Anne Hedger

Dr Anne Hedger has worked clinically as an Acute Care Nurse Practitioner in an Emergency Department setting since 2000, as a Neurosurgical ACNP prior to that, following several years of ICU RN experience. She earned a Doctorate in Nursing Practice (DNP) degree as well as the Master’s in Nursing from the University of Washington in Seattle, and is board certified as both an Acute Care Adult Nurse Practitioner, and an Adult Nurse practitioner. She also has a post-master’s certificate as an Acute Care Pediatric NP from Seton Hall University. She is the Director of the Advanced Practice Provider group in her ED setting, and continues to precept students.

Academically, she is currently the Associate Dean of an AG-ACNP program, with experience prior as the Program Director for an Acute Care Pediatric NP program. She has worked as a curriculum consultant for several nursing programs nationwide, and has taught in several NP programs. She was an ANCC Content Expert Panel Member for the Emergency Nurse Practitioner certification, and was a Founding member of the American Academy of Emergency Nurse Practitioners. She served as a consultant to the College of Registered Nurses of British Columbia’s Quality Assurance program in Vancouver BC from 2010-2014, doing clinical site visits and quality reviews, as they developed their Nurse Practitioner licensure process. She enjoys teaching in a format that encourages clinical application while developing skills for life-long learning, and for helping others learn how to think critically about their practice.

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.