trauma nursing. It also provides hints throughout the course on test-taking skills.

Program Learning Outcomes

This program prepares the learner to:

  • State the assessment, management and potential complications of head/neck, trunk and extremity trauma.
  • Discuss the topics of shock in relation to trauma patients and identify psychosocial support of families.
  • Identify issues of the continuum of care for a trauma patient from prehospital through rehabilitation or end-of-life.
  • Describe professional issues for trauma nurses including quality management, safety issues, disaster 
    management, ethics and trauma regulation.

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 4:00 pm

  • Neurological Trauma
    Traumatic Brain Injuries | Spinal Trauma
  • Continuum of Care
    Injury Prevention | Prehospital Care | Patient Safety | Patient Transfers | Forensic Issues | End-of-Life 
    Issues | Rehabilitation
  • Abdominal Trauma
    Mechanism of Injury | Assessment | Hollow-Organ Injuries | Solid-Organ Injuries | Diaphragmatic Injuries | Retroperitoneal Injuries
  • Genitourinary Trauma
    Mechanism of Injury | Penetrating Vs. Blunt | Ureter, Bladder and Urethral Injuries | Complications
  • Obstetrical Trauma
    Mechanism of Injury | Differences with Pregnancy | Resuscitation of Pregnant Trauma Patient | Emergency C-Section

Day 2, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm

  • Special Considerations
    Hypovolemic Shock | Shock States | SIRS/MODS | Psychosocial Issues
  • Thoracic Trauma
    Chest-Wall Injuries | Pulmonary Injuries | Cardiac Injuries | Great Vessel Injury
  • Maxillofacial and Neck Trauma
    Facial Fractures | Ocular Trauma | Neck Trauma
  • Musculoskeletal Trauma
    Vertebral Fractures | Pelvic Injuries | Compartment Syndrome | Amputations | Extremity Fractures | Soft-Tissue Injuries
  • Surface and Wound Trauma
    Chemical Burns | Electrical Burns | Thermal Burns
  • Recommended Trauma Quality Management Programs
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The Art and Science of Triage

Program Category: Continuing Education Course

Areas of Practice: Administration Ambulatory Care Cardiology Certifications Critical Care Emergency Gastroenterology Med-Surg Neurology Nursing Legalities Orthopedic Pediatrics Pre, Peri, Post-Op Care Progressive Care/Stepdown Pulmonary Rehab Staff Development Women's Health/Perinatal Other

The position of triage can be an exciting, eventful and sometimes frustrating assignment for both the seasoned and novice emergency nurse. Responsibilities inherent in this position include prompt, appropriate bed assignments, crowd control and excellent communication skills along with the ability to multitask and deal with multiple stimuli. The art and science of triage requires experience, knowledge, stamina and a good sense of humor. This course will serve as a learning experience regarding the myriad patient presentations that the triage nurse faces each day. An overview of the ESI system will be discussed with patient scenarios incorporated throughout the program.

Program Learning Outcomes

This program prepares the learner to:

  • Understand the true “art” of triage within the definition of the triage position.
  • List differential diagnoses based on chief complaints.
  • Triage patients appropriately based on an understanding of potential outcomes for the patient.
  • Describe the criteria for ESI placement of patients.
  • Place patients into appropriate ESI categories.

Agenda

Sign-in begins at 7:30 am. The 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 4:30 pm

  • Welcome and Introduction
  • Pretest Answers
  • Survival Techniques 
  • The Basics of Triage
  • Specific Patient Populations
  • Emergency Severity Index  
  • Chief Complaints 

Day 2, 8:00 am to 4:00 pm

  • Chief Complaints (cont.)
  • Legalities in the Triage Arena
  • Practice Scenarios
  • Questions and Answers
  • Let's Play!
  • Post Test
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The Late Preterm Infant: Looks Can Be Deceiving

Program Category: Continuing Education Course

Areas of Practice: Administration Ambulatory Care Cardiology Certifications Critical Care Emergency Gastroenterology Med-Surg Neurology Nursing Legalities Orthopedic Pediatrics Pre, Peri, Post-Op Care Progressive Care/Stepdown Pulmonary Rehab Staff Development Women's Health/Perinatal Other

Presented in lecture format, this presentation focuses on the “late preterm infant.” Elements of the program include an overview and epidemiology, obstetrical risk, the role of gestational age assessment, neurodevelopmental considerations, and potential complications and interventions. Graphics, charts and animation are utilized and case scenarios are integrated throughout the presentation to enhance the participant’s learning.

