Rapid Upskilling in High Dependency & Critical Care for Registered Nurses

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

In order to support the nursing workforce to respond to the COVID-19 crisis, the Australian Government Department of Health sponsored access to SURGE - Critical Care courses.

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 aim of this is to rapidly and efficiently deliver education to RNs across Australia, to meet the demand created by COVID-19.

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.

Questions? See our FAQ

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SURGE Critical Care courses are closed to new enrolments

The Department of Health have set aside a few remaining places to be allocated to Registered Nurses working in hospitals where there is an identified need. The allocation of these training places is occurring in consultation with Commonwealth and state and territory health departments. No further expressions of interest will be taken.

If you have submitted an expression of interest, we will be in touch to advise as to whether you are in an identified area of need. We appreciate your patience at this time as we work through a large number of submissions.

If you have not been successful in securing a place in this course but are interested in participating in critical care upskilling, you can now purchase these courses using the following links:

NB: If you are employed by the Defence Force please contact your manager to discuss enrolling in this course. Places will be made available to Defence Force nurses at the discretion of Defence Health.

Courses

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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

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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

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