Learn Something New in Healthcare

While on LinkedIn one day I came across a certification course from Harvard Medical School: Mechanical Ventilation for COVID-19. I decided to take this course and with the help of this course, I was able to gain knowledge and understanding on how I can best support COVID-19 patients who are receiving mechanical ventilation.

Although this course aims to prepare licensed non-ICU hospital clinicians to support critical care respiratory therapists as well as physicians and nurses caring for a patient who is receiving mechanical ventilation, I believe student nurses can benefit from it also.

Here are some of the things I learned:

  • Principles and functions of mechanical ventilation
  • Ventilator settings and adjustments
  • Ventilating patients with Acute respiratory disorder and obstructive lung disease
  • Evaluating patients for extubating readiness and conducting the extubating procedure

Here is how you can access the course:

There are also free online certifications and resources you can take advantage of while studying remotely and they include:

The AACN (American Association of Critical Care Nurses) is providing a free course on ventilator resources! Create an account with www.aacn.org

  • Search for “COVID-19 Pulmonary, ARDS, and Ventilator Resources.”
  • Once searched, below you will see “Access Course Now.”
  • When prompted sign in.

The American Red Cross offers a Psychological First Aid course for free to educate on how we can show support for others and ourselves during times of stress https://www.redcross.org/take-a-class/coronavirus-information/psychological-first-aid-online-course

I hope you will be able to take advantage of some of these courses and move your career forward in this pandemic!

By, Jennifer AsanteHealthcare & Wellness Advisory Senior Advisory Board Member

By Joi Sampson
Joi Sampson Associate Director of Career and Professional Development Joi Sampson