Emergency Practice, Interventions and Care - Canada (EPICC) - Foundations


Canada's National Emergency Nursing Education Course by your National Emergency Nurses Association

This page details the program and courses run by prn Education.  If you are looking for the National EPICC Website (Blog, Email list, etc) - Click Here.

Course Scope and Objectives

This course is based on the National Emergency Nurses Association (NENA) Core Competencies of the Emergency Nurse.  These Core Competencies are available on the NENA website at www.nena.ca.  Using small group, large group and simulation, the course focuses on the Emergency Department approach to the care of the adult and the basic concepts of some pediatric variations in emergency care.

Course Purpose

The purpose of the course is to provide a standardized approach to the emergency department patient with a variety of presentations.  In addition to discussing presenting complaint pathophysiology and standardized treatment, a focus will be placed on rapid plans of care, follow-up assessments, communication skills and teamwork concepts.  This course presents a framework for assessment that is encouraged by NENA to be used by all Emergency Nurses.

Course Format

The course is a mixture of pre-course online modules, classroom, small group case practice/simulation and psychomotor skill stations covering the following topics: 

  • Unconscious NYD
  • Stroke
  • Multi-Trauma
  • Splinting
  • Chest Pain/Myocardial Infarction
  • Pharmacology
  • COPD/Congestive Heart Failure
  • Emergency Management
  • Anaphylaxis
  • Communication
  • Sepsis
  • Pain
  • Asthma
  • Professional Practice
  • Diabetic Ketoacidosis
  • Airway, Breathing, Circulation Interventions

  • Note About Online Learning: The online learning system requires an internet connection and the use of a current-version browser and javascript to function properly.  Extensive testing has been completed on the most current versions of Internet Explorer, Safari and Chrome.  Your employer's computers may not have the most current version of these browsers - so expect to complete the pre-course learning from home or on your mobile device.  We also encourage you to use your personal email address when registering so that your employer does not block the username and password emails.

    Course Length and Evaluation 

    The attended portion of the class is two days in length.  There is an evaluation process before and throughout the course.  There is no formal written or practical examination.  The evaluation process is one-on-one with an instructor and involves the individualized assessment of your skills and development of future learning goals.