Applies and integrates nursing knowledge to provide competent nursing care for increasingly complex critically ill patients and their family members (e.g. traumatic brain injury, drug poisoning, acute respiratory failure, hypovolemic shock, sepsis). Provides the opportunity to further develop comprehensive assessment abilities, monitoring skills and clinical decision-making, and to create partnerships with patients, family members, colleagues and other members of the health care team. Explores the significance of the context of the critical care environment as it relates to engaging in partnership. Includes laboratory experiences related to the care of the patient with mechanical ventilation, invasive hemodynamic monitoring, ICP monitoring and advanced cardiac arrest management.
This course was retired after the Winter 2008 term and is no longer offered through IZUNA Part-time Studies.
At the completion of this course and through experiences caring for patients experiencing increasingly complex critical illnesses such as drug poisoning, gastrointestinal bleeding, acute respiratory failure, head injury and sepsis, learners will be able to:
Develop assessment frameworks for patients and families.
Analyze data collected through comprehensive assessments including interviewing, communication, physical assessment and use of monitoring devices.
Articulate assessment findings in a comprehensive and systematic manner.
Select nursing care measures for a critically ill patients based on analysis of the data.
Implement care for patients and families that reflects a consideration of ethics, moral agency, quality of life issues and social contexts of nursing in critical care.
Provide nursing care in a manner that supports and encourages collaboration and partnerships with patients, families and members of the health care team.
Consider and modify the environment to support collaboration and partnership activities with patients, families and members of the health care team.
Provide competent and compassionate nursing care for patients and families.