AACN News: New ECG, EPCCO E-Learning Courses Available

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Kristie Aylett
AACN Communications
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Enhanced ECG interpretation and pediatric critical care online courses offer nurses and clinicians the newest knowledge, tools

American Association of Critical-Care Nurses releases new versions of Basic ECG Interpretation and Essentials of Pediatric Critical Care Orientation E-Learning classes

ALISO VIEJO, Calif. — May 10, 2012 — The American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) has launched enhanced versions of its popular ECG interpretation and pediatric critical care E-Learning courses, conveniently delivering the latest clinical information, tools and resources to nurses and other healthcare professionals.

The newly enhanced AACN: Basic ECG Interpretation course equips clinicians to quickly identify potential cardiac threats and respond appropriately, improving patient care. Designed for critical care nurses, cardiac technicians and all healthcare professionals working with monitored patients, the comprehensive, Web-based course teaches a standardized, eight-step process that simplifies the complex practice of dysrhythmia interpretation.

AACN’s ECG course includes 10 lessons on proper monitoring techniques, ECG waveforms and intervals analysis and rhythm interpretation. New to the updated version is content on identifying and troubleshooting pacemaker rhythms. Upon completion of the course, which is available for individual and organizational purchase, learners earn 6.5 continuing nursing education contact hours.

“We continue to enrich our e-learning library with the most current, evidence-based knowledge to support and enhance clinical practice and optimize patient outcomes,” said Mark Warmbrand, who leads AACN’s technology-based learning activities.

AACN has also launched a new version of Essentials of Pediatric Critical Care Orientation (EPCCO), a comprehensive online introduction to pediatric critical care. Developed by Children’s Hospital Association and designed for pediatric acute and critical care nurses — and those who educate them — EPCCO employs a body systems approach to explore anatomy and physiology, relevant diagnostic information and the clinical presentation and management of common disorders in pediatric patients.

The updated version now includes information on pediatric pharmacology and medications. EPCCO consists of 34 lessons divided into eight modules and is available for organizational purchase. Learners earn 47.5 continuing nursing education contact hours upon completion.

The enhanced AACN: Basic ECG Interpretation and Essentials of Pediatric Critical Care Orientation courses join AACN’s extensive collection of continuing education resources, developed to support the organization’s ongoing commitment to critical care nurses, as well as patients and their families.

For more information or to purchase AACN E-Learning courses, visit www.aacn.org/elearning.
 

About the Children’s Hospital Association: Representing more than 220 children’s hospitals nationwide, the Children’s Hospital Association brings together the strength and resources of three organizations: Child Health Corporation of America (CHCA), National Association of Children’s Hospitals and Related Institutions (NACHRI) and National Association of Children’s Hospitals (N.A.C.H.). The Association advances child health through innovation in the quality, cost and delivery of care, championing public policies that enable hospitals to better serve children and serving a premier resource for pediatric data and analytics.

About the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses: Founded in 1969 and based in Aliso Viejo, Calif., the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) is the largest specialty nursing organization in the world. AACN joins together the interests of more than 500,000 acute and critical care nurses and claims more than 240 chapters worldwide. The organization’s vision is to create a healthcare system driven by the needs of patients and their families in which acute and critical care nurses make their optimal contribution. To learn more about AACN, visit www.aacn.org, connect with the organization on Facebook at facebook.com/aacnface and follow AACN on Twitter at twitter.com/aacnme.

American Association of Critical-Care Nurses, 101 Columbia, Aliso Viejo, Calif. 92656-4109;
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