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Training Center

The Integrated Center for Education Training Center offers a variety of training and certification courses for medical professionals. Learn more about the training that we offer below.

For more information, such as course dates and seat availability, please contact the Training Center at trainingcenter@gundersenhealth.org or 608-775-3438.

Business Training

If your business would like CPR, First Aid and other training from Gundersen, please contact Gundersen Business Health Services at (608) 775-4431 or bhs@gundersenhealth.org.

Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS)

Gundersen Health System’s ACLS Course has been updated to reflect new science in the American Heart Association (AHA) Guidelines Update for CPR and Emergency Cardiovascular Care. This course builds on the foundation of lifesaving BLS skills, emphasizing the importance of continuous, high-quality CPR.

This advanced course highlights the importance of high-performance team dynamics and communication, systems of care, recognition and intervention of cardiopulmonary arrest, immediate post-cardiac arrest, acute dysrhythmia, stroke and acute coronary syndromes (ACS).

  • Course uses learning stations for practice of essential skills and simulated clinical scenarios that encourage active participation.
  • Hands-on class format reinforces skills proficiency.
  • Classroom setting works well for learners who prefer group interaction and instructor feedback while learning skills.

For more information, such as course dates and seat availability, please contact the Training Center at trainingcenter@gundersenhealth.org or 608-775-3438.

Advanced Life Support in Obstetrics (ALSO®)

ALSO is an evidence-based, multidisciplinary training program that prepares maternity healthcare providers to better manage obstetric emergencies. ALSO’s evidence-based learning path bridges knowledge gaps and boosts skill sets using a team-based approach, hands-on training and mnemonics to reduce errors and save lives.

Improving outcomes and saving lives for more than two decades, ALSO offers three course types—provider, instructor or refresher—as well as course sponsorship opportunities.

Facilitated by ALSO-approved instructors, participants attending an ALSO course learn practical, team-based approaches to managing emergency situations, including postpartum hemorrhage, shoulder dystocia and pre-eclampsia. Although labor and delivery room emergency care is the main focus of the program, ALSO curriculum further addresses preventive care and practice concerns, such as:

  • First-trimester complications
  • Helping parents cope with a birth crisis
  • Diagnostic ultrasound

For more information, such as course dates and seat availability, please contact the Training Center at trainingcenter@gundersenhealth.org or 608-775-3438.

Advanced Trauma Care for Nurses (ATCN)

ATCN is designed for the registered nurse interested in increasing knowledge in the management of multiple trauma patients. ATCN is taught concurrently with the American College of Surgeons (ACS) Advanced Trauma Life Support® (ATLS).

The ATCN program has been operational for more than 15 years and has an excellent record of offering superb trauma education and maintaining a positive collaboration with the ACS Committee on Trauma State Chapters. ATCN is currently being offered in numerous states as well as internationally. The ATCN Committee is continually responding to requests from other regions, states and countries to start this program in their areas. There is a six-month planning process for all inaugural courses.

For more information contact Brenda Miller, senior office assistant, Gundersen Trauma Services, at (608) 775-3054 or BJMiller@gundersenhealth.org.

Advanced Trauma Life Support® (ATLS)

ATLS teaches a systematic, concise approach to caring for trauma patients. ATLS was developed by the American College of Surgeons (ACS) Committee on Trauma (COT) and was first introduced in 1980. Its courses provide a safe and reliable method for acute management of injured patients. The course teaches how to assess a patient’s condition, resuscitate and stabilize, and determine if the patient’s needs exceed a facility’s capacity. It also covers how to arrange for a patient’s inter-hospital transfer and assure that optimum care is provided throughout the process.

For more information contact Brenda Miller, senior office assistant, Gundersen Trauma Services, at (608) 775-3054 or BJMiller@gundersenhealth.org.

Basic Life Support (CPR) Courses

Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers: This 4.5-hour course covers CPR, use of bag mask, foreign-body airway obstruction and automated external defibrillation. Upon successful completion of this course you will receive an AHA Course Completion Card. This is a two-year certification. Course fees include the manual

Heartsaver®/Automatic External Defibrillator – Adult/Child: This 2.5-hour course includes CPR for adult and child, use of an AED, relief of choking and the use of barrier devices. You will receive an AHA Course Completion Card after this course. Course fees include the manual.

Heartsaver®/ Automatic External Defibrillator – Adult/Child/Infant: This 4-hour course includes CPR for adult/child/infant, use of an AED, relief of choking and the use of barrier devices. You will receive an AHA Course Completion Card after this course. Course fees include the manual.

Heartsaver® First Aid with CPR and AED: This 5.5- to 7-hour course teaches how to manage illness and injuries in the first minutes of a medical emergency until professional help arrives. Course content includes general principles of first aid; medical, injury and environmental emergencies; and CPR and AED for different age groups. Choose adult/child CPR or adult/child/infant CPR. This is a two-year certification and you will receive an AHA Course Completion Card at the end of the course. Course fees include the manual.

Heartsaver® First Aid only: This 3-hour course teaches how to manage illness and injuries in the first minutes of a medical emergency until professional help arrives. Course content includes general principles of first aid and medical, injury and environmental emergencies. This is a two-year certification and you will receive an AHA Course Completion Card at the end of the course. Course fees include the manual.

