|The PGNET (Post-Graduate Nursing-Emergency & Trauma) program is intended for RNs and BSNs who seek expertise in Emergency Room and trauma patient care. This provides nurses with the additional training and experience they need to be able to work in an emergency department.
Our program is taught live online during the didactic phase using Skype or FaceTime - whichever is best for the student(s). This course is offered as either a multi-person class, or to individual students (for a higher fee). Multi Person classes are taught 5 days per week, 8am - 5pm Pacific Time for 8-10 consecutive weeks. Individual students can arrange for a specialized instruction schedule - however they are limited to the same maximum timeframe of 10 weeks, but can be completed in less time.
The PGNET program consists of:
1) One week review of anatomy, physiology, medical ethics, HIPPA, EMTALA, 5150, etc.
2) 8-10 weeks of classroom didactic instruction, followed by
3) 12 weeks of a full-time clinical internship at a designated hospital in California.
(NOTE: We are currently under negotiation with a Minnesota hospital consortium, and will update the website once those negotiations are complete, if we are successful in negotiating a central/east coast location for internships).
We will try to locate you at a hospital that is convenient to your place of residence if you live in California - however there are no guarantees, and the student is responsible for all expenses associated with taking the internship other than for the internship itself. (e.g. you are responsible for travel, housing, clothing, meals, etc.).
NOTE: If you are licensed outside of the state where you do your internship, you will be required to obtain a Nursing license in that state in order to participate in the internship part of this program. This is the responsibility of the student.
Completion of the orientation and the didactic modules with a passing grade is required before a student can participate in the clinical internship, which is conducted under the guidance of a nurse preceptor in a contracted Emergency Department. To successfully complete the full program, the student must pass all didactic modules (including written and skills examinations) and receive a passing evaluation during their hospital internship.
Successful Completion of the PGNET Program will give you 200 CEU's plus a certificate of completion.
Approved by The Workforce Investment Board in any county in California (if you are in need of financial assistance).
Course Outline - Didactic: 8-10 Weeks
At the end of each week of instruction, there will be an exam on Friday covering the material covered that week.
Module I: Cardiac, ACLS/BLS, Pharmacology, Calculations, Respiratory
Module II: Trauma, Shock, Neural, Pharmacology, Calculations, Respiratory
Module III: Pediatric, Obstetrics, PALS/BLS, Pharmacology, Calcultaions, Respiratory, Geriatrics
Module IV: Diabetes, Endocrine, Abdominal pain, Pharmacology, Calculations and Repiratory
Course Outline - Internship: 12 WeeksInternship will be done under the guidance of an Emergency Department Preceptor Nurse at the assigned hospital. The rate at which the student advances through the Internship will be dependent on hospital circumstances and the student's ability to move through various degrees of responsibility in their assigned Emergency Department. The student will receive 12 weeks of internship experience, and is expected to complete all responsibilities within that time frame.
Often, if a student performs well and there is an opening in that Emergency Department, our PGNET student may be offered the open position.
Class Time Frame:
1) 8-10 weeks - Didactics , followed by final exam - which must be passed before starting Internship.
2) 12 weeks - Internship in a Level 1, 2 , or 3 – Trauma Center or Emergency Department working full-time, 8 or 12 hour shifts, with a preceptor (Ratio 1:1)
If you have any questions, or would like more information, please contact us.
The following requirements must be met prior to being accepted into the Post-Graduate Nursing Emergency & Trauma program. A student must have one of the following:
(i) A current and active RN License, or
(ii) A BSN, or
(iii) An Associate Degree PLUS be registered in a BSN Program.
NOTE: Many of the hospitals that accept students for their Internship are Magnet Hospitals, and will only accept nurses with a BSN or if they have an Associate Degree must be registered in a BSN program.
The following are required before starting the internship portion of the program:
If you are registered in the PGNET Program, we are able to offer renewal courses in ACLS, PALS and BLS at an additional cost per course. We do NOT currently offer TNCC.
Generally, all didactic classes are taught using live interactive webinars. On occasion, with prior arrangements, a full class of 6 or more students may be taught on site in Minnesota or California.
If you are working or unable to attend all-day online webinars for multi-student classes, it is possible to request a customized schedule that suits you - there is an additional charge for individualized instruction. You will still be required to complete all didactics in a 10 week time frame prior to starting your Internship. Often, in a 1 on 1 situation, this instruction moves more quickly, and it is possible to cover the material in less than 10 weeks. But this is not a guarantee. It is dependent on the amount of time you have available for instruction and for studying.
On completion of the 8-10 weeks of didactics and 12 week Internship you will receive 200 CEU’s towards your Continued Education Credits plus a certificate of completion.
We schedule classes based on the common available dates of the majority of our students. Therefore, it will be important for you to be clear about your availability. It will also be important for you to have some flexibility so that we can accommodate as many students as possible. If we cannot find a series of dates that works for you, then you may want to consider taking the course as a one-on-one. It is more expensive, but you receive one-on-one instruction, plus we will work to your schedule as much as we possibly can within the time-frame allowed.