Nursing Training during COVID-19
One of the perks about being a nurse is the variety of fields you can go into after nursing school. Many nurses decide to work indirectly intensive medical fields such as medical-surgical, emergency rooms, or intensive care units at the start of their nursing career. Though some do stay, others may branch out into fields such as public health, quality management, or even plastic surgery. Unfortunately, nursing is not quite like riding a bike. Although you never really forget the basics, the medical industry changes quickly. Getting skills back on par with current trends may require cross-training.
COVID-19 has amped up the need to cross-train nurses quickly, enabling them to jump into higher acuity tasks. Nurses who have been away from medically complex or acute patients may feel unprepared to assist in the fight against COVID-19. Fortunately, there are many online training courses that can assist nurses in boosting their knowledge base. The following are online training sites to help you feel more prepared for the pandemic.
Top COVID-19 Online Trainings for Nurses
Presented by Fresh RN, Breakthrough ICU is aimed at new nurses. Because the content is made for fairly novice, but enthusiastic, nurses, the course is fun, well-paced, and easily digested. The brains behind FreshRN is Kati Kleiber, MSN, RN, CCRN, a nurse educator with a nurturing spirit for new nurses. Kati is also the developer for the Breakthrough ICU program. A 6-week online course, the Breakthrough ICU program organizes ICU information in a structured format.
On her site, Kleiber states that she can help nurses obtain the skill to approach a patient with “your head held high, and your head and heart calm.” Her website also provides up to date resources regarding the COVID-19 pandemic. As a special offer during the COVID-19 crisis, Kleiber is offering a 20% discount on FreshRN courses like the New Nurse Master Class and the Cardiac Nurse Crash Course. If you want thorough information presented in a lighthearted conversational style, this training is for you.
IntelyCare COVID-19 Training
IntelyCare COVID-19 Training has initiated a free COVID-19 training certification program for interested nurses. As a workforce management solution for post-acute facilities, IntelyCare COVID-19 Training understands training the needs of healthcare professionals. The founder of IntelyCare, Chris Caulfield, RN, NP-C, seeks to elevate workplace skills, primarily in skilled nursing facilities and nursing homes, or the sake of patient safety.
Chris first developed the COVID-19 nursing training course to support his IntelyCare nursing staff. However, Chris became concerned upon hearing how nurses through the nation were being asked to care for COVID-19 patients without proper training or best practices to guide them.
What’s special about the IntelyCare COVID-19 program is that it includes care for patients within health facilities that do not have an abundance of resources. Nursing homes, for instance, do not have negative pressure rooms to house patients with COVID-19. The training provides alternative isolation precautions for patient care environments with limited resources.
Pulmonary, ARD, and Ventilator Resources
Pulmonary, ARD, and Ventilator Resources, by the American Association Of Critical Care Nurses (AACN), features critical care information for patients with COVID-19. Because a majority of patients with COVID-19 have pulmonary complications, the AACCN aims to make essential ICU education open to nurses. With an emphasis on pulmonary care, their free online training provides relevant real-world scenarios to create effective work practices. The four modules available are:
- Caring for patients with acute respiratory failure and acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS)
- Analyzing ABGs and managing patients’ oxygen delivery
- Managing patients on mechanical ventilation
- Administering care for patients requiring endotracheal intubation or invasive mechanical ventilation
ANA COVID-19 Webinar Series
The American Nurses Association (ANA) is providing free COVID-19 training for nurses in every practice setting. As a response to the ongoing challenges regarding supply shortages of protective equipment and the need for COVID-19 training, the ANA collaborated with the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) on the training, titled Called Be Confident Protecting Yourself and Providing the Best Care to Your Patients during this COVID-19 Pandemic.
The free and conveniently on-demand webinar includes:
- Best practices for protection while maximizing a limited supply of protective equipment
- Current epidemiology of COVID-19
- Implementing critical infection control standards
- Overview of the ANA COVID-19 website
Back To Basics: Caring For The Critically Ill
Online course curator and consultant, Nicole Kupchik of Nicole Kupchik Consulting Inc., developed the Back To Basics: Caring For The Critically Ill is a six-part series. Due to the initial Seattle COVID-19 crisis, Nicole was inundated with requests from emergency personnel, ICU, and telemetry nurses requesting COVID 19 training. The module titles of the series are:
- Intubation Basics
- Basic Ventilator Settings
- Lung Protective Ventilation for ARDS
- Parameters We Measure in ARDS
- Prone Positioning & Rescue Strategies in ARDS
- Arterial Line Basics
A Proning For Severe ARDS training video pertaining to proning awake, non-intubated patients is also available. As a nurse educator, Nicole understands that the current situation demands skills that nurses may be unfamiliar with or requires reviewing. Through these modules, nurses can feel better prepared for a COVID-19 response.
Currently, all of Nicole’s courses are 40% off to assist during the COVID-19 pandemic. The mechanical ventilator course is marked down to $49, a third of its original prices. All of Nicole’s online courses are accredited and are applicable to CEs.