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VSPN CE Course TECH141-0715: Advanced Nursing-Critical Care Module 2
Audio: The Real Time Session lecture will be predominantly audio.


Instructor(s): Andrea Steele, RVT, VTS (ECC), MSc
Course Open: July 1, 2015-August 9, 2015
Real Time Sessions (RTS): Wednesdays, July 8, 15, 22 and 29, 2015; 9:00-11:00pm ET (USA)
Course RTS Times in Your Area: World Clock Converter

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 instructors 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 has been RACE approved for veterinary technicians only. Veterinary Information Network�s RACE provider number is #22

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.

This course consists of four (4) Real Time Sessions of one hundred and twenty (120) minutes each, 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.

*The lecture portion of this course combine both text and audio presentation, please be prepared to listen.

*To learn more about the requirements for earning a CE certificate, please refer to Receiving Your CE Credit and Course Completion Certificate.

Upon completion of this course, the participant should be able to 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.

About the Instructors:
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 over 16 years, is a Veterinary Technician Specialist in Emergency and Critical Care, and is the Immediate Past-President of the Academy of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Technicians (AVECCT).

Course Outline:
Week 1 (Real Time Session July 8): Nursing of the Kidney Patient
Content: Patients with acute kidney injury 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, CRRT and specialized requirements of renal patients.

Week 2 (Real Time Session July 15): Nursing of the Endocrine Patient
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 22): Nursing the Neurologic and Gastrointestinal Patient
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 29): Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation
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, with the new guidelines, as well as the importance of having owner discussions, DNR-do not resuscitate orders and levels of CPR.

CE Credits: 8

Tuition: $160 ($144 early bird special if enrolled by June 17, 2015)

**Enroll in both modules by May 6, 2015 and receive a 15% discount off the original 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 at 5 PM ET, Wednesday, July 8, 2015, or when the maximum number of participants is reached.
*For more information on how online CE works, see the Participant Resource Center.

To Enroll:
  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 800-846-0028 ext. 792 or email Please include the course title, your full name, and contact information in your correspondence.
*Note: "This course is approved for 8 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 CE at 800-846-0028 ext. 792 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 VSPN office 800-846-0028 ext. 792 to discuss eligibility for a pro-rated refund.
* Note: To ensure rapid handling of your request for withdrawal, we recommend that you call the VSPN office at 800-846-0028 ext. 792.

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

Charlotte Waack, RVT, CVT
VSPN Director/VSPN CE Interim Director

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