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Rapid Upskilling in High Dependency & Critical Care for Registered Nurses

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

In March 2020, as a highly effective pandemic emergency response, the Commonwealth Department of Health swiftly identified, and acted on, the need to upskill nurses to meet potential workforce demand due to COVID-19.

Medcast and its subsidiary Critical Care Education Services were engaged to assist in creating workforce capacity through the rapid deployment of flexible, scalable, online learning on key critical care topics.

Through the SURGE Critical Care (Specialised Upskilling and RN Growth through Education in Critical Care) project the Australian Government funded up to 20,000 new online education places to upskill Registered Nurses in critical care nursing.

The SURGE Critical Care education project was delivered between April and August 2020.

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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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Do you need refresher training or to expand your workforce capacity?

We can help your facility prepare for the expected demand in ICU and HDU beds.

For example, Medcast can mobilise the list of nurses that did the initial education; provide refresher education to re-establish their confidence to redeploy; and reinforce education and training with current ICU and HDU staff. We can also assist you to rapidly expand your pool of nurses that can be deployed to ICU and HDU.

If you would like to discuss any of these options, please contact us.

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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