Tutored Online CPD

Approach to Critical Care Nursing (Jan 2025)

£255.00 Ex VAT


Start: 
6th January 2025
CPD:    15 hours (UK), 15 points (AUS, NZ) over 6 / 8 weeks
Level:  Introduction / Intermediate

 

Description

This course is aimed at nurses working in general practice

 

Week 1

Recumbency Nursing
  • Common causes for recumbency
  • Nursing the recumbent patient
  • Common complications associated with recumbency

Learning objectives
After completion of this week, participants should be able to:

 

  • List some of the common causes for recumbency and how these conditions may be treated
  • Discuss the nursing considerations for the recumbent patient and how these can be implemented to help support the patient during their recovery whilst hospitalised
  • Describe the common complications associated with recumbency and how these can be prevented whilst the patient is hospitalised

Learning materials this week:
(released on Monday morning for on demand learning until the course ends – approximate timings)

  • Pre-recorded tutorial with Elle = 60 minutes
  • Further reading = 60 minutes
  • Forum discussion topic = 10 minutes
  • Multiple choice questions quiz = 10 minutes

Week 2

Nutrition in the Hospitalised Patient
  • Why is nutrition important?
  • Who needs nutrition?
  • When should nutrition be started?
  • Creating a nutrition plan
  • Assisted feeding options

Learning objectives
After completion of this week, participants should be able to:

 

  • Understand why nutrition is important for the recovery of hospitalised patients
  • Identify patients in needs of nutrition
  • Discuss when is the appropriate time to start nutrition in their hospitalised patient
  • Describe how to create a feeding plan including patient assessment, calculation of RER and implementation of the nutritional plan
  • List the common assisted feeding techniques and understand the indications and contraindications of each

Learning materials this week:
(released on Monday morning for on demand learning until the course ends – approximate timings)

  • Pre-recorded tutorial with Elle = 60 minutes
  • Further reading = 60 minutes
  • Forum discussion topic = 10 minutes
  • Three case scenario nutrition calculation quizzes = 15 minutes

Week 3

Sepsis
  • What is SIRS / sepsis?
  • How to recognise sepsis in dogs
  • How to recognise sepsis in cats
  • Sepsis bundles
  • Recent sepsis research in human medicine

Learning objectives
After completion of this week, participants should be able to:

 

  • Know the definitions of SIRS / sepsis and the difference between them
  • List the patient observations used to help us be able to recognise sepsis in the dog
  • List the patient observations used to help us be able to recognise sepsis in the cat
  • Understand what a sepsis bundle is, and when they can be used in practice
  • Understand the recent research into sepsis in human medicine and how this impacts us in veterinary practice

Learning materials this week:
(released on Monday morning for on demand learning until the course ends – approximate timings)

  • Pre-recorded tutorial with Katie = 50 minutes
  • Further reading = 60 minutes
  • Forum discussion topic = 10 minutes
  • Crossword quiz = 10 minutes

Week 4

Acid Base / Electrolytes
  • What is acid / base?
  • What are electrolytes?
  • Electrolytes – Sodium
  • Electrolytes – Potassium
  • Electrolytes – Calcium
  • Glucose

Learning objectives
After completion of this week, participants should be able to:

 

  • Explain acid / base status
  • Understand which electrolytes we can measure in veterinary practice and why
  • Identify when a patient may become hypo or hypernatraemic, and describe the treatments that may benefit them
  • Identify when a patient may become hypo or hyperkalaemic, and describe the treatments that may benefit them
  • Identify why a patient may be hypo or hypercalcaemic, and describe the treatments that may benefit them
  • Identify why a patient may be hypo or hyper glycaemic, and describe the treatments that may benefit them

Learning materials this week:
(released on Monday morning for on demand learning until the course ends – approximate timings)

  • Pre-recorded tutorial with Katie = 45 minutes
  • Further reading = 60 minutes
  • Forum discussion topic = 10 minutes
  • Multiple choice questions quiz = 10 minutes
  • Written assignment – patient care plans = 60 minutes (to be submitted before 5pm Friday of week 6)

Week 5

Infection Control
  • How to create an infection control plan for the clinic
  • Assigning an infection control champion
  • Identify and develop protocols
  • Make an assessment
  • Staff education and training plans
  • Surveillance and compliance

