Registered Nurse - Critical Care Nursing

Ontario College Graduate Certificate (8 courses) Part-time On Campus
Program Code: 0660X02PWO Academic Year: 2016/2017


This program is listed under the following fields of study:

Our Program

If you are a registered nurse in Ontario who wants to work in the dynamic, challenging, high acuity patient setting of an Intensive Care Unit, step-down unit or PACU, you should enrol in this Ontario College Graduate Certificate program.

This program approaches theoretical and clinical fundamentals of caring for the critically ill patient from a systems perspective. Caring for high acuity patients with cardiac, respiratory and neurological problems is explored in depth. Complex health situations are addressed in the classroom and in the Health Sciences Simulation Lab. Nurses practise communication strategies that help them deal with emotionally charged situations that arise in these dynamic environments.

To qualify for this certificate, you must complete the courses within three years.

Success Factors

This program is well-suited for nurses who:

  • Are seeking special knowledge and advanced skills to be effective caregivers.
  • Possess excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Can work effectively, independently and as a member of a team.
  • Are able to work effectively in high paced, technologically advanced settings and under stressful situations.
  • Are able to manage changing priorities.
  • Have advanced critical-thinking processes in nursing.

Fees & Expenses

Fees for part-time programs are charged on a course-by-course basis and are published on each individual course page. For questions related to fees, please call the Registrar's Office at 613-727-0002.

Graduation Fee

Once you have completed all the courses in the program, it is the responsibility of the student to contact the Registrar's Office to obtain a certificate/diploma application. A graduation fee of $40 will be charged when the application is submitted. When your certificate/diploma application has been approved, you will be invited to Spring or Fall Convocation.

Books, supplies and stethoscope cost approximately $400. Books and supplies can be purchased at the campus store.

There is a fee for a Police Records Check which is payable at your local Police Department.

Admission Requirements

Program Eligibility

Prior to clinical placement nurses must submit:

Review and determination of admission status are done as applications are received. Registered Nurses can register for courses without applying to the program but must be admitted to the program prior to clinical placement.

CLINICAL PLACEMENT ELIGIBILITY

Your acceptance for clinical placement in a hospital setting is at the discretion of the college and the agency. To be eligible for clinical placement, you must submit proof of a clear Police Records Check for Service (PRCSVS), which will be retained on your departmental file and used only for purposes related to your placement. You will be required to disclose the contents of the PRCSVS, including all notations, to the placement agencies. It is your responsibility to obtain the PRCSVS from your local Police Department prior to program admission and to pay any associated costs. It may take a long time to obtain this documentation; please submit your application as early as possible. Should you require further information, please contact the Program Chair.

Program Eligibility

Prior to clinical placement nurses must submit:

  • A program application form
  • Proof of registration with the College of Nurses as a Registered Nurse.
  • Algonquin College Health Assessment Form and/or an Immunization Form.
  • Proof of current Ontario Heart and Stroke Foundation Basic Rescuer "C" Level Training.
  • Police Records Check for Service with the Vulnerable Sector.

Review and determination of admission status are done as applications are received. Registered Nurses can register for courses without applying to the program but must be admitted to the program prior to clinical placement.

CLINICAL PLACEMENT ELIGIBILITY

Your acceptance for clinical placement in a hospital setting is at the discretion of the college and the agency. To be eligible for clinical placement, you must submit proof of a clear Police Records Check for Service (PRCSVS), which will be retained on your departmental file and used only for purposes related to your placement. You will be required to disclose the contents of the PRCSVS, including all notations, to the placement agencies. It is your responsibility to obtain the PRCSVS from your local Police Department prior to program admission and to pay any associated costs. It may take a long time to obtain this documentation; please submit your application as early as possible. Should you require further information, please contact the Program Chair.

Notes

Graduate certificate programs at Algonquin College are delivered using a variety of instruction modes. Courses may be offered in the classroom or lab, entirely online, or in a hybrid mode which combines classroom sessions with online learning activities. Upon registration, each student is provided an Algonquin email account, ITS username and password, which is used to communicate important information about program or course events. Please activate before the first class.

Note: All theory courses must be completed prior to the start of Clinical I and II. Nurses currently working in a critical care setting may be eligible to reduce clinical hours by doing a PLAR (Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition).

