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|Manual for Module 2 (11.13 MB)||Available after Registration|
|Manual for Module 3 (11.30 MB)||Available after Registration|
Cyndi Zarbano, MSN-Ed, CCRN, CMSRN, LNC, has been a nurse for nearly 30 years specializing in intensive care. She earned her legal nurse consultant training through the Vickie Milazzo Institute in 2008 and has worked on over 200 cases for both plaintiff and defense. Her role has included analyzing medical records, determining merit, assisting with client interviews, attending medical appointments, locating testing experts, completing chronologies, reviewing billing for accuracy, deposition/jury question development, and assisting in court strategy development. She has served as a testifying expert for 16 cases. Cyndi is a renowned national seminar speaker having spoken for numerous companies since 2008, including her own, Clinical Review Consultants. She works for Mayo Clinic in Minnesota continuing her passion for bedside nursing in critical care.
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Day One – Module ONE
Categories of Content
Test Taking Strategies
Murmurs, Rubs, & Clicks
7 Key Points to Know
Acute Coronary Syndrome
Acute Myocardial Infarction
Interpreting the EKG
Fast Fatal Arrhythmias
Know you Role
Protecting your Practice
Key Points in Staffing
Acute Hyperglycemic State
Diabetic Ketoacidosis (DKA)
Hyperosmolar Hyperglycemic Syndrome (HHS)
Diabetes Insipidus (DI)
Syndrome of Inappropriate Antidiuretic Hormone (SIADH)
Key Points in Assessment
Obstructive Sleep Apnea
Medications Part One
Know GENERIC Name
Use of Drug
Medications for Review
Allergy & Asthma Meds
Pregnancy Risk Categories
DAY TWO – MODULE TWO
Liver & Pancreas
Signs and Symptoms
Disseminated Intravascular Coagulopathy (DIC)
Heparin-Induced Thrombocytopenia (HIT)
Terms to Know
Fetal Heart Rate
Stages of Labor
Effacement & Dilation
Normal Newborn Vitals
Venous Insufficiency vs. Arterial
AV Fistulas & Graphs
Related Lab Tests
Acute & Chronic Failure
Acute Tubular Nephrosis
Radio-Contrast Nephropathy (RCN)
Hypo & Hyperkalemia
Hypo & Hypernatremia
Hypo & Hypercalcemia
Must KNOW Signs & Symptoms
Medications Part Two
Cardiac Medications by Class
DAY THREE – MODULE 3
5 Point Neuro Check
Areas of the Brain & Function of Each
Somatic Nervous System
Autonomic Nervous System
Mini-Mental Status Exam
Delirium & Dementia
1st Degree AV Block
2nd Degree AV Block: Wenckebach
2nd Degree AV Block: Mobitz Type II
3rd Degree: Complete Heart Block
Abuse & Neglect
Dos & Don'ts
Dietary & Health Promotion
High K+ Foods
High Sodium Foods
Wound Healing Diet
Types & Gear
CBC with Differential
What Abnormal Values Can Tell Us
Shift to the Left
What to Use When?
Cancer – Biopsies & Scope Procedures
Medications Part Three
Controlled Substances I-V
Mental Health Medications
Ophthalmics & Otics
Vitamins & Minerals
Women’s Health Medications
Objectives Day One/ Module One:
1. Prioritize nursing actions for specific cardiac, respiratory and endocrine disorders.
2. Evaluate findings in common cardiac labs, such as CKMB, Troponin, BNP/Pro-BNP levels.
3. Recognize 2 tools of recognition and 4 rapid interventions for patients experiencing Acute Coronary Syndrome (ACS).
4. Interpret pathophysiology and differential diagnoses for crackles, wheezes, rhonchi and rubs.
5. State current guidelines in the management of diabetes.
6. Illustrate the nursing process as a standard of care.
7. Recognize how improper assessment can affect patient outcomes.
8. Discuss physical and laboratory findings that accompany DKA and HHS.
Objectives Day Two/ Module Two:
1. List 3 benefits of beta blockers in a patient with coronary artery disease.
2. Recognize life-threatening electrolyte imbalances, potential causes and remedies.
3. Identify conditions which would require a chest tube.
4. Explain acute renal failure and current treatment options
5. Discuss possible etiology and significance of common assessment abnormalities of the musculoskeletal system.
6. Discuss a variety of fetal heart rate patterns.
7. Compare appropriate interventions in response to fetal heart rate changes.
8. Analyze potentially serious complications related to fractures.
Objectives Day Three/ Module Three:
1. Explore the philosophy of patient- and family-centered care, and how this philosophy can be incorporated into care of the patient.
2. Learn a simple monitoring technique to help differentiate if the patient is having an atrial dysrhythmia or not.
3. Explain and demonstrate a thorough 6-part neurological exam and document findings
4. Define the anatomy and physiology of the neurological system and how this manifests in physical symptoms
5. List primary causes of mental status changes and identify which patients are at risk for delirium and how to respond.
6. Differentiate neurological assessment findings that are specific to delirium.
7. Identify the components and significance of the CBC and Chemistry Profile, with focus upon abnormal lab values.
8. Describe the physiological changes seen in postoperative patients.
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