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NSCC 7620 - Critical Care Nursing Clinical 2

Nursing Specialty Critical Care Part-time Studies Course

School of Health Sciences

Course Details

This course occurs in an intensive care unit. Clinical practice experiences will build toward independence in providing nursing care for unstable* critically ill patients and/or patients experiencing complex critical illness**, as well as their families [e.g. multitrauma, spinal injury and traumatic brain injury, stroke and subarachnoid hemorrhage, and SIRS/sepsis/MODS, acute respiratory distress syndrome, and hepatic insufficiency and fluid/electrolyte/acid-base imbalances]. Relevant patients will be experiencing a variety of modes and issues related to mechanical ventilation, cardiac and invasive hemodynamic monitoring, a variety of diagnostic processes, and multiple interventions intended to optimize oxygen supply and demand balance. Primary patient issues will be present in more than one physiological system and will impact other systems. Learners will participate in a one day Lab focused on Cardiac Arrest Management: In team-based, high fidelity simulations, learners have an opportunity to explore common challenges in cardiac arrest management (including more complex patient scenarios, team roles and management, pitfalls in cardiac arrest management situations) and to consider the impact for nurses of participating in cardiac arrest management situations. While NSCC 7620 is generally a clinical teacher led course, in unique situations it is possible to complete this course as a preceptorship. [*Unstable patient is defined as "experiencing obvious and active changes in condition, but not extremely rapid change". **Complex patient is defined as "experiencing multi-system critical illness"]. Please note, learners must be Registered Nurses to take this course. Course materials for this course, along with all other courses in the Nursing Specialty Critical Care curriculum are offered in the iPad/IBook format. Students must have access to an iPad to participate in this course.


75% in NSCC 7520





Fall 2019

Below is one offering of this course for the Fall 2019 term.

CRN 42174

Tue Sep 03 - Fri Dec 06 12 Weeks

Class Meeting Times

Dates Days Times Locations
Sep 03 - Dec 06 Other



Course Outline




  1. Clinical lab format.
  2. Departmental approval needed
  3. Contact Program Assistant at for approval to register.
  4. Important course information will be sent to you prior to your course start date. Check your myBCIT email account to access this information.

Learning Outcomes

As licensed health care practitioners, all learners will practice in accordance with professional standards of practice throughout the course. In this course, learners will have opportunities to use the processes of critical thinking, systematic inquiry, communication, collaboration, leadership, and professionalism. Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to:

  • Independently complete systematic comprehensive assessment of unstable (defined as “experiencing obvious and active changes in condition, but not extremely rapid change”) and/or complex (defined as “experiencing multi-system critical illness”), critically ill patients including data collected from patients and family, monitoring, and diagnostic processes.
  • Collaborate in nursing management of pulmonary artery pressure and intracranial pressure monitoring.
  • Demonstrate independent nursing management of unstable and/or complex critically ill patients experiencing mechanical ventilation.
  • Analyze collected data and form conclusions related to unstable and/or complex critically ill patients’ oxygen supply and demand balance and overall condition.
  • Prioritize concerns related to unstable* and/or complex** critically ill patients’ oxygen supply and demand balance.
  • Select, evaluate and provide rationale for therapeutic interventions intended to optimize oxygen supply and demand balance for unstable* and/or complex** critically ill patients.
  • Independently make clinical decisions for unstable* and/or complex** critically ill patients that reflect best practices and family centered care.
  • Independently provide safe, competent & ethical nursing care for unstable* and/or complex** critically ill patients.
  • Communicate effectively with critically ill patients, family members, and the health care team.
  • Engage in interdisciplinary collaboration with the health care team in planning and provision of care for unstable* and/or complex**, critically ill patients and families.
  • Reflect on ethical dimensions of critical care nursing practice.
  • Plan for, and actively engage in professional growth as a critical care nurse.

Effective as of Fall 2019

Related Programs

NSCC 7620 is offered as a part of the following programs:

School of Health Sciences

  1. Critical Care Nursing Specialty
    Part-time/Distance & Online Learning   Advanced Certificate
  2. Specialty Nursing (Critical Care - Standard Option)
    Part-time/Distance & Online Learning   Bachelor of Science in Nursing


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