Certification Review Includes

  • General Principles of Transport Nursing Practice

    1. The goal of this module is to review the general principles of flight transportation of the critically ill patient. On completion of this module, the learner will be able to:
      • Discuss the physiological stressors of air transport
      • Describe premission preparation and review flight safety protocols
      • Review the process of securing a landing zone, establishing an Incident Command System and radio operations
      • Articulate the process of patient hand-off and flight crew resource management
      • Discuss ELT, navigation, transporter codes and post-crash survival principles
    2. Contact Hours: 1
  • Management of Man-Made Disasters

    1. The goal of this module is to teach students about the principles of managing man-made disasters, including triage and treatment of patients involved in these disasters. On completion of the module, the learner will be able to articulate the management of man-made disasters and:
      • Describe five types of terrorism and weapons of mass destruction
      • Discuss Industrial  and transportation accidents
      • Review the principles of risk management, triage, treatment and transportation of mass casualties and operations of the National Incident Management Systems and Incident Command Systems
    2. Contact Hours: 1
  • Professional Issues & Management

    1. The goal of this module is to teach students principles of professional issues and management as concerns the critical care transport/flight nurse. On completion of this review, the learner will be able to:
      • Describe the main components of evidence-based practice and research
      • Discuss ethical and legal issues commonly encountered in flight nursing
      • Review the principles of quality management and fair work environments
      • Discuss the role of the CFRN in community outreach and education
      • Discuss the principles of stress mnanagement following critical incidents
    2. Contact Hours: 1
  • Principles of Assessment and Patient Preparation

    1. The goal of this module is to teach students about the principles of assessment and patient preparation. On completion of this module, the learner will be able to: articulate the process of critical care patient assessment including:
      • Discuss the physical assessment of the critically ill patient
      • Review the principles of critical care systems assessment
      • Describe the principles of pain assessment and preparation of the critically ill patient for transport
    2. Contact Hours: 1
  • Airway Management

    1. The goal of this module is to teach students about airway management principles and practice. On completion of this module, the learner will be able to:
      • Describe airway assessment
      • Review airway management procedures and drugs used in airway management
      • List documentation requirements of airway assessment and management
      • Discuss Rapid Sequence Induction for Intubation
      • Review pain management and sedation in transport
      • Discuss ELT, navigation, transporter codes and post-crash survival principles
    2. Contact Hours: 1
  • Mechanical Ventilation

    1. The goal of this module is to teach the principles of mechanical ventilation of the patient during transportation. On completion of this module, the learner will be able to:
      • Describe the indications and goals for mechanical ventilation
      • Describe ventilator set-up process, modes and management during transportation
      • Discuss the use of various airway devices and ventilator terminology
      • Review the analysis of Arterial Blood Gases
    2. Contact Hours: 1
  • Cellular Metabolism, Electrolytes and Shock

    1. The goal of this module is teach the principles of cellular metabolism, the various types of shock, and electrolyte management in the critical patient during transportation. On completion of this module, the learner will be able to:
      • Describe cellular metabolism
      • Discuss electrolyte disturbances
      • Review and recognize 4 types of acid base imbalances
      • Review compensated, uncompensated and irreversible shock states
    2. Contact Hours: 1
  • Principles of Shock Management: Medical and Surgical Emergencies

    1. The goal of this module is to teach students about the principles of shock management in medical and traumatic emergencies, as concerns the critical care transport/flight nurse. On completion of this module, the learner will be able to:
      • Describe 4 types of shock states
      • Review mechanism of injury for most commonly encountered medical and surgical emergencies
      • Discuss 4 common electrolyte disturbances seen in shock and review management strategies
    2. Contact Hours: 1
  • Neurological Trauma

    1. The goal of this module is to teach students about the various causes, presentations and management of head trauma in the critically ill patient during transportation. On completion of this module, the learner will be able to:
      • Describe the presentation of neurological trauma and discuss the standards of care treatment
      • Review the different types of insults to the neurological system due to trauma
      • Discuss goals of management
    2. Contact Hours: 1
  • Neurological Emergencies

