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.
NSHA 7201 (75% in each evaluation component is required).
This is a clinical section. Students need to contact the Bookstore in order to obtain course materials for this course/section. Please contact the Program Assistant at 604-454-2230 for approval to register.
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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 will be able to:
Utilize 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 health care team to provide patient and family centered-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 for acute illnesses.
Develop competence in providing nursing care for a rapidly deteriorating patient.
Demonstrate competencies in specialized high acuity skills (e.g. dysrhythmia interpretation, arterial blood gas analysis, invasive hemodynamic monitoring, and non-invasive positive pressure ventilation).
Advocate for safe, competent, and ethical care for high acuity patients.