Learning objectives
After completion of this week, participants should be able to:

 

  • Identify an infection control champion in practice and understand their role in the infection control plan
  • Discuss the common infection control protocols required in practice to minimise the spread of pathogens
  • Understand how to make an assessment of the protocols already in place and identify their strengths and weaknesses
  • Explain the importance of staff education and training when implementing infection control protocols
  • List the common surveillance techniques to ensure compliance to the infection control plan

Learning materials this week:
(released on Monday morning for on demand learning until the course ends – approximate timings)

  • Pre-recorded tutorial with Elle = 60 minutes
  • Further reading = 60 minutes
  • Forum discussion topic = 10 minutes
  • Fill in the blanks quiz = 10 minutes

Week 6

End of Life Care and Clinical Governance
  • Euthanasia
  • Palliative care
  • Mental health awareness
  • Clinical governance in practice

Learning objectives
After completion of this week, participants should be able to:

 

  • Understand the reasons vets and clients consider euthanasia, and learn ways to ensure the experience can be made as peaceful and calm as possible in practice for all involved
  • Understand the reasons that clients may choose to consider palliative care, and how we can help ensure the patients are comfortable within our role as veterinary nurses
  • Understand the impact of euthanasia and how the death of a pet can affect both the family of the patient and the veterinary staff involved
  • Understand the mental health implications of veterinary medicine on the team, and ways in which we can help our team and ourselves to cope
  • Describe what clinical governance is, what is discussed and why it may be beneficial to start holding these meetings in your practice

Learning materials this week:
(released on Monday morning for on demand learning until the course ends – approximate timings)

  • Pre-recorded tutorial with Katie = 40 minutes
  • Further reading = 60 minutes
  • Forum discussion topic = 10 minutes
  • Multiple choice questions quiz = 10 minutes

 

The course will be fully tutored by Elle Haskey and Katie Gray, and will consist of 15 hours of CPD given in various formats, including tutorials, tasks, case scenarios, forum discussions and quizzes.  This course is tutored for 6 weeks, followed by a two week extension of untutored ‘catch up’ time, before the course officially ends.

 

All delegates will then have unlimited lifetime access to the learning material for future reference

 

17 reviews for Approach to Critical Care Nursing (Jan 2025)

  1. Jodie Perry

    I really have enjoyed the course and feel that I have had both a refresh and learned new things on many subjects. I feel like it will really help me in my OOHs role at the practice I work at.

    Rated: Introduction level
    (Qualified RVN in general practice <5 years - UK)

  2. Charlotte Clough

    a detailed course into Approach to Critical Care Nursing. Containing good modules for nurses

    Rated: Introduction level
    (Newly qualified (<2 years) - UK)

  3. Kate Allwright

    Course layout was easy to follow, webinars well presented and interesting

    Rated: Intermediate level
    (Referral or specialist RVN – UK)

  4. Joanne Round

    I feel this was a good introduction to critical care nursing. I feel it has given more confidence to provide better care for my patients with complex needs, while also providing insight into how best to care for myself, my colleagues, and the owners too.

    Rated: Introduction level
    (Newly qualified (<2 years) - UK)

  5. Holly Whiting

    I really enjoyed the tutorials each week. They were really informative and any questions I had were met with great feedback that I can take and continue to use, the extra reading were also really interesting and I took some ideas back to my clinic to hopefully put into our daily routines.

    Rated: Introduction / Intermediate level
    (Newly qualified (<2 years) – UK)

  6. Beverley Boynton

    Very informative and well structured

    Rated: Intermediate level
    (Referral or specialist RVN – UK)

  7. Maria Bennett

    I found the course really helpful and engaging, and the tutors were both incredibly knowledgeable in their field.

