Adult Critical Care Series

Put Your Career in Gear with the Stanford Critical Care Certificate Program

Adult Critical Care Certificate Program

The Stanford Center for Education is proud to offer a certificate of completion in Adult Critical Care Nursing. The certificate shows that the student has undertaken a comprehensive range of classes related to care of the adult critical care patient. It is intended to support the nurses' professional commitment to professional advancement in this field. A nurse may choose to list completion of this series of classes on his/her curriculum vitae. This certificate offers level II advanced study in both cardiovascular and critical care nursing.

  • Requirements for the certificate of completion are completing the 6 classes in the adult critical care series.

You may take up to two years to complete the certificate program. upon completion of the required courses and symposium, submit a list of the dates of classes to the center for education. A certificate will be mailed to you promptly.

Adult Critical Care Series

The Adult Critical Care series presented by renowned physicians and nurses from Stanford provides a unique opportunity for nurses to receive a broad range of advanced critical care theory and the most up-to-date patient care practices.

  • Neurologic Dysfunction
    This course addresses neuroanatomy, physiology and pathophysiology, neurologic assessment as well as nursing management of intracranial pressure monitoring, stroke, intracerebral bleeds, neurosurgery and neuro-interventional catheter procedures. Content is integrated using clinical case studies.

  • Cardiothoracic Surgical Interventions
    Course content focuses on the surgical interventions used in the treatment of cardiothoracic disease. Participants will get a glimpse of some of the new procedures that are found in the larger medical centers such as the maze procedure for atrial fibrillation and valvular reconstruction.

  • Essentials for the New Trauma Critical Care Nurse
    This course is intended for nurses with critical care experience who want to expand their clinical horizons to include care of trauma patients in the ICU. Content includes primary and secondary trauma assessment skills, mechanism of injury triage and life-sustaining interventions for trauma related conditions.

  • Cardiac Dysfunction
    Course content addresses care of the cardiac patient across the continuum. Acute cardiac disease such as myocardial infarction is discussed as are the long term consequences of dysrhythmias, heart failure and cardiogenic shock.

  • Metabolic Dysfunction
    Course content will cover the interconnected endothelial and hormonal pathways that exist in endocrine disorders, shock states, infectious disease, and acute abdominal organ dysfunction. Case studies are used to explore the impact on specific organ systems and discuss related treatment options.  

  • Pulmonary Dysfunction
    Course content addresses the fascinating astrophysical behind adult respiratory distress syndrome and the complexity of its treatment. New modes of ventilator therapy and treatment strategies are outlined.
Time: 8:00am - 3:30pm
Fee: $159.00/ class (includes lunch)
Location: 1850 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto
Credits: TBD


Course Coordinators from Stanford Hospital & Clinics

Mary Lough, RN, MS, CCRN, Critical Care Clinical Nurse Specialist

Julie A. Shinn, RN, MA, CCRN, FAAN, Cardiovascular Clinical Nurse Specialist

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