You know the effort and time required for critical care units to onboard new nurses. More than anything else, you want a quality orientation program that offers flexibility and provides nurses the skills, knowledge and confidence to achieve optimal outcomes for patients. AACN’s Essentials of Critical Care Orientation (ECCO) course, designed by critical care nurses for critical care nurses, gives you that quality and flexibility.
ECCO’s modular course design lets you tailor the course to your nurses’ and unit’s needs. Continuing education (CE) units are even provided by module to support this flexibility. Learners can complete all or part of the course, depending on what works best for your needs. ECCO also allows educators to enroll nurses in tracks focusing either on orientation to the intensive care unit (ICU) or to the progressive care unit (PCU), ensuring nurses receive content pertinent to their practice.
ECCO’s interactive, peer-reviewed education easily blends into existing new nurse orientation plans, resulting in well-prepared and confident nurses. This recently optimized course features the latest evidence-based nursing knowledge and best practices for nurses working with acutely and/or critically ill patients.
More than 1,100 hospitals in the United States and Canada have made the ECCO course part of their critical care learning environment.
The ECCO Difference
AACN’s ECCO course helps achieve orientation objectives through the following:
- Evidence-based online learning: Featuring peer-reviewed, case-based, real-world- context learning across body systems, ECCO offers content relevant to all patient types. With a focus ranging from orientation to progressive or critical care, the learning solution is offered in modules that are 2.5-6.25 hours each, designed to support the best outcomes for patients.
- ICU and PCU learning tracks: With 18 ICU track modules and 17 PCU track modules, the course addresses the clinical knowledge needs of both intensive care and progressive care nurses. Learners can be enrolled in either track to ensure they receive the content most relevant to their practice.
- Easy-to-implement management support: Designed to be part of a blended learning solution, the modular approach to course delivery allows managers and educators to integrate AACN’s offering into their own orientation plans and learner needs, supported by robust reports and progress tracking tools for straightforward implementation.
- Multimedia elements: Video, audio, interactive activities and knowledge checks are designed to ensure learner engagement, improve confidence and provide learning outcomes that last.
- Help with options for purchase and implementation: AACN can help site administrators or managers determine the best options for their learners’ and institutions’ specific needs. ICU and PCU tracks can be purchased either as a full course or by module to best meet each learner’s unique needs.
ECCO contains 18 modules for the ICU track and 17 modules for the PCU track. A case-based approach immerses learners in real-world situations, while interactive elements encourage critical thinking and decision making about patient care. The course offers a safe environment for learners to explore and make mistakes, including correct decisions and rationale. Learning is reinforced with reviews at the assignment level and evaluated with a module exam.
If you have questions or are unsure if ECCO is for you, please contact the AACN E-Learning Customer Care team at email@example.com or 800-899-0573.
ECCO individual modules are also available for purchase. Customize the ECCO experience to meet your institution’s clinical environment needs.
CE Hours vs. Seat Time
CE hours and seat time were calculated based on the average time learners who previously took ECCO reported it took to complete all interactivities and exams. The CE hours and seat time for the enhanced version of ECCO are aligned to reflect the average time a learner is expected to take to complete each module. Total seat time was reduced from a reported high of 100-120 hours to 79 hours for the ICU track and 75 hours for the PCU track.
Course Learning Objectives
Upon completing this course, learners will be able to:
- Identify and implement evidence-based care strategies to prevent hospital-associated infections and complications.
- Demonstrate knowledge of common conditions experienced by acutely ill patients requiring critical care nursing.
- Evaluate assessment data, and determine priority interventions for patients with critical illness.
- Apply an understanding of various monitoring modalities in evaluating patient progress and making patient care decisions.
- Anticipate potential complications, and take steps to prevent them.
- Assess the effectiveness of interventions for patients experiencing critical illness.
Continuing Education Disclosure Statement
Learners must attend/view/read the entire activity and complete the associated evaluation to be awarded the contact hours or CERP. No partial credit will be awarded.
This activity has been reviewed by the Nurse Planner. It has been determined that the material presented here shows no bias. Approval of a continuing education activity does not imply endorsement by AACN or ANCC of any commercial products displayed or discussed in conjunction with the activity.
The American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s (ANCC's) Commission on Accreditation, ANCC Provider Number 0012 (60 min contact hour). AACN has been approved as a provider of continuing education in nursing by the California State Board of Nursing, California Provider number CEP01036 for up to 94.5 contact hours for ICU Track or up to 89.9 contact hours for PCU Track (50 min contact hour).
AACN programming meets the standards for most states that require mandatory continuing education contact hours for license and/or certification renewal. AACN recommends consulting with your state board of nursing or credentialing organization before submitting CE to fulfill continuing education requirements.