Course Descriptions

 

BLS Healthcare Provider

The Basic Life Support for the Healthcare Provider Course is a 4-hour program designed to teach skills of CPR for victims of all ages (including ventilation with a barrier device, a bag-mask device, and oxygen), use of an automated external defibrillator (AED), and relief of foreign-body airway obstruction (FBAO).

Completion of program is a prerequisite for all ACLS & PALS programs, as well as for the full BLS Instructor course. Successful course completion is measured through a written exam and satisfactory skill performance.  Course completion cards are immediately awarded for successful completion.

Intended Audience - Healthcare Providers such as: Physicians, Nurses, Paramedics, Emergency Medical Technicians, Respiratory Therapists, Physical and Occupational Therapists, Physician's Assistants, Residents or Fellows, or Medical or Nursing students in training, Aides, Medical or Nursing Assistants, police officers, and other allied health personnel in a wide variety of settings.

 

 

 

Heartsaver CPR & AED

The Heartsaver CPR with AED course teaches the basic techniques of adult CPR and use of an AED. Students also learn about using barrier devices for ventilation purposes and relief of foreign-body airway obstructions (choking). The program also provides information about how to recognize the signs of 4 major health emergencies: heart attack, stroke, cardiac arrest, and foreign-body airway obstruction.

There is no written exam for this course.  Successful course completion is measured through satisfactory skill performance.  Course completion cards awarded for successful completion.

Intended Audience - All designated first responders to health emergencies where an AED device is available, such as police, airline personnel, security guards, employees in the workplace, and those family members of patients at high risk for sudden cardiac death, other lay rescuers, and other interested individual.

 

 

 

Heartsaver First Aid with CPR & AED

The Heartsaver First Aid Course combines adult CPR and the use of an automated external defibrillator (AED) with basic level first aid procedures. The First Aid information in this program is compliant with the various requirements established by regulatory agencies. Students of this course will be taught how to perform adult CPR, relieve a foreign-body airway obstruction, use a barrier device during rescue breathing, use an AED and provide first aid for acute injuries and sudden illnesses.

There is no written exam for this course.  Successful course completion is measured through satisfactory skill performance.  Course completion cards awarded for successful completion.

Intended Audience - All designated first responders to emergencies who must also know how to use an AED device and how to provide basic first aid, such as police, airline personnel, security personnel, employees in the workplace, other lay rescuers.

 

 

 

CPR for Family and Friends

The Family & Friends CPR Course teaches the lifesaving skills of adult Hands-Only® CPR, child CPR with breaths, adult and child AED use, infant CPR and relief of choking in an adult, child or infant. Skills are taught in a dynamic group environment by using the AHA’s research-proven practice-while-watching technique, which provides students with the most hands-on CPR practice time possible. The Family & Friends CPR program teaches Adult Hands-Only™ CPR, Adult AED use, Child CPR, Infant CPR & Adult, child and infant relief of choking

There is no testing of knowledge or skills. This course does not provide a course completion card; however, students receive a tear-out participation card in their student manual.

Intended Audience - People who want to learn CPR but do not need a course completion card in CPR for their job. This course is ideal for schools and students, new parents, grandparents, babysitters and others interested in learning how to save a life.

 

 

 

ACLS Full Provider

The ACLS Provider Course is a 2-day program designed to provide the knowledge and skills needed to evaluate and manage the first 10 minutes of an adult ventricular fibrillation/ventricular tachycardia (VF/VT) arrest. Providers are expected to learn to manage 10 core ACLS cases: a respiratory emergency, 4 types of cardiac arrest (simple VF/VT, complex VF/VT, PEA, and asystole), 4 types of pre-arrest emergencies (bradycardia, stable tachycardia, unstable tachycardia, and acute coronary syndromes), and stroke.

Prerequisites include:

  1. Current BLS-HCP Card
  2. Completed online pre-test
  3. Reading and evaluating ECGs
  4. Understanding of ACLS medications and algorithms

Successful course completion measured through written exam and satisfactory skill performance. Course completion cards awarded for successful completion.

Intended Audience - Healthcare professionals including emergency, intensive care, or critical care departments; emergency medical providers such as physicians, nurses, emergency technicians, paramedics, respiratory therapists, and other professionals who may have a need to respond to a cardiovascular emergency.

