EPICC-Foundations

Course Scope and Objectives

This program is based on the National Emergency Nurses Association (NENA) Core Competencies of the Emergency Nurse.  These Core Competencies are available on the NENA website at www.nena.ca.  The course focuses on the Emergency care of the adult and the basic concepts of some pediatric variations in emergency care.

Course Purpose

The purpose of the course is to provide a standardized approach to the emergency department patient with a variety of presentations.  In addition to discussing presenting complaint pathophysiology and standardized treatment, a focus will be placed on rapid plans of care, follow-up assessments and formats to communicate clinical data to other nurses and health care professionals.

Course Participants

The intended participants for this course are Registered Nurses working in (or interested in working in) the Emergency Department.  Other professions and emergency department staff are welcome to attend the EPICC; however, only Registered Nurses can receive certification in the course.

Course Format

The course is a mixture of pre-course online modules, classroom, small group case practice/discussion and psychomotor skill stations covering the following topics:

  • The Unconscious Patient
  • Multi-Trauma
  • Chest Pain/Myocardial Infarction
  • COPD/Congestive Heart Failure
  • Anaphylaxis
  • Sepsis
  • Diabetic Ketoacidosis
  • Stroke
  • Pharmacology
  • Communication and Teamwork
  • Pain
  • Airway, Breathing and Circulation Interventions

Course Length and Evaluation

The online pre-course content can take anywhere from 4-8 hours depending on the level of detail sought.  The attended portion of the class is two days in length.  There is no written exam; however, there is an individualized evaluation process throughout the course.