NSC Instructor Insider Newsletter

October 2018

Are You Teaching Correctly? Six Tips for Getting it Right

AEDYou may have been teaching first aid and CPR for some time. But are you teaching it right? Each year, NSC conducts investigations following complaints from customers and inquiries from regulatory agencies. Here are the top six ways instructors can ensure they are teaching NSC courses correctly:

  1. Know the NSC Instructor Guidelines: Although you may have been teaching first aid and CPR for years, it’s important that you stay up to date on the latest guidelines. The current guidelines for teaching first aid and CPR may be different from the way you’ve taught in the past. Do you know how to use the video and student manual together effectively? Is your course length consistent with NSC’s suggested course length? What documentation should you be keeping after teaching a course, and for how long? It’s important that you review your instructor manual on a regular basis to ensure you are operating in compliance with the guidelines.

    Another useful but often overlooked tool that can help you prepare to teach NSC courses is the Preparing to Teach First Aid, CPR and AED Courses video, located on your instructor DVD or USB drive. Finally, pay attention to Technical Bulletins sent by NSC. These are notices to instructors and training centers designed to communicate important information regarding our courses, content, or changes in guidelines. Technical bulletins are sent to all instructors and training centers, and are posted online in the Instructor Resource Center.

  2. Follow federal, state or local laws and regulations: Instructors need to be aware of any applicable federal, state or local laws and regulations regarding first aid, CPR and AED training. For instance, some states, California for example, have established requirements and reporting procedures for pediatric first aid and CPR courses used to teach child care providers. In states like this, NSC has worked hard to secure state regulatory approval for our courses. Instructors who violate such regulations are not only putting their business at risk, but may also be putting at risk the course participants who need to complete first aid or CPR courses for employment. Moreover, instructors who violate such regulations put the NSC programs at risk, as regulatory agencies may revoke approval of NSC programs as a result of instructors violating applicable regulations.

  3. Ensure correct completion card information: Completion cards must be filled out properly, and the correct terminology must be printed on each card. The exact title must be printed on the cards. Even slight variations in course titles can cause cards to be questioned by state regulatory agencies. The correct course names are listed in your instructor manual and on the Instructor Resource Center. Also remember, card information cannot be hand-written. It must be printed using a computer or typewritten.

  4. Ensure all students receive a student manual: All students in NSC first aid, CPR & AED courses must receive a student manual. Along with the video, it is an integral part of our training system.

  5. Use the videos when teaching: All NSC first aid programs are based on an integrated system that uses the video, student manual and skills practice, with the instructor serving a guide and learning resource. This method is different from other training providers, which is why new instructors, especially those who have crossed over as instructors from other providers, should be familiar with the format in which NSC courses are taught. Instructors should be using the videos as described in the instructor manual. Students should not be spending large amounts of time lecturing in front of class.

  6. Ensure enough equipment is available for class: Skills practice is the most important part of any first aid or CPR course. That’s why it’s so important ensure there is an adequate amount of equipment to maximize student skills practice. There should at least be one CPR manikin for every two students in class. And there should be an adequate number of AED training units to allow ample opportunity for students to practice AED skills. Consult your instructor manual for additional information on required supplies and equipment for the courses you teach.

Instructors who have questions regarding this or any other information about teaching NSC first aid programs can always email us at [email protected].

NSC First Aid eBooks

AEDNSC has launched online eBooks of our first aid workbooks and textbooks. The eBooks contain the same content as our printed books and can be accessed on any laptop, tablet or smartphone. Students and instructors can download the books to their device and read them anytime, anywhere, online or offline. Features include text highlighting, note-taking and searching for specific content.

Buy eBooks here. On completion of a NSC eBook purchase, we will contact you via email within one business day with download instructions. Student completion cards (hard copy format) will be delivered to the address on file after eBook access codes are purchased.

Free NSC Membership for Students

NSC wants to encourage students to embrace a career in safety, so we offer free student memberships which include:

  • Discounts up to 30% on textbooks, products and services
  • Job Board postings
  • Networking and educational opportunities as a member of the NSC Young Professionals Division
  • Top-rated safety news, including Safety+Health monthly e-magazine
  • Exclusive safety talks, posters and webinars
  • Access to the latest statistical injury data and trends from Injury Facts
  • Free registration to the annual NSC Congress & Expo, $900 value
  • Scholarship opportunities, exclusive to student members

Share the Student Membership Form link with all your students.

