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Framework for a Nursing Clinical Excellence Program



Your organization might find itself hiring more new, inexperienced nurses for your emergency department due to the national nursing shortage. While these new hires arrive with a nursing degree, you need to be sure that each has a baseline set of knowledge to effectively treat patients in your ED.

Our RSQ® Solutions – Nursing Clinical Excellence Program was designed to help level-set the knowledge base of your clinical workforce. Our team of experienced ED nurses and educators compiled the blueprint below as a foundation for what an effective continuing education program might look like for your ED staff in their first three years of employment.

The recommended, case-based education includes 14 courses in each of the first two years, followed by 8 courses in year three. If your novice nurses are orienting to a pediatric-only or adult-only environment or an ED that doesn’t see obstetrics patients, you could consider trying to condense the coursework into two years.

Education Categories

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Behavioral Emergencies

Behavioral Health-Related Presentations: Part 1

Behavioral Health- Related Presentations: Part 2



Cardiovascular Arrythmia Interpretation


The Many Aspects of SHOCK

Cardiovascular Emergencies

Acute Decompensated Heart Failure and Hemodynamic Monitoring

Hematology & Chemistry

Alteration in Fluid and Electrolytes


Hematologic Emergencies and Blood Administration

Maternal-Newborn Care

Care of the Obstetrical Patient in the ED

Care of the Laboring Patient in the ED

Care of the Newborn in the ED


Stroke Care: Nursing Care in the ED

Neurological Assessment for the ED Nurse

Neurological Emergencies: Part 1

Neurological Emergencies: Part 2

Patient Safety


Active Shooter Event in a Healthcare Environment

National Patient Safety Goals


Pediatric Initial Approach and Assessment

Pediatric Common Procedures: Part 1


Child Abuse: Part 1 & Part 2

Pediatric Common Procedures: Part 2


Child Abuse: Part 3 & Part 4


Respiratory Management Part 1

Respiratory Management Part 2



Alternatives to Opioids

Toxicology-Related Presentations to the ED



Gastrointestinal Presentations in the ED


Genitourinary Presentations in the ED


Pain Management: Challenges in the ED Setting


Sepsis: Fast, Furious, Fatal

Bites – Stings – Envenomations


ENT, Dental and Ocular Emergencies


Care of the Geriatric Patient in the ED


Orthopedic Presentations

Endocrine Emergencies


Environmental Emergencies


Wound Management for the ED Nurse


While this framework offers a blueprint for how you might structure and implement your education program, every organization is unique; you might prioritize certain areas over others. If you have questions about how you might modify this to work for your organization, reach out to our Client Success Team, who will be happy to optimize a plan for you.


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Categories: Emergency Medicine, Nursing


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