Critical Care


The Critical Care Education Program (CCEP) is an introductory course for graduate nurses to promote a successful transition into the critical care environment. The structure provides didactic and clinical learning opportunities through simulation for the nurse to obtain the knowledge and skills required in the practice of critical care nursing.

Program topics include advanced training in the areas of Pulmonary, Cardiovascular, Mechanical Ventilation, Renal/Multi-system, Neurological and Pain/End of life issues. In addition basic arrhythmia, 12 – lead EKG interpretation and hemodynamics are incorporated into the program.


The purpose is to provide learning opportunities that will facilitate the transition of the nurse into the critical care environment.

Program Objectives

  • Provide a foundation for the development of enhanced clinical decision making in the critical care environment.
  • Foster professional nurse development through mentoring and introduction of the Nurse Shared Governance Model.
  • Correlate complex critical disease processes with the patient’s physical assessment, labs, diagnostic test, and hemodynamic parameters.
  • Collaborate with the interdisciplinary team to promote patient/family spiritual and physical healing.

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