VSPN TECH317-0220: Isolation Nursing

The lectures for this course will be presented in an audio format using a webinar platform.

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Presenter: Melissa Evans LVT, VTS (ECC)
Course Open: February 4, 2020-March 6, 2020
Real Time Sessions (RTS): Tuesdays, February 11, 18 and 25, 2020, 8:30-10PM ET
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Level and Prerequisites: This intermediate course will be open to veterinary technicians, veterinary assistants and support staff actively interested in improving their treatment protocols for patients that require isolation.
VSPN CE Course: “This program has been approved for 4.5 hours of continuing education credit in jurisdictions which recognize RACE approval." (22-39080)

Course Description:
This Course will cover the importance of Isolation and Barrier Nursing for patients with infectious diseases. Infection control, personal protective equipment and staff compliance will be covered. Common infectious diseases will be reviewed and special nursing considerations will be discussed

Week 1 (Real Time Session February 11): Isolation and Barrier Nursing - What, Why, Who and How
Objectives: Upon completion of this session, the participant should be able to:
  • Examine the Importance of Isolation and Barrier Nursing
  • Discuss Infectious Disease Plans for Clinics.
  • Plan Staff Training in Infectious Disease Protocols.
  • Explain Isolation Room Setup.
  • Discuss How to Deal with a Patient who is too Sick to be in Isolation.
  • Discuss Infection Control, Personal Protective Equipment, Hygiene and Compliance.
Week 2 (Real Time Session February 18): Common Infectious Diseases
Objectives: Upon completion of this session, the participant should be able to: <
  • Discuss Triaging the Infectious Patient.
  • Examine GI Diseases that Require Isolation.
  • Examine Respiratory Diseases that Require Isolation.
  • Examine Zoonotic Diseases that Require Isolation.
  • Discuss Reverse Barrier Nursing.
Week 3 (Real Time Session February 25): Special Considerations for Isolation
Objectives: Upon completion of this session, the participant should be able to:
  • Examine Nursing Considerations in Isolation.
  • Discuss the Challenges of Being in Isolation Alone.
  • Discuss Communication with Doctors, other Technicians and Owners.
  • Examine Patient Wellness, Nutrition and Enrichment.
  • Discuss Patient Discharge and Follow up.
  • Review Isolation Clean up.
< Successful completion (scoring 80% or better) on the end-of-course test is required to earn a certificate of completion for the course.
To learn more about the requirements for earning a CE certificate, please refer to Receiving Your CE Credit and Course Completion Certificate.

Course Materials: Course materials will be available in the course library prior to each Real Time Session.
Required Textbook: There is no required textbook for this course.

About the Presenter:
Melissa Evans, LVT, VTS (ECC) started her second career as a credentialed veterinary technician in 2013 after graduating from Bergen Community College. Before that she was a struggling actress who volunteered with animals as often as possible, learning all that she could before realizing that the next step was to just take care of animals all the time. Melissa has spent her entire veterinary career working in specialty hospitals as an Emergency, ICU and Critical Care Technician. In 2018 she earned her Veterinary Technician Specialty in Emergency and Critical Care. Melissa currently works as a per diem ECC Technician at multiple specialty hospitals throughout New York City. She also has experience working in shelter, wildlife and disaster medicine. Melissa is a RECOVER CPR Certified Instructor and the owner of Melissa Evans, VTS (ECC) - Veterinary Nurse Consulting

Total CE Credit: 4.5

Tuition: $95 ($86 early bird special if enrolled by January 21, 2010)
Prices are listed in US dollars.

* 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 on February 11, 2020 at 5 pm ET (USA) 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 @vspn.org and @vin.com 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. 797 or email . Please include the course title, your full name, and contact information in your correspondence.
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“This program has been approved for 4.5 hours of continuing education credit in jurisdictions which recognize RACE approval." (22-39080)

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 office 800-846-0028 ext. 797 to discuss eligibility for a pro-rated refund.

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

Lisa Kernaghan, LVT, RVT, CVT, VTS (ECC)
VSPN CE Coordinator

VSPN CE Services:
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