Program Learning Outcomes

This program prepares the learner to:

  • Gain a better understanding of the physiological and functional abilities and limitations of the “late preterm infant.”
  • Develop a plan of care for the “late preterm infant” in comparison to the term infant.
  • Increase nursing skills, promoting early identification and intervention for the special needs of the “late preterm infant”
  • Develop a systematic approach to assessment and interventions, promoting optimal outcomes for the “late preterm infant.”

Agenda

Sign-in begins at 7:30 am. The 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.

8:00 am to 3:30 pm

  • What We Know: “Just the Facts, Please”
    Definition and Epidemiology | Immediate and Future Concerns
  • Antenatal and Newborn Assessment
    Ultrasound | Gestational Age Assessment
  • Neurological Considerations
    Brain Development | Apnea | Pain Response
  • Respiratory Considerations
    Fetal Lung Development | Transition to Extrauterine Life | Respiratory Distress
  • Gastrointestinal Considerations
    Fetal Gastrointestinal Development | Hyperbilirubinemia | Feeding Intolerance | Breastfeeding Challenges
  • Endocrine Considerations
    Hypoglycemia | Thermoregulation
  • Sepsis Considerations
    Predisposing Risk | Clinical Evaluation
  • Discharge Essentials
    Parental Education | Nutrition and Growth Expectations | Safety Issues
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The S.T.A.B.L.E. Program

Program Category: Continuing Education Course

Areas of Practice: Administration Ambulatory Care Cardiology Certifications Critical Care Emergency Gastroenterology Med-Surg Neurology Nursing Legalities Orthopedic Pediatrics Pre, Peri, Post-Op Care Progressive Care/Stepdown Pulmonary Rehab Staff Development Women's Health/Perinatal Other

The S.T.A.B.L.E. Program is designed for the period following resuscitation of the newborn until care is transferred to the neonatal transport team or members of the neonatal ICU team. This mnemonic-based tool focuses on the post-resusctiaton care of sick neonates, including physical assessment, problem recognition and patient management. The S.T.A.B.L.E. Program is a concise, directive tool to help maternal/child healthcare providers to organize the myriad of details and interventions necessary to provide care to a sick and/or premature infant. The program has also evolved to serve as an orientation tool for the neonatal ICU. The following material is covered in this program:

  • Sugar – initial IV therapy, neonates at risk to develop hypoglycemia, safe use of central lines, treatment of hypoglycemia;
  • Temperature – the detrimental effects and consequences of hypothermia and prevention of hypothermia;
  • Airway – assessment of respiratory distress, challenging patients, initial ventilator therapy and blood gas assessment;
  • Blood pressure – the causes and presentation of hypovolemic, cardiogenic and septic shock;
  • Lab work – neonatal sepsis and CBC interpretation;
  • Emotional support – the crisis that parents experience with birth of a sick baby and how to support parents during this crisis.

This program is presented by experts in neonatal nursing or medicine (a strict requirement of the national office and program director), in a didactic/interactive format. An animated CD-ROM (or program slides if preferred) are utilized to guide the course presentation. A validated pre- and post-test are utilized to assess changes in knowledge.

Used with permission by The S.T.A.B.L.E. Program.

Agenda

Sign-in begins at 7:30 am. The 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.

8:00 am to 5:15 pm

  • Overview of the S.T.A.B.L.E. Program and Neonatal Stabilization Responsibilities
  • Section One: Sugar Module
  • Section Two: Temperature Module
  • Section Three: Airway Module
  • Section Four: Blood Pressure Module
  • Section Five: Lab Work Module
  • Section Six: Emotional Support Module
  • Quality Improvement/Case Study
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The Trauma Patient: ED to ICU

Program Category: Continuing Education Course

Areas of Practice: Administration Ambulatory Care Cardiology Certifications Critical Care Emergency Gastroenterology Med-Surg Neurology Nursing Legalities Orthopedic Pediatrics Pre, Peri, Post-Op Care Progressive Care/Stepdown Pulmonary Rehab Staff Development Women's Health/Perinatal Other

This program is designed for nurses and other healthcare providers caring for the critically ill, multisystem trauma patient and will provide knowledge regarding mechanisms of injury and apply that knowledge to clinical assessment and management issues. It begins with emergency room admission and will address issues throughout the patient’s acute hospitalization. The focus is on major systems involved in trauma and includes specialized areas such as pediatric, elderly and burn traumas.

