Nicole Kupchik

Author, Independent Clinical Nurse Specialist & Educator

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

Surviving Sepsis: Every Second Counts Online Course


Course Format: eLearning/Self-directed course

Price: $159.00 Per Person, 6 months subscription

Course Length: 370 minutes

Contact Hours: 6.5

What’s Included:

  • 6 months unlimited access 24/7 to the online course
  • 6.5 Contact Hours
  • Downloadable PDF Study Guide
  • Printable CE Certificate

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Surviving Sepsis: Every Second Counts. Updates in Sepsis Care delivers the latest guidelines and definitions in sepsis. This course uniquely combines the nursing and pharmacy perspectives when caring for septic patients. This course focuses on new sepsis guidelines and definitions, sepsis screening and early warning systems, labs, antibiotics, fluids, stroke volume optimization, vasopressors, critical care management and PEARLS.


  1. The New Sepsis Guidelines & Definitions-1:04:40 minutes
  2. Who’s Got Sepsis?! Sepsis Screening & Early Warning Systems-36:17 minutes
  3. Labs That Make You Go Hmmmm…..-49:11 minutes
  4. Antibiotics 101-1:11:12 minutes
  5. Which Fluid Should I Use? – 32:55 minutes
  6. Stroke Volume Optimization-49:49 minutes
  7. Vasopressors-47:34 minutes
  8. Critical Care Management & PEARLS-24:53

CBC with diff:

  1. List the 5 main types of white blood cells.
  2. Describe what causes an elevation of each type of white blood cell.

Reading cultures:

  1. Explain the importance of culturing prior to giving antibiotics.
  2. Describe how blood cultures should be reported.


  1. Describe the basic approach to antibiotics in sepsis.
  2. Identify which antibiotics to infuse first.
  3. Recognize the benefits of extended infusion beta lactam antibiotics (Zosyn).


  1. Outline the differences are between unbalanced (Normal Saline) and balanced fluids (Lactated Ringers or Plasma-Lyte).
  2. Describe what the effects of chloride are.
  3. Recall the order that fluids should be administered and what the recommended guidelines are for fluid are.

Vasoactive Drips

  1. Identify the vasoactive drips used in sepsis.
  2. Recall what the first line recommended pressor in sepsis is.
  3. Identify the newest pressor agent we have available.


Course Instructors:


Nicole KupchikNicole Kupchik MN, RN, CCNS, CCRN, PCCN-CMC

Nicole Kupchik has been a critical care nurse for over 25 years. Originally from Northwest Indiana, she worked as a traveling nurse and settled in Seattle, WA in 1998. She graduated from Purdue University in 1993 and in 2008 obtained a Master of Nursing as a Clinical Nurse Specialist from the University of Washington.

After moving to Seattle, Nicole took great interest in Resuscitation while working at Harborview Medical Center. She was part of a team who wrote one of the first protocols in the US for Therapeutic Hypothermia after cardiac arrest and has published numerous papers on the topic. In 2009, she led a team that launched an award-winning Sepsis Alert System.

In 2013, Nicole founded Nicole Kupchik Consulting, Inc. She has taught CCRN & PCCN Certification Review courses for over 10 years and has helped thousands of nurses achieve certification! She strongly believes every nurse can and should be board certified in their specialty!


Sylvia Wong PharmD

Sylvia Wong graduated with a BS in Biochemistry and a BA in Economics from the University of Washington. After a short stint in the finance world, she returned to the University of Washington and graduated with a PharmD in 2006. She did a one-year General Practice residency at UW Medicine from 2006-2007 and took a position at Harborview Medical Center as a Clinical Pharmacist on the MICU and Cardiology services, where she continues to practice currently. She is the coordinator for the PGY2 Critical Care Pharmacy Residency at UW Medicine and very much enjoys working with residents and students of all disciplines.





Once the online course is complete, a post-test is available to earn approved contact hours for this self-directed course. A 70% pass rate is required to receive a CE Certificate; multiple retakes are available. Once passed, you may print your certificate from your eLearning account. Course content and post-tests expire 6 months from the purchase date of your subscription.

Nicole Kupchik Consulting, Inc. is an approved provider by the California Board of Registered Nursing. Provider number 16363. Approved for 6.5 CE Contract Hours.

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