This course is designed to help course participants succeed in obtaining the knowledge and skills needed for basic Critical Care Nursing. A pathophysiology approach will be utilized to emphasize concepts for cardiovascular and pulmonary disorders. Full sections on hemodynamic monitoring and ventilators will be included. The program will also cover neurology, renal, and endocrine systems as well as case studies. Requirements for Completion: Homework, practice exam, attendance at all 6 sessions, and successful completion of the exam are required for the certificate. Each student must have the current textbook and notebook as there are homework assignments that require these resources.
First Session Course Overview
Introduction to Critical Care, Legalities and Professional Organizations
Patient and Family Considerations, Nutritional Support, Lab Values, Blood Products, Hematological and Immune Disorders, Case Scenario.
Cardiovascular Structure and Function, Disorders of the Cardiovascular System, M.I., CHF, Hypertension, Hemodynamic Monitoring
IV, Code, Multisystem, GI Session
IV Drug Calculations, Code Blue, Rapid Response, Multisystem, Gastrointestinal System
Respiratory Structure and Function, Arterial Blood Gases, Ventilators
Systems and Chest Tube Session
Nervous System, Acute Renal Failure, Endocrine System, Chest Tubes
Exam – 150 Questions, Code Management, and Rapid Response, Case Scenarios
Homework and practice exam are turned in on week 5.