10 aug 2024 | Gold Coast | 9 CPD HRS
Frequently Asked Questions
Are both your ALS courses endorsed or accredited?
Yes, our two-day ALS course and the one-day Recertification ALS course are fully endorsed by the Australian College of Nursing (ACN) according to our Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Endorsed Course Standards and accredited by the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM).
Both ALS courses reflect the latest Australia New Zealand Committee of Resuscitation (ANZCOR) guidelines for advanced life support.
Is this a Nationally recognised course?
Yes, it is nationally endorsed through the Australian College of Nurses and also has a medical accreditation through ACCRM.
What is the difference between ALS Level 1 and ALS Level 2?
ALS level 1
ALS1 is a more fundamental level for nurses with little cardiac arrest exposure. It is designed to train the nurse to assist in an emergency until experienced clinicians provide further care.
ALS level 2
ALS2 course focuses on developing advanced skills in the assessment of a deteriorating patient and knowledge in managing cardiac arrest and other medical emergencies. It provides a higher depth of clinical intervention and may involve initiating intravenous access, interpreting rhythm strips and delivering emergency medications and urgent manual defibrillation. This course covers advanced resuscitation skills and the development of emergency team leadership abilities.
Do I have to do the ALS1 before registering for the ALS2 course you provide?
The nurse does not have to do the ALS1 before attending the level ALS2 course. It is not a prerequisite to ALS2.
The Nurses For Nurses Network only provide ALS2 level courses.
I'm not a critical care or emergency nurse. I work in the telemetry ward but have little knowledge of ALS. Will I still be able to attend? will I be given extra support?
You are welcome to attend, but you must enrol in the two-day ALS course, not the shortened one-day Recertification ALS course. In the two-day ALS program, there is an increase in the time allocated to present the basics of arrhythmias before the life-threatening arrhythmias lecture. This extra time is to assist anyone enrolled who is not experienced in ALS. You will also be given extra support in the mega code.
I'm not an experienced critical care nurse and am worried about the assessment pieces. What happens if I can’t meet the requirements for the assessment pieces?
There are two options in answering the above question:
If you are unable to pass the mega code competency or defibrillation competency, the facilitators will assist you and give you extra coaching with the required clinical skills. You will also be given an opportunity to re-sit your test at the end of the day. The facilitator will assist you prior to the re-sit by explaining the concepts you may have missed.
The Nurses For Nurses Network are committed to assisting inexperienced nurses to gain these skills and does not expect anyone to pass without adequate coaching and support.
If you would rather not re-sit and redo the mega code assessment, you can elect to have a certificate of attendance which will still be issued to you. The facilitator may also indicate that this is the best option for you.
Your certificate will differ slightly from the certificate if you have passed all your assessments. However, you will still achieve your CPD hours.
After I have completed the two-day ALS course, am I then eligible in the future to book in to the one-day Recertification course?
Yes, correct. You don’t have to repeat the two-day ALS course if you recently completed the one-day Recertification ALS course.
However, some nurses each year or two repeat the two-day ALS course to revise the content in more depth as they prefer the slower two-day ALS course.
Also, if it is a number of years since you attended an ALS course and you don’t work in critical care or the emergency department, we would encourage you to redo the two-day ALS course, where you are provided with a slower pace and more time for practice.
How often am I expected to attend the one-day Recertification course?
How often you attend the one-day Recertification course is usually set by your hospital or institution you work for. Some hospitals require it every year, others every second year.
My facility only has a 10-lead ECG machine. Is this course applicable?
The 10-lead ECG machine makes no difference to the interpretation of rhythm strips.
The course is endorsed by Australian College of Nursing (ACN) and the College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM).
It is conducted over one day, with a pre-reading component and online video presentations.
This course is fully compliant with the latest ANZCOR guidelines.
On successful completion of the assessment, you will be awarded a certificate in Advanced Life Support Level 2 and CPR Basic Life Support.
- Recognition of life-threatening arrhythmias
- Pharmacology – Management according to the latest ARC guidelines
- Airway management
- Mega code practical assessment — team leader role – scenarios
- Life Support algorithms
- CPR Basic Life Support practical assessment
- Assertiveness training
0900 – 0930 Registration
0930 – 1700 Recertification Theory, Practice, and Assessment
COURSE CO-ORDINATOR & SENIOR EDUCATOR:
Ms Anne Evans-Murray
Anne is a critical care nurse educator with more than 26 years of experience in clinical teaching in both the hospital and tertiary sector. She is also a Professional Registered Counsellor and has her own health education business and counselling practice.
Anne is a national and international lecturer, presenting seminars on general nursing, high dependency, assessment of the deteriorating patient and interpretation of ECG. These topics are taught in Australia and New Zealand to a broad range of healthcare professionals including paramedics, nurses and doctors. Anne has extensive experience teaching advanced life support to nurses and doctors for over 25 years.
Anne is also a successful author of two clinical nursing education texts, ECGs Simply and Interpretation of Chest X-rays Simply, and the most recent book from her counselling practice and experience, Uncomplicating Life – Simply.
Anne is a member of the Australian College of Critical Care Nursing (ACCCN). Anne’s qualifications include:
- R.N., B. Health Science, Grad. Dip. Ed.,
- Masters Education, Certificate in Critical Care
- Cert IV Workplace Training & Assessment Cert IV in Mediation
Thoroughly enjoyed this course! Presenters were outstanding- have recommended highly to colleagues. Thanks very much!
I have been told by several work colleagues how great Anne’s courses are. I was not disappointed at all. I would have to say as a first time attendee at one of Anne’s courses, this is the best presentation I have ever been to….. I will certainly be back for more.
Thank you for another wonderful ALS. Anne, you give confidence to all who attend. You have a wonderful gift.