J Korean Crit Care Nurs.  2017 Oct;10(3):1-8. 10.0000/jkccn.2017.10.3.1.

Critical Care Nursing Courses in Bachelor of Science in Nursing Programs: Present and Future Directions

Affiliations
  • 1Professor, Department of Clinical Nursing Science, Samsung Medical Center, Sungkyunkwan University School of Medicine, Seoul, Korea.
  • 2Professor, Red Cross College of Nursing, Chung-Ang University, Seoul, Korea. yjson@cau.ac.kr
  • 3Professor, Department of Nursing, Dong-A University, Busan, Korea.
  • 4Assistant Professor, Public Health Department of Nursing, Daegu University, Daegu, Korea.
  • 5Assistant Manager, Severance Hospital, Seoul, Korea.
  • 6Professor, Department of Nursing, Collge of Medicien, Inje University, Busan, Korea.
  • 7Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Clinical Nursing Science, Samsung Medical Center, Sungkyunkwan University School of Medicine, Seoul, Korea.
  • 8Associate Professor, Department of Nursing, Korean Bible University, Seoul, Korea.
  • 9Assistant professor, College of Nursing, Pusan National University, Yangsan, Korea.

Abstract

PURPOSE
This study examined the status of critical care nursing education in bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) to suggest future directions.
METHODS
The target of the survey was 185 BSN programs that were certified by the Korean Accreditation Board of Nursing Education as of October 31, 2016. We structurally reviewed the curriculums and the course syllabi.
RESULTS
Forty-eight courses of 42 BSN programs were analyzed. Only five programs offered both theoretical and practical courses in critical care nursing; 22 offered theoretical courses and 26 offered practical courses. Most courses were offered as electives with 1 or 2 credits, and were taught by faculty who were experts in adult health nursing.
CONCLUSION
The results show that there is a quantitative shortage of critical care nursing education in the curriculum of BSN programs in Korea. The lack of knowledge and skills on critical care can lead to a burden of new intensive care unit nurses and is a threat to patients' health. It is necessary to develop a practical and integrative curriculum for critical care nursing education.

Keyword

Baccalaureate nursing education; Critical care nursing; Curriculum; Quality improvement

MeSH Terms

Accreditation
Adult
Critical Care Nursing*
Critical Care*
Curriculum
Education
Education, Nursing
Education, Nursing, Baccalaureate
Humans
Intensive Care Units
Korea
Nursing*
Quality Improvement
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