Skills testing session for online courses

For medical

  • Heartcode Basic Life Support Online Skills testing course: This self-directed program teaches students Adult/Child/Infant CPR and AED for healthcare providers. The fees of this course include the practice session and skills testing. 1.5 hours.

Non-medical

  • Heartsaver® First Aid Online Part 1: This self-directed program teaches critical first aid skills and knowledge needed to respond to, and manage, an emergency in the first few minutes until emergency medical services (EMS) take over. Course fees include the practice session and skills testing. 1.5 hours.
  • Heartsaver® CPR AED Online Part 1: This self-directed course teaches CPR and AED skills and knowledge needed to respond to, and manage, a sudden cardiac arrest or choking emergency in the first few minutes until emergency medical services (EMS) take over. Course fees include the practice session and skills testing. 2 hours.
  • Heartsaver® First Aid CPR AED Online Part 1: This self-directed course uses interactive lessons and videos to teach comprehensive first aid, CPR and AED. Course fees include the practice session and skills testing. 2.5 hours.

For more information, such as course dates and seat availability, please contact the Training Center at trainingcenter@gundersenhealth.org or 608-775-3438.

Basic Life Support in Obstetrics (BLSO)

Basic Life Support in Obstetrics (BLSO) is a course that has been adapted from the Advanced Life Support in Obstetrics (ALSO) program. BLSO is an educational simulation program designed to meet the unique needs of first responders when encountered with a variety of obstetrical emergencies.

Suitable for emergency physicians and nurses, flight nurses, physician assistants, paramedics, EMTs, residents, medical students and nursing students. Learners are equipped with basic skills needed for managing an uncomplicated delivery and stabilizing patients with an obstetric emergency.

For more information, such as course dates and seat availability, please contact the Training Center at trainingcenter@gundersenhealth.org or 608-775-3438.

Emergency Nursing Pediatric Course (ENPC)

Accurate assessment of a child with an acute illness or injury requires special knowledge and skills. ENPC gives nurses the tools to provide expert care for patients from birth to adolescence, including:

  • Pediatric assessment triangle
  • Early intervention
  • Family presence

The Emergency Nursing Pediatric Course (ENPC) was created to establish a standardized body of pediatric emergency nursing knowledge and to improve the care of pediatric patients. This course combines interactive learning with scenario-based assessments to give nurses a comprehensive learning experience. The course includes:

  • A systematic approach to the initial assessment. The first few minutes of medical and trauma care for a young person are critical to achieve better patient outcomes. The A-I mnemonic and the pediatric assessment triangle will assist nurses in providing appropriate and early intervention.
  • Hands-on training using individual and team approaches. Six teaching scenarios offer nurses the opportunity to practice the systematic approach of the initial assessment in real-life situations.
  • Two-day intensive course with expert instructors. ENPC is a 2-day course taught by expert instructors. There is an average ratio of about one faculty per four learners.
  • Evidence-based content developed by pediatric emergency experts. Three-chapter comprehensive manual includes special emphasis on age and developmental stages.

For more information, such as course dates and seat availability, please contact the Training Center at trainingcenter@gundersenhealth.org or 608-775-3438.

Neonatal Resuscitation Program® (NRP)

The NRP uses an evidence-based approach to care of the newborn and facilitates effective team-based care for healthcare professionals who care for newborns at the time of delivery. NRP uses a blended learning approach, which includes online testing, online case-based simulations and hands-on case-based simulation/debriefing that focus on critical leadership, communication and teamwork skills.

For more information, such as course dates and seat availability, please contact the Training Center at trainingcenter@gundersenhealth.org or 608-775-3438.

Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS)

This classroom, instructor-led course uses videos and simulated pediatric emergencies to reinforce a systematic approach to pediatric assessment, basic life support, PALS treatment algorithms, effective resuscitation and team dynamics. The goal of the PALS course is to improve the quality of care provided to seriously ill or injured children, resulting in improved outcomes.

  • Classroom-based courses work well for learners who prefer group interaction and instructor feedback while learning.
  • Course includes realistic, clinical scenarios that encourage active participation delivered through actual pediatric patient videos and lifelike simulations.
  • Course is comprehensive and includes our systematic approach to assess and treat pediatric patients in emergency situations.
  • Course uses a hands-on class format to reinforce skills proficiency.
  • Co-branded with the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).

For more information, such as course dates and seat availability, please contact the Training Center at trainingcenter@gundersenhealth.org or 608-775-3438.

S.T.A.B.L.E.

Based on a mnemonic to optimize learning, retention and recall of information, S.T.A.B.L.E. stands for the six assessment and care modules in the program: sugar, temperature, airway, blood pressure, lab work and emotional support. S.T.A.B.L.E. is the most widely distributed and implemented neonatal education program to focus exclusively on the post-resuscitation/pre-transport stabilization care of sick infants. A seventh module, Quality Improvement, stresses the professional responsibility of improving and evaluating care provided to sick infants.

For more information, such as course dates and seat availability, please contact the Training Center at trainingcenter@gundersenhealth.org or 608-775-3438.

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