Compelling AHA Stats to Use in Your CPR/AED Courses

AEDEarlier this year, the American Heart Association released statistics about cardiac arrest fatalities. Incorporating these numbers into your presentations will reinforce with students that they can save lives with the training they are receiving. All numbers are for outside-the-hospital incidents in the U.S.

  • Over 356,000 cardiac arrests happen annually (approximately 347,000 adults and over 7,000 children under age 18)
  • Nearly 90% of cardiac arrests are fatal
  • Overall, 12.4% of cardiac arrest victims survive to hospital discharge
  • When bystanders used an AED on a cardiac arrest victim, 49% survive to hospital discharge
  • When first responders used an AED on a cardiac arrest victim, 28% survive to hospital discharge
  • When EMS personnel used an AED on a cardiac arrest victim, 27% survive to hospital discharge

It is clear that the sooner victims receive AED treatment, the more likely they are to survive.

First Aid Student Saves a Life on the Job

Rick Norsworthy, assistant superintendent at HITT Contracting in Falls Church, Va., demonstrated the importance of First Aid and CPR training. While walking a job site, Rick noticed a crowd of workers who had discovered that a fellow worker had collapsed. The bystanders were unsure of what to do, and Rick stepped forward to render assistance. He quickly recognized that the worker was not breathing and unresponsive. Rick performed several full rounds of CPR until the worker regained his pulse and was breathing on his own.

Rick’s actions are an important reminder of the reason current First Aid and CPR training are so important. Rick commented that he could hear the voice of instructor Ronnie Holmes in his head as he performed the actions that brought a worker back to life. Ronnie has been a long-time part of the company's Safety Department and has been responsible for providing National Safety Council First Aid, CPR and AED training to hundreds of company workers over the years. Rick and Ronnie share a great passion for what they do, and that passion made the greatest difference of all: a life saved.

Bahrain Company Trains 42% of Employees in First Aid

Most companies with a safety program have a goal of training 10% to 15% of their employees in First Aid and CPR. Gulf Petrochemical Industries Co. of Bahrain have given 42% of their employees First Aid, CPR and AED certification training in their international training center. GPIC has a corporate social responsibility goal to educate and train across all aspects of their society. As part of their First Aid Programme and Community Outreach Initiative, they have educated employees and their family members, contractors, students and others in First Aid and other life-saving training programs.

Emergency Preparedness Training

emergencyIs your organization prepared to make good choices in the event of disasters, violence, terrorism, weather, active shooters or other workplace emergencies? Where do you start?

The NSC Emergency Preparedness program is a turnkey, customizable eight-course training program that is available to help you prepare and be ready to act. Learn more about this training.

For a limited time, get a 25% discount on all Emergency Preparedness products. Call (800) 621-7615 to order and mention code EMP25. No other discounts apply with this offer.

Verify Your Status on the New Instructor Registry

The new NSC Online Instructor Registry is now available to all NSC First Aid Instructors. This system allows you to:

  • Verify the courses you are authorized to teach
  • Review the status of your certification (Current, Expired, Terminated)

You can find this link on the First Aid home page, as well.

Meet the Newest Member of the First Aid Team: Candis Peters

At some point in your career as an NSC first aid instructor, you will have the opportunity to talk to Candis Peters, our new First Aid Training Coordinator.

With a 10-year history in relationship management, Candis knows how to bring people together. Whether managing class logistics or troubleshooting unforeseen situations, Candis will make certain that our instructors and organizations get the important training they need.

When she’s not on the phone or sending emails to sales team members, instructors and corporate customers for NSC classes, Candis is happily spending time with her soon-to-be husband or curled up on the couch with a good book.

Get to Know NSC: Home & Community Injury Prevention


As one of our valued first aid instructors, you help others gain the skills they need to save lives and treat injuries. Two facts of note: 72% of fatal injuries occur at home or in public, and preventable injuries are the third leading cause of death.

Did you know that another group of dedicated NSC professionals is working to help prevent injuries and fatalities from happening in the first place?

Our Home & Community Injury Prevention team, part of the Advocacy department, is working to better understand how people get hurt, and to make home a safer place to be. Like you, they are dedicated to the NSC mission of eliminating preventable deaths in our lifetime. Learn more about the Home & Community Injury Prevention initiative.

NSC First Aid Training Catalog

First Aid Training Courses

The catalog showcases all our latest products and first aid training supplies.

Introducing the NSC First Aid CPR Poster


Our poster includes easy-to-follow instructions to reinforce and remind your employees and students about the steps they need to take in the event of a cardiac arrest. Display it prominently in your workplace or classroom where employees and students can reference it when they need it. Measures 17" x 26"; $14.99 each. Posters are available for purchase here.




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