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Strategies and Benefits of Early Ambulation

Early mobilization as a philosophy of care

Nancy Nathenson presents "Strategies and Benefits of Early Mobilization for the Mechanically Ventilated Patient." Starting with the premise that early mobilization is a philosophy of care, not just a setting, you will learn about:

  • The multi-factorial impact of bed rest on the mechanically ventilated patient
  • Identifying strategies of early ambulation for mechanically ventilated patients in the ICU to improve patient outcomes
  • The potential benefits of early mobilization of mechanically ventilated ICU patients


This course is AARC accredited for 1 CRCE under the Adult Acute Care (AAC) category.


Your Instructor


Nancy Nathenson, RRT
Nancy Nathenson, RRT

Nancy A. Nathenson, RRT, is a registered respiratory therapist and educator with more than 35 years of experience, ranging from ICU to rehabilitation. Her experience has included direct patient care across the healthcare continuum. Nancy served in leadership roles in the ICU as the RT Clinical Critical Care Specialist and as Pulmonary Program Manager in the rehabilitation setting. In her current role as Respiratory Therapy Education Coordinator at Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital in Lincoln, NE, Nancy develops programs, provides continuing education, training and competencies for respiratory therapists and the interdisciplinary team. In her experience she has noted the gaps between levels of care. Bridging those gaps with an early mobility model can bring about a more enriching experience for clinicians and enhance the experience for patients and families while improving patient and financial outcomes. A pioneer and leader in population health management, Nancy develops strategies that are evidence based, community led, and linked across professional domains. She specializes in addressing key clinical outcomes and providing tools for safe, culturally competent, socially and economically equitable care.


Frequently Asked Questions


When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
How do I get my CRCE credit for this course?
After you watch the video lecture(s), pass the quiz and fill out the evaluation form, you will receive your electronic CRCE certificate the same day. We notify the AARC of passed courses at the beginning of each month.

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