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Managing Bedside Emergencies for the Non-ICU Nurse

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Course Description

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.


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