Course Overview

The Acute Care Nursing (ACN) course consists of a series of classes & skills labs focused primarily in the Critical Care or Emergency Department environment.

This two-week intensive lecture and skills lab series provides review and introductory info on the five most common emergencies that happen to our hospitalized patients.

This course is designed for the third or fourth semester nursing student who is seeking clinical internship and subsequent employment in a high-acuity patient environment, but has also been found to be an excellent course for the new graduate nurse.

Not only will this course supply you with on the job preparation but it will also help teach you how to secure your future position.  Professional career prep lectures and exercises prepare the student for their first nursing employment search process with resume assistance, mock interviews, and tips on marketing themselves for the currently competitive job market.

Course Details
ACN 1-Year Membership

This course covers these topics

  • Pediatric Emergencies
  • Cardiac Emergencies
  • Neurologic Emergencies
  • Pulmonary Emergencies
  • Renal and GI Emergencies
  • Mechanical Ventilation
  • Critical Lab Value and EKG Interpretation
  • Electrolyte Disorders
  • Resume Make-Over
  • Mock Interview.
  • ABG Lab
  • I.V. Insertion and Lines Lab
  • Advanced Airway Management Lab
  • Mock Codes Lab
  • EKG Strip Interpretation Lab
  • ACLS Pharmacology
  • Rapid Assessment Lab
  • Calling Report and Calling Physicians Lab

Instructor

Aki Williams: RN, has over 25 years of experience in the Acute Care and pre-hospital environment. A former critical care, emergency department and flight nurse, she brings humor and common sense to the classroom.

Suggested text and learning

The cost of the ACN-based reading materials is included in your ACN registration fee. All ACN course reading materials will be distributed during the course. There is no required pre-reading or study, all materials will be reviewed in class..

Leila K.
ACLS

Outstanding all the way around! Just took ACLS and BLS recert with Aki and was completely overjoyed to find a place to do ACLS without crying during the mega-code. Ok a slight exaggeration, but at Heart Share in San Jose, my instructor failed two providers and by the time I stepped up to bat, I was tachy, diaphoretic, and panicked.

Yes, I made it through, but why wouldn’t you want to laugh, enjoy, learn, and practice without all that stress and truly learn what you are doing. If this sounds good to you, then take your classes with ERT, they rock!!

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Kim A.
ACLS

Went to Emergency Response Training for ACLS recertification on a friends recommendation.  I was not disappointed.  Alex is a great instructor.  He’s both a paramedic and ICU/ER nurse so you get the dual  benefit of his field and hospital experience.

The class size is small, great for someone like me who’s a real bonehead when it comes to ACLS.  The classroom is clean and new.  There is plenty of equipment available to practice with.  I really liked the way the megacode scenarios were run, well organized and non threatening.  Free coffee and snacks, a total bonus.

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Chelsea W.
Registered Nurse

After 17 years of being an RN and going through recerts for BLS, ACLS, PALS and NRP, I can honestly say that Defib has been THE best place to LEARN.  I actually feel like I have learned more from taking classes for PALS and NRP here than all the other places combined.  

Their no-nonsense, realistic approach to these certifications along with the expertise and EXPERIENCE to back up their teaching really brought it home for me.  I will definitely return again and again and I proudly wear my “Keep Calm and Push the Epi” shirt they gave me!

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Leila K.
ACLS
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Kim A.
ACLS
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Chelsea W.
Registered Nurse
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