AES Elevate Emergency Nursing Program

AES Elevate Emergency Nursing Program

The AES Elevate Emergency Nursing Program is the solution for veterinary nurses and veterinary techs who want to be confident in their management of emergency patients, enhance their current knowledge and take their emergency skills to the next level. 

The AES Elevate Emergency Program has been designed and developed by a team of Animal Emergency Service Nurses, Technicians and Vets.  The team have years of combined clinical emergency experience and know-how in fast paced AES hospitals across Australia and have helped mentor nurses and techs across the practices in becoming fully confident and valued emergency colleagues.

The Elevate program grew from the need to bridge the gap between general practice and emergency and critical care nursing. There are no admin or ‘fluff’ modules – the Elevate Nursing Program is built with relevant, practical and case-based care in mind and, in plain nurse speak.

The 8 modules will give you the tools to elevate your emergency patient care, the knowledge to enhance your work practices and the opportunity, with live and interactive tutorial sessions, to ask questions and study with mentors whose passion is emergency and critical care nursing.

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AES Elevate Emergency Nursing Program Modules

Module 1: Triage to First Aid of an emergency patient

  • Identify the normal and abnormal vital signs of a cat and dog
  • Effectively phone triage and provide appropriate advice to clients
  • Understand and apply the principles of primary and secondary survey of a patient
  • Understand the initial life-saving interventions in common emergencies
  • *On module completion, you should be able to perform triage and appropriate life-saving interventions

Module 2: Breath New Life into Resuscitation

  • Understand the essentials required in an emergency kit 
  • Understand how Basic Life Support (BLS) is performed
  • Understand how Advanced Life Support (ALS) is performed
  • Recognise signs that indicate the return of spontaneous circulation (ROSC)
  • *On module completion, you should be able to prepare for & perform basic & advanced life support

Module 3: Foundation of Fluid Therapy

  • Understand dehydration and how to recognise it
  • Have a knowledge of the fluids commonly uses in veterinary practice – including indications for use
  • Calculate a fluid plan for patients and know how to administer with and without a fluid pump
  • Understand and recognise fluid overload and underload
  • Have knowledge of the complication and potential risks of fluid therapy
  • Understand and recognise Shock
  • *On module completion, you should be able to identify shock, dehydration and administer appropriate fluid plans

Module 4: Embrace Emergency Nursing

  • Provide appropriate nursing care for hospital patients
  • Use pain scoring in dogs and cats
  • Develop appropriate hospital charts for patients
  • Know how to competently place peripheral intravenous catheters
  • Know how to competently perform venepuncture and how to collect and store different clinical pathology samples in dogs and cats
  • *On module completion, you should be able to competently provide nursing care to hospitalised patients

Module 5: Key Elements of Emergency Anaesthetics

  • Understand the definition of anaesthesia
  • Competently set up the common anaesthetic circuits, including troubleshooting
  • Appropriately categorise the anaesthetic patient using the ASA classification
  • Competently use physical monitoring parameters to assess the patient under anaesthesia
  • Recognise the different planes of anaesthesia and respond to these as appropriate
  • Understand the complications and emergencies that can occur with general anaesthesia
  • *On module completion, you should be able to prepare for & successfully monitor general anaesthesia in both dogs and cats, in the emergency situation.

Module 6: Essential Pharmacology

  • Be able to calculate the dose of required medications
  • Be able to calculate and set up infusions for various medications 
  • Understand administrations of common additives into fluid bags
  • Understand drug administration, including contraindications for various medications
  • Have knowledge of the common analgesic drugs used, including their indications and side effects
  • *On module completion, you should be able to accurately calculate and administer medications

