First Line Emergency Care Course (FLECC)
The First Line Emergency Care (FLECC) Course was initially developed for rural and remote Registered Nurses in NSW in 1990. It is coordinated by the NSW Rural Emergency/Critical Care Clinical Nurse Consultants. The course prepares and credentials the rural/remote Registered Nurse as an Advanced Clinical Nurse (ACN) to ensure early appropriate management of acute and life threatening conditions, and to relieve pain and discomfort for patients at hospitals where Medical Officers are not immediately available.
FLECC is a state-wide, standardised course offered across the rural Local Health Districts in NSW. The course runs for six months and is underpinned by:
Theoretical component - provided by the Australian College of Nursing ‘Principles of Emergency Care’ (PEC) package.
Clinical component - requires the rural/remote Registered Nurse to demonstrate competency in core clinical skills, advanced life support (ALS) and informed use of the NSW Rural Adult Emergency Clinical Guidelines. This is currently only available if you are an employee of NSW Health and it is supported by your LHD.
For further information regarding FLECC please contact the Rural Emergency/Critical Care Clinical Nurse Consultant in your NSW Health Local Health District.
Other educational opportunities:
If you are a NSW Health employee then you can search for rural and remote learning opportunities through My Health learning.
If you are not a NSW Health employee;
- The FLECC theoretical component is available through the Australian College of Nursing ‘Principles of Emergency Care’ (PEC)
- CRANA is the Peak Body for the remote and Isolated Health Workforce and have a lot of professional educational resources
- The Centre for Remote Health has numerous courses available to assist nurses transitioning to Rural and Remote Nursing