ACLS, CPR & First Aid, Bloodborne Pathogens and Family & Friends CPR Courses

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Everyone should be able to provide CPR and first aid, until help arrives!  This information is very worthwhile and can definitely save a life, should the opportunity arise.  I offer American Heart Association (AHA) training and you will find my classes listed on this site, as well as posted on AHA’s website.  If you do not see a class offered by the time your current card expires, email me at rntheknow@gmail.com and I will make every attempt to accommodate your educational needs. 

Learning is flexible and you are welcome to utilize blended learning, which may save yourself some time.  This involves doing some homework on your own, as well as coming into the office to demonstrate your skills.  You can either purchase an electronic book or a hard copy version.  However, one or the other is required to attend the class.  Don’t worry, if you find yourself in class without a book, one will be available for purchase.  Your CPR card will be sent electronically, shortly after you successfully complete the course.  Rest in the assurance that you are learning from someone who has actually provided CPR and rendered first aid many times, so you will do just great!

I will also come to you if you have a group of more than four people!

REVIEWS FROM PAST STUDENTS

  • Kay is the absolute best! She went above and beyond to meet my educational needs for my university requirements. This was the most informative class I have ever attended! Kay was also a very kind and beautiful person that I enjoyed spending the day getting to know. It was wonderful to learn from someone so passionate and knowledgeable!!
  • Ms. Kay is very knowledgeable, accommodating and friendly. The place is neat and conducive for training.
  • I called Kay that morning and I was in class that afternoon. I love meeting smart and knowledgeable women and Kay is that and then some. She doesn’t rush through the information or the skills, but doesn’t draw it out either. She made sure I felt comfortable with asking questions and doing the skills. You need AHA CPR….Call Kay!!
  • Kay was wonderful! She helped me refresh my skills for CPR. Not only did I gain confidence for my skills needed for my nursing career, but she gave me little pointers as well! She was easy to talk to, fun, and made it interesting to learn. The videos are nice to watch, but her hands on scenarios are what made me more confident.  After talking to her more, I learned she has a very diverse background in healthcare. She focuses now on education for healthcare workers and even families. She helps educate families and even patients on decisions to be made when someone ages. She offers several classes, and can help you prepare your Advance Directives. She is very knowledgeable, and personable. Kay truly has a heart of gold, and has the best interest for you. I loved working with her and cant wait to stay in touch!

Basic Life Support (BLS) Course

Basic Life Support (BLS) is the foundation for saving lives after someone suffers a cardiac arrest. This course teaches both single-rescuer and team-based BLS skills for application in both in-facility and pre-hospital settings.

Who Should Take the BLS Course?

BLS is a course for any healthcare provider or first-responder who needs to know how to perform CPR and other basic cardiovascular life support skills. The course provides pre-hospital and in-facility tracks.  This course is recommended for people who work in these areas:

  • Paramedics
  • EMTs
  • Respiratory, physical and occupational therapists
  • Physicians
  • Nurses
  • Advanced Practice Registered Nurses 
  • Pharmacists
  • Interns and residents
  • Medical and nursing students
  • Firefighters
  • Police officers
  • Dental assistants

Concepts and Skills Covered

  • High quality CPR
  • AED usage
  • Relief of choking
  • Ventilation techniques
  • Opioid associated life-threatening emergencies

Providers who successfully complete the course will receive a card that is valid for two years.  This course is available in both classroom-based environments, as well as blended learning formats.

Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) Courses

Medical professionals who respond to cardiovascular emergencies both in and out of the hospital enhance their treatment knowledge and skills through the AHA’s ACLS training courses.  AHA’s ACLS offerings highlight the importance of team dynamics and communication, systems of care and immediate post-cardiac arrest care. They also cover airway management and related pharmacology. 

Who Should Take the ACLS Course?

Healthcare providers responding to emergent situations, requiring advanced life-saving skills.

