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NSHA 7050 - Beginning Concepts in High Acuity Nursing

Nursing Specialty High Acuity Part-time Studies Course

School of Health Sciences

Course Details

The purpose of this course is to introduce participants to beginning concepts in the care of higher acuity medical-surgical patients within the general medical-surgical practice area. The participants will focus on expanding their ability to think critically and engage in participatory relationships; examine the concept of health and explore their understanding of health in order to promote health for this patient population and their families. The participants will explore the lived experience of acute illness while applying the theory of oxygen supply and demand, systematic assessment, and ethical clinical decision-making within the medical-surgical nursing practice environment.





Winter 2019

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

CRN 82290

Mon Jan 07 - Fri Mar 29 12 Weeks

Class Meeting Times

Dates Days Times Locations
Jan 07 - Mar 29 Distance


Deborah Yates

Course Outline




  1. Internet delivery format.
  2. This course is delivered in an online format. Students need Program Head approval 604-453-4075 to take this course. On the first day of class, log in to to access the course.
  3. Important course information will be sent to you prior to your course start date. Check your myBCIT email account to access this information.

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Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, the student will be able to:

  • Explore the concept of the oxygen supply and demand framework as an organizational tool for the systematic assessment in med-surg nursing practice.
  • Apply oxygen supply and demand theory to patient assessment data
  • Analyze the interrelationships among the determinants of oxygen supply and demand
  • Recognize the significance of the determinants of oxygen supply and demand for end-organ perfusion
  • Examine the necessity of a thorough and systematic nursing assessment including major body systems
  • Explain the purpose, components and processes of a systematic nursing assessment
  • Differentiate the purposes between systematic, focused and emergent types of assessment
  • Apply the nursing assessment process to the oxygen supply and demand framework
  • Explore the purpose of and the necessity for the SBAR communication tool
  • Evaluate the significance of using the nursing assessment and SBAR to effectively communicate and collaborate with health care team members
  • Discuss the decision making model as a tool in decision making
  • Apply the process of clinical decision making
  • Explain the significance of “making a case” to patient care
  • Analyze the significance of evidence-based practice in clinical decision making
  • Reflect on their personal style and development in clinical decision making

Effective as of Winter 2015


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