This certificate may lead to employment competency but does not lead to an Associate degree.

Prerequisite: Completion of a RN program is required prior to enrolling in this course.

Program Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this program, students should be able to:

  • Identify environmental factors influencing the role of the critical care nurse.
  • Develop constructive personal coping behaviors to be utilized when functioning as a critical area nurse.
  • Identify ethical dilemmas and legal issues related to critical care nursing.
  • Demonstrate the management of technical equipment commonly used.
  • Identify methods for data collection utilized in patient assessment.
  • Analyze pathophysiological behaviors of the major body systems.
  • Incorporate assessment findings and patient responses into the delivery of patient care.
  • Recognize signs and symptoms related to patient diagnosis frequently treated in critical care.
  • Prioritize and organize care of the critically ill patient.
  • Apply treatment protocols based on critical care policies, procedures, and professional standards.
  • Implement interventions to meet the psychosocial needs of the critical care patient/family.
  • Develop a collaborative and collegial working relationship with other healthcare team members.
Required Courses (5 units)  Units
NXN-81 Critical Care Nursing  5