Rapid Upskilling in High Dependency & Critical Care for Registered Nurses

SURGE Critical Care - Specialised Upskilling and RN Growth through Education in Critical Care

SURGE - Critical Care provides education for Registered Nurses about the necessary minimum knowledge and skills required to work in High Dependency or Critical Care settings, such as Intensive Care Units (ICU).

The education is available online and builds on previous knowledge, skills and experience in preparation for transitioning to High Dependency Units (HDU) and Critical Care wards.

This education is brought to you by Critical Care Education Services and Medcast.

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Project Outcomes

The following is a summary of the key outcomes of the evaluation of the project.

The full evaluation report has been published on the department’s website and can be viewed here.

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Ongoing Access to Courseware

SURGE Ongoing Access Bundle

If you completed either of the SURGE Critical Care or High Dependency courses you have the opportunity for exclusive ongoing access to the course content for a period of 12 months.

Enrol today to refresh your knowledge and you will also will have access to a series of live critical care revision webinars and a selection of other topics not included in the original courses.

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Courses

High Dependency Nursing
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Overview

This course is designed to provide nurses with essential skills relating to the assessment and management of patients who are classified as being highly dependent.

Audience

RNs currently working on general wards requiring upskilling to enable them to work in HDU or Critical Care area.

Duration

13 hours

Units
  • Cardiac - Electrocardiography
  • Cardiac - Physiology
  • Cardiac - Shock States
  • Cardiac - Arrhythmias
  • Cardiac - Acute Coronary Syndromes
  • Fluid & Electrolyte Imbalances
  • The Infected Patient
  • Monitoring - Pulse oximetry, arterial lines, central lines
  • Respiratory - assessment and management
Critical Care Nursing
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Overview

This course is designed to provide nurses with current knowledge and skills to be applied to any Critical Care setting.

Audience

RNs required to work in critical care environments such as Emergency Departments, Intensive Care Units, High Dependency Units, Cardiac Care Units, Interventional Radiology Units (e.g. Cath Labs) and Peri-Anaesthesia Units.

Duration

20 hours

Units
  • Fundamental Cardiac Physiology
  • Cardiovascular Pathophysiology - Patient with Chest Pain
  • Cardiovascular Pathophysiology - Shock States
  • Respiratory Physiology
  • Monitoring Techniques for the critically ill patient
  • Respiratory - Assessment & mechanical ventilation
  • Respiratory - Airway management
  • Renal
  • Neurological disorders
  • Endocrine & Metabolic
Critical Care and High Dependency Course Bundle
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Overview

This course will provide discounted access to the Critical Care and High Dependency plus an additional 5 hours of online modules including topics from a range of our other courses.

Audience

RNs required to work in critical care environments such as Emergency Departments, Intensive Care Units, High Dependency Units, Cardiac Care Units, Interventional Radiology Units (e.g. Cath Labs) and Peri-Anaesthesia Units.

Duration

50 hours

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