CCNAPI Training Program: Basic Critical Care Nursing Course

The Basic Critical Care Nursing Course is a five day program intended to provide the new nurses with an overview of critical care nursing practice. It will present the physiological concepts that will be the basis of understanding the diseases and nursing assessment. The course will offer an opportunity for nurses to develop critical thinking by integrating knowledge about the disease, assessment, intervention and management. The course will have a four-day didactic and one-day workshop period to enable the participants to develop basic skills necessary in a simulated environment.

After the course, the participants will be able to:
1. Discuss an overview of the conceptual foundation of critical care nursing:

  • Scope of critical care nursing practice
  • Use of the nursing process
  • Critical care environment

2. Describe the phenomena of concern in critical care nursing:

  • Breathing, Tissue perfusion and gas exchange
  • Cardiac electrical activity
  • Regulation of fluid and electrolyte balance
  • Pain
  • Nutrition

3. Identify patient care problems through appropriate assessment in relation to the:

  • Cardiovascular system
  • Pulmonary system
  • Neurologic system
  • Renal system
  • Multisystem

4. Demonstrate basic skills in utilizing the following:

  • Hemodynamic monitoring
  • Mechanical ventilation
  • Neurological assessment tools
  • Cardiovascular drug support formulas and dosages

5. Formulate a comprehensive plan of care for the critically-ill adult and pediatric patient.

Any experienced or inexperience registered nurses desiring to understand the challenges of critical care nursing and wishing to expand her knowledge in the care of the hemodynamically compromised patient. However, it is preferred that participants have already attended an ECG course.

Program Accreditation No.: 2009-019-047
Valid From: December 29, 2009 – December 29, 2010
PRC: 29 Credit Units
CCNAPI: 40 Credit Units

SCHEDULE: (Dates are subject to change without prior notice.)
* June 21-25, 2010
* August 2-6, 2010
* October 25 – 29, 2010
* November 15-17, 2010
* December 6-8, 2010



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