Are you an RN wishing to expand your current skill set and knowledge base, enabling you to provide care for patients with complex multi-system health issues? Do you thrive in a high intensity environment, and desire to be a part of a multidisciplinary team that seamlessly blends knowledge and technology, all while delivering holistic, evidence-based patient care? If so, a career in critical care nursing might be the path for you.
Critical care nurses are skilled health-care providers who are able to rapidly integrate knowledge and skill. An essential part of the health-care team, critical care nurses work with a variety of health-care professionals, providing care to patients and families during times of stress and crisis.
Saskatchewan Polytechnic’s Critical Care Nursing is an advanced certificate program for practicing registered nurses (RNs). It is offered through a blend of distance education and hands-on lab and clinical practicum experiences in Saskatchewan. You can choose to study fast track or regular track, whichever suits your schedule.
The program integrates information through a step-by-step approach, building on a comprehensive knowledge base. Through online classes, skills labs, simulation experience and clinical practicums, you’ll broaden your knowledge and skills in:
- What it means to work in critical care and concepts such as patient- and family centered care, infection control, and working with a team.
- Anatomy and physiology with a critical care focus.
- Assessment and diagnosis in critical care.
- Disorders and management in critical care.
- Multisystem dysfunction and management in critical care.
- Exploring the impact of critical care on you, the long-term outcomes on patients, future concepts in critical care, and the process of change.
Why Saskatchewan Polytechnic?
Saskatchewan Polytechnic is one of the most respected providers of nursing education in Canada. Our Critical Care Nursing program follows standards set by the Canadian Association of Critical Care Nursing. When you graduate, you’ll have the foundation you need to successfully write the national critical care certification exam.
A Stepping Stone
If you’re registered with the Saskatchewan Registered Nurses’ Association (SRNA) while taking the program, you can apply for practice hours to maintain your registration. On graduation, you qualify for transfer credits towards post-RN degree programs at the Athabasca University of Alberta.
Before you apply, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call toll-free at 1-866-467-4278 to determine the next available intake based on clinical capacity. Provide your name and phone number, and our program team will respond.
The Critical Care Nursing program is open to registered nurses actively licensed with the Saskatchewan Registered Nurses’ Association (SRNA).
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