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Medical Courses for Emergency Nurses

Build your medical emergency skills with online training taught by experts

Emergency department nurses must be prepared for whatever medical emergencies come their way. Stay up-to-date on life-threatening conditions and the best treatment options with BCEN’s online medical courses, all taught by expert nurses who’ve been there. From diabetes to oncologic emergencies, organ transplants, and sepsis, get the knowledge you need to save lives.  Learn about: 

  • Why hyperkalemia is one of the most lethal electrolyte imbalances
  • The process of coagulation and how that process is altered through medications
  • The signs and symptoms of patients experiencing a sickle cell crisis
  • How early recognition of sepsis may shorten the patient’s length of stay and improve patient outcomes
  • What makes diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA) and hyperglycemic hyperosmolar state (HHS) emergent, life-threatening conditions 
  • And more! 

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Coagulation Cascade: Coagulopathies and Complications

The coagulation cascade is a complicated sequence of events through which a fibrin clot is formed. In this course, we discuss various conditions that affect this process, including disseminated intravascular coagulation (DIC), von Willebrand disease (vWD), and two of the more common hemophilia types. We also review the diagnostic tests available along with currently recommended medical management from an emergency nursing perspective. This course is worth 1 CE credit. 

1 CE Credit – $20

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The Lethal Trauma Diamond: Coagulopathy, Hypothermia, Acidosis, and Hypocalcemia

Early recognition and aggressive management of coagulopathy, hypothermia, and acidosis are key to increasing survival and optimizing outcomes for the injured patient. Recent data show that hypocalcemia can exacerbate the lethal effects of the lethal trauma triad. In this course, you will examine how calcium plays a significant role in trauma resuscitation and the deleterious effects of hypocalcemia.

1 CE Credit - $20

Coagulation Cascade: Cuts, Chaos, and Clotting

Clotting may seem like a simple process, but it actually involves a series of both intrinsic and extrinsic pathways that work to ensure hemorrhage can be controlled. But what happens when patients take medications that alter these pathways and what can emergency nurses do to reverse these agents? This course takes a deep dive into the coagulation cascade to answer these questions!

1 CE Credit - $20

Solid Organ Transplants

In 2021, over 40,000 organs were transplanted in the United States alone. Whether you work at a large transplant center, a critical access health facility, or in the pre-hospital environment, you are likely to encounter patients who are waiting for or have received a solid organ transplant. This course will review the solid organ transplant process and how to best care for patients before and after the transplant in the emergency setting.

1 CE Credit - $20

Sepsis: Your Role in Saving a Life

Evidence shows that early recognition of sepsis may shorten the patient's length of stay and improve patient outcomes. This course will make you aware of the signs and symptoms of sepsis, discuss the importance of your role as an ED nurse in fighting sepsis, and review which patients are more vulnerable to becoming septic.

1 CE Credit - $20

Introduction to Sickle Cell Disease and Emergencies

Have you ever provided care to a patient who has sickle cell disease? Or maybe you have overheard colleagues saying that patients with sickle cell disease are "drug-seeking?" This course will provide an overview of patients living with sickle cell disease while reviewing painful and life threatening conditions that may affect patients. You will also gain knowledge pertaining to bias and stereotypes carried by those in healthcare and learn how to provide optimal care for patients experiencing pain related to sickle cell disease.

1.5 CE Credits - $30

Introduction to Oncologic Emergencies

This course will introduce common cancer emergencies that emergency nurses may encounter in their practice, as well as provide tools and resources to better prepare emergency nurses to care for patients with cancer in their practice setting. The course reviews triage and discusses special cancer considerations. It will also review high-frequency and high-risk clinical scenarios and provide the opportunity to practice the application of oncologic emergency principles.

1.5 CE Credits - $30

Hyperkalemia: Don't Underestimate the Power of K+

This course provides key information about hyperkalemia that nurses across the emergency spectrum should know. Hyperkalemia is one of the most lethal electrolyte imbalances and is frequently encountered in emergency departments. Throughout this course, you will follow a case study to learn about the manifestations, management, and interventions needed for patients suffering from hyperkalemia.

1 CE Credit - $20

Understanding Diabetes: An Introduction to Types and Treatments

Diabetes is a complex chronic illness that includes multiple subtypes and numerous treatment options. In this course, you review the various types of diabetes, how they effect the body, and the treatments necessary for these patients. From diabetic ketoacidosis to gestational diabetes, this course will review it all!

1 CE Credit - $20

Advanced Diabetes: A Deep Dive into DKA and HHS

Diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA) and hyperglycemic hyperosmolar state (HHS) are emergent, life-threatening conditions that can affect persons with diabetes. Throughout this course, you will learn about each condition including their similarities, differences, treatment modalities, and much more!

1 CE Credit - $20


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