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NSHA 7400

High Acuity Specialty Nursing Independent Study

School School of Health Sciences
Program High Acuity Nursing Specialty
Course Credits 4
Start Date September 07, 2021
End Date November 26, 2021
Total Hours 70
Total Weeks 12
Hours/Weeks 5.83
Delivery Type Other
Pre-requisites NSHA 7300
CRN 34571

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

This course is designed to give students an opportunity to pursue a particular area of interest within the High Acuity Nursing Specialty. This course is intended to build on the theory and clinical experience from the first 4 courses in the High Acuity program (NSHA 7100, NSCC 7150, NSHA 7201, and NSHA 7300). The learning outcomes provided are supplemented by the student-specific learning goals. These learning goals are developed in collaboration and support with the High Acuity faculty.

Course Learning Outcomes/Competencies

As licensed health care practitioners, all learners will adhere to the professional standards of practice throughout the course. NSHA 7400 provides the opportunity for learners to use the processes of critical thinking, systematic inquiry, communication, collaboration, leadership and professionalism. Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Consistently demonstrate clinical decision-making to manage factors that negatively affect Oxygen Supply and Demand balance.
  • Collaborate with the interdisciplinary team to prioritize appropriate care, and advocate for the high acuity patient.
  • Apply knowledge of High Acuity nursing practice to evaluate and plan advanced interventions for high acuity patients.

Learning Resources

Learning Hub NSHA 7400 course

Evaluation Criteria

Students are evaluated through a variety of strategies to determine being successful or unsuccessful in the course.

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

Refer to your course-specific delivery schedule.

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 09, 2021

I verify that this course outline has been reviewed.
Jean Dehaan, Program Head
July 21, 2021

I verify that this course outline has been reviewed and complies with BCIT policy.
Kathy Kennedy, Associate Dean
July 25, 2021

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