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To enable Registered Nurses to further develop knowledge and practical skills for the early management of resuscitation, medical emergencies and trauma presentations that threatens life in the rural healthcare setting. To enable Registered Nurses to complete the New Zealand Resuscitation Council's (NZRC) Certificate of Resuscitation and Emergency Care (CORE) Level 5 or 6. In accordance with New Zealand Resuscitation Council: 'Successful completion of this course does not qualify the student to perform, or indicate that the student is competent to perform, the skills of resuscitation in the clinical setting . . . clinical competence must be decided solely by the clinical institution with which the student practices' (NZRC, 2007, p. 3

Learning outcomes

Determine, and implement a systematic assessment of the collapsed adult or child in respiratory failure, shock or cardiopulmonary arrest.

Identify, analyse and evaluate physiological responses to acute deterioration in health status in order to prioritise treatment modalities and therapeutic interventions of the acutely unwell or collapsed patient.

Perform practical skills in the assessment and treatment of cardiopulmonary arrest in the adult and paediatric patient.

Recognise and identify a variety of lethal and non-lethal ECG waveforms.

Provide post resuscitation monitoring, management and care including preparation for transfer to definitive care if required.

Utilise a communication framework to articulate accurate and relevant information from the patient's situation, history and assessment findings to appropriate members of the health care team.

Perform practical skills in the assessment and nursing management of anaphylactic shock in a collapsed adult or child.