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NSPE 7290 - Pediatric Critical Care Nursing Theory 4

Nursing Specialty Pediatric Part-time Studies Course

School of Health Sciences

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Course Details

Pediatric Critical Care Nursing Theory 4 is the final course in the pediatric critical care option. This course continues to build on the concepts introduced in the first three theory courses and challenges students to use their knowledge and experience to focus on more advanced health concerns. Students will have the opportunity to build on the comprehensive assessment strategies they learned in the previous 3 theory courses to care for the critically ill child facing serious a health crisis (e.g., acute kidney injury, continuous renal replacement therapy, advanced hemodynamic monitoring, cardiac surgery and open heart admission, pacemaker therapy, cardiogenic shock and advanced ECG interpretation). Students will be challenged to make clinical decisions and plan care for critically ill individuals experiencing health challenges effecting multiple systems. As in all the pediatric critical care courses the concepts of family-centred care, relational practice and inter-professional practice, professionalism, communication, collaboration and partnership are threaded throughout.


Successful completion of NSPE 7410 Pediatric Critical Care Preceptorship 2 and 1 year clinical experience in a PICU



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Learning Outcomes

As licensed health care practitioners, all learners will practice in accordance with professional standards of practice throughout the course. Upon successful completion of the course, the student will be able to:

  • Integrate principles of normal growth and development in the care of critically ill pediatric patient experiencing various health challenges.
  • Examine pharmacologic agents commonly used to treat various high-risk health challenges to inform clinical decision making for critically ill pediatric patients.
  • Describe and demonstrate techniques for safe medication administration in pediatric critical care settings for pediatric patients experiencing various health challenges (e.g., acute kidney injury, cardiac surgery and cardiogenic shock).
  • Identify the theoretical concepts of advanced hemodynamic monitoring techniques and the relationship to supporting and balancing oxygen supply and demand in a variety of high-risk health challenges (e.g. cardiac surgery and open heart admission, pacemaker therapy, cardiogenic shock).
  • Use knowledge of unique pediatric anatomy and pathophysiology, clinical presentation and comprehensive cardiac assessment to critically analyze data, form and prioritize conclusions and plan immediate nursing care to optimize oxygen supply and demand for a pediatric patient experiencing; open heart surgery, cardiogenic shock, acute kidney injury and requiring pacemaker therapy.
  • Identify, systematically analyze and interpret advanced cardiac dysrhythmias.
  • Use communication and collaboration skills in order to establish and maintain partnerships with an inter-professional team, families, and pediatric patient with serious illnesses.

Effective as of Fall 2019

Related Programs

NSPE 7290 is offered as a part of the following programs:

School of Health Sciences

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


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