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  • Tehran University of Medical Sciences

    School of Nursing and Midwifery

    Critical Care Nursing

    (General specifications, plans and headlines)

    Final revision and editing


    Section I

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    Title: Critical Care Nursing

    Degree: MSc


    Critical care nursing is the field of nursing with a focus on the utmost care of the critically ill

    or unstable patients. These specialists generally take care of critically ill patients who require

    mechanical ventilation by way of endotracheal intubation and vasoactive intravenous

    medications. Critical Care Nurses are also known as ICU nurses. They treat patients who are

    chronically ill or at risk for deadly illnesses. ICU nurse apply their specialized knowledge

    base to care for and maintain the life support of critically ill patients who are often on the

    verge of death. On a day-to-day basis a critical care nurse will commonly, "perform

    assessments of critical conditions, give intensive therapy and intervention, advocate for their

    patients, and operate/maintain life support systems which include mechanical ventilation via

    endotracheal, tracheal, or naso-tracheal intubation, and titration of continuous vasoactive

    intravenous medications in order to maintain a " mean arterial pressure that ensures adequate

    organ and tissue perfusion.

    Definition; Critical Care Nursing is one of the most distingue branches of nursing profession

    which by improving nursing care, management, education, ethic and professional behavior

    tries to reduce mortality and illness complications in critical care settings.

    The aim of the course

    Mission: mission of the program is to minimize mortality, illness complications and to

    improve nursing practice in critical care settings as well as training competent, skillful and

    responsible nurses.

    Vision: The MSC Critical Care Nursing vision for the next ten years are;

    To improve care delivery standards and nursing practice in critical care settings.

    To minimize mortality by promoting worlds standards.

    To increase the use of managerial, educational and research measurers in critical care


    To draw attention of health system managers and policy makers to critical care units

    in hospitals.

    Aims: the aim of program is to train proficient, knowledgeable, competent, ethically aware

    and responsible professionals who would have sufficient knowledge and abilities to work

    confidently in their main area of expertise (care of critically ill patients) and also to give them

    extra abilities such as;

    1. To improve nursing knowledge and skills

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    2. To give better vision and ability to deliver high standard nursing care to patients in

    critical care unites.

    3. To improve; inter-personal, group and electronic communications skills, lifelong

    learning, research, management, problem solving skills ext.

    4. To improve knowledge and skills in professional manner and behavior

    5. To improve IT skills and data retrieve

    6. To improve necessary knowledge and skills in relation to management, organization,

    planning and training of critical care nurses.

    7. To improve nursing knowledge and skills by participating in training courses and

    study as well as continuous self-evaluation.

    8. To improve the abilities of critical thinking and problem solving.

    General competencies

    Communication skills, interviewing, reporting, critical thinking, professionalism as well as:

    Concepts and theories in nursing

    Evidence-based practice

    Research methodology in nursing

    Statistics for nursing research

    Specific Competencies and Skills (Special Qualifications)

    To deliver skilled and evidenced-based nursing care and intervention for patients who

    need intensive care.

    To assess patients non-invasively and help invasive assessment of patients in critical care


    To interpret and analyze clinical data

    Acquiring qualifications for conducting applied researches and employing the findings to

    solve nursing problems in the care of patients.

    The Terms and Conditions of Admission to the Course

    Holding a BSc degree in nursing received in Iran or abroad

    Participating in the national Masters entrance exam and becoming qualified

    Being mentally and physically healthy

    Educational Strategies, Methods and Techniques

    Educational Strategies: Task-based learning blended learning (teacher-centered and student-

    centered), blended learning (attendance and DLN), problem-based learning, professional

    competency-based learning, and evidence-based learning.

    Methods and Techniques: lecture (question & answer, video clip), journal club, case

    presentation, discussions in small groups, seminars and conferences, site visits (for example,

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    Nursing Office of the Tehran university of medical sciences, and Iranian nursing

    organization), and clinical and managerial practice in health care fields).

    Student Assessment

    Written assessment [multiple choice questions (MCQ), essay (restricted & extended answer)],

    oral assessment (unstructured and structured oral exams), interactive computer test, and

    practical assessment (projects, Portfolio, and Logbook, lab observations).

    Numbers and Types of Credits and Tables of the Courses

    Prerequisite courses: 4 credits

    Core Courses: 28 credits

    Dissertation: 4 credits

    Total Number of Credits: 32

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    Table 1 Prerequisite Courses


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    Course title

    Credits Total hours Requ



















    01 Advanced statistics and research


    2 1 - - 3 34 34 - - 68 -

    02 Information technology in

    healthcare system

    0.5 0.5 - - 1 8 17 - - 25 -

    Total credits= 4 2.5 1.5 - - 4 42 51 - - 93 -

    Cod of


    Course title Credits Hours Requirement

    Theory Practical Placement Total

    04 Introduction to critical care


    1 17 - - 17 -

    05 Nursing practice in critical

    care units

    3 51 - - 51

    06 Advance nursing


    3 51 - - 51

    07 Pharmacology 1 17 - - 17

    08 General topics in organ

    transplant nursing

    1 17 - - 17

    Total 9

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    Cod of


    Course title Credits Hours Requirement

    Theory Practical Placement Total

    09 Critical care

    nursing 1



    3 26 - 77 103 04-05-06-


    10 Critical care

    nursing 2




    3 26 - 77 103 04-05-06-


    11 Critical care

    nursing 3

    (nevus system-




    2 17 - 51 68 04-05-06-


    12 Critical care

    nursing 4

    (Renal system-

    urinary tract


    2 17 - 51 68 04-05-06-


    13 Critical care

    nursing 5



    and Gynecology


    1 9 - 26 35 04-05-06-


    14 Critical care

    nursing 6

    6 (digestive


    abdominal and

    2 17 - 51 68 04-05-06-


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    pelvic surgery)

    15 Critical care

    nursing 7

    (oncology and

    blood, immune

    system and



    2 17 - 51 68 04-05-06-


    16 Critical care

    nursing 8

    (basic principles

    of nursing care in



    3 26 - 77 103 04-05-06-


    17 Critical care

    nursing 9

    nursing (vascular

    and orthopedic


    1 9 - 17 26 04-05-06-


    18 Dissertation* 4 - - - 4

    Total 23

    *MSc Dissertation Proposal

    The thesis proposal describes the rationale for the proposed research, and outlines its basic

    components. The proposal is submitted to the departments research committee members

    (consisting of a dissertation advisor, departments head, and the department education and

    research representatives) for the final evaluation and approval.

    Dissertation Defense

    The student and the thesis committee are required to comply with the guidelines of School of

    Nursing and Midwifery with regard to the presentation of the thesis and meeting the

    deadlines for graduation. During the viva, the jury committee will thoroughly examine the

    students knowledge in the related area of the research

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    Ethical issues

    The graduates should,

    Observe the Patient's Bill of Rights1 when working with the patients.

    Strictly observe Biosafety and Patient Safety Rules* concerning the patients, pers