*All ACLS classes require the learner to be able to identify basic cardiac rhythms.  If this is a barrier, I also have a 2-day basic electrocardiogram (ECG) rhythm interpretation course you could attend in preparation for this class*

Concepts and Skills Covered

  • Pharmacology
  • Defibrillation 
  • Cardioversion
  • Airway management
  • BLS with AED usage
  • Team dynamics
  • Post arrest care
  • Megacode

Heartsaver® Courses

These flexible courses are ideal for workplace or community training for laypeople who want to learn valuable lifesaving skills in an Instructor-led course.  Bloodborne pathogens is also available. 

Who Should Take Heartsaver® Courses?

Heartsaver® courses are perfect for on-site training of employees who, because of job responsibilities or regulatory requirements, have a duty to respond to a cardiac emergency. These courses can also be taken by anyone who wants to be prepared for an emergency in any setting.  This course is recommended for people who work in these areas: 

  • Security officers
  • Law enforcement
  • State correctional facilities
  • Colleges and universities
  • Hospitality
  • Health and fitness
  • Property management
  • Construction
  • Occupational and environmental health and safety
  • Child care
  • Manufacturing
  • Education
  • Airline industry

Essentially, having trained people who are able to immediately respond to emergencies is invaluable to both customers and employees!

What Concepts are Covered?

  • Describe how high-quality CPR improves survival
  • Explain the concepts of the Chain of Survival
  • Recognize when someone needs CPR
  • Perform high-quality CPR for an adult
  • Describe how to perform CPR with help from others
  • Give effective breaths by using mouth-to-mouth or a mask for all age groups
  • Demonstrate how to use an AED on an adult and a child
  • Describe when and how to help a choking adult, child or infant
  • List the priorities, roles, and responsibilities of first aid rescuers
  • Describe the key steps in first aid
  • Remove protective gloves
  • Find the problem
  • Describe the assessment and first aid actions for the following life-threatening conditions: heart attack, difficulty breathing, choking, severe bleeding, shock, and stroke
  • Use an epinephrine pen
  • Control bleeding and bandaging
  • Recognize elements of common injuries
  • Recognize elements of common illnesses
  • Describe how to find information on preventing illness and injury
  • Recognize the legal questions that apply to first aid rescuers

Bloodborne Pathogens 

*Due to the low demand for this course, I no longer  have these courses regularly scheduled.  Please email me at rntheknow@gmail.com to arrange a class time.  It will take about an hour to complete*

This course is designed specifically for workers with a reasonable chance of coming into contact with bloodborne pathogens. 

What Concepts Are Covered?  

  • Learn to protect yourself from blood or blood-containing materials
  • Act quickly and safely
  • Clean the area that has blood or blood-containing material
  • Tell their supervisor about the incident.

Family & Friends CPR Course

*Due to the low demand for this course, I no longer have it regularly scheduled.  If you would like to learn how to provide CPR, email me at rntheknow@gmail.com and we can schedule a session.  It will take about 2 1/2 hours to complete*

A classroom based course for anyone who wants to learn lifesaving skills but does not need a card. 

Who Should Take the Family & Friends CPR Course?

  • Literally, anyone who is strong enough to perform CPR and does not need a card for school or work!  

What Concepts are Covered?  

  • Adult and child Hands-Only CPR and AED
  • Adult, child and infant CPR with Breaths
  • Mild and severe airway block:  how to help a choking adult, child and infant

CPR Courses I Offer:

Basic Life Support (BLS) Provider

Classroom based education with hands-on practice to provide adult, child and infant CPR and AED training 

Basic Life Support (BLS) Provider Renewal

Classroom-based education with hands-on practice to provide adult, child and infant CPR and AED training, at a faster pace.  Designed for those who are renewing their cards.  

