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NSHA 7300

High Acuity Specialty Nursing Clinical 1

School School of Health Sciences
Program High Acuity Nursing Specialty
Course Credits 5
Start Date September 07, 2021
End Date November 28, 2021
Total Hours 125
Total Weeks 12
Hours/Weeks 10.42
Delivery Type Other
Pre-requisites NSHA 7201 (75% in each evaluation component is required).
CRN 34024

Acknowledgement of Territories

The British Columbia Institute of Technology acknowledges that our campuses are located on the unceded traditional territories of the Coast Salish Nations of Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), səl̓ilwətaɁɬ (Tsleil-Waututh), and xwməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam).

Instructor Details

Name Jean Dehaan
E-mail Instructor to provide
Location TBD
Office Hours Instructor to provide

Course Description

The purpose of this 125-hour clinical course is to provide students with opportunities to develop proficiency at a beginner’s level in caring for high acuity patients in a variety of settings. Through application of previous high acuity theory course content (e.g., oxygen supply and demand), students are engaged in critical thinking while performing comprehensive assessments and determining appropriate clinical/ethical decisions. Students learn to further their ability to develop and maintain engaged relationships with patients and families in crisis. Students must have recent acute care experience to enroll in this course.

Course Learning Outcomes/Competencies

Course learning outcomes:

  • Use clinical decision-making knowledge to make appropriate clinical–ethical decisions in the provision of care for the high acuity patient.
  • Perform comprehensive assessments on high acuity patients and clearly articulate and document assessment findings in a systematic manner.
  • Apply theoretical concepts related to oxygen supply and demand to form conclusions and explain relevant interventions for high acuity patients.
  • Collaborate with the healthcare team to provide patient and family-centred care to optimize patient outcomes.
  • Demonstrate comprehensive knowledge to provide safe, competent, and ethical nursing care for patients experiencing alterations in oxygen supply and demand due to acute illnesses.
  • Demonstrate knowledge and novice ability in providing nursing care for a rapidly deteriorating patient.
  • Demonstrate knowledge and novice ability in specialized high acuity skills (for example, dysrhythmia interpretation, arterial blood gas analysis, invasive hemodynamic monitoring and non-invasive pressure ventilation).
  • Advocate for safe, competent, and ethical care for high acuity patients.

Learning Resources


Module 3 Student Resources in Learning Hub NSHA 7300 course

Evaluation Criteria

Students in this clinical course are evaluated through a variety of strategies to determine being successful or unsuccessful in the course. These strategies include:

Clinical Learning
Clinical learning is evaluated by the student, clinical instructor, and peers using formative assessment; including but not limited to written midterm and final evaluations. The assessment will include the following: the student’s ability to complete a comprehensive assessment, determine the level of urgency for intervention, consider and actuate sound ethical and clinical decisions, demonstrate safe clinical practice, advocate and evaluate nursing care for multiple acute and complex high acuity patients. Students will complete a midterm and final self-evaluation including discussion of appropriate learning goals with the clinical instructor.

Clinical Journals
Students will submit journal entries during the course on dates pre-determined by the clinical instructor. Clinical journal submissions are required to be reflective of the clinical experience.

Student Presentation
There is one presentation due during the clinical course. Information regarding the presentation assignment is located in the NSHA 7300 clinical course module in the BCIT Learning Hub.

Other information

Late Assignments

The penalty for late assignments is 5% per day past the due date. Extensions may be granted but must be requested AND confirmed at least 72 hours in advance of the assignment due date. If an extension is granted and the assignment is still late, the penalty is 10% for the first day and 5% for each subsequent day. All extensions and penalties will be granted or enforced at the discretion of the instructor and program head.

Note on Audio/Video Recording

As part of evaluation, learning and debriefing, you may be recorded, both audio and video, during simulation lab experiences. All recordings are stored at BCIT, not shared to third parties and deleted upon course completion.

Statement for prior learning assessment

Prior Learning and Assessment Recognition is a way for students with applicable work and academic experience to apply that knowledge toward earning credits without taking additional classes. If you believe that you have applicable prior work and academic experience, please contact the program directly:

Jean Dehaan
Program Head
Toll-free: 800-663-6542 x 8911

For more information on BCIT's PLAR process, please visit:

Course Schedule and Assignments

There is one assignment in this course. The due date for the assignment will be co-determined by the clinical instructor and student. Refer to the NSHA 7300 clinical course module for further information.

BCIT Policy

Any student who needs special assistance in the event of a medical emergency or building evacuation (either because of a disability or for any other reason) should promptly inform their course instructor(s) and Accessibility Services of their personal circumstances.

Human Rights, Harassment and Discrimination:
The BCIT community is made up of individuals from every ability, background, experience and identity, each contributing uniquely to the richness and diversity of the BCIT community as a whole. In recognition of this, and the intrinsic value of our diversity, BCIT seeks to foster a climate of collaboration, understanding and mutual respect between all members of the community and ensure an inclusive accessible working and learning environment where everyone can succeed.

Respect, Diversity, and Inclusion is a supportive resource for both students and employees of BCIT, to foster a respectful learning and working environment. Any student who feels that they are experiencing discrimination or harassment (personal or human rights-related) can confidentially access this resource for advice and support. Please see Policy 7507 – Harassment and Discrimination and accompanying procedure.

Students should make themselves aware of additional Education, Administration, Safety and other BCIT policies listed at

Guidelines for School of Health Sciences

No school specific policies, please refer to main BCIT Policy.


I verify that the content of this course outline is current.
Kristie Walters, Instructor on behalf of Jean Dehaan, Program Head
July 30, 2021

I verify that this course outline has been reviewed.
Jean Dehaan, Program Head
August 09, 2021

I verify that this course outline has been reviewed and complies with BCIT policy.
Kathy Kennedy, Associate Dean
August 09, 2021

Note: Should changes be required to the content of this course outline, students will be given reasonable notice.