    Rated: Introduction level

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Speakers

Eleanor Haskey BSc(hons), VTS(ECC) VPAC A1, RVN
Senior ECC Nurse, Royal Veterinary College

 

Eleanor graduated in 2008 from the University of Bristol with an honours degree in Veterinary Nursing and Practice Administration. She worked as a branch head nurse in a mixed practice in the Midlands for 2 years before returning to the University of Bristol as senior ICU nurse, where she was responsible for the day to day running of the intensive care unit, triaging and assessing emergencies and providing care for critical patients. In 2014 Eleanor transferred to the emergency and critical care centre at the Royal Veterinary College.  Eleanor gained the VTS(ECC) qualification in 2012, and she particularly enjoys trauma, seizures, ventilator cases and haematological disorders

Speakers

Katy Gray PGCert VE, DipAVN, RVN, FHEA, MNCS
The Ralph Veterinary Referral Hospital

 

After registering as an RVN in 2012, Katie worked as both a surgery nurse and then an emergency and critical care nurse at the Royal Veterinary College referral hospital, where she spent 6 years as a senior ECC nurse. During her time there, she completed the Advanced Nursing Diploma, a Post Graduate Certificate in Veterinary Education, and the Blue Cross Bereavement Certificate. Katie regularly lectures for VNs, both in the UK and internationally; and has written a few articles, including her own research into sepsis recognition. Since 2019, Katie has been working towards the Advanced Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling, and in Spring 2022 started working in a supportive role at The Ralph Veterinary Referral Hospital. Outside of work Katie volunteers for StreetVet, and she is on the Veterinary Critical Care Nurse Committee which is part of the British Association of Critical Care Nurses.

CPD Hours

This online course is worth 15 hours of CPD.

 

A certificate will be available from the ‘My Courses’ section, for you to download and print, once you have completed the course.  A permanent record of your total CPD hours will also be recorded in your account section.

AVNAT

Australia and New Zealand 

The Australian Veterinary Nurse and Technician (AVNAT) Regulatory Council has allocated 15 AVNAT CPD points to this continuing education activity.

 

This course is also recognised by the New Zealand Veterinary Nursing Association (NZVNA) as providing 15 CPD points.

 

Information

Upon purchase you will be registered to attend the course, for 6 weeks from the start date.  The course will consist of various interactive tasks and lessons, including quizzes, case studies, forum discussions and further reading material.

 

The course is fully tutored, with new material will be provided each Monday morning, but the onus will be on the individual delegate to ensure that all tasks are fully complete.  The certificate will only be issued at the end of the course when all tasks have been accomplished.  Fewer CPD hours will be awarded at the the end of the course if there are unfinished tasks or there has been no contribution to the discussion forum, for example

 

The course is fully flexible, and there are no weekly ‘deadlines’ – the lessons and tasks may be completed whenever is convenient for each delegate, and any live lessons with be recorded and made available later that same day.   Furthermore, all the course material will be available for a further 2 weeks, to allow delegates the opportunity to catch up on missed lessons and tasks, or to take the opportunity to delve further into the suggested reading texts.  Please note however, that the course will not be tutored by the speaker during these final two weeks, but the time spent will count towards your CPD hours

 

After 8 weeks, the course will be complete and there will be no further opportunity to gain the certificate or CPD hours, however, you will have unlimited lifetime access to the tutorials, further reading and quizzes for future reference.  If you make any personal notes during the course using the ‘take notes’ app, these will be saved, along with your certificate and CPD record for permanent access in ‘My CPD’

For some further information about our Online Tutored CPD courses – please read our PDF guide to Online Tutored CPD

Levels

This course has been listed as ‘Introduction / Intermediate’ level

 

All of our courses are aimed at veterinary nurses in general practice, but everyone who works in the veterinary profession is very welcome to attend, whether you are a clinical receptionist, veterinary surgeon, student nurse or have been a qualified nurse for over 20 years!

 

The courses are not formally assessed for skill level, so the following CPD levels are just a rough guide to help you decide if a course may be more or less suitable:

 

Introduction
– maybe most suitable for qualified nurses in general practice approaching a new topic or looking for a refresher course

Intermediate
– maybe most suitable for qualified nurses in general practice along with referral / specialist nurses looking for a refresher course

Advanced
– maybe most suitable for referral / specialist nurses and highly experienced qualified nurses in general practice

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You will earn 255 Pawprint Points (£25.50 website credit) when you purchase this course

 

Our loyalty scheme rewards you with 10% in website credit to spend on future courses.  Choose pay with Pawprint Points during checkout.

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Please ask your practice manager or accounts department to visit the website, register an account in their own name, and during checkout, complete the ‘delegate name’ and ‘delegate email’ sections with your personal details.  We will then register you a personal account on your behalf, and transfer the course booking over to your new personal account.  We will of course email you all the information you need to access this new account and your CPD course.

 

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