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FEPA – Focused Education Preparation Advancing Frontline RNS

Education to Prepare and Advance Frontline Healthcare workers in these unprecedented times. In Specialty nursing at BCIT our faculty are not only excellent educators but also frontline nurses working right beside you.

Nurses in full PPE including masks, face shields and gloves.

“The BCIT Focused Education Preparation Advancing Frontline Registered Nurses (FEPA) course was valuable and relevant in helping me quickly upskill to provide support to critical-care patients during the COVID-19 pandemic. The information was well organized and easy to follow. I am confident that I completed the course with the knowledge to assist in the care of ventilated patients.”

Sarah Fast, BCIT High Acuity Specialty Nursing alumna and Registered Nurse, Fraser Health Authority.

Course details

Course number: MOOC – 0305
Course title: FEPA – Focused Education Preparation Advancing Frontline RNS
Audience: Frontline RNs working in COVID healthcare.
Prerequisites: Practicing RNs
Registration Fee: None

Delivery details

  • Self paced independent study
  • Flexible learning paths

Learning outcomes

This course has three different pathways you may choose to travel depending on your needs. In total, the course covers:

  • Oxygen supply and Demand Basics
  • Comprehensive Assessment
  • Arterial Blood Gas Analysis
  • Hemodynamic monitoring
  • Myocardial Electrophysiology and Conduction
  • Normal Electrocardiogram Complex
  • Systematic ECG Analysis
  • Cardiac Rhythms: Sinus, Atrial and Ventricular
  • Impact of Cardiac Rhythms on Hemodynamics
  • Interventions
  • Review: Respiratory Anatomy and Physiology
  • Non-Invasive Ventilation
    • Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP)
    • Biphasic Positive Airway Pressure (BiPAP)
    • Caring for the NIPPV Patient
    • Troubleshooting
    • Clinical Decision Making – NIPPV
  • Invasive Ventilation
    • Introduction to Modes of Mechanical Ventilation
    • Caring for the Mechanically Ventilated Patient
    • Troubleshooting
    • Clinical Decision Making – Invasive Ventilation
  • Introduction to Shock
  • Preload, Afterload and Contractility
  • Hypovolemic Shock
  • Cardiogenic Shock
  • Septic Shock

Time commitment

Varies depending on the path you choose, but average is about 40 hours.

Completion criteria


Completion award

  • Statement of Completion
  • Digital Badge

To Register

Once registered

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