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.
Program Learning Outcomes
This program prepares the learner to:
BSN, RN, RRT, CPAN, CCRN
Michael has nearly 30 years of experience in the medical profession, beginning as a registered respiratory therapist. He has practiced in various intensive care units as an RRT, where his duties included ventilator management, airway management and hemodynamic monitoring. In 1993, after graduating from nursing school, he began working in a cardiac cath lab/ electrophysiology lab, where he worked in a dual role as registered nurse and respiratory therapist. In his career, he has worked in various ICUs as a bedside nurse and a rapid response nurse.
After spending nearly 17 years working in a Phase I postanesthesia care unit, where his role ranged from beside nursing to serving as a preceptor, competency validator and educator, not only for the PACU staff, but also the presurgical department, Phase II staff and medical day staff, Michael currently works in an emergency department providing bedside care while also mentoring new graduate nurses and continuing to teach ACLS and PALS systemwide for his hospital. Michael has presented many podium lectures, from hospital-based education classes to state and national conferences.
In addition to his everyday duties, he also assists his hospital’s staff education department in teaching CCRN and PCCN hospital-based review courses, with emphasis on the respiratory component for these two exams. He is a two-time recipient of the Hospital Nurse Excellence Award and a recipient of the 2015 Great 100 Nurses in North Carolina award. He also remains active in teaching BCLS and ACLS. Besides maintaining his registered respiratory therapist status, Michael is also a member of the American Society of PeriAnesthesia Nurses (ASPAN) and the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN).