Tutored Online CPD

Taking ECC Nursing to the Next Level (May 2024)

£205.00 Ex VAT

Start:  20th May 2024
CPD:    10 hours (UK), 10 points (AUS, NZ) over 4 / 6 weeks
Level:  Advanced



This course is aimed at nurses working in referral practice / very experienced nurses in general practice


Week 1

Monitoring Modalities

There are many advanced monitoring tools and nursing interventions that can be used in our patients, however, a key part of this is deciding when it is appropriate to employ them. We will discuss and compare different monitoring tools that we have available, including:


  • Blood pressure monitoring – invasive versus non-invasive
  • Central venous pressure
  • ECG
  • Blood gases – venous versus arterial

We will also explore when these monitoring tools may be beneficial compared with when their use might be contraindicated.


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


  • Determine which patients would benefit from more intensive monitoring
  • Understand how to conduct each kind of monitoring and explain the information we can obtain
  • Understand the difference between arterial blood pressure monitoring and central venous pressure
  • Understand the complications of using the more invasive monitoring tools


Week 2

Tubes and Drains

Various tubes and drains are commonly used in critically ill ICU patients, and it is vital we understand how to manage these safely and effectively. We will look at a variety of different tubes and drains including Jackson Pratt drains and active grenades, thoracic tubes, tracheostomy tubes and pericardiocentesis catheters among others.


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


  • Understand the different drains and their functions
  • Safely manage and nurse patients with various types of tubes
  • Understand the complications that may occur with various interventions
  • Confidently troubleshoot drain management


Week 3

Cardiovascular Support

Sometimes fluids just aren’t enough! There are a variety of issues we can encounter with our critically ill patients and cardiovascular support and monitoring becomes an important aspect of the RVN’s role. We will look at the different causes of cardiovascular instability and how we can address those including the use of vasopressors and inotropes.


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


  • Understand the methods of monitoring that can assist with determining both low and high-volume states
  • Identify cases where the use of vasopressors and inotropes are indicated
  • Explain the different conditions that lead to changes in cardiovascular function
  • Understand the ECG assessment and recognise the main life threatening abnormalities

Week 4

Constant Rate Infusions

Constant rate infusions are commonly used in the ICU, and it is really useful for RVN’s to be able to calculate these dosages. Whilst the maths can sometimes seem baffling, if you understand the basics, it is a very useful skill. CRIs are very beneficial for many of our patients and are attainable in any practice with an infusion pump.


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


  • Calculate ANY CRI from scratch!
  • Understand the benefits and issues associated with use of CRIs
  • Understand multimodal analgesia options for critically ill patients


The course will be fully tutored by Kath Howie and will consist of 10 hours of CPD and will be provided in various formats, including tutorials, tasks, case scenarios, forum discussions and quizzes.  This course is tutored for 4 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

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Kath Howie  VTS (ECC), RVN
Principal Nurse Manager, VetsNow


Kath worked in a primary care practice through her training and qualified in January 2000. After a few years in practice as a registered nurse she decided to take the step into referral nursing in 2003. After a couple of years gaining experience of nursing intensive care patients and those with complex needs, she moved into emergency practice in 2005. In 2009 she achieved the Veterinary Technician Speciality in Emergency and Critical Care and re- certified in 2014.


Australia and New Zealand 

The Australian Veterinary Nurse and Technician (AVNAT) Regulatory Council has allocated 10 AVNAT CPD points to this continuing education activity.


This course is also recognised by the New Zealand Veterinary Nursing Association (NZVNA) as providing 10 CPD points.


CPD Hours

This online course is worth 10 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.


Upon purchase you will be registered to attend the course, for 4 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 6 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’


This course has been listed as ‘Advanced’ 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:


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

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

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


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