    1. The goal of this module is to teach students about the principles, pathophysiology and management of the patient experiencing a neurological emergency. On completion of this module, the learner will be able to:
      • Review the human neurologic system and most common emergencies of the neurological system
      • Discuss the most common causes and management principles for the patient experiencing seizures
      • Describe the signs/symptoms and management of the stroke patient
    2. Contact Hours: 1
  • Thoracic Trauma

    1. The goal of this module is to teach students about the principles, pathology and management of the patient experiencing thoracic trauma. On completion of this module, the learner will be able to:
      • Discuss the presentation and management of chest wall injuries
      • Review management principles for pulmonary injuries
      • Describe the presentation of cardiac injuries and management protocols
      • Name two great vessel injuries
    2. Contact Hours: 1
  • Mechanical Circulatory Support and Pacing Emergencies

    1. The goal of this module is to teach students about the principles, pathology and management of the patient experiencing a mechanical circulatory support and pacing emergency. On completion of this module, the learner will be able to:
      • Articulate the principles of mechanical circulatory support
      • Discuss intra-Aortic balloon pumps
      • Review the use of ventricular assist devices
      • Describe the management of various pacing emergencies
    2. Contact Hours: 1
  • Cardiovascular Emergencies

    1. The goal of this module is to teach students about the principles, pathology and management of the patient experiencing a cardiac emergency. On completion of this module, the learner will be able to:
      • Describe the presentation and emergency management of acute coronary syndrome
      • Discuss ECG changes for bundle branch blocks, myocardial infarction and other dysrhythmias
      • Review the causes and presentation of Congestive Heart Failure 
    2. Contact Hours: 1
  • Pulmonary Emergencies

    1. The goal of this module is to teach students about the principles, pathology and management of the patient experiencing a pulmonary emergency. On completion of this module, the learner will be able to:
      • Discuss COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder)
      • Review presentation and management of Acute lung injury and ARDS
      • Describe two pulmonary infections
      • Review the presentation and management of asthma
      • Discuss the presentation and management of pulmonary edema and pulmonary embolism
    2. Contact Hours: 1
  • Abdominal Trauma and Emergencies

    1. The goal of this module is to teach students about the principles, pathology and management of the patient experiencing an abdominal emergency. On completion of this module, the learner will be able to:
      • Discuss hollow/ solid organ injuries
      • Review diaphragmatic and retroperitoneal injuries
      • Describe Abdominal Compartment Syndrome
      • Discuss the emergency management of gastrointestinal bleeds
      • Discuss the emergency management of an abdominal obstruction or gastrointestinal rupture
      • Review the presentation and management of pancreatitis and hepatitis
    2. Contact Hours: 1
  • Orthopedic Emergencies

    1. The goal of this module is to teach students about the principles, pathology and management of the patient experiencing an orthopedic emergency. On completion of this module, the learner will be able to:
      • Discuss vertebral and pelvic injuries
      • Review the emergency management strategies for Compartment syndrome
      • Describe the management of amputations and fractures of the extremities
      • Discuss soft tissue injuries
    2. Contact Hours: 1
  • Emergency Management of Burns

    1. The goal of this module is to teach students about the principles, pathology and emergency management of the patient suffering from burns. On completion of this module, the learner will be able to:
      • Discuss the anatomy and physiology of the skin
      • Describe the similarities and differences between various types of burns, including chemical, electrical, thermal, radiological and inhalation burns
      • Review the anatomy and pathophysiology of burns
      • Recall the Rule of Palms and describe the correct classification of burns
      • Discuss wound assessment and management, including fluid replacement
      • Review the procedure for performing an emergency escharotomy
    2. Contact Hours: 1
  • Metabolic and Endocrine Emergencies

    1. The goal of this module is to teach students about the principles of metabolic and endocrine diseases and treatments. On completion of this module, the learner will be able to:
      • Discuss diabetic emergencies
      • Describe the emergency management of neuro-endocrine disorders, including SIADH and HHNK
      • Review thyroid disorders
      • Discuss adrenal disorders
    2. Contact Hours: 1
  • Hematological, Renal & Reproductive Emergencies