Program Learning Outcomes

This program prepares the learner to:

  • Discuss the mechanism of injury in the following areas: chest, abdomen, brain and spinal cord.
  • Describe the physiology of shock and discuss the management of hemorrhagic shock in a multisystem trauma patient.
  • Describe the care of special trauma patients including burn, pregnant, elderly and pediatric trauma patients.
  • Discuss the psychological component for both the patient and family in regards to a traumatic injury and identify nursing interventions to assist in the psychological healing process.

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 4:30 pm

  • Mechanisms of Trauma
    Kinetics | Patterns of Injury in the Motor Vehicle Collision | Vehicular Safety Devices | Injury Associated with Falls | Ballistics | Injury Associated with Stabbing and Gunshot
  • A Shocking Topic
    Recognition and Treatment of Hypovolemic Shock | End Points to Resuscitation | Current Research Regarding Aggressive Fluid Resuscitation
  • The Kill Zone: Chest Trauma
    Blunt vs. Penetrating Injuries | FAST Assessment of Chest Trauma | Management Issues | Postoperative Complications
  • Abdominal Trauma
    FAST Assessment of Abdominal Trauma | Postoperative Complications | Management Issues
  • Extremity Trauma
    Fracture Management | Fat Embolism | Compartment Syndrome | Amputation
  • Care of the Family in Crisis
    Ethical Decision-Making | Providing Psycho-Social Care for the Family | Family Presence in Resuscitation

Day 2, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm

  • Traumatic Brain Injury
    Neurological Assessment | Increased Intracranial Pressure | Common Traumatic Brain Injuries
  • You’re Getting on My Nerves: Spinal Cord Trauma
    Complete Spinal Cord Syndromes | Partial Spinal Cord Syndromes | Treatment Strategies
  • Problems at the Top: Facial and Ocular Injuries
    Facial Fractures | Common Ocular Injuries
  • Burning Questions Regarding Care of the Burn Patient
    Thermal Burns | Carbon Monoxide Poisoning | Electrical Burns | Radiation Burns | Special Burn Situations
  • The Traumatically Injured Pregnant Patient in the ICU
    Pathophysiological Changes | Injury Patterns | Management
  • Pediatric and Elderly Trauma Patients
    Recognizing Abuse Situations | Differences in Managing Trauma | Complications Specific to Each
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Time Sensitive Issues: Stroke, STEMI, Sepsis

Program Category: Continuing Education Course

Areas of Practice: Administration Ambulatory Care Cardiology Certifications Critical Care Emergency Gastroenterology Med-Surg Neurology Nursing Legalities Orthopedic Pediatrics Pre, Peri, Post-Op Care Progressive Care/Stepdown Pulmonary Rehab Staff Development Women's Health/Perinatal Other

This seminar is designed for all healthcare professionals caring for the adult hospitalized patient. The focus of the presentation is rapid assessment, triage and treatment of the three most time sensitive emergencies for the hospitalized adult. Acute myocardial infarction (STEMI), stroke and sepsis are now the “golden hour” emergencies that require rapid identification, diagnostic testing and treatment for improved survival. This program will address the process of moving the patient quickly through assessment, diagnostics and to evidence-based treatment protocols. Patient safety data, measurable patient outcome criteria and improved communication within the medical-surgical-provider staff will also be presented.

Program Learning Outcomes

This program prepares the learner to:

  • Discuss the relationship of time to life.
  • Describe the quick head-to-toe assessment of the patient with a change in condition.
  • Describe the pathophysiology of sepsis, stroke and STEMI as it relates to tissue perfusion and organ modulation.
  • Identify early assessment markers for sepsis, stroke and STEMI.
  • Create a plan of rapid assessment, triage and communication for a patient with stroke, STEMI or sepsis.
  • Develop a protocol for initial rapid response for the primary nurse and/or therapist within the patient care setting.
  • Identify areas of strength and weakness—patient physical assessment, interpretation of laboratory-X-ray-ECG data, communication with physician provider, knowledge of interventions—for the development of a change in status patient protocol.

Agenda

Sign-in begins at 7:30 am. The 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.

