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To provide Registered Nurses working in rural areas of New Zealand with current evidence based knowledge and theory applied to specified clinical skills relevant to rural emergency care. Successful completion of this course does not qualify the rural nurse to perform, nor does it indicate that that the nurse is competent to perform, any of the clinical skills interventions discussed in this course in the clinical setting. Clinical competence must be decided solely by the employing authority of the rural Registered Nurse

Learning outcomes

Discuss the critical components in evaluation and assessment of skin lacerations.

Identify and apply best practice management principles of simple skin laceration closure with interrupted suturing method and skin adhesive closure.

Discuss the theory and principles of venepuncture and cannulation procedures for the purpose of either collecting a blood sample or injecting a substance into the blood system.

Identify and apply best practice management principles of venepuncture, peripheral intravenous and intraosseous cannulation.

Discuss the anatomical and physiological alterations associated with conservative limb immobilisation and the subsequent nursing management.

Apply best practice management principles in the application of back slabs.

Discuss the anatomy and physiology of the urinary system and the conditions responsible for urinary retention and obstruction.

Apply best practice management principles associated with using of bladder scanners.

Identify the key principals of Laryngeal Mask insertion in cardio-pulmonary resuscitation.

Apply best practice managements principles for laryngeal mask insertion in cardio pulmonary resuscitation.

Critically evaluate literature and evidence regarding best practice related to specified clinical skill.