From a prior post:
For GNs: My director took me off clinical for 3 weeks- During that time- I made GN notebooks- sectiioned off by systems--(a great source was wild iris .com) cardiac , resp GYN, trauma, abd, etc. Every morning we reviewed a section--didactically--reviewing assessments, history taking, diseases, etc. After "lecture-classroom" I had equipment out that pertained to the systems we were reviewing-also including facility policies as well. We reviewed techniques- (foleys, long spine boards, splinting, Ngs, blood admin, etc). Usually -after lunch -we started pt care- (hopefully from the beginning of their treatment as opposed to taking over). We started initially with the medsurg level- 1 pt each. Their goals were assessments, histories, documentation (we have a computer documentation system which isn't always userfriendly) .With the low pt ratio- they went in with the physician during their exams. As they comfortable in the ED routine- We started higher acuity type pts- Since I did not have a clinical assignment, it left me free to pick the type of pt's, and the areas of ED I wanted to focus on.When they were taught IV, phlebotomy- they added those skills. I gave them "homework"- specific drugs to investigate, or disease processes to review with me the next day. They took ACLS and PALS when the courses were available. I also reviewed cardiac rhythms-starting with recognizing NSR (great CD program- Essentials of Cardiac Rhythm Recognition by Williams and Wilkins) that we used.
Also look at ENA orientation modules that are now available. We will be using these to supplement our departmental education for nurses already working in the department
Also-supplement with ACLS, PALS, TNCC and/or ENPC .