This course provides a practical introduction to using the National Vital Signs Chart and Early Warning Score.

This course is for:

  • nurses who complete vital signs and early warning scores
  • junior doctors who are primary responders for early warning score escalation
  • other clinicians who are responders for early warning score escalation
  • nursing and medical students

This eCourse will introduce you to the Health and Disability Services Restraint Minimisation and Safe Practice Standards. By completing this eCourse you will understand how these Standards apply within CM Health and the expectations the organisation has regarding the application of the Standards.

This eCourse is applicable to all Whanganui DHB settings where patient care is provided. It has been written for all staff who have contact with patients, visitors or members of the public. It sets out what support and guidance staff should expect their department to provide.

Course Pre-requisite:
All Whanganui DHB employees who have contact with patients, visitors or members of the public.

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All nurses beginning work in the Whanganui District need to complete this education module within the first 6 weeks of employment.

Course Description

The purpose of this course is to ensure that registered nurses (RNs) and nurse practitioners (NPs) work within their scope of practice and are aware of their accountabilities and responsibilities when delegating client care activities to other RNs, enrolled nurses (ENs), health care assistants (HCAs), casual/relief staff, student nurses, honorary staff and clients/family/whānau. To ensure RNs, ENs, HCAs, casual and relief staff are aware of their responsibilities and accountabilities when delegated activities by the registered nurse, nurse practitioner or other health professional.

Time allocation
30 minutes

This eCourse will enable staff to be able to utilise effective communication strategies and remain safe when faced with challenging situations. This will include developing an understanding of the cycle of escalation and the role that communication plays in the de-escalation of a distressed person. The relationship between least restrictive interventions and the decision making process will be explored.

This course is worth 1 hour of Professional Development time

The content of this course has been supplied with thanks from Counties Manukau Health