Tutored Online CPD

Surgical Emergencies (Apr 2025)

£205.00 Ex VAT


Start: 
28th April 2025
CPD:    10 hours (UK), 10 points (AUS, NZ) over 4 / 6 weeks
Level:  Intermediate

 

Description

This course is aimed at nurses working in general practice

 

Week 1

Approach to the Caesarean Patient
  • Brief overview of parturition
  • Complications of parturition
  • Caesarean section

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

 

  • Explain complications that might occur in parturition
  • Explain the reasons for intervening in these cases in order to perform a C section
  • Understand nursing of the caesarean patient

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

Week 2

The GDV Patient
  • Physiology of GDV
  • Diagnosis
  • Stabilisation of the GDV
  • Anaesthesia considerations
  • Post-operative nursing

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

 

  • Understand the physiology of a GDV and list some of the common risk factors associated with this condition
  • Describe how a GDV is diagnosed and which tests can help us to identify this condition in the emergency patient
  • List the common stabilisation techniques in the emergency patient including management of shock and commonly used gastric decompression techniques
  • Discuss anaesthesia considerations and how to make the patient a safe candidate for surgery
  • Describe the nursing considerations for the post-operative GDV case and the factors which need to be included in the care plan of the hospitalised patient

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
  • Written task – nursing care plan = 60 minutes
  • Crossword quiz = 10 minutes

Week 3

Nursing the Septic Abdomen Patient
  • What are SIRS and sepsis?
  • Recognising sepsis
  • The use of diagnostic tools in the veterinary practice to help recognise a septic abdomen
  • Nursing management of a septic abdomen

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

 

  • Describe SIRS and sepsis and the difference between them
  • Understand how to recognise sepsis in veterinary patients
  • List the different tests we have available in practice that can be used to help identify a septic abdomen
  • Explain how patients with a septic abdomen can best be nursed in practice, pre-, peri and post operatively

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
  • Crossword quiz = 10 minutes

Week 4

Haemoabdomen
  • Physiology of haemoabdomen
  • Diagnosis
  • Stabilisation of the haemoabdomen
  • Anaesthesia considerations
  • Post-operative nursing

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

 

  • Understand the physiology of a haemoabdomen and list some of the common causes associated with this condition
  • Describe how a haemoabdomen is diagnosed and which tests can help us to identify this condition in the emergency patient
  • List the common stabilisation techniques in the emergency patient including management of shock
  • Discuss anaesthesia considerations and how to make the patient a safe candidate for surgery
  • Describe the nursing considerations for the post-operative haemoabdomen case and the factors which need to be included in the care plan of the hospitalised patient

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

  • Pre-recorded tutorial with Elle = 65 minutes
  • Further reading = 60 minutes
  • Forum discussion topic = 10 minutes
  • Calculations quiz = 10 minutes

The course will be fully tutored by Elle Haskey and Katie Gray and will consist of 10 hours of CPD given in various formats, including tutorials, tasks, case studies, 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

23 reviews for Surgical Emergencies (Apr 2025)

  1. Lucy Phillips

    Very informative and gave lots of ideas to take back to practice

    Rated: Intermediate level
    (Qualified RVN in general practice <5 years – UK)

  2. Rachael Frost

    Rated: Intermediate level
    (Qualified RVN in general practice >5 years – UK)

  3. Kimberley Tippen

    A useful refresher course for RVN’s with some very practical advice

    Rated: Intermediate level
    (Qualified RVN in general practice >5 years – UK)

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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 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.

AVNAT

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.

 

Information

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’

Levels

This course has been listed as ‘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

Pawprints

You will earn 205 Pawprint Points (£20.50 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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Invoice

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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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