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TECH141-0709 : Advanced Nursing - Critical Care Module 2
Andrea Steele, BSc, VTS (ECC)
July 2-August 8, 2009
Real Time Sessions: Wednesday evenings; July 8, 15, 22, 29; 9:30pm-11pm ET (USA)
This is module 2 of a two part course in Advanced Nursing Skills for emergent and critically ill patients. Throughout the series, technicians will be encouraged to critically think, problem solve, and develop new skills. These courses will be presented in a systems approach, beginning with nursing techniques that may be universal to any critical illness, followed by techniques that focus on the various body systems.
All members of the veterinary support staff may join the course and its discussions; however, this course is focused toward any experienced technician who routinely deals with emergent or critical cases, or has an interest in specializing in Emergency and Critical Care. Module 1 is a required prerequisite for Module 2; this is to help insure a complete understanding of advanced nursing techniques of critical care.
Upon completion of this course participants will be able to discuss and interpret
TEXTBOOKS: There are no required texts for this course; however, the instructor recommends the following:
Week 2: Endocrine
Content: A good Addisonian Crisis arriving on your doorstep can get the adrenaline flowing in any seasoned technician. They can arrive moribund, and a few hours later appear almost normal; a very gratifying disease. Diabetic ketoacidosis; however, can also arrive quite moribund, and with appropriate treatment require a long term stay in your ICU to normalize. These are just two of the disease processes we will discuss in this session which will include: an overview of common endocrine diseases, understanding treatment goals, understanding common fluid and electrolyte movements and recognizing complications during therapy.
Week 3: Neurologic and Gastrointestinal
Content: Specialized nursing concerns for neurologic patients including seizures, head trauma, and IVDD will be discussed in this session. We will also discuss neurological sequelae to other disease processes. Primary and secondary disorders of the gastrointestinal tract will also be examined in this session. Both of the subjects in this session will emphasize the role of the technician in identifying changes in patient parameters.
Week 4: CPCR
Content: Of course we hope that our patients will not advance to cardiopulmonary arrest, but unfortunately, in critical patients this is a common occurrence. In this session we will discuss the techniques for CPCR, as well as the importance of having owner discussions, DNR-do not resuscitate orders and levels of CPCR.
Library materials will be made available prior to the topic week so participants will have plenty of time to prepare for the real time sessions and discussion.
MESSAGE BOARD DISCUSSIONS:
Message board discussions regarding the topic presented will begin on the day the course opens and continue for one week following the last real time session. These discussions will be held in the VSPN CE course area.
CE HOURS: 6
$120 ($108 early bird special if registered before June 18, 2009)
*Enroll in both Modules before May 13, 2009 and receive a 15% discount off the regular course price.
*Module 1 is a prerequisite to Module 2, and is required. *Students currently enrolled in and taking at least 2 classes or 5 units at an AVMA accredited or CAAHT approved Veterinary Technician Program may be eligible to receive a 50% discount off the regular rate for this course (upon verification of student status). You must include the following information in the comments section of the CE enrollment form in order to be eligible for this discount: your program director's name and contact information (email/phone) and school name.
** NOTE: Enrollment will be closed when the maximum number of participants is reached or at 5pm ET the day of the first real time session.
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