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NSHA 7201 - High Acuity Specialty Nursing Theory 2

Nursing Specialty High Acuity Part-time Studies Course

School of Health Sciences

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Course Details

High Acuity Nursing Theory 2 is the third theory course in the High Acuity Specialty Nursing Certificate. In this course, learners will build on the theoretical concepts explored in NSHA 7100, High Acuity Nursing Theory 1 and NSCC 7150, Dysrhythmia Interpretation and Management. High Acuity Nursing Theory 2 focuses on caring for patients who are experiencing various complex acute illnesses. NSHA 7201 provides opportunities for the learner to develop an advanced understanding of patients’ experiences of various acute illnesses. The concept of this acute illness also impacting the chronic illness patients may also be suffering from is also introduced in this section. The presence of co-morbidities can create an unpredictable course for the acute illness. This course provides opportunities for the learner to use the high acuity nursing theory to identify the patient’s priority problems and to provide care for complex and acutely ill patient. The skill of being able to interpret the subtle changes in the patient’s condition is what makes the role of the high acuity nurse caring for the acutely ill patient is very important. The theory covered in this course offers the learner the chance to recognize that the identification of priority patient problems and timely interventions can restore imbalances in oxygen supply and demand in order to provide optimum end-organ perfusion.





Fall 2021

Below is one offering of this course for the Fall 2021 term.

CRN 34459

Tue Sep 07 - Fri Mar 25 24 Weeks

Class Meeting Times

Dates Days Times Locations
Sep 07 - Mar 25 Online


Jean Dehaan

Course Outline




  1. Internet delivery format.
  2. Departmental approval needed
  3. This is an internet-based learning section. This course runs for two terms. Students need to contact the Bookstore in order to obtain course materials for this section. Department approval is needed for this section. Please email for more information.
  4. Important course information will be sent to you prior to your course start date. Check your myBCIT email account to access this information.

This course offering is in progress. Please check back next term or subscribe to receive email updates.

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Learning Outcomes

As licensed health care practitioners, all learners will adhere to the professional standards of practice throughout the course. NSHA 7201 will provide learners the opportunity 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:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the pathophysiology of acute coronary syndrome, heart failure, hemodynamic instability, acute diabetic complications, acute kidney injury, traumatic brain injury, cerebral vascular accident and sepsis.
  • Formulate the interrelationships between all determinants of oxygen supply and demand within increasing complex patient situations.
  • Explain how comprehensive assessment findings and pathophysiology of previously mentioned acute illness states inform the oxygen supply and demand balance for high acuity patients.
  • Analyze patient data, form conclusions and prioritize nursing care to optimize oxygen supply and demand for high acuity patients.
  • Apply invasive monitoring and hemodynamic assessment theory to form conclusions about the determinants of cardiac output.
  • Integrate relevant nursing literature to inform personal nursing practice.
  • Support a spirit of inquiry by reflecting on personal knowledge, theory and evidenced-based research related to high acuity nursing practice.

Effective as of Spring/Summer 2020

Related Programs

NSHA 7201 is offered as a part of the following programs:

School of Health Sciences

  1. High Acuity Nursing Specialty
    Part-time/Distance & Online Learning   Advanced Certificate
  2. Specialty Nursing (High Acuity)
    Part-time/Distance & Online Learning   Bachelor of Science in Nursing


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