Professional Certificate in Coronary Critical Care Nursing (CCCN) - (KA9433 / 13)09 / 13

The Professional Certificate in Coronary Critical Care Nursing (CCCN) is offered by IJN College in collaboration with the University of South Australia (UniSA).

The aim of this course is to provide students with foundational knowledge and skills necessary to confidently manage the nursing care of critically ill cardiac patients across their lifespan. The teaching and learning priorities of the Professional Certificate in CCCN emphasizes four key elements:

The program comprises 12 modules, built on 4 major course concepts namely:

 

 

Objectives

At the end of the program, students will be able to competently manage the critically ill patient, and identify and institute appropriate therapy based on sound knowledge of the underlying principles. Credit acquired from this professional certificate program may be carried to the Graduate Certification in Nursing (OCNG) program.

 

Entry Requirements

Students will be attached at the Coronary Care Unit during the course period.

 

Modules

 

Knowledge for Practice: Cardiovascular Anatomy and Physiology

This module reinforces the students’ knowledge of applied anatomy and physiology. It helps the students to critically consider and reflect upon how normal cardiovascular function is essential to maintain health and how disturbances in function may manifest an illness.

Electrocardiography and Cardiac Monitoring

Electrocardiography is useful in the diagnosis of myocardial ischaemia and infarction, and in detecting conditions such as drug toxicity, electrolyte imbalance and hypothermia. ECG interpretation is a must have skill for those working in cardiac environment.

Cardiovascular Assessment

This module examines the process of cardiovascular assessment from a medical and nursing perspective, risk factor assessment and diagnostic testing associated with cardiovascular disorders.

 

Assessing the Patient/Client with an Acute Coronary Syndrome (ACS)

This module introduces students to the patho-physiology of ACS, current pharmacological and interventional strategies, and explores the concept of risk stratification and early treatment for patients with ACS, particularly acute myocardial infarction.

Management of the Client with an Acute Coronary Syndrome

Nurses must be aware of current scientific evidence and medical guidelines and adapt nursing practice to accommodate changes in interventional and pharmacological management of patients with acute coronary syndrome. This module provides an overview of current trends in timely management of patients/clients with ACS and discusses the role of nurses in ensuring delivery of prompt, effective and safe care to this group of patients.

Sudden Cardiac Death

This module examines issues surrounding cardiac event, mechanism of sudden cardiac death, recent improvements in management and survival, critical issues in resuscitation, concepts of basic and advanced life support, and the nurses’ role in early recognition of clinical deterioration and initiation of life support measures.

Evidence – Based Practice and Nursing Research

This module helps students to explore in depth evidence – based practice and the barriers to and strategies for implementing research – based practice.

Management of the Patient/Client with Cardiac Failure

This module explores heart failure as a significant and growing world wide public health problem and outlines the importance of the nursing role in primary health care, prevention; cardiac rehabilitation and the ongoing management of patients/clients with heart failure.

Professional, Legal and Ethical Aspects of Care

Upon completion of this module, students are expected to further develop critical and reflective thinking skills and apply them to nursing practice related to the legal and ethical aspects of practice and prevention of adverse events in coronary critical care settings.

Management of the Patient/Client Requiring Resynchronisation Therapy

The nurse must be able to recognize the various types of therapies available, know their indication for use and develop a plan of management that incorporates specific care related to resynchronisation.

Management of the Patient/Client with Other Cardiac Conditions

Nurses must have an understanding of the physical, psychological and social issues that patients/clients with these types of conditions encounter, and be aware of long-term nursing care needs.

Patient/Client and Family Teaching

A cardiac event is a stressful and fearful time filled with a range of emotions from hopelessness and uncertainty about the future, to anger and disbelief. Helping patients and family members to approach the concept of behavioral change require that nurses understand patient readiness to accept behaviour change as a strategy to manage chronic illness and secondary prevention.

 

Assessment

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