Nicole Kupchik

Author, Independent Clinical Nurse Specialist & Educator

Critical Care Consulting | Quality Improvement/Program Development | Critical Care Education | Certification Reviews


Welcome! I look forward to bringing you short educational videos on various cutting edge critical care topics, updates, and innovations in the field of nursing!

COVID-19 Video Series

Back To The Basics: Caring For The Critically Ill

In support of nurses during the COVID-19 pandemic, I have been in my home studio recording a series of free videos that focus on care for the critically ill. There are 6 videos that are 15 – 20 minutes long, covering the basics of mechanical ventilation for a patient that has respiratory failure.

These videos are targeted to nurses who work in low acuity critical care and non-ICU areas.

The video series includes:


resus10: Improving in-hospital cardiac resuscitations

Real Stories, Real Interviews Are you a resuscitation team member who loves learning new things but doesn’t have a lot of free time? resus10 fits the information you need into the time you have available. In each 10-minute episode, nurse, author, instructor and host, Nicole Kupchik, MN, RN, CCNS, CCRN-K, PCCN-K talks with critical care practitioners on how their teams work together to maximize cardiac resuscitation survival rates. Check out a resus10 episode and discover real-world tips and techniques that could help your team make a lifesaving difference.

Available Episodes

  • Episode 20: Scoop and Run vs. Stay and Play
  • Episode 21: After the OD – Cardiac Arrest and Opioid Abuse
  • Episode 22: All About Emergency Airway Management
  • Episode 23: On the Pulse of Emergency Medicine
  • Episode 24: Between the Lines – Interview with Mike McEvoy, PhD, NRP, CCRN, JEMS Executive Editor
  • Episode 25: A question of bias
  • Episode 26: EMS on the edge of Alaska
  • Episode 27: Analyze this: Avoid analysis paralysis
  • Episode 28: Special edition: Resuscitation during a pandemic
  • Episode 29: Behind the scenes with Instagram’s yourheartdoc
  • Episode 30: Cath lab in the spotlight
  • Episode 31: A shocking episode: Exploring cardiogenic shock
  • Episode 32: Focus on airway management
  • Episode 33: Inside the innovation – cprINSIGHT® Analysis Technology
  • Episode 34: TEE: An emerging view into cardiac arrest

Click here to listen to podcast & episode details!

This podcast is produced by Stryker.


Saving Lives: Improving Cardiac Resuscitation

These educational webinars, which are free and accredited, are designed to improve CPR quality through evidence-based strategies and solutions. The series highlight actionable information that can make a difference to all hospital team members involved in resuscitation, including nurses, respiratory therapists and physicians. Nicole Kupchik, MN, RN, CCNS, CCRN-K, PCCN-CMC, CSC will be a featured speaker in each episode along with other industry leaders in the field.

On Demand Webinars

Support for this educational series from Stryker.

The Right Balance: Optimizing Fluid Management

Fluid therapy is provided to restore and maintain tissue perfusion, and is part of routine management for most hospitalized patients. However either too much or too little fluid can have serious consequences. Safe intravenous fluid management requires the relevant clinical skills and critical assessment of fluid balance carefully tailored for each patient. 

Assessing whether fluid may help or harm your patient is a critical step in optimizing treatment. Through a comprehensive review of  clinical evidence and case studies, this webinar series will help clinicians improve their critical decision-making to find the right balance.

On Demand Webinars

Supported by educational grant from Baxter

Overcoming the Fear of CPR: Ways to Improve High-Quality Resuscitation Training

Even trained healthcare professionals can lack confidence in their ability to deliver CPR, often resulting in fear or avoidance of Mock Codes.  In this webinar we are joined by consultant and educator, Nicole Kupchik, who will share best practices for overcoming obstacles in resuscitation training to ensure your workforce is confident and capable in delivering high-quality CPR.  The discussion will tackle pressing issues with pauses, chest compression fraction, defibrillation events, over-ventilation and more—equipping your organization for improved outcomes.

On Demand Webinar

Overcoming the Fear of CPR: Ways to Improve High-Quality Resuscitation Training

Supported by HealthStream

Initiatives In Safe Patient Care

Early Warning Scoring (EWS) systems provide a commonly understood way to recognize the degree of deterioration in a patient’s status, and can ensure that every patient is seen at the right time by the right person. The EWS is based on the collection of a combination of vital signs including heart rate, respiratory rate, oxygen saturation, blood pressure and body temperature. In this webinar, there will a discussion of the benefits, variations and strategies for overcoming barriers to successful implementation of EWS in hospitals.

On Demand Webinar

Early Warning Systems: Early Identification of the Deteriorating Patient

*Registration required for on demand viewing Supported by Medtronic

Nicole Kupchik’s Blog

Building Skills and Confidence in CPR

This blog post is based on a recent webinar featuring Nicole Kupchik, MN, RN, CCNS, CCRN, PCCN-CMC, a Critical Care Clinical Nurse Specialist who is also a well-respected, nationally and internationally-recognized speaker on a variety of emergency and...

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Changing Resuscitation Outcomes [Part 1]

This blog post is based on a webinar featuring Nicole Kupchik, MN, RN, CCNS, CCRN, PCCN-CMC, a Critical Care Clinical Nurse Specialist who is also a well-respected, nationally and internationally-recognized speaker on a variety of emergency and critical...

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Anion Gap in Diabetes Ketoacidosis

When I left the Cardiac-Surgical ICU to go to a Medical Cardiac ICU at a Level I Trauma center, it was a big change for me. It was a whole new regime of policies, protocols, and procedures.  And, it was a big chance for growth for me as a nurse. I remember one of the...

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Preload and Right Ventricular Infarct

Those of us that have worked in cardiac care have seen changes in the management of myocardial infarctions.  As we have changed our protocols and treatment regimens, we have drastically decreased mortality.  Much of this decrease in mortality has been attributed to...

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