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Essentials in Emergency Nursing

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Course Description

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.


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