RWHC Office & Training Center 880 Independence Ln
Sauk City
United States

ER Boot Camp (5-day) - Spring 2023

Event Starts: 5/8/2023

Event Ends: 5/12/2023

Clinical Education
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ER Bootcamp

ER Boot Camp (5-day)

Monday-Friday, May 8 - 12, 2023
9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. daily CT

RWHC Office & Training Center
880 Independence Lane, Sauk City

Registration Deadline: April 17th

RWHC Member & Affiliate Member:
$1200 per person

Non-RWHC Member:
$1500 per person

Fee includes five-day training course and program materials. Lunch is on your own.

PLEASE NOTE: The program fee is NON-refundable. Do not send payment; RWHC will invoice your organization. 

 3.25 CEUs


RWHC is approved as a provider of continuing health education by the Wisconsin Society for Healthcare Education and Training (WISHET). RWHC designates this activity for up to 32.5 contact hours (3.25 CEUs) of continuing education for allied health professionals.


Cella Janisch-Hartline

Cella Janisch-Hartline, RN, BSN, PCC Professional Certified Coach, is the Nursing Leadership Senior Manager for Rural Wisconsin Health Cooperative
Cella brings her experience from over 40 years in various rural healthcare leadership positions to her work as she combines her passion for nursing, leadership, coaching and teaching. Named the 2018 Outstanding Educator through the National Rural Health Association, she engages healthcare participants across the country with her humorous, action-oriented and compassionate approach.

Erin Smital, RN, is the Nursing Professional Development Educator, Nurse Residency Coordinator and Lean Residency Coordinator at the Rural Wisconsin Health Cooperative. Along with being an RN, Erin brings forward years of experience in various leadership roles in and out of healthcare. In addition to developing and presenting numerous leadership and nursing focused workshops, she also provides training in de-escalation as a Certified Non-Violent Crisis Intervention Instructor.

Michael Wolf

Michael T. Wolf, CRNA, MHS, DNP, APNP, Director of Anesthesia and Interventional Pain, Mile Bluff Medical Center, Mauston, has over 30-year experience as a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist. He graduated from UW-Oshkosh with a BSN then joined the Army where he worked as an Emergency Room and Oncology Staff Nurse prior to entering the Army Nurse Anesthesia Program.  After graduation Mike served ten years working in Army Medical Centers providing anesthesia for high-risk surgical and OB patients. Mike also has been an educator through the years teaching in the Army’s Nurse Anesthesia program, instructing as a Certified American Heart Association Instructor for Advanced Cardiac Life Support and Pediatric Advanced Life Support, and privileged to instruct for the Rural Wisconsin Health Cooperative.  Mike also continues to be a mentor and clinical instructor for Nurse Anesthesia programs and master’s programs in Nursing Administration.

Target Audience:

New ER nurses, ER nurses who want to refresh/update their knowledge, or nurses who are considering working in a rural healthcare emergency department

Program Description: 

Are you a new nurse to the emergency room (ER)? Is ER nursing something you are considering in your future? Have you been working in the ER for a while now but just don’t feel comfortable yet? Are you an ER nurse who hasn’t dealt with a true emergency in a while? If you answered yes, to one or more of these question then this ER Boot Camp is designed just for you. During this week long experience we will explore all aspects of working in a rural healthcare emergency unit. Throughout this interactive boot camp, the participants will be engaged in simulated (hands on) learning opportunities, including case study discussions, role playing effective communication/conflict management techniques, and prioritizing complaint specific assessments/interventions/emergencies that may arise in practice. This comprehensive course is designed to provide the ER nurse with a solid foundation from the core principles and from a standards of care and practice perspective, in hopes of helping get the new nurse ready to practice solo quicker in the unit. For more information on the planned boot camp take a look at the objectives. You do not want to miss this opportunity! Sign up today as space is limited.

Program Objectives:

DAY ONE: Communication/Safety/Critical Thinking

  • Discuss at least five safety concerns as an ER nurse
  • Practice crucial conversations and closed loop communication
  • Learn an effective way to deal with conflict on the team
  • Enhance awareness on upholding regulatory standards/practice guidelines
  • Review documentation standards and guidelines to reduce risk
  • Participate in coordinating an emergency situation as the primary RN
  • Engage in critical thinking

DAY TWO: Differentiating Chest Pain/Shock/Stroke/DIC/Metabolic vs. Respiratory

  • Differentiate causes of chest pain related to presenting signs and symptoms
  • Determine emergency and priority interventions for causes of chest pain
  • Articulate the pathophysiology of shock, while differentiating the 4 types of shock
  • Identify the signs and symptoms of hypoxia
  • Review acidosis vs. alkalosis while differentiating signs/symptoms and causes of such
  • Examine the signs and symptoms of stroke and prioritizes care interventions
  • Recognize DIC and articulates the care needed
  • Participate in a review of emergent and vasoactive drugs
  • Engage in critical thinking activities and integrate knowledge learned through simulated case studies

DAY THREE: OB and Pediatric Emergencies

  • Review obstetrical emergencies: ectopic pregnancies, miscarriage/stillbirth, pre-eclampsia, HELLP syndrome, obstetrical hemorrhages, emergency delivery, abruption, pre-term labor and trauma considerations
  • Prioritize nursing interventions to the above emergencies
  • Recognize anatomy and physiology differences between children vs. the adult
  • Identify assessment findings that lead to the child’s condition deteriorating indicating the need for rapid response
  • Review several pediatric emergencies: respiratory, asthma, dehydration, DKA (diabetic ketoacidosis), and other childhood illnesses that lead to big problems.
  • Prioritize nursing interventions to the above emergencies
  • Engage in critical thinking through case studies/simulations

DAY FOUR: Airway Management/System Emergencies

  • Review emergency airway options (LMA, Combi Tube, Cricoid, Intubation, Oral airway adjuncts)
  • Recognize steps toward RSI (Rapid Sedation Intubation) and engages in appropriate assessment considerations
  • Prepare for procedural sedation and articulates RN role in the experience
  • Articulate the pathophysiology and the priorities of care for the following emergencies: acute pulmonary edema, epiglottis, pulmonary emboli, COPD exacerbation, appendicitis, pancreatitis, hypothermia, hyperthermia, burns and seizures
  • Engage in critical thinking through case studies/simulations

DAY FIVE: Musculoskeletal Emergencies/Mental Health/Substance Abuse/Ethics and Defusing the Team

  • Review musculoskeletal emergencies including sprains, fractures and compartment syndrome
  • Examine common substances that are ingested these days while articulating the signs and symptoms seen and the care needed
  • Dialogue through detoxing a patient with care considerations
  • Differentiate mental health challenges that are commonly seen in the ER
  • Discuss ethical challenges that might arise as a ER nurse
  • Defuse the team after a critical event
  • Strategize options to healing the healer’s heart
Visit the RWHC Clinical Series web page to view all our class offerings.