51153 Critical Care & Nursing Protocols

Course Description

The course is designed to provide comprehensive nursing care to patients hospitalized for complex, acute or chronic condition in critical care units. Including: (introduction to critical care, Concepts common to critical care nursing, creating a healing environment in the ICU, machines used in critical care units, critical care of respiratory ill patient, critical care of spinal cord injuries, management of burns.

Learning Objective

  • At the end of this course the students will be able to:
  • 1. Enumerate the skills, characteristics, responsibilities and competencies of critical care nurses.
  • 2. State the common concepts used in critical care nursing.
  • 3. State the intensive care environment, how it can influence physiologic measures and the holistic needs of the patient and family.
  • 4. Identify what can possess impeccable/perfect critical care skills and knowledge; those are not the only factors that influence patient recovery.
  • 5. Describe the issues associated with the critical care environment and optimal patient outcomes and describe optimal patient outcomes that may be achieved through creation of an evidence-based healing ICU environment.
  • 6. State the Intensive care unit (ICU) equipment; identify the health care team roles and describe how accidents with equipment be avoided.
  • 7. Complete a respiratory assessment and recording of normal and abnormal findings; review the assessment of arterial blood gases to determine respiratory alkalosis/acidosis, metabolic alkalosis/acidosis.
  • 8. Explain the management of patients with spinal cord injury, particularly patients with severe cervical level injuries, in an intensive care unit.
  • 9. Explain the pathophysiology of skin function; describe the different types of burn injuries and identify the treatment strategies for burn injuries.



Books for this Course

  • Critcal Care & Nursing Procedure Notes, Walid A.dir (2014)
  • Dawson, D. (2010). Intensive and Critical Care Nursing. Churchill Livingstone.
  • Almost, J. (2006). Conflict within nursing work environments: Concept analysis
  • Adler, D (1976) ‘Critical Care Nursing.’ Nursing Mirror.

Times Offered

  • September 2015
  • January 2016

Course Prerequisite