Course Number: NUR 356
Curse Title : Critical Care Nursing (1+4)
Pre – Requisite: NUR 245
The course focuses on adult patient with critical conditions and disorders. It concentrates on nursing assessment, diagnosis and nursing interventions of critically ill patients. Clinical application of theoretical content will include pathophysiology, pharmacology and treatment modalities. Consideration is given to assessment data through technologies available at practice settings.
By the end of this course the student should be able to:
Acquire competency in assessing patients and in performing physical examination of patients in critical care units.
Delineate the nursing care interventions according to priorities in the acute management of critically ill patients with different problems.
Apply the nursing process in the delivery of nursing care to patients with critical care problems.
Demonstrate skill in the safe use of critical care equipments and monitors.
Provide nursing interventions in compliance with critical unit policies and protocols.
Practicum will take place in critical care settings. Each student will be expected to submit a weekly nursing care plan for different patients in different diagnosis as assigned. A nursing assignment every two weeks concerning a clinical problem will be required from each student.
Introduction to critical care nursing
Psychological impact of critical care units on patients, families and nurses.
Nursing the critically ill patients with cardiac disorders:
Post myocardial infarction complication
Coronary artery bypass graft (CABG)
Nursing the critically ill patients with respiratory disorders:
Arterial blood gases (ABG)
Acute respiratory failure
Nursing the critically ill patients with neurological disorders:
Increased intracranial pressure (ICP)
Assignment & reports 10%
First exam 15%
Second exam 15%
Clinical performance 10%
Professional performance 10%
Final written exam 40%
Dolan I. Critical Care Nursing-Clinical Management through the Nursing Process. Philadelphia: Davis company 1991.
Urden L, Davie J, Thalan L. Essentials of Critical Care Nursing. Washington DC: Liberary of congress catalogue, Mosby 1992.
Patricia G, Dorrie K, Carolyr M. Critical Care Nursing. 8th edition. Philadelphia: Lippincotte.2005