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Excellence in Emergency Nursing

One of NENA’s core objectives is the provision of professional development opportunities for emergency nurses. NENA and its partners collaborate on the design and presentation of specialty courses. The courses are offered across Canada by NENA certified course instructors.

To learn more about individual courses, and regional schedules, select from the categories below.Course schedules are updated every 2 weeks.

Emergency Nursing Pediatric Course ENPC

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In many instances, preventable pediatric deaths are the result of delayed recognition and treatment by emergency department personnel where proper intervention may have prevented these outcomes.

ENPC 4th edition provides emergency department personnel with the knowledge and tools needed to prepare for pediatric patients, following the Guidelines for Care of Children in the Emergency Department created by ENA, AAP and ACEP.

ENPC is a 16-hour course designed to provide core-level pediatric knowledge and psychomotor skills needed to care for pediatric patients in the emergency setting. The course presents a systematic assessment model, integrates the associated anatomy, physiology and pathophysiology, and identifies appropriate interventions. Triage categorization and injury prevention strategies are included in the course content.

ENPC is taught using a variety of formats including, online learning, lectures, videos, group discussion and hands-on skill situations, in a risk-free setting.

Highlights of ENPC include:

  • Completing an observational or across-the-room assessment
  • Identifying subtle changes that indicate deterioration
  • Developmental approach to pediatric care
  • Cultural considerations in pediatric care
  • Pain assessment and management for children
  • Techniques for family-centered care

Emergency, Practice, Interventions, and Care - Canada EPICC

EPICC-Emergency, Practice, Interventions, and Care – Canada
The National Emergency Nurses Association of Canada (NENA) and prn Education are excited to announce a project to provide a bilingual Canadian emergency department course.

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The Canadian Triage & Acuity Scale CTAS

A tool that enables Emergency Departments to:

  • Prioritize patient care requirements
  • Examine patient care processes, workload, and resource requirements relative to case mix and community needs

The triage level assigned using the CTAS criteria is a mandatory data element to be used in all Canadian Hospital Emergency Departments for reporting to the Canadian Institute for Health Information

The CTAS allows ED nurses and physicians to:

  • Triage patients according the type and severity of their presenting signs and symptoms
  • Prioritizes patients when emergency department capacity has been exceeded
  • Ensure that a patient’s need for care is reassessed while in the Emergency department

The CTAS allows ED managers to:

  • Measure the case mix (volume and acuity) of patients who visit the ED
  • Determine whether the ED has an operational plan and the resources to meet patient needs
  • Assess the ED’s role within the hospital and health care region

For more information about CTAS:

Contact NENA at ctas@nena.ca for all course content questions and information, suggestions for revisions, course instructor and instructor trainer candidate approvals, etc.

Contact CAEP (Christina Bova or Kelly Wyatt) at ctas@caep.ca for questions regarding course administration, paperwork, invoices, etc.

Some CTAS materials/articles available here

The Canadian Triage & Acuity Scale CTAS Mobile App

CTAS App This is the official application of the Canadian Triage and Acuity Scale (CTAS) as authored by the Canadian Association of Emergency Physicians (CAEP), the National Emergency Nurses’ Affiliation and other partner organizations.

This application is in English or French, depending on the language set on your device. (Non-English and French Devices will show the English Version only). Proceeds from the sale of this App supports future development of the CTAS and its educational materials.

This application walks the user through patient complaints in assisting nurses and physicians to assign acuity levels using the complaint oriented triage lists and modifiers. All lists and modifier definitions and data are within the application and therefore no data connection is required.

By using the official application, nurses and physicians can be assured that they are using the most current and accurate scale as developed and revised by the National Working Group.

Triage accurately! It helps patients receive the care and measures your acuity and volume against other facilities with reliability. The CTAS is used in many countries around the world for setting patient priority.

The Canadian Triage & Acuity Scale (CTAS) is a tool that enables Emergency Departments (ED) to:

  • Prioritize patient care requirements
  • Examine patient care processes, workload, and resource requirements relative to case mix and community needs
  • The CTAS allows ED nurses and physicians to:
  • Triage patients according the type and severity of their presenting signs and symptoms
  • Ensure that the sickest patients are seen first when ED capacity has been exceeded due to visit rates or reduced access to other services
  • Ensure that a patient’s need for care is reassessed while in the ED

The CTAS allows ED managers to:

  • Measure the case mix (volume and acuity) of patients who visit the ED
  • Determine whether the ED has an operational plan and the resources to meet patient needs
  • Assess the ED’s role within the hospital and health care region

The triage level assigned using the CTAS criteria is a mandatory data element to be used in all Canadian Hospital Emergency Departments for reporting to the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI).

Training in the use of the CTAS in the clinical context is recommended before using this application to assist in clinical decision-making.

 

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Trauma Nursing Core Course TNCC

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Developed by the international Emergency Nursing Association, the seventh edition of the course is the premier course for hospitals and trauma centres worldwide. TNCC empowers nurses with critical thinking skills, and hands on scenario–based training for:

  • Rapid identification of life-threatening injuries
  • Comprehensive patient assessment
  • Enhanced intervention for better patient outcomes

TNCC is an Intensive Course that is taught by expert instructors. There is a faculty ratio of approximately one faculty per four learners.

The course includes:

A Systematic Approach of Initial Assessment
The first few minutes of trauma care are critical to achieve better patient outcomes. The A – I mnemonic and the Trauma Nursing Assessment will assist nurses in providing appropriate and early intervention.

Hands-on Training Using both an Individual and Team Approach
Three Psychomotor skill stations offer nurses the opportunity to practice the systematic approach of the initial assessment in real life situations. The skill stations covered are Trauma Nursing Process, Airway and Ventilation, and Trauma Interventions.

Webinars

NENA and international emergency nursing instructors occasionally offer webinars.

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Other Education & Educational Events

Education
Anaphylaxis in Schools
Canadian Concussion Collaborative
Sexual Assault Examination of the Transgender Patient
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NENA and international emergency nursing instructors occasionally offer additional Educational Events.

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