Module 7: Fundamentals of Nursing the Tick or Snake Patient

  • Understand the toxic effects of the paralysis tick (Ixodes Holocyclus) in cats and dogs including the clinical signs and complications 
  • Understand the venomous effects of the common snakes encountered by cats and dogs in Australia, including the clinical signs and complications
  • Administer and monitor a transfusion of tick antitoxin or snake antivenin and recognise a transfusion reaction
  • Understand the nursing considerations of the hospitalisation and monitoring of patients with tick paralysis or snake envenomation
  • *On module completion, you should be able to provide nursing care and treatment for a patient with tick paralysis or snake envenomation

Module 8: Responding to the Respiratory and Cardiac Patient

  • Understand the function of the heart and lungs
  • Understand the different oxygen delivery methods and their suitability for each patient
  • Understand congestive heart failure, clinical signs and treatment
  • Understand the approach to the dyspnoeic dog and cat
  • *On module completion, you should be able to provide nursing care to a patient with respiratory or cardiac disease

End of Program Examination

  • This final exam, fully online and multiple choice format is your opportunity to reflect on the 8 prior modules and tutorials and the knowledge gained.

*Please note: Module order is subject to change

Includes a free 12 month subscription (worth AU $99) to Nurses Bite-Size CPD Online

Course Tutors

Amanda Atkinson Cert IV in Veterinary Nursing
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Amanda Atkinson Cert IV in Veterinary Nursing

I have been nursing for 21 years, starting in a mixed practice in country Victoria and 12 years in emergency nursing.  I love the variety of cases we get to see in emergency nursing. I love being able to make a diff …

Amy Mosley RVN
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Amy Mosley RVN

I joined AES just over a year ago after moving up from Sydney.  I have worked at specialist hospitals for almost 10 years, working in Surgery, Medicine and Emergency. ECC is where my heart lies – I enjoy the varied …

Brook Wilkin Dip in ECC Nursing
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Brook Wilkin Dip in ECC Nursing

I have now worked as a vet nurse for over 10 years, caring for animals as small as a guinea pig to as large as horses, and have not looked back since.  I recently joined AES and I love supportive team environment and the …

Cath Atkin BAppSc (Vet Tech), Cert IV Vet Nursing, MPhil (Animal Husbandry)
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Cath Atkin BAppSc (Vet Tech), Cert IV Vet Nursing, MPhil (Animal Husbandry)

My parents are human doctors and I grew up in surf lifesaving where I learnt most of my first aid skills. I prefer animals though and after working wildlife for 15 years I transitioned to vet nursing. I still work with w …

Kate Atkinson Cert IV Vet Nursing, BVetTech
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Kate Atkinson Cert IV Vet Nursing, BVetTech

I’ve been lucky enough to call AES my home since the day of graduation. From my very first day of study, I knew it was emergency and critical care medicine that I wanted to practice. Something about the fast paced, adren …

Kate Tinney RVN, AVN, Dip VN ECC, Cert IV TAA, VTS ECC
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Kate Tinney RVN, AVN, Dip VN ECC, Cert IV TAA, VTS ECC

I have been a Veterinary Nurse for almost 20 years, and have spent time in general practice and working for a registered training organisation, however the majority of my career has been spent in an Emergency hospital se …

Kirsten Neumeister BAppSc (Veterinary Technology), Cert IV TAE

Kirsten Neumeister BAppSc (Veterinary Technology), Cert IV TAE

I originally started with AES on clinical placement for my Veterinary Technology degree and was immediately drawn to the fast paced everchanging environment. I was offered a position upon graduation and have been with th …

Tori Brown Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing, Bachelor of Applied Science (Veterinary Technology)
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Tori Brown Certificate IV in Veterinary Nursing, Bachelor of Applied Science (Veterinary Technology)

I joined AES in 2015 in the final year of my Veterinary Technology degree as a nursing assistant which led to a Veterinary Nursing position at AES Gold Coast. In 2018, I started my dream position as a Pet ICU Core Nurse …

Payment Options

Full Payment Upfront (Total payable AU $1,450 incl GST)

All prices are inclusive of compulsory 10% GST

Payment Plan through VetEdPay* (AU $1,450 + $195 administration fee)

All prices are inclusive of compulsory 10% GST

*Please note: By selecting this option for payment you are connecting with VetEdPay, an external finance provider.

