Full Course Description

2-Day Managing Patient Emergencies: Critical Care Skills Every Nurse Must Know

Program Information


  1. Develop two types of rapid assessment techniques and how to employ them for the best results during a patient emergency.
  2. Evaluate techniques for getting critical information during a rapid patient assessment.
  3. Investigate EARLY assessment findings in clinical syndromes that may progress rapidly and cause life-threatening conditions.
  4. Prioritize nursing actions for specific neurological, cardiac, respiratory and endocrine emergencies.
  5. Assess care of the diabetic patient in diabetic ketoacidosis versus HHNK/HHS.
  6. Analyze heart failure with regards to left- and right-sided failure.
  7. Determine patient populations who are at high-risk for bedside emergencies.
  8. Devise how to integrate assessment data and critical lab findings into the plan of care for a patient experiencing a life-threatening emergency.
  9. Design a strategic approach in evaluating abdominal pain for the most accurate assessment.
  10. Contrast the difference between ischemic and hemorrhagic stroke in both symptoms and treatment priorities.
  11. Determine the most common causes of arterial blood gas abnormalities.
  12. Analyze pain management and sedation options for the patient experiencing an acute illness. 


Day One

Identifying the RED Flags

Cardiovascular Prevention, Presentation, Action for: “I’m having chest pain”

Respiratory Prevention, Presentation, Action for: “I can’t breathe”

Endocrine Prevention, Presentation, Action for: “I don’t feel right”

Day Two

Gastrointestinal Prevention, Presentation, Action for: “My aching belly”

Neurological Prevention, Presentation and Action for: “My head hurts!”

Renal Prevention, Presentation and Action for: “I can’t make urine”

Pain, Agitation & Delirium

Managing the Decompensating Patient No Pulse, No Blood Pressure, No Respirations... Now What?

Copyright : 09/18/2019

Drug Use and Abuse: Management of the Patient Taking Street Drugs

Dangerous drugs have flooded the streets - someone's first use may be their last. The life destroying consequences of drug use and abuse do not discriminate and you MUST be prepared to recognize the symptoms and react appropriately to save your patient's life. In this program you will learn the current, most common drugs of abuse, the immediate interventions and be prepared to effectively manage the next patient emergency.

Program Information


  1. Assess ABCDE for the patient presenting after taking street drugs.
  2. Prioritize interventions for the patient with tachycardia related to ingestion of methamphetamine.
  3. Choose the appropriate toxicology screening method based on the suspected drug of abuse.


Poisoning and Street Drugs

Current Drug Concerns & Manifestations

Copyright : 03/21/2018