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Supplemental Nursing Fellowship Courses at UPMC in South Central Pa.

UPMC Pinnacle offers several on-site educational programs specifically for nurses.

  • Core Cardiopulmonary Course
  • Intermediate Dysrhythmia Course
  • Management & Professional Development

Core Cardiopulmonary Course

Our Core Cardiopulmonary course is a 24- to 32-hour program for professional staff who care for high-acuity medical-surgical or critical care patients.

Topics covered during the program’s two 8-hour assessment days include:

  • Cardiac care
  • Pulmonary care
  • Chest tube care
  • Neurological care
  • Gastrointestinal care
  • Renal care
  • Psycho-emotional care
  • Pain assessment
  • Interpretation of laboratory findings
  • Emergent airway management

The two-day class may be followed by a clinical day scheduled in your home unit. During your clinical day, you will receive support from a staff development instructor, a clinical nurse specialist or a Learning Institute staff member while you perform in-depth patient assessments to reinforce class content.

The program also offers an additional one or two days of content with one day focused on cardiac care, and the other focused on pulmonary care.

Content provided during the cardio day includes:

  • Coronary syndromes
  • Interventional cardiology
  • Care of OHS patients
  • Care of patients with pacers and ICDs
  • Peripheral vascular disease

Content covered during the pulmonary day includes:

  • BIPAP
  • CPAP
  • Modes of ventilation
  • Care of patients on ventilators
  • Airways
  • Suctioning
  • Hands-on ventilator experience

NOTE: Experienced nurses may be exempt from the course if they can pass an examination.

Intermediate Dysrhythmia Course

UPMC Pinnacle’s Intermediate Dysrhythmia program is a four-day course (32 hours) with content including:

  • Full cardiac rhythm analysis
  • Cardiovascular medications
  • Pacemakers
  • 12-lead EKG interpretation for ischemia, injury and infarction

NOTE: Experienced nurses may be exempt from the course if they can pass an examination.

Management & Professional Development

UPMC Pinnacle encourages continuing education by regularly offering an array of management and professional development programs at no cost.

Programs include:

  • ACLS: provider, renewal and review courses
  • EKG courses
  • BLS: provider and renewal courses
  • Cardiovascular Workshops
  • Challenges in Cardiovascular Nursing
  • Unit Secretary Course
  • Core Cardiopulmonary
  • Extended Care Facility workshop
  • Medical Surgical Nursing Review
  • Medical Terminology
  • Nurse Aid Training
  • Hospital and nursing orientations
  • PALS: provider and renewal courses
  • Patient Care Assistant/Clinical Technician
  • Peripherally Inserted Central Catheters: From Theory to Practice
  • Preceptor Workshop
  • System Education Day (fulfills regulatory requirements)
  • Personal computer use classes for: Access, Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint
  • OB/GYN Education Day

Continuing education may also be offered by individual departments to meet specific training needs.

Other specialized courses include:

  • Management and Leadership Training Series
  • Time and life management programs for organizing your professional and personal lives
  • Management consultation and coaching
  • Customized staff and management educational programs addressing current organizational issues and objectives such as change management, cultural diversity and customer service
  • Computer training classes on more than 30 topics for professional and clinical software programs

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