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Think Like an Emergency Nurse: Deliver Critical Care in Any Department
Think Like an Emergency Nurse: Deliver Critical Care in Any Department


When:  Thursday, October 19, 2017 at 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

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Course Description:

Your coworker calls for help - you go in to see her patient, sitting up and talking just a few minutes ago, now turning blue and gasping for air. You have a real chance to intervene and make a difference - that’s why you became a nurse! What will you do?

Imagine you are taking care of your patient - anywhere - the office, clinic, Nursing Home, OR, in the community and suddenly grasp that an emergency situation is unfolding. Do you know what to do? How to respond? Even if you call an ambulance or have a rapid response team coming, YOU may still be taking care of that patient for up to 8 minutes or more. What can YOU do in that time to improve the chances of a positive outcome? How will you help save lives?

Your patient down the hall calls for help. As you enter the room, you see him begin to vomit blood. He becomes pale, and less responsive - but still awake. You call a Rapid Response, and stay with him until the team arrives. They assume care of the patient. You're left wishing you had done more - he was your patient, after all.

This intense course will provide you with the clinical insights and critical thinking skills that ED nurses excel at. You will no longer need to feel uncertain and scared. The ability to assess, intervene and advocate will be reinforced through exciting clinical cases. You will experience the dramatic changes in your own practice when you work your next shift!
If there is no CE tab, please refer to the course brochure for continuing education information.
Learner Objectives:

  1. Develop a plan to respond to a crashing patient.
  2. Practice what is needed to respond quickly to help your sickest patients.
  3. Determine the immediate interventions necessary to save lives.
  4. Practice the mental strategies necessary for success.
  5. Distinguish between "sick" vs. "not sick".
  6. Analyze clinical scenarios presented.
  7. Formulate a plan of action to deal with an emergency.
Program Outline

  • How will you improve patient outcomes?
    • Failure to rescue and how to avoid it
    • Increasing your confidence in emergent situations
    • Planning for the worst at every patient encounter
    • Advocating for your patient
    • Communicating high-risk information clearly
    • Mental strategies for success
    • Cognitive pre-planning
    • How the fire service relates to preparation for success
  • Risk Reduction
    • Recognizing risk for clinical decline
    • How to intervene before an event
    • Why respiratory rate matters
    • Know your strengths and have a plan to handle your weaknesses
    • Assemble your team
  • Common Emergency Conditions
    • The steps you can take to save lives
    • The 3 highest priority interventions for each
    • Common Emergency Conditions
      • Cardiac Arrest
      • Choking/Dislodged tracheostomy
      • Major Trauma
      • Control of hemorrhage
      • Sepsis
      • GI Bleed
    • Neurology
      • CVA/TIA: Acute Ischemic & Hemorrhagic
      • Seizure
      • Subarachnoid bleed
      • Intracranial hypertension
      • Is that blood pressure of 170/90 truly dangerous?
    • Cardiology
      • Dysrhythmias
      • Ventricular fibrillation
      • Ventricular tachycardia vs. Asystole
      • SVT
      • Rapid atrial fibrillation/flutter
      • Why is my patient tachycardic?
  • Prioritization & Practice
    • What matters most when the patient crashes
    • How to practice every day in 2 minutes or less
    • Why sick is sick until proven otherwise
  • Team Preparation
    • Who is coming to help you?
    • Team dynamics
    • What if you're alone?
  • Cognitive Error
    • Which came first, the MI or the MVA?
    • Don't put the cart before the horse
  • Putting it Together: Clinical Scenarios
    • Group review of patient cases
    • Practice with instructor feedback
    • Use of "preparation sheet"


Sean G. Smith has experience in both emergency care and critical care. He has written neo-natal/pediatric pharmacology CE exams for the American Association of Critical Care Nurses, as well as writing for Mosby clinical updates. He has practiced and taught critical/emergency care and pre-hospital emergency medical services for over 20 years. Career highlights include research in molecular endocrinology, serving in the US Navy, a wide variety of ICUs, flight nursing, and medical missions, as well as offering medical support to NASA. Sean lectures at the national level and has extensive text review/exam writing/contributing author credits. He holds multiple advanced specialty certifications in critical care, emergency, and flight nursing, as well as cardiac medicine, and neonatal/pediatric critical care transport.

Sean is a dedicated and respected educator serving as an official Instructor for Neonatal Resuscitation Program (NRP), Basic Life Support (BLS-RF), Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS-RF), Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS-RF), Tactical Combat Casualty Course (TCCC), Geriatric Education for Emergency Medical Services (GEMS), Fundamentals of Critical Care Support (FCCS), and Pediatric Fundamentals of Critical Care Support (PFCCS-IC).

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Sean G. Smith receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Non-financial: Sean G. Smith has no relevant non-financial relationships to disclose.
Credits listed below are for full attendance at the live event only. Certificates of Completion are distributed at the conclusion of the live seminar for those who register prior to the event date and attend the full day. A letter of attendance will be issued to participants who register at the event, arrive late, or leave early. For those who registered day of (walk-ins), and are in full attendance, a certificate of completion for full CE credit will be sent within 30 days following the event. For those in partial attendance (arrived late or left early), an adjusted certificate of completion reflecting partial credit will be issued within 30 days (if your board allows). Please see “live seminar schedule” for full attendance start and end times. NOTE: Boards do not allow credit for breaks or lunch.

If your profession is not listed, please contact your licensing board to determine your continuing education requirements and check for reciprocal approval. For other credit inquiries not specified below, or questions on home study credit availability, please contact or 800-844-8260 before the event.

Materials that are included in this course may include interventions and modalities that are beyond the authorized practice of mental health professionals. As a licensed professional, you are responsible for reviewing the scope of practice, including activities that are defined in law as beyond the boundaries of practice in accordance with and in compliance with your professions standards.

PESI, Inc. offers continuing education programs and products under the brand names PESI, PESI Healthcare, PESI Rehab and Psychotherapy Networker.

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PESI, Inc. is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

Nurses in full attendance will earn 6.3 contact hours. PARTIAL CONTACT HOURS WILL BE AWARDED FOR PARTIAL ATTENDANCE.

This program offers 240 instructional minutes of pharmacology content which is designed to qualify for 4.0 contact hours toward your pharmacology requirement to receive credit. It is your responsibility to submit your certificate of successful completion and a copy of the seminar brochure to your licensing board.

This activity qualifies for 380 minutes of instructional content as required by many national, state and local licensing boards and professional organizations. Save your course outline and certificate of completion, and contact your own board or organization for specific requirements.

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