CCOL Academic Planner

The Academic Planner provides registered part-time students in the Centre for Continuing and Online Learning (CCOL) the ability to declare into a program of study. The Academic Planner outlines successfully completed courses to date, as well as courses that need to be completed in order to meet graduation requirements. It is therefore, essential that all part-time students in CCOL declare to their program of study, allowing administrators to plan course offerings. The tool is available on ACSIS, located under 'Continuing Education' on the left-hand toolbar.

Additional Information

For more information, please contact Coordinator Deb Clendinneng at clendid@algonquincollege.com or 613-727-4723 ext. 6299.

Courses

On campus: On Campus
Course
Number
HoursCourse NameWinterSummer
NSG679354.0Critical Care Cardiac ManagementOn Campus
NSG676542.0Critical Care Respiratory Management

NSG6765 Critical Care Respiratory Management

Nurses expand their knowledge and skills working with a high acuity patient with an actual or potential respiratory compromise. Nurses explore the pathophysiology of certain respiratory disorders. Comprehensive diagnostic and management options, such as arterial blood gas analysis, airway management, mechanical ventilation, and chest tubes are reviewed and practised during simulation experiences.

There are no classes currently scheduled for this course.

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NSG562242.0Neurological Critical Care

NSG5622 Neurological Critical Care

Nurses learn theory and gain hands-on practice caring for the high acuity neurological patient. The emphasis is on neurological health promotion and injury prevention. Interprofessional management of a neurological/surgical patient experiencing an alteration in cerebral tissue perfusion is explored.

There are no classes currently scheduled for this course.

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NSG562142.0Complex Issues in Critical CareOn Campus
NSG679436.0Hemodynamic MonitoringOn Campus
NSG679554.0Research, Practice Issues and Integration in Critical CareBlank Icon On Campus
NSG566536.0Critical Care Nursing Clinical IBlank Icon On Campus
NSG007084.0Critical Care Nursing Clinical IIBlank Icon On Campus

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

NSG6793 Critical Care Cardiac Management

Nurses use critical thinking and appropriate technology in developing comprehensive skills in assessment, decision making and implementing interventions for the cardiovascular client. Nurses learn to systematically analyze and interpret cardiac dysrhythmias and focus on the latest ACLS guidelines in research and management in advanced cardiac management. Simulation lab sessions focus on cardiac arrest management and cardiac assessment in a critical care setting.

NSG6765 Critical Care Respiratory Management

Nurses expand their knowledge and skills working with a high acuity patient with an actual or potential respiratory compromise. Nurses explore the pathophysiology of certain respiratory disorders. Comprehensive diagnostic and management options, such as arterial blood gas analysis, airway management, mechanical ventilation, and chest tubes are reviewed and practised during simulation experiences.

NSG5622 Neurological Critical Care

Nurses learn theory and gain hands-on practice caring for the high acuity neurological patient. The emphasis is on neurological health promotion and injury prevention. Interprofessional management of a neurological/surgical patient experiencing an alteration in cerebral tissue perfusion is explored.

NSG5621 Complex Issues in Critical Care

Research, theory, and best practices expand the registered nurse's knowledge in assessing, planning, implementing and evaluating care of critically ill patients with complex health situations. Gastrointestinal, renal, endocrine, immune-compromised patients, as well as those patients experiencing haematological and shock states are explored.

NSG6794 Hemodynamic Monitoring

Understanding hemodynamic monitoring is essential for nurses caring for critically ill patients. Waveform analysis, diagnosis and interventions for the hemodynamically compromised patient are emphasized. Students apply research and best practice guidelines to case studies in order to create care plans for these patients.

NSG6795 Research, Practice Issues and Integration in Critical Care

Critical care nurses must have knowledge of current research. Using research, evidence-based practice and best practice guidelines, nurses explore their understanding of the impact of high acuity illness on a client's health and on the family. They practise skills related to management of the patient in an intensive care setting.

NSG5665 Critical Care Nursing Clinical I

Clinical experience provides the opportunity for integration and consolidation of theory to practice. At completion of clinical, nurses demonstrate cognitive knowledge, skill and clinical judgement at the level of a novice critical care nurse.

Pre-requisites: NSG5621 and NSG5622 and NSG6762 and NSG6765 and NSG6793 and NSG6794

NSG0070 Critical Care Nursing Clinical II

Clinical experience provides the opportunity for integration and consolidation of theory to practice. At completion of clinical, nurses demonstrate cognitive knowledge, skill and clinical judgement at the level of a novice critical care nurse.

Pre-requisites: NSG5665