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Society of Invasive
Cardiovascular Professionals:
A New Online RCIS Review Class

Todd Ginapp, EMT-P, RCIS, and Wes Todd, BS, RCIS

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Managers like the accountability of college classes. Although it is a pass-fail class, each student receives an evaluation which can be placed in the employee file. Many managers pay for their staff to take the 2 courses for continuing education documentation for JCAHO. The cardiology manager below uses the online class to upgrade her staff:

"In 2002, I offered the opportunity to the radiology staff here at Deaconess to engage in Wes Todd's online RCIS classes. My objective was to increase our radiology technologists' level of understanding regarding hemodynamics, electrocardiograms and cardiac diseases in order to have a cross-functional team. Prior to their training, their job role was limited to moving the table, operating IVUS, setting up the demographics in the radiology system, running film and transporting patients.

"Film was going away, we hired a transporter, and the demographics now load from our IT interface. What was a radiology tech to do now? Well luckily, not only is the RCIS online course an An empty Cath Lab with three doors, denoting a lack of teamwork. excellent training program, but it can be attended during downtime at work and it is very affordable.

"All 4 of our radiology techs took the course and went on to pass their registries. I believe this was due to the fact that the course is taught through the cardiovascular tech program at SCC and also many of the attendees shared their broad experience with each other in the online class.

"Here at Deaconess, when a person passes a second board exam, they are awarded an hourly raise. The radiology techs now monitor, scrub and perform their old duties and actually are the most thoroughly cross-trained staff we employ. This was achieved without losing work time and with limited impact to their family life.

"The online RCIS classes are invaluable to a cardiac program that needs to increase knowledge of their staff in a cost and time efficient manner. In summary, all you need are motivated, interested staff and online RCIS class."
Jan Schmidlkofer,
cardiology manager,
Deaconess Hospital, Spokane, WA

RCIS Review I
CV Pressures & Hemodynamics
Cardiac Pressure Pathologies
Contractility & Frank-Starling Law
Autonomic CNS & medications
Patient Care Issues
Heart Failure & Shock
Catherters & Caterterization Equipment
Vascular Anatomy & Physiology
Vascular Pathologies
X-Ray Equipment & Safety
Introduction to Pharmacology
RCIS Review II
BCLS & ACLS Review
Cardiac Artery A & P Arteriography
Left Heart Catheterizations
Right Heart Catheterizations
Sterile Technique
LV Angiograpny

The class relies heavily upon student interaction. Those with strengths and experience in specific areas (radiology, pharmacology, patient care, etc.) share with other students online, and discuss problems common to cath lab staff. This sharing is evident in the discussion boards. Before you know it, the class becomes a group, working together with comradery, which really dissolves turf boundaries between nurses and techs. See Figure 3 (modified from www.vascularsci.com), which illustrates how the patient suffers when teamwork fails.

Participants need access to a computer and modem to get online, and the required Todd CD, which is available to participants at $80. Tuition is $176 for each of the 2 eleven-week quarters, which can be taken in any sequence. For more information, see Wes Todd's classes To register, call SCC (509)533-8010.

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Cath Lab Digest - ISSN: 1073-2667 - Volume 13 July - Issue 7 -
July 2005 - Pages: 22 - 23

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