Here's what's inside Confident Nurse Academy 

Confident Nurse Academy is a guided virtual RN residency program that features clinically relevant lessons geared toward new grad nurses. Let's dive in!

Foundation lessons that will impact your practice starting with your very next shift. 

A library of clinical lessons on-demand so you can access them as you need them.

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Foundation lessons

Failure to rescue is the number one patient safety issue facing new grad nurses. That is why this is the very first foundation lesson you will have access to inside the CNA online learning platform.

As a matter of fact, it’s so important you can’t move on to view other lessons until you’ve viewed the lesson on failure to rescue. 

Being able to appropriately identify deleterious changes in patient conditions and intervene appropriately starts right now. 

After you complete the Failure to Rescue lesson, we build on that content with other foundation (AKA must-know) lessons that you can view again and again. 

  • Criteria to call a rapid response
  • How to handle a code blue
  • Priority assessments - neuro, cardiovascular, respiratory, GI and renal
  • Communication - SBAR, receiving/giving report and calling docs
  • Time management
  • Oxygen delivery systems
  • When to call the MD
  • 18 Foundation Lessons total

On-demand videos give you the flexibility to integrate the  lessons into your practice.


Clinical lessons

We know new grad nurse life comes at you hard and there's a lot to learn. That's why all the lessons are available once you complete the Failure to Rescue module. This gives you the flexibility to view the lessons on your own schedule and in your own way.

Here is some of what's in store in this virtual RN residency program:

  • Safe Medication Administration - Even though this seems incredibly basic, nurses still make med errors. In these lessons, you'll go beyond the "5 Rights" and bulletproof your medication administration with additional safety checks. You'll also dive deep into a med safety case study that helps bring this concept to life. (2 Lessons)
  • Interpreting labs - Knowing a normal reference range is not the same thing as knowing what to DO with the information. We apply real world nursing knowledge to this crucial skillset! (6 Lessons)
  • Understanding IV fluids¬† ¬†- Fluids are a cornerstone treatment for our patients, and you need to know what you're hanging, and why. (1 Lesson)
  • Stroke - Even if you are not stroke certified, you HAVE to know how to recognize and intervene for a patient who is having a stroke. These lessons cover in-hospital stroke recognition and calling a stroke alert. (2 Lessons)
  • Sepsis - This is one of the most common¬†pathologies you will see, and it's COMPLEX. We don't just explain the patho, we dive into the history, treatment, and latest evidence on this critical disease state. (4 Lessons)
  • Respiratory emergencies -¬† Nothing's working if your patient can't breathe. We take you beyond the basics in this lesson with things it took us years to learn. (4 Lessons)
  • How to approach EKG evaluation and response -¬†Yep, you need to know how to read a 12-lead, folks! You also need to know we do NOT give nitro to every MI patient. (and why!)¬†These lessons cover EKG evaluation basics¬†as well as key assessments and nursing interventions for common arrhythmias. (6 Lessons)
  • Chest pain¬†- Guess what? Just because it's chest pain, doesn't mean it's a cardiac event. Nonetheless, we teach you how to assess and intervene¬†so you can get these patients what they need. (1 Lesson)
  • Post-Op care - Caring for patients after an invasive procedure is an art (and science) unto itself. Includes¬†information on pain management and PCA safety. (2 Lessons)
  • Glycemic management - These lessons drive home how detrimental glucose imbalances can be, including DKA. (2 Lessons)
  • Hemodynamics for critical care¬†- If you're in ED, PACU or ICU, this in-depth lesson will drastically boost your confidence. Wait and see, you'll be the one teaching the experienced nurses new things after you learn this¬†material! (1 Lesson)
  • Hemodynamics for Med Surg units¬†- Yes, you can still apply hemodynamic principles without complex hemodynamic monitoring equipment.¬†(1 Lesson)
  • Renal disease - Many patients experience acute kidney injury in the clinical setting. The key to preventing further injury is early recognition and treatment. These lessons cover acute kidney injury, end-stage renal disease and hemodialysis. (2 Lessons)
  • Acid-Base imbalances and ABG interpretation - Your patient doesn't have to be critically ill to have an acid-base imbalance or an ABG ordered, though if you're working in the ICU you'll definitely see these a lot! (2 Lessons)
  • GI bleeds - One of the fastest ways for your patient to seriously deteriorate is with an active GI bleed. (2 Lessons)
  • Patient safety - Keeping your patients safe runs in the background of every patient assessment, intervention and interaction. Learn how to make it an integral part of your practice. (5 Lessons)
  • Arterial and venous sheaths - Learn the basics of caring for a patient after they've had an arterial or venous sheath removed. (1 Lesson)
  • Shock - Though more common in the ICU, shock¬†can happen in all clinical settings. It's imperative you understand how to recognize it and get fast care for your your patient. This overview of anaphylactic shock, neurogenic shock, cardiogenic shock, hypovolemic shock, and septic shock will greatly boost your clinical confidence! (5 Lessons)
  • Overcoming imposter syndrome - This is a big problem for a lot of new grad nurses and it can be detrimental to your professional growth, but only if you let it. (5 Lessons)
  • Lateral violence - Sadly, our coworkers are not always professional, respectful, or kind. Learn how to handle lateral violence like a pro. (1 Lesson)
  • New grad nurse finances - A big adjustment to new grad nurse life is managing that new grad nurse money! Start your career fiscally responsible and thank yourself later! (1 Lesson)
  • Emotional Intelligence -¬†Emotional intelligence means having the skills to be¬†emotionally resilient¬†and¬†emotionally flexible. If you're able to grow in your emotional intelligence, you will be better equipped to navigate the challenges of the world of nursing and all that it entails.¬†¬†(1 Lesson)

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