District Syllabus
Critical Care Nursing

Credit Hours: 9
Contact Hours: 17
Laboratory Fee: $50
Prerequisites: There are no prerequisites for this course.
Corequisites: There are no corequisites for this course.
Catalog Description:
This advanced certificate is designed for the registered nurse who 
has had no previous experience in critical care.  At the completion 
of this course it is expected that the nurse will be able to 
practice independently at the beginning level in a high acuity 
setting.  Course content includes knowledge and skills required to 
provide nursing care to patients with multi-system disorders.
Required Materials: Books:
  • Sole, M., Klein, D. & Moseley, M.. Introduction to Critical Care Nursing, 6th ed., Saunders, 2013. ISBN: 9780323088480
Supplemental Materials: Additional materials may be assigned by the instructor to supplement the required materials. -->
Special Requirements: 1. Current unencumbered Florida license as Registered Nurse. 2. Proof of current BLS/CPR training; physicial exam; immunizations as required by clinical facilities, letter of endorsement from nursing manager, and completion of hospital orientation packet.
Program Learning Outcomes:
Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:
1. Describe roles of the multidisciplinary critical care team in the 
critical care areas and the specific role of the registered nurse.

2. Demonstrate basic skills of setting up a pressure bag with tubing 
for a pulmonary artery catheter and arterial line.

3, Identify the needs of critical care clients using the nursing 

4.  Identify common pharmacological interventions used in the 
critical care setting and demonstrate safe administration.

5.  Perform nursing care congruent with client safety and comfort 
according to established standards of practice: American Association 
of Critical Care Nursing (AACN).

6. Describe pathological and physiological conditions requiring 
interventions in the critical care setting.

7. Analyze and evaluate the effectiveness of nursing practice and 
quality of client care in the critical care setting.

8. Identify the ethical, moral, and legal responsibilies of the 
critical care team.

9. Demonstrate appropriate prioritization of critical care nursing 
actitities relevant to the critical care setting.

10. Identify opportunities for professional growth as a critical 
Course Learning Outcomes:
See expanded syllabus developed by the instructor for each section 
being taught.
Methods of Evaluation:
Evaluation of student progress towards achieving the stated learning 
outcomes and performance objectives is the responsibility of the 
instructor, within the policies of the college and the department.  
Detailed explanations are included in the expanded Syllabus 
by the instructor for each section being taught.

NSP 2270 is a pass/fail course. Success is based on meeting the 
requirements as described in the section titled "Methods of Student 
Evaluation" om the course syllabus.
Flexibility: It is the intention of the instructor to accomplish the objectives specified in the course syllabus. However, circumstances may arise which prohibit the fulfilling of this endeavor. Therefore, this syllabus is subject to change. When possible, students will be notified of any change in advance of its occurrence.

Student Email Accounts: Pensacola State College provides an institutional email account to all credit students. Pirate Mail is the official method of communication, and students must use Pirate Mail when communicating with the College. In cases where companion software is used for a particular class, emails may be exchanged between instructor and student using the companion software.

Note: For students with a disability that falls under the Americans with Disability Act or Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, it is the responsibility of the student to notify Student Resource Center for ADA Services to discuss any special needs or equipment necessary to accomplish the requirements for this course. Upon completion of registration with the Student Resource Center for ADA Services office, specific arrangements can be discussed with the instructor.

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