 

 

 

ACLS Provider Renewal

The ACLS Provider Renewal Course is a one-day program designed to facilitate a review of ACLS skill and knowledge for current ACLS providers to enable the participant to successfully renew their provider credential.

Prerequisites include:

  1. Current BLS-HCP Card
  2. Completed online pre-test
  3. Reading and evaluating ECGs
  4. Understanding of ACLS medications and algorithms

Successful course completion measured through written exam and satisfactory skill performance. Course completion cards awarded for successful completion.

Intended Audience - Healthcare professionals staffing emergency, intensive care, or critical care departments; emergency medical providers such as physicians, nurses, emergency technicians, paramedics, respiratory therapists, and other professionals who may have a need to respond to a cardiovascular emergency.

 

 

 

PALS Provider

The goal of the two-day Pediatric Advanced Life Support Course is to provide the learner with:

  • Information needed to recognize infants and children at risk for cardiopulmonary arrest
  • Information and strategies needed to prevent cardiopulmonary arrest in infants and children
  • Cognitive and psychomotor skills needed to resuscitate and stabilize infants and children in respiratory failure, shock, or cardiopulmonary arrest.

 

Prerequisites include:

  1. Current BLS-HCP Card
  2. Completed online pre-course self assessment
  3. Understanding PALS Algorithms and charts for 12 core cases
  4. Reading and evaluating ECG’s

Successful course completion measured through written exam and satisfactory skill performance. Course completion cards awarded for successful completion. Cards are valid for 2 years from month of issue.

 

Intended Audience - Healthcare Providers such as pediatricians, house staff, emergency physicians, family physicians, nurses, paramedics, respiratory therapists, and other healthcare professionals who are responsible for the well-being of infants and children.

 

 

 

PALS Provider Renewal

The PALS Provider Renewal Course is a one-day program designed to facilitate a review of PALS skill and knowledge for current PALS providers to enable the participant to successfully renew their provider credential.

Prerequisites include:

  • Current BLS-HCP Card
  • Completed online pre-course self assessment
  • Understanding PALS Algorithms and charts for 12 core cases
  • Reading and evaluating ECG’s

Successful course completion measured through written exam and satisfactory skill performance. Course completion cards awarded for successful completion.

Intended Audience: Healthcare Providers such as pediatricians, house staff, emergency physicians, family physicians, nurses, paramedics, respiratory therapists, and other healthcare professionals who are responsible for the well-being of infants and children.

 

 

 

Neonatal Resuscitation Program (NRP) – 6th Edition

This course has been designed through a joint effort of American Heart Association and the American Academy of Pediatrics to teach an evidence-based approach to resuscitation of the newborn.  The causes, prevention, and management of mild to severe neonatal asphyxia are carefully explained so that health professionals may develop optimal knowledge and skill in resuscitation.  This course is designed to provide participants with the opportunity to discuss and demonstrate neonatal resuscitation skills:  initial steps, immediate post-delivery care, equipment use, chest compressions, ET intubation, medications and special considerations.

Prerequisites include:

  1. Complete the 6th Edition Online Exam

Successful course completion measured through written exam and satisfactory skill performance. AAP Course completion cards awarded for successful completion.

Intended Audience: Healthcare Providers such as pediatricians, house staff, emergency physicians, family physicians, nurses, paramedics, respiratory therapists, and other healthcare professionals who are responsible for the well-being of the newborn infant.

 

 

 

Moderate Sedation

This class examines several key points essential to performing moderate sedation on adult and pediatric patients: Pre-, intra- and post-procedure assessment and monitoring, airway assessment, necessary equipment, drug and reversal medication used including doses, precautions and side effects, cardiac dysrhythmias recognition, as well preparation for an unexpected crisis.  Teaching methods include power point presentation, group lecture, group discussion, interactive learning and post- test.

Prerequisites:

  • Must have current BLS card
  • Must either have current ACLS or PALS card

Successful course completion measured through written exam.

Intended Audience -  Physicians and nurses performing or assisting with moderate sedation.

