This course is designed for RNs working in any clinical setting in metropolitan, regional, rural and remote areas. It equips RNs with the knowledge underpinning the skills needed in order to render first-line emergency care in emergency/critical situations. This subject aims to enhance nurses’ critical thinking and problem-solving skills, and their confidence in decision-making when providing care to patients during emergency situations.
January, April, July, October
Why study this course
Are you ready for more knowledge and understanding in the assessment, prioritising and management of patients who are ill and quickly deteriorating? This course is designed for RNs working in all clinical areas across a variety of health care settings. The course aims to provide the knowledge underpinning the skills needed for attending to first-line assessment and management of patients in an emergency / critical situation.
The course is conducted fully online through guided study and online activities. The online learning environment used at ACN is called CNnect. It is recommended that students study for approximately 12-15 hours a week. The amount of time will be determined by an individual’s learning needs. Students are supported by the nurse educator and tutors, and are encouraged to maintain regular contact.
Networking between students is also encouraged through the use of online forums and activities.
The themes covered in this course include:
- Theme 1 – Health assessment and immediate management
- Theme 2 – Presentations
- Theme 3 – Specific populations/presentations
- Theme 4 – Shock
- Theme 5 – Stabilisation and transfer
Applicants need to hold a current registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA).
Online skill check
To get the most out of your experience on CNnect, you will need to have confidence with working online. If you can do the things in the list below, you should be fine – if not, you may need to seek some support from a friend or colleague.
- I have internet access
- I can send an email
- I can attach a file to an email
- I can open a browser1
- I can navigate to a website using a browser1
- I can download a file to my computer
- I can save a file to my computer
- I can use Microsoft Word and Microsoft Powerpoint
- I can cut/copy and paste from one document to another document
- I can change my screen resolution (make the page appear bigger or smaller on the screen)
1 A browser is a software application used to navigate the Internet. CNnect works best with updated versions of Firefox and Google Chrome.
Students who have successfully completed this course will be awarded with a Statement of Attainment and 150 CPD hours.
|CODE||START DATE||COMPLETION DATE||MEMBER FEE* (10% discount)||NON-MEMBER FEE*|
|022 2201||24 January 2022||3 April 2022||$1,021.50||$1,135.00|
|022 2204||18 April 2022||26 June 2022||$1,021.50||$1,135.00|
|022 2207||11 July 2022||18 September 2022||$1,021.50||$1,135.00|
|022 2210||3 October 2022||11 December 2022||$1,021.50||$1,135.00|
|CODE||START DATE||COMPLETION DATE||MEMBER FEE* (10% discount)||NON-MEMBER FEE*|
|022 1801||25 January 2021||13 June 2021||$990.00||$1,100.00|
|022 1804||19 April 2021||5 September 2021||$990.00||$1,100.00|
|022 1807||12 July 2021||28 November 2021||$990.00||$1,100.00|
|022 1810||4 October 2021||27 March 2022||$990.00||$1,100.00|
*Fees are subject to change without notice.
Frequently asked questions
The purpose of this course is to prepare registered nurses (RNs) to care for patients requiring emergency intervention. It is designed for nurses working in any clinical setting, including the emergency departments (EDs); the outpatient setting; the smaller regional, rural and remote hospitals where nurses are expected to work in all areas of the hospital. Some of these clinical areas have varied medical support, and the nurses are often required to intervene with limited or no medical support on-site. Medical support may be at the end of a telephone, within driving distance or off-site. Expedient and accurate assessment and management reduces morbidity and mortality. Therefore, it is imperative that nurses are able to manage patients who have life or limb-threatening conditions, and provide time-critical interventions, especially in relation to pain relief. This course will provide the knowledge underpinning the skills needed for attending to first-line assessment and management of patients requiring emergency care.
Regardless of your work environment, you need to have knowledge and skills to be able to respond in a timely and appropriate manner to a variety of emergency situations. This course will guide you in searching and reading the most current guidelines in the management of many different emergencies. You will be prompted to practice essential skills within your work environment, including critical engagement with policies and protocols. Past students have reported enhanced understanding of patient assessment and management in emergency clinical situations. They also developed improved confidence and competence in providing emergency care that is safe, effective and appropriate to suit individual client needs.
This course is completely online – all information and resources can be accessed via CNnect. This means that you will have the freedom to study and access the course content at a time and location that is convenient to you. You may also choose to print out the online course materials and resources if you prefer to read from a paper-based copy.