Terms and Conditions apply to all bookings.

Please find the terms and conditions here.

FAQ

Program Entry Requirements

To join the Elevate Emergency program it is recommended you are a Cert IV Nurse or a graduated Veterinary Technician.

If you are working towards these qualifications and are in a busy clinical and emergency practice, this program will also benefit you. Feel free to call the Improve Team 0490 555 405 if you are unsure and we can help assess your suitability for the program.

How do I enrol in the Program?

When the program is ‘open for enrolment’, the Enrol Now will be live on the above page. Clicking on the Enrol Now button will take you through to the Enrolment page and the financial pages so you can register all your details & payment method.

Alternatively, contact the Improve Team directly on 0490555 405 or on info.au@improveintenational.com if you need any assistance.

If the program is not yet ‘open’ you can join the Registration of Interest list by filling in the Enquire Now box.

 As soon as Enrolments are open you will be the first to know, as the Team will email you. 

Are there options for payment for the Program?

Yes – there are a number of options for payment. These include you or your employer paying the full upfront  AUD$1450 for your program.

You can also choose to pay AUD $500 deposit initially and the rest of the payment prior 2 weeks prior to the program start. (contact us if you would like to join and it is less than 1 month till program opens and we can help with options)

Improve International has also partnered with VetPay, who has developed a financial product VetEDPay to provide an option for those who don’t have the finances immediately available. See here for more details https://improveinternational.com.au/veted-pay/

Alternatively, for any other questions contact the Improve Team directly on 0490555 405 or on info.au@improveintenational.com if you need any assistance.

If the program is not yet ‘open’ you can join the Registration of Interest list by filling in the Enquire Now box.

 As soon as Enrolments are open you will be the first to know, as the Team will email you. 

What happens after I enrol?

Once you enrol in the program, you will receive updates from the Improve Team and in the 2 weeks prior to the Program start you will receive the full Program handbook, with your schedules, tutorial links and other helpful information.

When are the Program modules released?

The online program modules are released on first Monday of each fortnight.

The follow-up live tutorial and Q&A for that module runs one week later. Please see the modules section for more information on each modules content and learning objectives

What time is the live online Module tutorial?

The live online tutorial is offered on a Wednesday lunchtime from 11 – 12 pm, each fortnight of the program.

Please note all tutorial times are AEST/QLD time.

Queensland does NOT observe daylight savings.

What are the fortnightly live tutorials about?

At the end of each module content, there are a series of questions.

These questions will be of short answer format and case-based around the module material.

The one hour tutorial on ZOOM is a live virtual classroom where case studies will be reviewed and any questions discussed. Additional materials may also be presented.

What if I am unable to come to the tutorial at that time?

All the online ZOOM tutorials will be recorded and made available on the learning platform within 24 hours of completion

You can then view (and review!) at a time that suits you.

We really recommend that you do try to attend the live sessions if possible.  Your experienced program mentor will ensure this is a casual and friendly environment to raise questions and work through the case-studies 

What is the ZOOM tutorial platform?

ZOOM is a cloud-based meeting room. You can access ZOOM directly by a web browser https://zoom.us/ or you can download the ZOOM app.

You will be emailed a ZOOM meeting ‘link’ to cut and paste into your browser to join your tutorial.

Please see ZOOM support for full technical requirements: https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/201362023-System-Requirements-for-PC-Mac-and-Linux

 

 

What is the end of Program Exam?

Each of the 8 Modules has a series of non-assessed multiple choice questions (MCQs) to test your knowledge at the completion of the Module content. 

On completion of the full program, an entirely online MCQ exam has been developed. 

This online MCQ examination will be run 2 weeks after all the module content  has been delivered. 

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