 

 

 

TNCC Provider

The Trauma Nursing Core Course is two-day course designed to cognitive knowledge and psychomotor skills related to caring for an injured adult. The course presents a systematic assessment model, integrates associated anatomy, physiology/ pathophysiology, and identifies appropriate interventions. Triage categorization is included in the course content. TNCC is taught using a variety of formats:  lectures, videotapes & skill stations that encourage participants to integrate their psychomotor abilities into a patient situation in a risk-free setting.

Contact Hours or Certification Received: 14.42 CECH hours

Successful course completion measured through written exam and satisfactory skill performance. Course completion cards awarded for successful completion.

Intended Audience - TNCC may be attended by registered nurses. Other health care providers may attend the course as observers, however cannot participate in the competency exams on the last day and are not eligible for the course completion card.  In order to maximize success in the TNCC, it is recommended that the participant have at least six months of clinical nursing experience in an emergency care setting. The course participant must have generic nursing knowledge, has an understanding of emergency care terminology, and has familiarity with standard emergency equipment.

 

 

 

ENPC Provider

The Emergency Nursing Pediatric Course is a two-day program designed to provide core-level pediatric knowledge and psychomotor skills needed to care for pediatric patients in the emergency setting. The course presents a systematic assessment model, integrates the associated anatomy, physiology and pathophysiology, and identifies appropriate interventions. Triage categorization and prevention strategies are included in the course content. ENPC is taught using a variety of formats, including lectures, videotapes and includes skill stations that encourage participants to integrate their psychomotor abilities into a patient situation in a risk-free setting.

 

Contact Hours or Certification Received: 15.33 CECH hours

Successful course completion measured through written exam and satisfactory skill performance. Course completion cards awarded for successful completion.

Intended Audience - ENPC may be attended by registered nurses. Other health care providers may attend the course as observers, however cannot participate in the competency exams on the last day and are not eligible for the course completion card. In order to maximize success in the ENPC, it’s recommended that the participant have at least 6 months of clinical nursing experience in an emergency care setting. The course participant must have generic nursing knowledge, has an understanding of emergency care terminology, and has familiarity with standard emergency equipment.

 

 

 

Basic Cardiac Dysrhythmias

The Basic Cardiac Dysrhythmias program is a three-day workshop designed to introduce the student to the intricacies of cardiac rhythm recognition. Students should be familiar with ECG monitoring equipment and have some fundamental knowledge of ECG measurements. The workshop content includes a brief review of cardiopulmonary A&P and electrophysiology; how to accurately perform the basic measurements on actual rhythm strips; an introduction to the rhythms originating from the sinus node; exploration of abnormal rhythms from the atria, junctional and ventricular tissues; and AV Blocks. An introduction to pacemaker rhythms is included in the course content.

Successful completion of the workshop is achieved through participation in all workshop activities and through successful completion of the post course exam.

Intended Audience - Healthcare workers whose job responsibilities require recognition of cardiac rhythm disorders.  This is an appropriate introductory course for healthcare workers who wish to apply for a monitor technician position.

 

 

 

12-Lead ECG Interpretation

The 12-Lead ECG course is a one-day program designed to introduce participants to the intricacies of 12-Lead Interpretation. This program emphasizes recognition of the ECG patterns of Ischemia, Injury, and Infarction, assists the student to identify the location of the damage from the ECG tracing, helps determine the extent of the involvement, and explores potential complications associated with infarction sites. An extensive practice opportunity with actual 12-Lead recordings is part of this course.

Intended Audience - Healthcare workers such as: nurses, monitor technicians, paramedics, and others who must provide appropriate care for individuals with potential myocardial infarctions.

 

 

 

Hemodynamic Monitoring

The Hemodynamic Monitoring course is a one-day program designed to introduce the student to the waveforms and readings obtained with hemodynamic monitoring equipment. Specific areas discussed include Systemic Arterial monitoring, and Pulmonary Arterial Catheters revealing Right Atrial, Right Ventricular, Pulmonary Arterial, and Pulmonary Capillary Wedge readings. Cardiac output measurements and the calculated cardiovascular parameters of cardiac index, vascular resistance, and stroke work indices are presented in detail. Through case studies, students have opportunity to apply the information learned in the program to actual patient care decisions. Certificates of participation are presented at the conclusion of the workshop.

