This three-day course is designed to provide critical care and progressive care nurses a review of AACN’s core curriculum. The course combines central knowledge-based lectures so that nurses working in the PCU and ICU arenas will have a review of AACN’s Certification Blueprint. The first day will provide the critical care provider with an essential review of nursing care and interventions designed for the ICU setting. The second day of this lecture series will combine both the critical care and the progressive care areas. Information essential to each will be presented in a combined method still complying with AACN’s Certification Blueprint. The third day will be specifically for the progressive care provider and complete AACN’s blueprint for system review. This review is not an introduction to the environment of the ICU or PCU, but a comprehensive update for the professional already in practice at the bedside and preparing for either or both of the certification examinations.
MSN/Ed., RN, CCRN, RN-BC
Alex is the critical care/trauma service line educator at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital -Dallas. She was the first person globally to lead implementation of the American Heart Association’s innovative Resuscitation Quality Improvement (RQI)® program. She is an experienced critical care nurse, having practiced at the bedside for eight years prior to moving into education. Her interests include best practices in resuscitation education and innovation, care of critically ill cardiology patients and basic/advanced ECG interpretation. Alex is also a part-time instructor for Western Governors University in Utah, teaching pre-licensure nursing students in the simulation laboratory. She has been a presenter for the Dallas chapter AACN and has presented at several state and national nursing conferences, including the Texas Organization of Nurse Executives, the Association for Nursing Professional Development national conference and the American Organization of Nurse Executives national conference. Locally, she was honored as a one of the 2013 Great 100 Nurses of Dallas-Fort Worth and was a 2016 winner of the D Magazine Excellence in Nursing Awards. She has also co-authored publications on the RQI program.