8:00 am to 4:30 pm

  • Introduction
    Patient Safety | Goal Directed Therapy | Early Assessment Tools | Time is Life
  • STEMI
    Acute Coronary Syndrome: Unstable Angina, NSTEMI, STEMI | Early Assessment Diagnostics | Collection of Data | Pharmacology | Treatment
  • Stroke
    Pathophysiology, Perfusion | Acute Assessment | Diagnostics | Pharmacology | Treatment
  • Sepsis
    The Microvasculature | The Organism | Early Identification: What’s New | Goal Directed Therapy Protocol: 6-Hour and 24- Hour Time Treatment and Assessment, How to Assess the Intervention, Treatment
  • Summary
    How to Begin Delivering Time Sensitive Care | Assessment and Interpretation of Data | Rapid Response? | Communication Skills | Developing Protocol Driven Care
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Today's Advanced Practice Nurse Entrepreneur: Setting Up and Maintaining a Growing Practice

Program Category: Continuing Education Course

Areas of Practice: Administration Ambulatory Care Cardiology Certifications Critical Care Emergency Gastroenterology Med-Surg Neurology Nursing Legalities Orthopedic Pediatrics Pre, Peri, Post-Op Care Progressive Care/Stepdown Pulmonary Rehab Staff Development Women's Health/Perinatal Other

This program will focus on discussion of liability issues faced by the advanced practice nurse, including scope of practice issues for practitioners and business owners and strategies for risk management. Opportunities for entrepreneurial practice, including business development for start-up, marketing, management of physician involvement and financial growth will be presented. Participants will learn business strategies such as choosing a financial model, market analysis and writing a successful business plan.

Program Learning Outcomes

This program prepares the learner to:

  • Specify limitations, obstacles and successes of an entrepreneurial and independent advanced practice nurse business model.
  • Recognize malpractice terminology involving advanced practice nurses.
  • Analyze and interpret situations that could result in malpractice suits against the advanced practice nurse.

Agenda

Sign-in begins at 7:30 am. Eachday 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 4:30 pm

  • Introduction | Malpractice Terminology
    Accountability | Vicarious Liability | NP and Business Malpractice
  • Malpractice Risks
    Scope of Practice | Standards of Care | Risk Management | Provider-Patient Relationships
  • Defining Entrepreneurship
    10 Steps to Starting a Business

Day 2, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm

  • Differentiating Business Structures
    Limited Liability | Corporation | Sole Proprietorship | S-Corporation Structures
  • Development of a Successful Business Plan
    Executive Summary | Company Description | Market Analysis | Organization Structure | Service/Product Line | Marketing Strategies | Financial Projections
  • Limitations, Obstacles and Successes of Business Model
    Practice Models | Physician Relationships and Contracts | Wrap-Up
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Trauma Challenges: Care of the Critically Injured Patient

Program Category: Continuing Education Course

Areas of Practice: Administration Ambulatory Care Cardiology Certifications Critical Care Emergency Gastroenterology Med-Surg Neurology Nursing Legalities Orthopedic Pediatrics Pre, Peri, Post-Op Care Progressive Care/Stepdown Pulmonary Rehab Staff Development Women's Health/Perinatal Other

This program is designed for the nurse caring for critically ill, multisystem trauma patients. The program will provide information regarding mechanisms of injury in all body systems, and then apply that knowledge to clinical assessment and management issues. Common complications of multisystem trauma, hemorrhagic shock, ARDS, coagulopathies and sepsis will be discussed. This seminar also serves as a review of nursing interventions, current guidelines and recommendations in each major organ system involved in trauma.

Program Learning Outcomes

This program prepares the learner to:

  • Discuss the mechanism of injury in the following areas: chest, abdomen, brain and spinal cord injuries.
  • Describe the physiology of shock, and discuss the management of hemorrhagic shock in a multisystem trauma patient.
  • Discuss the complications of multisystem trauma patients, including sepsis, ARDS and shock.
  • Describe the care of special trauma patients, including burns and pregnant trauma patients.
  • Discuss the psychological component for both the patient and family in regards to a traumatic injury, and identify nursing interventions to assist in the psychological healing process.

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 4:30 pm

  • Fall Down, Go Boom: Mechanisms of Trauma
    Kinetics | Patterns of Injury in the Motor Vehicle Collision | Vehicular Safety Devices | Patterns of Injury Associated with Falls | Ballistics | Patterns Associated with Stabbing and Gunshot Injuries
  • A Shocking Topic
    Recognition and Treatment of Hypovolemic Shock | End Points to Resuscitation | Current Research Regarding Aggressive Fluid Resuscitation
  • Abdominal Trauma
    FAST Assessment of Abdomen | Postoperative Complications | Management Issues
  • The Kill Zone: Chest Trauma
    Blunt vs. Penetrating Injuries | FAST Assessment of Chest | Management Issues | Postoperative Complications
  • Beyond the Golden Hour: Complications of Trauma
    Sepsis | Systemic Inflammatory Response Syndrome | Multi-Organ Dysfunction Syndrome | ARDS

