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VSPN CE Course TECH141-0713: Advanced Nursing-Critical Care Module 2


INSTRUCTOR: Andrea Steele, RVT, VTS (ECC), MSc
COURSE OPEN: July 3-August 10, 2013
REAL TIME SESSIONS (RTS): Wednesdays, July 10, 17, 24, and 31, 2013; 9:30pm-11:00pm ET (USA))
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Practice Sessions: 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 CE Practice Area.

*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: This advanced 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 RACE approved for veterinary technicians only.

Course Description:
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.

Module 2 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 earn a certificate of completion for the course.

*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 Course Materials: Course materials will be available in the course library prior to each Real Time Session.

Required Textbook(s): There is no required textbook for this course.
Recommended Textbook(s):

About the Instructor:
Andrea Steele 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).

Course Outline:
Week 1: (Real Time Session July 10): Renal
Content: Patients in acute renal failure can be very difficult to manage, and have very specialized requirements in nursing and monitoring. This session will focus on an overview of renal physiology, acute versus chronic renal failure, management of anuria, oliguria and polyuria, peritoneal dialysis and specialized requirements of renal patients.

Week 2: (Real Time Session July 17): 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 in the emergent phase. 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: (Real Time Session July 24): 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: (Real Time Session July 31): CPR
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 CPR, as well as the importance of having owner discussions, DNR-do not resuscitate orders and levels of CPR.


Tuition: $120 ($108 early bird special if registered before June 19, 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).
*Note: 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.

  1. Enrollment qualifications: VIN CE courses are open to VIN member and non-member veterinarians. Veterinarians enrolling in a VSPN CE course must be a VIN member. Veterinary support staff must be a VSPN member to enroll in a VSPN CE or a VIN CE course open to VSPN member enrollment.
  2. Each enrollee must be able to receive emails from and addresses. Email is our major form of communication with participants; personal emails are highly recommended rather than clinic/hospital email addresses.
  3. Each person is individually responsible for his/her own registration. To ensure that all information received is secure and correct, please do not enroll for a course on behalf of another individual.
  4. For further assistance call 1-800-700-INFO (4636) or email (VIN CE) or (VSPN CE) Please include the course title, your full name, and contact information in your correspondence.
*Note: "This course is approved for 6 continuing education credits in jurisdictions which recognize AAVSB RACE approval; however participants should be aware that some boards have limitations on the number of hours accepted in certain categories and/or restrictions on certain methods of delivery of continuing education." Call VSPN/VIN CE at 1-800-700-4636 for further information. (Attendees are encouraged to check with their licensing jurisdiction(s) for information regarding recognition by their board).

Course withdrawal and refund policy: A complete refund of the paid course price will be issued when your withdrawal request is received prior to the listed start date of the course. If you wish to withdraw after the start date please contact the VIN/VSPN office 1-800-700-INFO (4636) to discuss eligibility for a pro-rated refund.
* Note: To ensure rapid handling of your request for withdrawal, we recommend that you call the VIN/VSPN office at 1-800-700-INFO (4636).

*For more information on VSPN's upcoming CE courses, check the VSPN Course Catalog.

Nanette R. Walker Smith, MEd, RVT, CVT, LVT
VSPN Content Director & CE Coordinator

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