About Jane Carsrud, RN
Twenty years ago, I watched AHA Instructors demean and humiliate students in the ACLS Course. In fact, instructors often remarked on their ability to crush a student’s self-esteem.
“Is it possible,” I thought, “to make these classes enjoyable, yet learnable.” Thus, I set out to do just that.
I facilitated difficult information. In other words, I presented these classes for students to essentially learn EKG Interpretation, quantitative waveform capnography, 12 Lead, fetal heart strips and other difficult concepts.
Moreover, I began teaching ECG Interpretation and made this difficult class more understandable. NEO’s EKG course guarantees the student will pass the hospital test. As a matter of fact, students often remark that when it comes the teaching ECG, Jane rocks!
For Postpartum and L&D nurses who MUST complete the NRP certification, even though they do not apply NICU-based care, I say to you “NRP shouldn’t be so hard.” I emphasize, “we must always start with positive pressure ventilation or PPV.” PPV should cause the chest to rise and fall. Next, monitor the pulse oximetry and heart rate. Be on guard! If the heart rate falls below 60 beats per minute INTUBATE. Next, begin chest compression’s. After that “it’s EPI time.”
In addition, nurses in the Maternal Child Cluster needed a Lactation Course to meet the guidelines of Baby-Friendly. Therefore, I became an instructor and began teaching lactation under the direction of Birth and Beyond and Breastfeed LA.
Furthermore, New Grads often stressed to me that they couldn’t get a job because they had no experience.
How dreadful! To go through nursing school, pass the NCLX, yet the new Grad is unable to find a job. I contemplated how I could help. I figured the New Grad needed additional certifications on their resume to boost their chances. With that, I took my experience in the Maternal Child Cluster and prepared courses for the New Grad to take. I began teaching Postpartum Care, Labor and Delivery Care and Neonatal Intensive Care.
Most new grads wanted to become a Labor and Delivery nurse, therefore, I needed to teach Basic Fetal Heart Monitoring. In addition, I added Intermediate Fetal Heart Monitoring and Advanced Fetal Heart Monitoring, sanctioned by AWHONN. Since then many new grads attribute my courses and certifications to their success in finding a position within the Maternal Child Care triad.
Additionally, many new grads wanted to enter the ER, Telemetry, and ICU. With my experience in these areas I wrote and presented courses in; 12-lead ECG, Mechanical Ventilation Management, Trauma Assessment, MAB 508, and Stroke Care. Not only have these courses aided most new grads in securing an acute care job; they have helped experienced ICU, ER, Telemetry, Cath Lab, and CCU nurses understand how to manage a mechanical ventilator and better understand a 12 Lead EKG.
Everything I do, I do for my nurses and fellow healthcare providers.
Once, an RN that wanted to return to the profession of nursing reached out and asked if I would present an RN Refresher Class. Because of this nurse I currently present a cost-effective RN Refresher Course every 3-4 months. Indeed, this 5 week program has been instrumental in getting nurses back to nursing.
In conclusion, the nurse has many options to take advanced classes. Some classes are free in their hospitals, others are cheaper, and some are closer to the student’s home – traffic is such a problem in Southern California. Nurses Educational Opportunities pledges to accommodate the student. If there is no class available, you may call our office and the telephone staff will try to accommodate your busy schedule. You can trust that Nurses Educational Opportunities has your back, whatever your educational needs may be.
Jane Carsrud RN
Owner of Nurses Educational Opportunities