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  • Objectives
    Through theory and supervised clinical practice using the nursing process, this program focuses on stabilizing and caring for the critically ill client. Because the program has a flexible curriculum design it will meet the needs of both the experienced critical care nurse and the nurse who wants to move into this specialty area.
  • Academic Title
    Critical Care Nursing - Registered Nurse Ontario College Graduate Certificate
  • Course description
    NURS8115      Basic Cardiac Arrhythmias
    Description: This course is available in-class or through Distance Education. It provides an introduction to basic arrhythmias covering topics such as cardiac physiology and lead placement. Students will learn to identify normal sinus rhythm, mechanisms and treatment of common arrhythmias, pacemaker rhythms and life threatening arrhythmias. Nursing and Physician interventions for common arrhythmias will also be discussed.
    Hours: 21
    Credits: 2

    NURS8150     Coronary Care Nursing
    Description: Admission: Current Certificate of Registration - RN. Anatomy and physiology are studied in detail with emphasis on myocardial contraction, electrophysiology, control mechanisms of the heart and cardiac output. Topics will include the pathophysiology of coronary artery disease, angina, myocardial infarction and associated implications, hypertension and heart failure, as well as cardiomyopathies and traumatic injury of the heart. Each of these units will include a discussion of pathological processes, diagnostic tools and assessment, medical treatment and nursing management.
    Hours: 36
    Credits: 3

    NURS8170     Hemodynamic Monitoring
    Description: Admission: Current Certificate of Registration - RN.
    This current comprehensive seminar focuses on key aspects and principles of hemodynamic monitoring. The cardiovascular system will be reviewed. Hemodynamic monitoring equipment, interpretation of normal and abnormal waveforms, and troubleshooting will be addressed. Assessment, application and pharmacologic agents will be explored in connection with the clinical nursing management of a client being monitored using invasive techniques.
    Hours: 12
    Credits: 1
    Pre-Requisites: NURS8115

    NURS8395     Theoretical Components Of Critical Care

    Description: Admission: Current Certificate of Registration - RN. This course will be a thread through the entire Critical Care Program. It will bring in such topics as leadership, professionalism, legalities, crisis management, ethics and communication skills.
    Hours: 36
    Credits: 3

    NURS8405     Gastrointestinal Nursing
    Description: Admission: Current Certificate of Registration - RN This course will review the anatomy and physiology of the gastrointestinal tract, including accessory organs and their relationship to the mechanisms involved in food digestion and absorption. Specific gastrointestinal ailments will be discussed using the criteria of etiology, pathophysiology, clinical manifestation, medical management and nursing management. Common diagnostic and laboratory tests will be reviewed. The role of pharmocology and total parenteral nutrition will be incorporated. A general overview of multi-organ transplants will be covered as well as homeostasis and red blood cell formation.
    Hours: 24
    Credits: 2
    Pre-Requisites: NURS8400 or NURS8440

    NURS8410     Renal Nursing

    Description: Admission: Current Certificate of Registration - RN The Renal module enables the student to understand the functioning of the renal system, the effects of renal dysfunction on other body systems and the manifestations of acute renal failure and end-stage renal disease. The course reviews treatment modalities including peritoneal dialysis, hemodialysis, continuous renal replacement therapies and renal transplantation. Nursing assessment, responsibilities and interventions will focus on critical care aspects as well as consider the impact of renal disease and it's management on the patient and family. The importance of multidisciplinary team management is also emphasized.
    Hours: 24
    Credits: 2
    Pre-Requisites: NURS8400 or NURS8440

    NURS8420     Neurological Nursing In Critical Care

    Description: Admission: Current Certificate of Registration - RN. This course will emphasize the functions of the central nervous system structure; cerebral circulation and metabolism; the properties and flow of cerebrospinal fluid; spinal cord tracts; and components of the peripheral nervous system. In addition, the patient with neuropathological disorders and the nursing responsibilities involved with caring for patients with increased intracranial pressure will be examined.
    Hours: 36
    Credits: 3
    Pre-Requisites: NURS8400 or NURS8440

    NURS8430     Physiological Concepts of Critical Care I
    Description: This course provides a theoretical basis for the body systems and clinical components that follow in the Critical Care Nursing Program. Topics covered will include: hormones, endocrinology, blood components and immunology. Normal physiology and common pathophysiological conditions will be reviewed. NOTE: Physiological Concepts of Critical Care Nursing I and II have replaced Foundations of Critical Care NURS8400. Students who have taken the Foundations of Critical Care course are therefore exempt from taking Physiological Concepts of Critical Care Nursing I and II.
    Hours: 30
    Credits: 2

    NURS8440     Physiological Concepts of Critical Care II

    Description: Building on content from Physiological Concepts of Critical Care Nursing I, this course completes an introduction to the theoretical body systems and clinical components that follow in the Critical Care Nursing Program. Topics covered will include: homeostasis, acid-base balance, blood gases and shock. Normal physiology and common pathophysiological conditions will be reviewed. NOTE: Physiological Concepts of Critical Care Nursing I and II have replaced Foundations of Critical Care Nursing NURS8400. Students who have taken the Foundations of Critical Care Nursing course are therefore exempt from taking Physiological Concepts of Critical Care Nursing I and II.
    Hours: 21
    Credits: 2
    Pre-Requisites: NURS8430

    NURS8455     Clinical Practicum - Critical Care
    Description: All theory components must be completed prior to clinical. One hundred and twenty hours of a clinical practicum are required to complete the Critical Care Program. The mentorship model is used to assist the student in gaining specific experiences which enable him/her to develop and enhance competencies in a critical care setting. Some exemptions may be given based on past experience. Police record check may be required. Discussion with the Program Co-ordinator is mandatory prior to registering for the clinical placement. A Health History Form and a Workplace Safety Form must be completed prior to beginning the clinical experience.
    Hours: 120
    Credits: 4
    Pre-Requisites: NURS8115, NURS8150, NURS8170, NURS8395, NURS8405, NURS8410, NURS8420, NURS8440, NURS8460

    NURS8460     Pulmonary Nursing
    Description: Admission: Certificate of Registration - RN. Pulmonary physiology and physiologic changes that occur in pathological states are studied including respiratory failure, asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, shock lung, pulmonary edema, and pulmonary embolus. The management of patients with acute respiratory failure, acute lung disease and chronic pulmonary disease as well as the physiologic effects of ventilator therapy on the major body systems are emphasized. Assessment of the patient with respiratory disease is reviewed with emphasis on physiologic monitoring, measurement and assessment of the thorax and the lungs and related systemic changes.
    Hours: 36
    Credits: 3
    Pre-Requisites: NURS8440

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