New Emergency Nursing Triage Course Available Online

MC Strategies and the Emergency Nurses Association collaborate to advance triage orientation and continuing education

Atlanta, 21 May 2008 – MC Strategies, a leader in e-learning solutions for healthcare professionals, today announced the launch of a new online Emergency Nursing Triage course that has been developed in collaboration with the Emergency Nurses Association (ENA). The ENA: Emergency Nursing Triage online course, edited by Jeff Solheim, RN, BRE, CEN, CFRN, an expert in emergency nursing triage, is targeted to emergency nurses new to triage, as well as to those with experience, for orientation and continuing education. Additionally, nurses will have the opportunity to earn up to 17.4 continuing nursing education contact hours through Mosby’s Office of Nursing Continuing Education.

Triage is a process of prioritizing patients based on the severity of their condition so as to treat as many as possible when resources are insufficient for all to be treated immediately. While the ENA supports a 5-level triage system, this course is meant to be used by any organization no matter which triage system is in place.

“The Emergency Nursing Triage course provides the foundation for building triage skills to help nurses intervene with competence and confidence for any patient in any emergency department”, says Cindy Tryniszewski, RN, MSN, Executive Director, Clinical e-Learning, MC Strategies.

Jeff Solheim said, “Unlike other triage programs which provide generic instruction, this course provides typical and atypical patient presentations to help prevent undertriaging and overtriaging. The course also has exercises that nurses can print and review with preceptors so that it’s applicable to each individual institution.”

The Emergency Nursing Triage course consists of 18 online lessons that cover basic triage concepts, special situations, and chief complaints. Each lesson is rich in multimedia elements, such as slide shows, flashcards, and audio elements. The course also includes such interactive learning activities as line matching, true/false, and case studies with multiple choice questions to help learners engage with the content while testing their knowledge.

As an added bonus, the Emergency Nursing Triage course includes access to the Alcohol Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) Toolkit, which focuses on the knowledge and skills needed to successfully implement alcohol SBIRT in the emergency setting.

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About ENA
is a professional member organization recognized internationally for promoting excellence in emergency nursing through leadership, research, education, and advocacy. The Association actively collaborates with other health-related organizations to improve emergency care, including identifying and disseminating information on key trends affecting and pertinent to emergency nursing.

About Elsevier/MC Strategies
Headquartered in Atlanta, GA, Elsevier/MC Strategies has been providing web-based training and education products and services to the healthcare industry since 1986. The company is a pioneer in providing e-learning solutions and serves a client base of over 1,300 healthcare organizations nationwide, including integrated health-delivery networks, hospitals, academic institutions and the federal government. We offer a wide range of courses to help nurses meet their clinical and professional education needs and as part of Elsevier Health Sciences, home to some of the world’s premier names in healthcare publishing such as Mosby and Saunders, our library continues to grow. For more information, please visit the MC Strategies website.

About Elsevier
Elsevier is a global information analytics business that helps scientists and clinicians to find new answers, reshape human knowledge, and tackle the most urgent human crises. For 140 years, we have partnered with the research world to curate and verify scientific knowledge. Today, we’re committed to bringing that rigor to a new generation of platforms. Elsevier provides digital solutions and tools in the areas of strategic research management, R&D performance, clinical decision support, and professional education; including ScienceDirect, Scopus, SciVal, ClinicalKey and Sherpath. Elsevier publishes over 2,500 digitized journals, including The Lancet and Cell, 39,000 e-book titles and many iconic reference works, including Gray's Anatomy. Elsevier is part of RELX, a global provider of information-based analytics and decision tools for professional and business customers.

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