While the live events at Emergency Nursing 2022 have wrapped up, the engagement and education will continue online for three more months.
Nine pre-recorded education sessions, as well as the opening and closing general sessions, are already available online. Dozens more will be online and ready for replay by the end of October, including 26 live stream sessions (featuring speaker video recorded in Denver and their PowerPoint deck) and 46 content capture sessions (with the speaker’s audio and PowerPoint).
Attendees will be able to watch sessions for free through Jan. 31, and Digital Access is still available for purchase.
With a handful of exceptions, almost all the content will be eligible for contact hours. Credit can be claimed on the Contact Hour Claim Portal: Registered attendees received a personalized email on Sept. 30 from [email protected] with instructions. (If you don’t see the email, check your spam or junk folder.)
For help, email the ENA’s CNE team at [email protected]. The CNE Instructions tab on the Emergency Nursing 2022 app has more details. Attendees will be able to access the portal for their contact hours through Jan. 31.
The currently available on-demand sessions cover a broad range of topics, from the ethical issues of proactively placing IVs in patients to how palliative care and hospice can improve patient quality of life. See the complete list on the On-Demand Library tab on the app.
Kelly Bedner’s on-demand session, “Mooo: Sacred Cows in Emergency Nursing,” looks at those interventions and procedures that emergency nurses continue as a tradition without questioning them — and which have no basis in evidence-based practice.
The “holy cows” she discussed include some surprising moves that have been done for a long time but aren’t supported by evidence. One example was the use of an air bolus to verify placement of a nasogastric or orogastric tube, when using an X-ray for verification was the standard of care.
Bedner’s other examples illustrated “mad cow” practices that are weird or bizarre; “cash cows” that became accepted because someone was making a profit; “purple cows” conducted even when it’s unclear how they started; and “cow tipping,” which largely represented urban legends.
“We used to, when I was a baby nurse, make decisions based on opinions and past experience,” said Bedner, an ED educator for Excela Health in Pennsylvania. “Now we make decisions based on research and evidence.”
Bedner encouraged her audience to put these sacred cows “out to pasture” — not only by examining the available research behind their bedside practices, but also by “taking the bull by the horns” to create their own research studies.