|Faculty:||School of Health Sciences
|Description:||BCIT's High Acuity Specialty Nursing program prepares RNs to begin practice in high acuity units. The program has been designed through collaboration with practice partners (i.e. nurses, nurse educators/clinicians/managers) who currently face the complex challenges of caring for acutely ill patients across the medical /surgical spectrum. Advances in medicine and technology have the added pressure within critical care units to accommodate more complex critically ill patients. The result is a growing number of acutely ill patients on high acuity units who require more advanced nursing care; thus a need for better educationally prepared nurses.
The High Acuity program has been designed for practicing RNs, who are ready to expand their practice. High acuity nursing involves caring for acutely ill adults who require hospitalization for complex health disorders and invasive medical and/or surgical treatment regimes. In order to adequately care for these patients, nurses need extensive nursing knowledge and skills. The High Acuity Specialty Nursing program meets this need; it provides registered nurses with evidenced based knowledge to utilize in practice to expertly recognize, intervene, and manage acute changes in the complex conditions of the patients in their care. As a high acuity nurse, advanced knowledge and skill leads to improved levels of performance, self-esteem, and job satisfaction. The process of completing the High Acuity Specialty Nursing Advanced Specialty Certificate provides participants with credibility for the knowledge gained through an academic credential.