Sepsis 101 for Nurses
Training Module Description:
Every 20 seconds, a person is hospitalized for sepsis. Sepsis is the leading cause of death in hospitalized patients. Despite the magnitude of sepsis cases and the global efforts already underway to educate healthcare workers, the need for basic sepsis education still exists. The reason for this is likely multi-factorial, and impacted by both the increasing number of new nurses and by the evolving specialties of existing nurses. The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that the number of registered nurses will increase by 12% during the years 2018-2028, which equates to an additional 371,500 registered nurses. This figure does not take into account the volume of existing nurses who will move from one specialty to another. These changes amplify the need for sepsis education for these professionals. Nurses commonly witness the initial changes in a patient's signs and symptoms which may indicate that an infection is developing into sepsis. Since this condition is difficult to identify, especially in the early stages when treatment is most effective, robust critical thinking skills and practice are necessary. This training module will fill the need for ongoing, readily accessible, accurate education on the fundamentals of sepsis for nursing students, new graduate nurses, nurses desiring a refresher, and nurses changing their specialization. This module will serve as a precursor for future Sepsis 101 courses targeting other provider groups, such as respiratory therapists, pharmacists, and physical therapists/occupational therapists. The module also has the potential to serve as part of a sepsis certification program or a nursing school curriculum.
Registered nurses, licensed vocational nurses and nursing students
- Demonstrate an understanding of Systemic Inflammatory Response Syndrome (SIRS), sepsis/severe sepsis, and septic shock;
- Demonstrate an understanding of the importance of early recognition and treatment for patients with sepsis/severe sepsis and septic shock;
- Review the interventions to treat sepsis/severe sepsis and septic shock;
- Identify actions required by the nurse to facilitate appropriate care for patients with sepsis/severe sepsis and septic shock.
Kelly Nguyen, MSN, RN, PHN
Clinical Advisor, Sepsis Alliance
For over ten years, Kelly has worked to improve care for patients with sepsis. With a background in emergency nursing and performance improvement, Kelly created the sepsis program for a hospital system in the Bay Area. She also initiated a county collaborative of sepsis coordinators to enhance care delivery for patients with sepsis throughout the healthcare continuum. Kelly has presented both educational and facility-specific outcomes at a number of venues locally, nationally, and abroad.
Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number CEP17068 for 2.3 contact hours.
Other healthcare providers will receive a certificate of attendance for 1.9 contact hours.
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- 1.90 Participation
- 2.30 RN CE Contact HoursProvider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number CEP17068.