    1. The goal of this module is to teach students about the principles, pathology and management of the patient with a hematological, renal or reproductive system emergency. On completion of this module, the learner will be able to:
      • Describe 6 commonly seen hematology emergencies
      • Discuss acute and chronic kidney injury/failure
      • Review 3 male reproductive system emergencies
      • Review 3 female reproductive system emergencies
    2. Contact Hours: 1
  • Emergency Management of Infectious and Communicable Diseases

    1. The goal of this module is to teach students about the principles, pathology and management of the patient with an infectious or communicable disease, who is experiencing an emergency. On completion of this module, the learner will be able to:
      • Describe the physiology of immunity and cell-mediated immunity
      • Review the concepts of virulence, disease severity and reservoirs of infection
      • Discuss sepsis management and isolation precautions
      • Review the presentation and management of SIRS
    2. Contact Hours: 1
  • Environmental and Toxicological Emergencies

    1. The goal of this module is to teach students about the principles, pathology and management of the patient experiencing an environmental or toxicological emergency. On completion of this module, the learner will be able to:
      • Discuss temperature related disorders
      • Describe the emergency management of the patient suffering from submersion injuries
      • Review the principles of hyperbaric oxygen therapy
    2. Contact Hours: 1
  • Special Populations: Pregnancy

    1. The goal of this module is to teach students about the principles, pathology and management of the obstetrical patient in an emergency. On completion of this module, the learner will be able to:
      • Discuss complications of pregnancy
      • Review the correct procedure for vaginal delivery and postpartum care of mother and infant
      • Describe the emergency management of the pregnant patient suffering from a traumatic injury
    2. Contact Hours: 1
  • Special Populations: Pediatrics Part I

    1. The goal of this module is to teach students about the principles, pathology and management of the pediatric patient in an emergency. On completion of this module, the learner will be able to:
      • Describe the execution of a primary assessment of the pediatric patient in the field
      • Review the steps to follow when conducting a respiratory assessment and managing a pediatric airway
      • Discuss the execution of a neurological assessment in the pediatric patient
      • Review the principles of intubation and bag-mask ventilation
      • Discuss pediatric respiratory conditions including croup, asthma, epiglottitis, pneumonia, Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) and ingestion of a foreign body
      • Discuss the principles of mechanical ventilation in the pediatric population
    2. Contact Hours: 1
  • Special Populations: Pediatrics Part II

    1. The goal of this module is to teach students about the principles, pathology and management of the pediatric patient in an emergency. On completion of this module, the learner will be able to:
      • Discuss the management principles of cardiac defects and arrhythmias in the pediatric patient
      • Describe 4 types of shock in the pediatric patient
      • Review the presentation and management of renal conditions in the pediatric patient, including acute glomerulonephritis, acute tubular necrosis and hemolytic uremic syndrome
      • Discuss the presentation and management of head injuries and increased intracranial pressure in the pediatric population
      • Review spinal cord injuries in children
      • Describe the management of pediatric fractures
      • Recognize signs of abuse and neglect in children
    2. Contact Hours: 1
  • Special Populations: Elderly and Obese

    1. The goal of this module is to teach students about the principles, pathology and management of the geriatric and/or bariatric patient experiencing an emergency. On completion of this module, the learner will be able to:
      • Discuss falls and immobilization issues in the older adult
      • Review drug interactions and comorbidities in polypharmacology
      • Describe the presentation and management of dementia
      • Discuss logistical issues with the transportation of the obese adult
      • Review drug dosage adjustments necessary for the obese patient
      • Discuss airway management in bariatric patients
      • Discuss skin management in bariatric patients
    2. Contact Hours: 1

Goal and Learning Outcomes

The goal of this course is to assist the learner in successfully passing the CTRN national certification exam. The course covers topics such as cardiovascular and neurological emergencies, management of disaster situations, shock and more to prepare you for the exam. After studying the information presented, you will be able to discuss:

  • The general principles of transport nursing practice
  • Specifics of patient assessment and preparation
  • Airway and shock management, as well as mechanical ventilation
  • The various traumatic injuries that may require air transport and how to care for them
  • The management of environmental, toxicological, metabolic and neurological illnesses

 

After completing the course, you will be more prepared for the transport nurse certification exam. These courses are created by leading Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) in each field and are based on the current exam content outlines published by the examining boards for each specialty.

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