Course Description

This is the fifth module of the Introduction to Critical Care Program, geared toward Nursing Professionals. It includes 5 hours of self-directed course content including instructional videos, a quiz and the opportunity to attend office hours with an instructor from the Faculty of Nursing to discuss your questions related to the Essentials of Caring for Renal Disorders module.

The focus of this module includes a deliver kidney care to affected patients across all stages of the kidney care journey, from early detection through dialysis, palliative care and transplant. The module provides nurses with the knowledge they require to promote and deliver competent, safe and ethical care to those at risk for developing or affected by real disease and/or insufficiency.

  • Differentiate between normal and abnormal anatomy and function of the kidney and renal system and related pathophysiology to determine physiological needs and care priorities.
  • Discuss the diagnosis, etiology, therapeutic management and care of individuals living with and families affected by kidney disease in relation to acute renal failure, peritoneal dialysis, hemodialysis, end-stage renal disease, transplantation and palliative/end-of-life care to prioritize patient-centred priorities across the trajectory of chronic kidney disease.
  • Discuss considerations and implications related to nursing care for specific populations at-risk for developing or affected by kidney disease (i.e. older adults, children, individuals living with diabetes and/or hypertension, etc.) to appropriately tailor an individualized plan of care.
  • Examine current and emerging trends in relation to the diagnosis and care of individuals at risk for or living with kidney disease, including movement towards person-centred care in community-based settings and the functional integration of services in order to best achieve desired outcomes at the patent and system levels.

Instructor will be available via e-mail to answer questions and book individual appointments, as needed. Learners will be expected to review materials and complete quizzes to receive a grade of complete for this module.


Brightspace Requirements

  • This module is offered through D2L Brightspace. Learners will require access to a computer with high-speed internet access.
  • All module details can be accessed through Brightspace. A link will be provided through email and you will have access the first day of class.
  • Please activate your UWinID. Your UWinID and password are needed to access Brightspace. If you have any issues, please contact continue@uwindsor.ca.

Brightspace works equally well in all modern browsers on PCs and Macs: MS Edge (recommended by IT Services for all apps), Chrome, Firefox and Safari (Mac). On mobile devices, Safari is the only supported browser on Apple iOS and Chrome is the only supported browser on Google Android. Please review the Brightspace system requirements


This module is designed for nursing professionals or senior students (Nursing or Medical) who already have a basic understanding of critical care and wish to learn more about providing care to patients in the critical care areas.

It is expected that learners will have:

  • Basic computer skills or course completion in fundamental computer applications such as Word
  • Experience working with word processing, email and web browsing
  • English language proficiency
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Section Title
Essentials of Caring for Renal Disorders
Section Schedule
Mar 04, 2024 to May 17, 2024
Delivery Options
Online - Asynchronous Learning  
Course Fee(s)
Fee non-credit $57.00
Section Notes

A $25.00 withdrawal fee will be applied to all drop requests.

Self-paced modules will be available March 4, 2024. Refunds will not be issued after course materials are made available.

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