Day 2, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm

  • Humpty Dumpty had a Great Fall: Traumatic Brain Injury
    Neurological Assessment | Increased Intracranial Pressure | Common Traumatic Brain Injuries
  • You’re Getting on my Nerves: Spinal Cord Trauma
    Complete Spinal Cord Syndromes | Partial Spinal Cord Syndromes | Care of the Patient with Spinal Cord Injury
  • Problems at the Top: Facial and Ocular Injuries
    Facial Fractures | Common Ocular Injuries Associated with Trauma
  • Those Burning Questions Regarding Care of the Burn Patient
    Thermal, Electrical and Radiation Burns | Carbon Monoxide Poisoning | Special Burn Situations
  • Care of the Traumatically Injured Pregnant Patient in the ICU
    Pathophysiological Changes Associated with Pregnancy | Injury Patterns and Care of the Pregnant Trauma Patient
  • Compartment Syndromes: Head, Abdomen, Extremity
    Compartment Syndrome Physiology | Recognition and Management
  • Going Beyond the Physical Component: Care of the Family in Crisis
    Ethical Decision-Making | Providing Psych-Social Care for the Family | Family Presence in Resuscitation
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Trauma Nuts & Bolts

Program Category: Continuing Education Course

Areas of Practice: Administration Ambulatory Care Cardiology Certifications Critical Care Emergency Gastroenterology Med-Surg Neurology Nursing Legalities Orthopedic Pediatrics Pre, Peri, Post-Op Care Progressive Care/Stepdown Pulmonary Rehab Staff Development Women's Health/Perinatal Other

There are many challenges that face healthcare providers today. Some of these challenges are related to the patient’s injuries or illness, provider’s knowledge and experience, and the healthcare system as a whole. Trauma patients are often viewed as a challenge. They can be complex and difficult to manage, and never present the same. One way to lessen these challenges is through education and experience. This course will provide an overview of the different aspects of trauma care. It will review the basics as well as the some of the advanced areas of trauma management. This course will provide an in-depth overview of trauma care for the less experienced provider, and even some new information for the seasoned attendee. Several topics will be reviewed including assessment, specific injury management, complications and lastly, the legal aspects of management.

Program Learning Outcomes

This program prepares the learner to:

  • Discuss the mechanism of injury and its utilization in assessment and detection of injuries to various body systems.
  • Describe the physiology of shock and discuss the management of hemorrhagic shock in a multisystem trauma patient.
  • Identify causes and signs of pain in the trauma patient and various interventions available to alleviate discomfort.
  • Describe the care of special trauma patients including bariatric, pregnant, elderly and pediatric trauma patients.

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 4:00 pm

  • Just the Facts
    Kinetics | MOI | Trauma Systems
  • The Primary Survey
    The O2 Zone | The “C” in ABCs | Disability | Exposure and Environmental
  • Does it get Rocky When They are Shocky?
    Hypovolemic Shock | Cardiogenic Shock | Obstructive Shock | Distributive Shock | Evaluation of Efforts
  • Heads Up
    Head Trauma | Facial and Ocular Trauma | Neck Trauma
  • What’s in the Box?
    Chest Trauma: The Deadly Dozen | Abdominal Trauma
  • Taking the Torture out of Trauma
    Pain Transmission | Non-Pharmacological Measures | Pharmacological Measures

Day 2, 8:00 am to 4:00 pm

  • What’s in Your Diagnostic Toolbox?
    Labs | Radiologic Studies | FAST Exam
  • No Bones about It
    Long Bone Trauma | Compartment Syndrome | Pelvic Trauma | Spinal Cord Injuries
  • The Skin You’re In
    Burn Management | Soft Tissue Injuries | Amputations
  • The Outer Limits
    Pediatrics | Geriatrics | Pregnancy | The Bariatric Patient
  • Twilight Zone
    Medical Comorbidities | Complications
  • Get Out of My ER!
    EMTALA and COBRA | Admissions and Intrafacility Transfers | Interfacility Transfers
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Trauma: Resuscitation to Post-Surgical Care

Program Category: Continuing Education Course

Areas of Practice: Administration Ambulatory Care Cardiology Certifications Critical Care Emergency Gastroenterology Med-Surg Neurology Nursing Legalities Orthopedic Pediatrics Pre, Peri, Post-Op Care Progressive Care/Stepdown Pulmonary Rehab Staff Development Women's Health/Perinatal Other

This course is designed for healthcare providers working with trauma and post-surgical patients. The course includes care of the trauma patient from resuscitation to post-trauma and surgical care. It includes best practice issues, pain management and complications of sepsis and ARDS. Care of the family in crisis during the patient’s hospitalization will also be discussed.