Basic Life Support (BLS) Provider Skills Check (must complete online portion first)

Shorter classroom duration with demonstration of skills

Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) Provider Course (2-day)

Class for those who are new to the course or those who are a little rusty (2-day class)

Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) Provider Course (1-day)

Designed for those who hold a current ACLS card and need to renew their certification (1-day class with no online work)

Heartcode Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS)

A blended learning class, where you do some work online, then present to demonstrate your skills (half day)

Heartsaver® CPR and/or First Aid Skills Check (must complete online portion first)

Features hands-on adult CPR and AED training and provides training in basic first aid procedures

Heartsaver® CPR AED + First Aid

Combines basic first aid with CPR and AED training

Family & Friends CPR

Classroom based course for people who want to learn lifesaving skills but do not need a card. *email rntheknow@gmail.com to arrange class date/time.  Hour required*

Heartsaver® Bloodborne Pathogens 

Classroom based course for those who have a reasonable chance of coming into contact with bloodborne pathogens. *email rntheknow@gmail.com to arrange class date/time.  2 1/2 hour time requirement*

AHA CLASSES AND SKILLS SESSIONS:  Courses must be rescheduled 2 days prior to the scheduled class start date.  A reschedule fee of $30 will be applied for all rescheduled classes and skills sessions.  Students must arrive for their course before the scheduled start time.  Students arriving more than 10 minutes late will not be allowed to participate in the course and will forfeit the course fees.  There are no refunds or transfers allowed for AHA online, Instructor lead or skills session classes.

Disclosure: 

The American Heart Association (AHA) strongly promotes knowledge and proficiency in all AHA courses and has developed instructional materials for this purpose. Use of these materials in an educational course does not represent course sponsorship by the AHA. Any fees charged for such a course, except for a portion of fees needed for AHA course materials, do not represent income to the AHA.

Upcoming Classes

Click on a class title to expand the selection and view upcoming classes.  I am small enough to be able to respond to your learning needs; if you do not see a date/time that works for you reach out to me at rntheknow@gmail.com  

BLS (Basic Life Support) Provider & BLS Provider Renewal

The BLS Instructor-led course teaches both single-rescuer and team basic life support skills for application in both prehospital and in-facility environments, with a focus on High-Quality CPR and team dynamics.  The BLS Provider Renewal Course goes a little faster and is designed for those renewing their cards.  

Cost: $85 + $25 book 

Paper books are available for purchase the day of class, if you do not have one.  

Upcoming Classes:


Wed

08


Sat

18


Mon

20


Thu

30


Jan

04

Basic Life Support (BLS) Provider Course January 4, 2022 Noon

January 4, 2022 @ 12:00 pm4:00 pm


Jan

07

Basic Life Support (BLS) Provider Course January 7, 2022 9AM

January 7, 2022 @ 9:00 am1:00 pm


Jan

08


Jan

12


Jan

15

Basic Life Support (BLS) Provider Course January 15, 2022 10AM

January 15, 2022 @ 10:00 am2:00 pm


Jan

19

Basic Life Support (BLS) Provider Course January 19, 2022 Noon

January 19, 2022 @ 12:00 pm4:00 pm


Jan

22


Jan

25


Jan

27

Basic Life Support (BLS) Provider Course January 27, 2022 9AM

January 27, 2022 @ 9:00 am1:00 pm


Jan

29

Basic Life Support (BLS) Provider Course January 29, 2022 10AM

January 29, 2022 @ 10:00 am2:00 pm


Jan

31

Basic Life Support (BLS) Provider Course January 31, 2022 Noon

January 31, 2022 @ 12:00 pm4:00 pm


Feb

01

Basic Life Support (BLS) Renewal Course February 1, 2022

February 1, 2022 @ 12:00 pm2:30 pm


Feb

05

Basic Life Support (BLS) Provider Course February 5, 2022 10AM

February 5, 2022 @ 10:00 am2:00 pm

BLS Heartcode (Skills check only)

HeartCode BLS is the AHA’s BLS blended learning delivery method. Blended learning is a combination of eLearning, in which a student completes part of the course in a self-directed manner, followed by a hands-on session.

Cost: $75 

Upcoming Classes:


Jan

04


Jan

12

Heartcode Basic Life Support (BLS) Provider Skills Session January 12, 2022 1PM

January 12, 2022 @ 1:00 pmMarch 16, 2022 @ 2:00 pm


Feb

01


Feb

05


Feb

09

ACLS (Advanced Cardiac Life Support) Courses

ACLS Course (2-day):  The 2-day ACLS class is comprehensive and geared to those who have never taken the course before.  Knowledge of basic electrocardiogram (ECG) tracings is essential. 

