Education overload in the ED – no way!

Jodie  Burke1

1Calvary Public Hospital Bruce , Bruce, Australia

Calvary ED’s education team and education plan has received a fantastic make over in the last 12 months. With a new CNC and a new CNE  and also a newly appointed Acting CDN the ideas were flowing.

We commenced our make over with trialling two in service slots per day. Therefore capturing both morning and evenings shifts potentially and aiming to provide education to at least 14 Nursing staff per session. The first session commences at 0815 and is usually held in the resuscitation room. The aim of this session is a practical session. Topics have included the practical use of oxylog, intubation do and donts, resuscitation drugs, manual handling, BLS, ALS scenarios and insulin infusions to name a few. A summary is provided after each session and an evaluation form is given to each team member. These sessions are lead by our CNE, CDN or often our Level 2’s or Level 1’s and are pre-prepared and seen by the CNE prior to presentation.

The 2pm in-service is the more conservative power point presentation.

We have commenced the Emergency Nursing Program in February 2017. Seven  New Graduate RN’s started the  program. The program aims to provide written resources and practical elements of ED Nursing for the RN while demanding a number of set requirements that need to be submitted by certain dates. Each ENP participant has 2 mentors for the program. We now have 9 RNs and 2 EN’s on the program.

We have also developed a progression pathway for the Team. A number of RNs were concerned as there wasn’t a formal progression guide in the ED. This has now been developed and received well by our current team and particularly new starters.

Education overload. NO way. Never too much education here at Calvary ED.


I commenced my career as a New Graduate RN at St Vincent’s Hospital in Sydney, then found my love for Intensive Carew Nursing at Westmead Hospital. I  commenced in Calvary ED in July 2016. Prior to ED I acted as the Nurse Manager at Calvary ICU/CCU for 15months. I have extensive experience in After Hours Management of various Hospitals. I have extensive experience in ICU Nursing and have a passion for patient safety, staff satisfaction and teamwork.  I have a newly discovered love for ED Nursing and particularly the Calvary ED team.