This course is designed to help course participants succeed in obtaining the knowledge and skills needed for basic Critical Care Nursing. A pathophysiology approach will be utilized to emphasize concepts for cardiovascular and pulmonary disorders. Full sections on hemodynamic monitoring and ventilators will be included. The program will also cover neurology, renal, and endocrine systems as well as case studies. Requirements for Completion: Homework, practice exam, attendance at all 6 sessions, and successful completion of exam are required for certificate. Each student must have the current textbook and notebook as there are homework assignments that require these resources.
First Session Course Overview
Introduction to Critical Care, Legalities and Professional Organizations
Patient and Family Considerations, Nutritional Support, Lab Values, Blood Products, Hematological and Immune Disorders, Case Scenario.
By the conclusion of the course, you should be able to:
- Learn basic components of critical care nursing using a systems approach.
- Identify critical points for the patient on the ventilator.
- Identify critical points for the patient who requires hemodynamic monitoring.
- Calculate IV drug calculations.
- Complete homework packet.
- Critically analyze case scenarios.
- Complete exam component at 70% competency
Text and Supporting References
Required: Elsevier, Saunders or Critical Care Made Incredibly Easy, 3rd Ed.
Recommended: Sole, Klein, Moseley, Introduction to Critical Nursing, 6th Ed.
This course is graded on the following scale:
To receive credits, Students must complete all of the following .
- Participation in Case Study Exercises
- Completion of Homework Packet
- 75% on written exam
- Failure of component 1 constitutes failure in the entire course!
- Present for all class sessions and completion of objectives.
- Participants may make-up missed sessions at a future class.
- Class materials and books may not be returned if opened.
- No refund if any part of the course has been attended.
- The entire course (6 sessions) must be attended to receive a certificate. If a participant misses one session the missed session may be made up at a future class.