Critical care nursing is a complex, challenging area of nursing, wherein clinical expertise is developed over time by integrating critical care knowledge, clinical skills, and caring practices. This curriculum succinctly presents essential information about how best to safely and competently care for critically ill patients and their families. This curriculum recognizes the learners’ needs to assimilate foundational knowledge provided by this course before attempting to master more complex critical care nursing concepts.
In an effort to standardize competency and confidence of the care for critically ill patients, the Essentials of Critical Care Concepts are to be introduced to all OSF ministry novice nurses. Standardized critical care education will ensure that all critical nurses at every facility have the training and confidence to care for higher acuity patients and provide advanced, evidence-based interventions.