Program Learning Outcomes

This program prepares the learner to:

  • Discuss resuscitation with a focus on abdominal and extremity trauma and surgical patients.
  • Describe the best practice issues to prevent complications of post-trauma and surgical patients including: GIB and VTE prophylaxis, glucose control, sepsis and ARDS.

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 4:00 pm

  • Resuscitation Issues of Hypovolemic and Hemorrhagic Shock Patients
    Classification Hemorrhagic Shock | End-Points Resuscitation | Crystalloids vs. Colloids | Hypotensive or Delayed Resuscitation | 1:1 Replacement
  • Complications of Abdominal Trauma or Surgical Patients
    Wound Dehiscence | Abdominal Compartment Syndrome | Intra- and Extra-Peritoneal Injuries | Volume Issues
  • Best Practice: GIB Prophylaxis
    Risk of Stress-Related Mucosal Disease (SRMD) | Incidence of SRMD | Prophylaxis Management | Complications of Prophylaxis
  • Sepsis: Complications of Trauma and Post-Operative Patients
    Causative Microorganisms and Clinical Insults | Sepsis Definitions and Criteria | Proinflammatory and Anti-Inflammatory Cytokines | Sepsis Bundles for Intervention
  • Pain Management in Post-Operative and Trauma Patients
    Opioids and Nonopioids | Pain Assessment | Complications of Analgesics | Special Issues in Pain Management

Day 2, 8:00 am to 4:00 pm

  • Best Practice Issues: Glucose Control and VTE Prophylaxis
    Effects of Hyperglycemia | Current Guidelines for Glycemic Control | VTE Risk Stratification | VTE Prophylaxis Guidelines | Complications of Anticoagulation Therapy
  • Care of Extremities Following Surgery or Trauma
    Assessment of Extremities | Signs of Compartment Syndrome | Fat Embolism | Care of Amputations
  • Care of the Family in Crisis
    Patient’s Crisis Following Trauma | Family’s Crisis Following Trauma | Nursing Interventions During Family Crisis | Common Issues
  • ARDS: Another Complication
    Berlin Definition | ARDS Severity Classification | Pathophysiology ARDS | Lung Protective Strategies | Newer Modes of Therapy for ARDS
  • Case Studies: Trauma and Post-Surgical
    Common Postoperative Complications | Postoperative Assessment | Postoperative Emergencies
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Triage: Nursing’s Most Challenging Job

Program Category: Continuing Education Course

Areas of Practice: Administration Ambulatory Care Cardiology Certifications Critical Care Emergency Gastroenterology Med-Surg Neurology Nursing Legalities Orthopedic Pediatrics Pre, Peri, Post-Op Care Progressive Care/Stepdown Pulmonary Rehab Staff Development Women's Health/Perinatal Other

Triage has been described as one of the most challenging jobs a Registered Nurse must perform. It requires a plethora of skills including keen assessment skills, exceptional customer service skills, tremendous organizational skills and in-depth critical thinking skills. The question becomes, how does one master the art of triage?

This course is designed to provide participants with the foundational stones for triage. Participants will learn not only the foundational stones of this challenging skill, but also tips and tricks for dealing with difficult situations and figuring out challenging triage scenarios. The course is a mixture of didactic information, coupled with numerous challenging triage case studies that will require application of information learned and an abundance of triage “tips and tricks”—everything from dealing with drug-seeking behavior to gathering information from a non-compliant patient.

Nurses new to triage as well as nurses with years of experience in triage will find this course challenging and educational.

Program Learning Outcomes

This program prepares the learner to:

  • Understand the process of triage.
  • Assign an appropriate triage prioritization to various complaints at the triage desk.
  • Verbalize how triage levels change based on patient age.
  • Describe emergency interventions which are appropriate for various conditions at triage.