 

 

 

AWHONN Intermediate Fetal Heart Monitoring Principles and Practices Workshop (FHMPP) 

This two-day workshop is offered in a standardized format that can be used as a competency assessment to validate the knowledge and skills of experienced nurses. Participants analyze case scenarios using key physiologic principles. The sessions offer demonstration, practice, and testing of the following skills: auscultation, performing Leopold's Maneuvers, placement of an intrauterine pressure catheter and spiral electrode, interpretation of tracings, identification of indicated nursing interventions and communication and documentation.

 

Contact Hours or Certification Received: 18 contact hours awarded by AWOHNN (Association of Women's Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses), and 15.25 CMEs

Intended Audience - The FHMPP workshop is designed for registered nurses with a minimum of six months clinical nursing experience using fetal heart monitoring technology in an intrapartum setting. It is expected that the participant already have basic knowledge and related skills in these areas:

  • Maternal physiologic changes of pregnancy.
  • Fetal growth and development.
  • Methods of fetal monitoring.
  • Preparation of patient for set-up and initiation of external or internal fetal monitoring.
  • Obtaining and maintaining tracings that document fetal heart rate and uterine contractions.
  • Interpretation of uterine contraction frequency, duration, and baseline resting tone.
  • Identification of the baseline fetal heart rate, variability, and deviations.
  • Indicated clinical interventions.
  • Communication and documentation standards.

 

 

 

AWHONN Advanced Fetal Heart Monitoring Principles and Practices Workshop (AFHMPP)

Advanced FHMPP is a one-day workshop (9.9 contact hours) focusing on the application of advanced fetal heart monitoring knowledge and skills in intrapartum nursing practice (contact hour credit includes independent study in preparation for the workshop). The content presented in this workshop builds on the essential knowledge and skills gained through the FHMPP two-day workshop. The AFHMPP Workshop uses a case study approach focusing on the analysis of complicated FHM patterns/characteristics and related case information. The workshop emphasizes: 

 

  • underlying maternal-fetal physiology
  • instrumentation
  • interpretation
  • intervention
  • and verbal and written communication skills

 

Contact Hours or Certification Received: 12 contact hours awarded by AWOHNN (Association of Women's Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses), and 10 CMEs

Successful completion of written examinations and performance of skills evaluations are requirements for completing the program and earning continuing education credit. Participants who attend the full workshop and successfully pass the skills and written tests earn 9.9 contact hours of continuing education credit. No partial credit is awarded.

 

 

 

ONS Chemotherapy and Biotherapy Course

This two-day program focuses on the theoretical knowledge base needed to administer chemotherapy and biotherapy, including cellular kinetics, drug classifications, safe handling, administration, management of side effects and patient teaching strategies. Case studies relating to the theoretical principles will also be presented. 

 

Contact Hours or Certification Received: 13.5 CE hours and a Chemotherapy Provider Card after successful completion of the course and post-test - from The Oncology Nursing Society (ONS).

Intended Audience: Participants should be licensed nurses who have been employed as such for a minimum of six months. The course content is appropriate for nurses who are new to chemotherapy administration, as well as for those who want a comprehensive review. It is also appropriate for nurses who do not administer chemotherapy, but may provide post-treatment care for oncology patients.

**Student Materials: Chemotherapy and Biotherapy, Guidelines and Recommendations for Practice.

 

 

 

Diabetes Update – 2012

This 4 hour course update focuses on improving Glycemic control in the hospitalized patient. The update includes the following highlights: Hyperglycemia in the Hospital Setting, Pharmacologic Treatment, Role of Nutrition, Hypoglycemia, Safe Nursing care for the Hyperglycemic Patient and Insulin Pumps. Handouts will be presented and passed out during the course.

 

 

 

Continuous Renal Replacement Therapy

This course is presented by DaVita Staff for Hillcrest Employees only.

Course Objectives

  • Identify indication and contraindications for CRRT and to compare CRRT to intermittent dialysis therapy
  • Identify components of the Fresenius K2 dialysis system and describe their function
  • Discuss safe and effective care of the patient undergoing CRRT
  • Proper Alarm Management

Intended Audience: Critical Care Nurses

 

 

 

Advanced Burn Life Support (ABLS)

**Course information to be updated online shortly**