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Registered Nurse Critical Care Nursing

Online Campus | Program Code: 0415
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Overview

Critical care nurses are responsible for the most vulnerable patients, in the most acute care environments. Those working in critical care are expected to monitor, assess and treat critically ill patients and thus must have an in-depth knowledge base and skill level related to the conditions, treatments and environments in which these patients are cared for. This program, through online theory courses, simulation and real world clinical experience, will provide the nurse with the necessary knowledge and skills to competently care for this patient population and work efficiently and effectively in the care environments.

Students will have access to local faculty in our campus communities of Kingston, Brockville, or Cornwall.

This program is not eligible for OSAP funding.

Program Details

Code 0415
Start Date May, January, September
Campus Online
Program Length 1 Year
Delivery Part-Time
This program is not eligible for OSAP funding.

Program Outline

2020-2021

This course is designed to provide a review of the fundamentals of the pathophysiology of illness. Students will review the concepts of homeostasis, acid base balance, principles of fluid and electrolytes, infection and healing. Each of these key concepts will be described in terms of their application in the critical care practice setting. Current trends and evidence will be utilized to support the learners in developing their assessment skills from an entry to practice level to one that is applicable in the critical care practice environment. The course will be offered using a hybrid course delivery model.

This course is designed to prepare the already practicing nurse with the skills required to care for the patient experiencing critical cardiovascular dysfunction. The use of case studies that incorporate pathophysiology, pharmacology, diagnostics, treatment plans and interventions, will support the learners’ understanding of various cardiac illnesses and emergencies. Students will have the opportunity to apply knowledge learned in this course in the simulation lab and their clinical practicum. The course will be offered using a hybrid course delivery model.

In this course the nurse will be provided with discussion on the legal and ethical aspects of critical care nursing and the characteristics of different types of environments where critical care nursingis provided (ER, ICU, Cardiac Sciences, Post Anesthetic Care etc). The standards of critical care will be discussed and evidence will be used to inform students’ practice. The emphasis will beplaced on current issues and complexities in critical care settings. The course will incorporate current evidence. The course will be offered using a hybrid course delivery model.

This course focuses on care provision to patients with complicated renal or endocrine dysfunction. The use of case studies that incorporate pathophysiology, pharmacology, diagnostics, treatment plans and interventions, will support the learners’ understanding of various renal and endocrine illnesses and emergencies. Students will have the opportunity to apply knowledge learned in this course in the simulation lab and their clinical practicum. The course will be offered using a hybrid course delivery model.

This course focuses on care provision to patients with complicated gastrointestinal dysfunction and the multiple modalities of shock. The use of case studies that incorporate pathophysiology, pharmacology, diagnostics, treatment plans and interventions, will support the learners’ understanding of various GI illnesses and emergencies and shock modalities. Students will have the opportunity to apply knowledge learned in this course in the simulation lab and their clinical practicum. The course will be offered using a hybrid course delivery model.

This course focuses on care provision to patients with critical respiratory illnesses. The use of case studies that incorporate pathophysiology, pharmacology, diagnostics, treatment plans and interventions, will support the learners’ understanding of various respiratory illnesses and emergencies. Students will have the opportunity to apply knowledge learned in this course in the simulation lab and their clinical practicum. The course will be offered using a hybrid course delivery model.

This course is designed to build upon the nurses’ existing knowledge of neuroscience nursing concepts. The use of case studies that incorporate pathophysiology, pharmacology, diagnostics, treatment plans and interventions, will support the learners’ understanding of various critical neurological illnesses and emergencies. Students will have the opportunity to apply knowledge learned in this course in the simulation lab and their clinical practicum. The course will be offered using a hybrid course delivery model.

This course will require the student to be preceptored in a critical care environment that is unfamiliar to them for 120 hours. The student will be expected to apply the essential skills required to care for a patient in the critical care setting. Clinical competencies will be assessed by the preceptor/mentor who must be approved by the Critical Care Nursing Program Coordinator.

Prerequisite(s): RNCC63 + RNCC60 + RNCC62 + RNCC76 + RNCC70 + RNCC65 + RNCC66

This course will require the student to be preceptored in a critical care environment that is unfamiliar to them for 120 hours. The student will be expected to apply the essential skills required to care for a patient in the critical care setting. Clinical competencies will be assessed by the preceptor/mentor who must be approved by the Critical Care Nursing Program Coordinator.

Prerequisite(s): RNCC63 + RNCC60 + RNCC62 + RNCC76 + RNCC70 + RNCC65 + RNCC66

Requirements

Admission Requirements

Ontario College Diploma, Advance Diploma or Degree or Equivalent in Nursing.

Proof of active unrestricted registration as a registered nurse (RN) in good standing with the College of Nurses of Ontario is required prior to enrollment in the final clinical courses. Current experience in acute care is recommended.

You must provide your CNO registered number prior to enrollment in the clinical course, by email to KPoser@sl.on.ca

Health Requirements

CPR Level C - HCP

Clear CPIC including vulnerable sector

Up to date immunizations. Please contact immunizations@sl.on.ca for detailed requirements or any questions you may have.

Fees

2020-2021

Fees are estimates only.  Tuition is based on two semesters.

Tuition: $1850 + part-time ancillary fees

Career Opportunities

Critical care nursing is delivered in a range of highly technologically supported health care settings including hospital care units, post-anesthetic care units, emergency departments, catheterization labs, flight and transport care and outreach programs in hospitals as members of critical care response teams.

Program Contacts

Program Contact
Katherine Poser
KPoser@sl.on.ca
613.544.5400 ext. 1407

Admissions Information
Contact a member of our recruitment team
ask@sl.on.ca
1.800.463.0752 and ask for Recruiting

International Students Contact
international@sl.on.ca
+1 613.544.5400 ext. 5514