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Critical Skills for Managing a Patient in Crisis

Pam Collins, MSN, CMSRN, RN-BC
5 Hours 35 Minutes
Oct 06, 2016
PESI Publishing
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  • Tools to Sharpen Your Crisis Management Strategies
  • 6 Fail-Proof Steps to Rhythm Interpretation
  • ABG Analysis Made Easy
  • Critical Actions for “I’m Having Chest Pain!”
  • Abdominal Pain: What is it REALLY Telling You?
  • Prevention, Presentation and Action for the Most Common Nursing Emergencies

You have a daunting challenge of recognizing subtle changes in a patient’s condition that can lead to a medical emergency. Do you know what to do for the older woman who suddenly doesn’t know her name or the joint replacement patient who suddenly complains of chest pain? These are scary situations, but you don’t have to panic! Attend this seminar to sharpen your skills in identification and management for a wide variety of bedside nursing emergencies.

Cardiovascular, Neurological, Respiratory, Post-operative Emergencies, GI, Shock, Sepsis and More!

Expert speaker, Pam Collins, MSN, CMSRN, RN-BC, will help you get the best tools and strategies for early identification and management of emergencies such as Stroke, Heart Attack, GI Bleed, ARDS and Shock. Leave this program more prepared than ever to identify and manage your next patient emergency!



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Pam Collins, MSN, CMSRN, RN-BC Related seminars and products

Pam Collins has more than 30 years of extensive nursing experience which includes work as a staff and charge nurse for medical-surgical and pediatric units, nurse manager, nursing administration and nursing faculty. Pam currently works as an Independent Education and Medical-Legal Consultant, and maintains her skills by working as a Clinical Nurse Specialist for Medical- Surgical Nursing in Charlotte, NC. She maintains dual certification in medical-surgical nursing through the Academy for Medical Surgical Nurses and the American Nurses Credentialing Center. Pam also consults with Schools of Nursing for the purpose of enhancing NCLEX success rates with an emphasis on medical-surgical nursing.

Additionally, Pam has extensive experience with the legal aspects of nursing practice and documentation including providing litigation support in medical malpractice. She speaks nationally on clinical and legal topics for the healthcare professional with a passion that is evident through her energy, presentation style and ability to engage the audience. She was previously awarded the Outstanding Educator of the Year Award by the South Carolina Area Health Education Consortium.

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Pam Collins is the owner of Consultation On-Call, LLC. She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Nonfinancial: Pam Collins is a member of the Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses.

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Access for Self-Study (Non-Interactive)

Access never expires for this product.

Target Audience

Nurses and other Healthcare Professionals


  1. Evaluate common bedside emergencies.
  2. Analyze which patient populations are at risk for bedside emergencies.
  3. Organize how to integrate assessment data, labs and other diagnostic findings into the plan of care with a life-threatening emergency.
  4. Prioritize interventions for prevention and management for selected complications/ emergencies.
  5. Breakdown presentation and assessment findings for specific cardiac, gastrointestinal and neurological emergencies.
  6. Evaluate volume and pressure concepts as they relate to intracranial pressure.
  7. Explore a strategic approach in evaluating abdominal pain for the most accurate assessment.
  8. Assess the difference between hypovolemic shock, septic shock and cardiogenic shock in both assessment and treatment priorities.



Identification & Management of Crisis

  • High-Risk Populations
  • Impending Doom: Recognizing the Red Flags
  • Critical Thinking During a Crisis
  • Accurate Interpretation of Vital Signs & Oxygenation
  • Fluid & Electrolyte Disturbances

Neurological Emergencies

  • Neuro Assessment: Critical Indicators
  • Stroke Emergencies: TIA vs. Ischemic vs. Hemorrhagic
  • Symptoms & Recognition
  • Management: Emergent vs. Non-emergent
  • Early Signs of Increased Intracranial Pressure

Gastrointestinal Emergencies

  • Abdominal Assessment: Critical Clues
  • Abdominal Pain: What does it really mean?
  • Acute Abdomen
  • Ileus/Small Bowel Obstruction
  • Gastrointestinal Bleed
  • Acute Pancreatitis

Cardiac Emergencies

  • Action for, “I’m having chest pain”
  • Acute Coronary Syndromes
    • Angina vs. Myocardial Infarction
    • Recognition & Management
  • 6 Fail-Proof Steps to Rhythm Interpretation
  • The Dynamics of Shock
    • Hypovolemic
    • Cardiogenic
    • Septic
  • Systemic Inflammatory Response Syndrome
    • SIRS Criteria
    • Presentation & Management




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