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 4:30 pm

  • Fundamentals of Triage
    Goals of Effective Triage | History of Triage | Types of Triage | The Nine Steps of Triage
  • Triaging Patients with Chest Pain and Respiratory Difficulties
    Chest Pain | Breathing Difficulties | Cough
  • Triaging Patients with Abdominal Pain
    Suspected Diagnosis by Location of Pain | Questions to Ask Patients with Abdominal Pain | Other Symptoms Associated with Abdominal Pain | Objective Findings
  • Triaging Patients with Genitourinary Complaints
    Urine Characteristics | Suspected Diagnosis by Characteristic of Pain | Problems Specific to Males | Problems Specific to Females

Day 2, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm

  • Triaging Patients with Neurological Complaints
    Headaches | Head Trauma | Stroke Symptoms | Seizures
  • Triaging Patients with Ocular Emergencies
    Subjective Ocular Findings | Objective Ocular Findings | Case Studies
  • Triaging Patients with Nasal and Ear Complaints
    Nasal Complaints | Dizziness | Infections | Non-Auricular Findings that Point to Ear Disorders | Case Studies
  • Triaging Patients with Mouth, Nose and Throat Complaints
    Dental Emergencies | Facial Trauma | Infections of the Throat | Neck Complaints
  • Triaging Patients with Wound and Orthopedic Injuries
    Wounds | Animal Injuries | Joint Injuries | Orthopedic Assessments | Lower Back Pain
  • Triaging Special Patient Populations
    Pediatric Patients | Geriatric Patients | Pregnant Patients
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Tricky, Testy and Sick: Special Patient Populations

Program Category: Continuing Education Course

Areas of Practice: Administration Ambulatory Care Cardiology Certifications Critical Care Emergency Gastroenterology Med-Surg Neurology Nursing Legalities Orthopedic Pediatrics Pre, Peri, Post-Op Care Progressive Care/Stepdown Pulmonary Rehab Staff Development Women's Health/Perinatal Other

The job of the nurse would be easy if all of our patients were exactly the same. If each patient were the same age, the same shape and the same personality, we would be able to apply a “cookie cutter” approach to the care of the patient. But as any nurse will tell you, every patient is unique, and with each unique characteristic comes unique care considerations. This seminar is designed to present a number of unique patient populations and the care challenges that these populations present. Considerations such as age, body size and personality will be presented. Participants will not only be provided with information about each unique patient population, but will also be given suggestions on caring for each patient population.

Program Learning Outcomes

This program prepares the learner to:

  • Identify patient populations which require unique considerations.
  • Verbalize assessment parameters specific to unique patient populations.
  • List interventions which are unique to special patient populations.

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 4:00 pm

  • The Pregnant Patient: Someone Boil the Water!
    Normal Physiological Changes During Pregnancy | Laboratory Changes During Pregnancy | Recognition and Treatment of Common Complications
  • The Pediatric Patient: They’re not just Little Adults
    Unique Physiological Characteristics | Developmental Characteristics | Treatment Considerations
  • The Difficult Patient and Family: Take Off the Boxing Gloves!
    Tools for Effective Complaint Management | Complaint Resolution Techniques
  • Bariatrics: An Increasing Challenge
    Physiological Challenges in the Bariatric Patient | Treatment Considerations | Caring for the Patient Who has Undergone Gastric Bypass Surgery
  • Dealing with Cultural Diversity
    Overview of Major Cultures | Treatment Considerations for Selected Cultures

Day 2, 8:00 am to 4:00 pm

  • Geriatrics: They’re not just Big Children
    Physiological Changes Associated with Aging | Lab Values | Treatment Considerations
  • The Palliative Patient
    Changing the Mindset from Treatment to Palliation | Physiological Considerations | Emotional Care of the Patient and Family
  • Ethical Challenges
    Actual Case Studies Involving Medical Ethical Dilemmas | Framework for Making Ethical Decisions | Proper Utilization of the Ethical Committee
  • The Psychiatric Patient
    Overview of Common Psychiatric Illnesses | Treatment Considerations for Specific Psychiatric Illnesses | Management of Aggressive Behavior
  • “I’m Allergic to All Non-Narcotics” Care of the Drug Seeking Patient
    Entrepreneurial Drug Seeking | Main-Stream Drug Seeking | Dependent Drug-Seeking | Care Plan for Patients Who Seek Drugs
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What Is Nursing Leadership?