As an enrolled student, you will have access to:
- a tutor who is highly experienced in the field of emergency management of patients; who can answer your questions, help and guide you through the course, mark your assessments and provide you with feedback
- a nurse educator/course coordinator who can provide additional assistance
- IT support when you encounter issues associated with the technical aspects of CNnect.
This course will take you approximately 150 hours to complete. This includes reading, completing online activities and completion of assessments. It is estimated that you will spend approximately 12-15 hours a week on this course. As with any course, and given that no two individuals learn in the same way, you may find that some weeks may demand more hours than others.
Students will be guided by the study and assessment timetable for this 10-week course. Specific themes will be covered as outlined in the study and assessment timetable. Below is a typical example of the schedule:
- Weeks 1 – 2: Theme 1: Health assessment and immediate management
- Weeks 3 – 5: Theme 2: Presentations
- Weeks 6 – 8: Theme 3: Specific populations / presentations
- Weeks 9: Theme 4: Shock
- Weeks 10: Theme 5: Stabilisation and transfer
On successful completion of this course, it is anticipated you will be better able to:
- review the principles of emergency nursing needed to optimise health care delivery for acute and emergency presentations
- apply problem solving and clinical decision-making skills in the assessment, care planning and management of acutely ill individuals
- demonstrate critical thinking and reflective practice skills in prioritising care for individuals from diverse population groups and across the life span
- explore clinical evidence-based guidelines and professional practice standards to promote effective person-centred care
- discuss the clinical processes and communication strategies that support teamwork and collaborative approach to health service delivery
Assessment types include the following:
- Online discussions
- Goal setting
- Development of a learning package
- Multiple choice quiz
To enrol, you will need to complete and submit the appropriate form in the Enrolment form section above. There are two enrolment forms available:
- Fee-paying students – for all applicants paying their own fees
- Bulk purchases – for local health districts only
Please ensure you complete and submit the appropriate form. Failure to do so will mean your application will not be processed. Please contact Customer Services if you require any assistance.
Full payment must be received prior to the commencement of the course.
If the student withdraws after the course commences, or fails to meet the course requirements, the course fees are non-refundable.
Meet your Nurse Educator
Sally Byrne, Nurse Educator – Higher Education
RN, BN, Graduate Certificate in Nurse Practice (Emergency), working towards Masters of Advanced Nursing Practice (MANP)
Sally has been nursing for 8 years and has extensive experience working in paediatric and adult critical care settings. She is passionate about delivering quality education that will empower nurses to build on their current knowledge and practice in order to provide the highest standard of care to all patients.
Hear straight from our students about their experiences with ACN’s Principles of Emergency Care for Registered Nurses (PEC RN) course.
“The course was excellent.”
“I found the course informative.”
“Sinu was a great tutor, she would answer my emails immediately and offer support and feedback.”
“Thank you very good course and very useful to my job relevance.”
“I really enjoyed the case studies, they help consolidate learning.”
“This course has boosted my confidence and competence to provide nursing care that is timely and appropriate to the patient. It has stimulated me to think of integrating evidence-based practice protocols, in the clinical setting, (i.e. use of guidelines, research findings etc).”
“As a midwife this course has helped me to assess my deteriorating patients and implement swift emergency measures with increased confidence and competence.”
“Thoroughly enjoyed participating in the course. Will recommend to other staff and I now feel more confident in emergency presentations.”
“I have loved the study, loved the online discussions, loved the cardiac assignment and enjoyed the case study. The knowledge and skills that I have learnt is fantastic and I know that I will be re-reading the course to consolidate the knowledge.”
“Overall the course has made me become more confident and knowledgeable with emergency nursing. I feel that all rural remote emergency nurses should complete this course as the information learnt is so important to know.”
“As this course was delivered entirely online, I was able to study when I had time (whether I was on night shift, day shift etc). It allowed great flexibility.”
“I thought the way in which the activities and assessments are worded enhanced my critical thinking and directed me to research and improve my clinical knowledge. I have learnt so much. Thank you.”
“I did struggle to find my way in the online learning environment initially, but once orientated, I found it to be easy to use.”
“A very worthwhile course and I’m glad I have completed it.”
“Overall, I have enjoyed the online learning experience, especially the forums and have gained much valuable knowledge.”
“The themes were great and definitely relevant to the learning outcomes. It was a good course, and I learnt an adequate amount from it, now to put it into clinical practice.”