• Course Format

    eLearning/Self-directed course

  • Course Access

    1 year unlimited access 24/7 to the online course

  • Course Length

    362 minutes

  • Study Guide

    Downloadable PDF Study Guide

  • Contact Hours


  • Certificate of Completion

    Printable CE Certificate


This 6-hour online course was recorded in Seattle & features Clinical Nurse Specialist Nicole Kupchik & Respiratory Therapist Karen LaRoche’. Both speakers have extensive Critical Care experience with a knack for breaking down complex topics into a digestible form.

The course starts with a review of arterial blood gas (ABG) interpretation as well as uses of Capnography. The basic fundamentals of mechanical ventilation with a build up to managing complex ARDS patients will be discussed.

Learning Objectives

At the completion of this eLearning, participants should be able to:

ABG Interpretation & Capnography

  • Review normal and abnormal arterial blood gas values

  • Discuss common acid/base imbalances and treatments

  • Analyze case examples with treatment strategies

  • Discuss the integration of Capnography into care

Ventilation 101

  • Review basic pulmonary mechanics

  • Compare pressure vs. volume ventilation and classic modes in each category

  • Discuss ventilator measurements and how to apply them to patient care

  • Recognize the relationship of ventilation and perfusion

  • Identify the role PEEP plays in mechanical ventilation

COPD Treatment Strategies

  • Discuss current treatment strategies for COPD

  • Discuss rescue strategies for the decompensating COPD patient

ARDS Management

  • Define ARDS using the Berlin Definition

  • Explore lung protective ventilation strategies through a case-based discussion

  • Identify refractory hypoxemia and evidence-based rescue strategies

What Nurses Are Saying About This Online Course

"Loved I could review concepts, re-watch certain video's. I learn best by studying a little bit every day. I retain so much more than a big dose in 1 day. E learning allows for this method. I really like all the scenario's. I have really liked all the courses I have taken so far."

"I LOVED being able to stop and start. I feel like I was able to absorb way more information than in a long classroom day."

"I learned so much! I'm fairly new to vents, and I find that the RTs/MDs make most of our ventilator changes without very much explanation. This course was very helpful and informative for me! Thank you!"

Course Curriculum

  • 1

    Welcome to Unveiling the Mysteries of Mechanical Ventilation

    • Read First: How To Navigate This Course & Download Study Guide!

  • 2

    Video Modules

    • Module 1: ABG Interpretation & Capnography

    • Module 2: Ventilation 101

    • Module 3: COPD Treatment Strategies

    • Module 4: ARDS Management: A Case Based Approach

    • Module 5: ARDS Management: Rescue Strategies

  • 3

    Course Quiz

    • Unveiling the Mysteries of Mechanical Ventilation Quiz

  • 4

    Course Evaluation

    • Unveiling the Mysteries of Mechanical Ventilation Evaluation



Nicole Kupchik

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!

In 2017, Nicole published "Ace the CCRN®: You Can Do It" Study Guide and Practice Question Book as well as well as "Ace the PCCN®: You Can Do It" Study Guide and Practice Question Book. In 2018, she published "Ace the CMC®: You Can Do It" Study Guide. "Ace the CSC®: You Can Do It!" Study Guide for the Cardiac Surgery Certification was published in March 2019. Her latest book, Critical Care Survival Guide was published in April 2023.


Karen LaRoche'

Karen has been a registered Respiratory Therapist practicing in Care for over 20 years. She graduated in 1993 and received the Adult Acute Care Specialty credential in 2013. Currently, she works as a Clinical Specialist at Harborview Medical Center Seattle, Washington.

Since 2011 Karen has been involved with mechanical ventilation education for a variety of groups including Respiratory Therapists, Critical Care Nurses, respiratory and nursing students, Airlift Northwest, Medic One, and Resident Physicians.


Nicole Kupchik Consulting, Inc. is an approved provider by the California Board of Registered Nursing. Provider number 16363. Approved for 6.0 CE Contact Hours.

Refund Policy

Our policy is valid for a period of 30 calendar days from the date of the purchase. If the period of 30 days has lapsed since the purchase, we can't, unfortunately, offer you a refund. In addition, once the course has been accessed, there are no refunds available.

Extension Policy

All single purchase courses will be limited to a maximum of one extension. The one-time extension is valid for 6 months @ 40% of the full cost of the course. Extension requests must be received via email at [email protected].

Expiration Time

Access to the course expires 1 year after purchase, regardless of when the course is accessed. Please note, courses are set to expire at 00:00 Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) on the expiry date.

For example, students in Pacific Standard Time (UTC 8 hrs ahead), will find their class expires at 4:00 PM PST. Due to the major time difference, we have set all courses to expire on day 366 so you receive a full year of access plus a few bonus hours.