Program Category: Continuing Education Course

Areas of Practice: Administration Ambulatory Care Cardiology Certifications Critical Care Emergency Gastroenterology Med-Surg Neurology Nursing Legalities Orthopedic Pediatrics Pre, Peri, Post-Op Care Progressive Care/Stepdown Pulmonary Rehab Staff Development Women's Health/Perinatal Other

This course will enable the learner to identify the various leadership theories and styles and discuss those familiar to the learner. Attendees will be prepared to implement tools to assess leadership qualities in nurses and apply strategies to keep politics out of selecting the best nurses to lead. Additionally, the learner will identify nursing theories that promote a positive leadership culture and the best practices from business and professional sports to determine nurse leaders.  Attendees will also identify how safety goals are met through a leadership culture promoting positive patient outcomes.

Program Learning Outcomes

This program prepares the learner to:

  • Differentiate between assessment and evaluation in changing leadership strategies. 
  • Articulate the nursing theories that can be applied immediately to the learner’s healthcare setting.
  • Describe how the use of emotional intelligence can identify leaders and followers within the healthcare team.
  • Verbalize the use of business and football practices that are applicable to the healthcare setting in leadership development.

Agenda

Sign-in begins at 7:30 am. The 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.

8:00 am to 5:00 pm

  • Traditional Styles of Leadership
    Styles | Personality Traits | Multiple Intelligence | Conflict Management | Evolving Paradigms
  • Leadership Styles Familiar to the Learner
    Necessary Traits to Initiate Changes in Leadership Style | Pros and Cons of all Styles
  • Assesment and Evaluation in Leadership
    Tools to Assess | Merits of Self-Assessment
  • Meeting Quality Standard Initiative
    Leadership Traits - Influence on Meeting Safety Goals | Aesthetic, Transformational Leadership Styles
  • Nursing Theories
    Jean Watson | Madeline Leininger | Katherine Kolcaba
  • Taking Politics out of Decision 
    Power | Communication | Organizational Structure | Culture | Ethics | Art, Music and Food
  • Practices in Football and Business
    Stephen Covey | John Maxwell | Gary Harpst
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Wound Care: Challenges and Solutions

Program Category: Continuing Education Course

Areas of Practice: Administration Ambulatory Care Cardiology Certifications Critical Care Emergency Gastroenterology Med-Surg Neurology Nursing Legalities Orthopedic Pediatrics Pre, Peri, Post-Op Care Progressive Care/Stepdown Pulmonary Rehab Staff Development Women's Health/Perinatal Other

Patients with multiple comorbidities often present with chronic, painful, non-healing wounds that require a comprehensive approach to care. This seminar will provide the clinician with tools for assessment, factors that impede healing, identification of different types of wounds, wound dressing choices/categories, skin care strategies for prevention of wounds and actual patient case studies. There will also be a portion for hands-on dressing samples and discussion for usage.

Program Learning Outcomes

This program prepares the learner to:

  • Discuss and develop skills to provide a comprehensive assessment of wounds.
  • Discuss strategies for effective documentation of wounds.
  • Identify different types of wounds: characteristics of pressure, arterial and venous ulcers, neuropathic wound and discuss how to treat them.
  • Recognize factors that promote and impede wound healing.
  • Select treatment options and wound dressings based on wound assessment, etiology and goal of wound care.
  • Identify strategies for prevention of wounds and effective skin care.

Agenda

Sign-in begins at 7:30 am. The 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.

8:00 am to 4:00 pm

  • Skin, Physiology and Phases of Wound Healing
    Anatomy and Physiology of Skin | Skin Integrity and Aging Skin | Factors that Complicate Wound Healing
  • Comprehensive Wound Assessment
    Phases of Wound Healing | Moist Wound Healing vs. Scabbing
  • Principles of Wound Bed Preparation
    Identification of Granulation, Slough and Necrotic Tissue | Types of Debridement | How to Identify Wound Infection
  • Wound Types and Etiologies
    Pressure, Arterial and Neuropathic Wounds | Deep Tissue Injury | Incontinence Associated Dermatitis | Surgical/Acute Wounds | Fistulas | Fungating/Cancer Lesions
  • Dress for Success: The Many Wound Dressing Options
    Dressing Categories | Selecting Dressings for Formulary | Dressing Samples
  • Wound Prevention Strategies
    Alternative Therapies | Offloading Devices | Skin Care
  • Documentation Tips
    Tools Used for Wound Documentation and Healing | Charting Prevention Measures and Patient Declines | The Unavoidable Wound
  • Understanding Wound Pain and Treatment Options
    Palliative vs. Curative Approach to Wound Care | Holistic Care | Education of Caregivers | Preserving Dignity and Comfort
  • Actual Patient Case Studies | Q & A Session
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