New Course Addresses Most Serious COVID-19 Symptoms

Mar 31, 2020

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New eLearning course and other AACN clinical resources are available to all nurses, at no charge, to provide vital resources during COVID-19 pandemic

ALISO VIEJO, Calif. – March 31, 2020 – The American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) has created an eLearning course that specifically addresses the most serious reported symptoms from COVID-19.

COVID-19 Pulmonary, ARDS, and Ventilator Resources” is available to all nurses, at no charge, to provide vital resources during this challenging time.

The course is designed to offer learners the knowledge and resources to provide essential care to critically ill patients with coronavirus.

“In just a few hours, nurses can refresh their skills or cross train staff with the latest information they need to provide care for those with COVID-19,” said Julie Miller, BSN, RN, CCRN-K, a clinical practice specialist at AACN.

“The AACN community of progressive and critical care nurses knows the pressure of being on the front lines of a crisis,” she said. “AACN is committed to supporting nurses through this crisis by making resources available for all nurses to care for themselves, their patients and one another using the best evidence available.”

More information about the course is available at the AACN website,

Learners are immersed in real-world clinical scenarios, while interactive elements encourage the development of safe and effective practices. The modules are divided into four units that cover:

  • Analyzing arterial blood gases and managing patients’ oxygen delivery including oxygenation and ventilation
  • Caring for patients with acute respiratory failure and acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS)
  • Administering care for patients requiring endotracheal intubation or invasive mechanical ventilation, and troubleshooting ventilators
  • Managing patients on mechanical ventilation, including spontaneous awakening trials, neuromuscular blockade, prevention of complications, weaning from ventilation and extubation.

In addition, AACN has made available several webinars and recorded presentations that provide essential educational resources for use in caring for the most vulnerable and critically ill patients experiencing COVID-19.

The new COVID-19 course is part of AACN’s extensive library of eLearning courses, delivering standard-setting education and expertise that nurses and healthcare organizations can trust. More than 1,000 hospitals and healthcare organizations have used AACN online courses as an integral part of their critical care orientation or to supplement classroom-based education.

About the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses: For more than 50 years, the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) has been dedicated to acute and critical care nursing excellence. 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. AACN is the world's largest specialty nursing organization, with more than 120,000 members and over 200 chapters in the United States.

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