Cost: $350 +book

ACLS Course (1-day): One-day course for experienced providers with a current ACLS card.  Knowledge of basic electrocardiogram (ECG) tracings is essential. 

Cost: $250 +book

Heartcode ACLS Skills Session:  Course is half day.  Do part one online with the American Heart Association, then present for megacode testing.  Knowledge of basic electrocardiogram (ECG) tracings is essential. 

Cost: $150 

Upcoming Classes:


Sat

11

Heartcode Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) Skills Session December 11, 2021 9AM

December 11, 2021 @ 9:00 amFebruary 12, 2022 @ 1:30 pm


Tue

21

Heartcode Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) Skills Session December 21, 2021 8:30AM

December 21, 2021 @ 8:30 amFebruary 22, 2022 @ 1:00 pm

Heartsaver CPR and/or First Aid Skills Check

Heartsaver Blended Learning courses include an online portion and a hands-on session. The online portion provides the flexibility of completing training at your own pace, either at work, home, or wherever you have Internet access. The hands-on portion includes a skills practice and testing session conducted in-person with an AHA BLS or Heartsaver Instructor.

This course provides the skills practice and testing session.

You must complete the online part prior to attending this Skills Check Class.

Cost: $85 

Upcoming Classes:


Thu

16


Jan

10

Heartsaver CPR AED Skills Session January 10, 2022 2PM

January 10, 2022 @ 2:00 pm4:00 pm


Jan

18

Heartsaver First Aid Skills Session January 18, 2022 Noon

January 18, 2022 @ 12:00 pm2:00 pm


Jan

29


Feb

07

Heartsaver CPR AED Skills Session February 7, 2022 10AM

February 7, 2022 @ 10:00 am12:30 pm


Feb

19

Heartsaver CPR AED First Aid; Heartsaver CPR AED or Heartsaver First Aid; Heartsaver Bloodborne Pathogens

Heartsaver First Aid CPR AED is a video-based, instructor-led course that teaches students critical skills needed to respond to and manage an emergency until emergency medical services arrives. Skills covered in this course include first aid; choking relief in adults, children, and infants; and what to do for sudden cardiac arrest in adults, children, and infants.

This course teaches skills with the AHA’s research-proven practice-while-watching technique, which allows instructors to observe the students, provide feedback, and guide the students’ learning of skills.

Cost: $105 + $15 book

Everyone must come to class with a book, either paper or electronic.  Books are available for purchase, if you need one.

This class can also be broken up into just Heartsaver First Aid or Heartsaver CPR AED.  If taken separately: 

Cost $85 + $15 book

Heartsaver Bloodborne Pathogens-course is designed to meet OSHA requirements.  

Cost $30 + $15 book

Upcoming Classes:


Mon

13


Wed

15

Heartsaver CPR AED Course December 15, 2021 9AM

December 15 @ 9:00 am12:00 pm


Wed

15

Heartsaver First Aid Course December 15, 2021 1PM

December 15 @ 1:00 pm3:30 pm


Jan

05

Heartsaver CPR AED Course January 5, 2022 9AM

January 5, 2022 @ 9:00 am1:00 pm


Jan

10

Heartsaver First Aid CPR AED Course January 10, 2022 9AM

January 10, 2022 @ 9:00 am1:00 pm


Jan

18

Heartsaver First Aid Course January 18, 2022 8AM

January 18, 2022 @ 8:00 am10:30 am


Feb

09

Heartsaver CPR AED Course February 9, 2022 1PM

February 9, 2022 @ 1:00 pm4:00 pm


Feb

14

Heartsaver First Aid CPR AED Course February 14, 2022 9AM

February 14, 2022 @ 9:00 am1:00 pm

Family & Friends CPR

Family & Friends CPR course teaches students critical skills needed to respond to and manage an emergency until emergency medical services arrives.  This course is for anyone who does not need a card for school or their employer.  Anyone can take this class!   

Cost: $30 + $5 book

Upcoming Classes:

There are no upcoming events at this time.