Clinically, Dr. Hedger continues to practice as an Acute Care Nurse Practitioner in an Emergency Department setting, which she has done since 2000, and as Neurosurgical ACNP prior to that. She maintains three national NP certifications; Acute Care-Adult, Acute Care-Pediatrics as well as Adult NP. She is the Director of the Advanced Practice Provider group in this position, and coordinates quality assurance and improvement activities, mentors new grads, and precepts both NP and PA students from several local programs. Dr. Hedger has been teaching in nurse practitioner programs for over fifteen years, and is currently an Associate Dean/Program Coordinator for an Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Program Coordinator at Chamberlain University. Her passion is in distance education, both in course development and in teaching, with a style to prepare students for the challenges they will face in practice. Dr. Hedger is a Doctorate of Nursing Practice graduate from the University of Washington with a concentration in program development, outcomes and clinical effectiveness, with an interest in rural and distance education. Her doctoral project examined translational barriers and guideline adherence by Emergency Department providers in Identification, Education, Documentation and Referral of Patients with Asymptomatic Hypertension. Additionally, Dr. Hedger brings consulting experience both internationally as a consultant at the College of Registered Nurses of British Columbia as a QA Assessor doing site visits and chart reviews, as well as nationally in consultant activities involving distance education and course development, as well serving on the ANCC Emergency Nurse Practitioner Content Expert panel for the newly released ENP certification exam through portfolio. Currently she is working with Providence/St. Joseph Health & Services to develop a hospitalist onboarding, and fellowship program.
Critical Decisions for Rapid Responses – Critical Decisions for Rapid Responses will assist those interested in developing rapid response teams, as well as improving current teams in inpatient settings. Guided discussion will help you to understand how the history of rapid response, best practices, collaboration, end of life, and ethical issues tie to your decision-making, intuition and pattern recognition abilities. We will use several case studies, examining the critical thinking and decision-making in these most common rapid response scenarios.
Case Based Pharmacology – Case Based Pharmacology is designed for those interested in understanding pharmacological aspects of managing acute presentations of patients across the age spectrum. Evidenced based care principles of various body systems will be examined in a case based format. The course will examine national guidelines of care, antibiotic resistance, ethical controversies, and medication cost.
Suturing: Basic Wound Closure – Suturing is a necessary practical skill for many nurse practitioners. This course is designed to enhance your skill as a practitioner to properly assess and close open wounds. Time will be spent on how to assess a wound, selection of appropriate suturing materials and anesthetics, and practical time on appropriate wound closure techniques. This hands-on skills class includes lecture combined with practical time to apply the skills of suturing.