Like david i too am required to intubate. Generally several times in a week. It was/is an expectation by boss didn't take lightly and neither should yours. I received signifcant training including an anesthesia rotation and formal class work. It cost the hosptial a ton of money that my boss feels was worth every dime.
It is not enough to intubate a dummy. It is the technique of learning 'airway management' that will save your butt in a difficult situation. Not every airway is accessible with a ETT and anyone who has stood at the head of the bed knows this. Learning to use a BMV corretly will save you 9 times out of 10.
I would strongly advise that if your institution demands this that at the very LEAST you attend a intense workshop called by titled 'the difficult airway'. (http://www.theairwaysite.com
). It is run by a variety of professionals who are skilled in training. It is also alot of fun and you will have a new respect for the person intubating and the airway. Intubating is more than sticking a tube down someones throat. It involves evaluation and even deciding what drugs to give if needed. Also, how are you going to decide on the right vent settings?? ANd what do you do when you have a failed airway?????
This sounds very risky. I would find out if anesthesia is available. As well I would rather see a trained respiratory therapist doing this before an RN who passed ACLS. Before you touch a #3 mac blade know excatly the liablity involved.
In short: It doesn't matter if it is a 109 year old with near brain death with no limbs and minimal chance of survival...if you intubate their esophagus and they die...it's considered an 'avoidable death'. Let the hospital hire a PA/NP/RT or a resident to cover such things. Don't let the hospitals frugalness cost you your license.
Teach your manager how to do her job...have her/him speak to Risk Management and let them do the internet search.