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Med-Surg Nursing: Clinical Issues and Treatment Strategies

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Course Description

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.


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