TECH140-0513: Advanced Nursing-Critical Care Module 1
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Andrea Steele, RVT, VTS (ECC), MSc
May 1-June 8, 2013
REAL TIME SESSIONS (RTS):
Wednesdays, May 8, 15, 22, and 29, 2013; 9:30pm-11:00pm ET(USA)
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In order to prepare you for a successful experience
in your CE course, we request you attend a Practice Session prior to the first
Real Time Session. Please arrive promptly at the start time; each Practice Session
is up to 1 hour in length.
For more information, please visit the
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*The instructor for this course will be using audio which will require you to have a headset or speakers to listen.
If you have any concerns regarding your computer's audio capabilities, please be sure to attend
one of the Practice Sessions.
Level and Prerequisites:
course is focused toward the 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.
VSPN CE Course: This course is for RACE approved for veterinary technicians only.
This is Module 1 of a two part course in Advanced Nursing Skills for emergent and critically ill patients.
Advanced Nursing Modules 1 and 2 will emphasize the role of the technician in emergency and critical care.
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
emergency situation or critical illness, followed by techniques that focus on the various body systems.
Module 1 consists of four(4) ninety minute (90) Real Time Sessions covering discussion of situations, supplemental library materials,
interactive message board discussions, a mandatory end-of-course test, and may include online multiple
choice quizzes (after each Real Time Session).
Successful completion (scoring 80% or better) on the end-of-course test is required
to be considered for a course certificate of completion.
**A portion of this course will be an audio presentation, please be prepared to listen.
Upon completion of this course, the participant should be able to discuss and interpret
- stabilization of the emergent patient, understand triage, understand the goals of resuscitative therapy, and secrets to obtaining vascular access.
- instrumentation of the critical patient, including blood pressure, ECG, and pulse oximetry.
- proper methods for collection of blood gas samples and interpretation of blood gas analysis.
- calculation of constant rate infusions and their use in pain management, arrhythmias etc.
- nursing care associated with respiratory patients including long-term oxygen supplementation and mechanical ventilation.
- ECG interpretation of common arrhythmias, and nursing care associated with cardiac patients.
Course materials will be available
in the course library prior to each Real Time Session.
There is no required textbook for this course.
About the Instructor:
- Norkus, C. (2012). Veterinary Technicians Manual for Small Animal Emergency and Critical Care. Wiley-Blackwell: Iowa, USA. ISBN-13: 978-0813810577
is an experienced lecturer on the topic of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care at numerous
International Veterinary Conferences, private continuing education events and in-clinic.
Andrea has been an ICU technician for 15 years, has received the designation of Veterinary Technician Specialist in Emergency and Critical Care,
and is the President of the Academy of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Technicians (AVECCT).
Week 1: (Real Time Session May 8):
Critical Care Basics-Assessing and Stabilizing
The emergent arrival, a step by step approach to stabilization including; assessing and triage, primary survey,
collecting the minimum database,
emergency fluid therapy, vascular access techniques, oxygen supplementation methods and the secondary survey
Week 2: (Real Time Session May 15):
Critical Care Basics-Continued Care
Content: Once stable, the patient moves from emergent to critical or intensive.
We will discuss instrumentation of the patient including: blood pressure monitoring (direct and indirect),
ECG monitoring techniques, and pulse oximetry. Next, techniques for obtaining blood gases (arterial and venous),
and the advantages and disadvantages of each method will be discussed.
Finally, calculations of constant rate infusions and techniques in pain management will round out this session.
Week 3: (Real Time Session May 22):
Content:Emergent patients can arrive in respiratory distress, or a critical patient under your care can
suddenly go into respiratory distress. This session will focus on how to recognize and deal with respiratory distress,
recognizing respiratory fatigue, and methods of assessing ventilation and oxygenation.
Students will gain an understanding of respiratory changes that can occur in critical patients. Finally,
we will explore long term oxygen supplementation and the oxyhemoglobin dissociation curve, as well as criteria for mechanical ventilation.
Week 4: (Real Time Session May 29): Cardiac
CE CREDITS: 6
Content: : ECG interpretation is a must for any technician, and we will focus on common arrhythmias.
The cardiac patient, including common diseases and brief pathophysiology will be discussed.
Finally, we will discuss the ongoing nursing care of these patients, and the rationale for some of the treatments that may be chosen.
$120 ($108 early bird special if registered before April 17, 2013).
*Enroll in both Modules before May 8, 2013 and receive a 15% discount off the regular course price.
*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).
To ensure participants are ready and prepared for classes, enrollment will close when
the maximum number of participants is reached or at 5pm ET the day of the first
Real Time Session unless otherwise noted. If the first Real Time Session is on a
weekend, course enrollment will close on the Friday before the first Real Time Session.
*For more information on how online CE works, see the
Participant Resource Center
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