Course Description

This is the sixth 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 Endocrine and Hematological Critical Care Essentials module.

Part I: Endocrine Disorders

Part 1 of this module delivers a review of the endocrine system with an emphasis on the assessment, treatment, management, and care of the patient with Diabetes Mellitus and other endocrine disorders.

  • Describe and differentiate nursing priorities for managing a patient with critical illness induced hyperglycemia, diabetes, and the diabetic emergencies of: diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA), hyperglycemic, hyperosmolar syndrome (HHS), and hypoglycemia.
  • Compare and contrast the interpretation of diagnostic assessment data, management, and nursing priorities for patients with the pituitary disorders of diabetes insipidus and syndrome of inappropriate antidiuretic hormone, and the disorder cerebral salt wasting.
  • Compare and contrast the interpretation of diagnostic assessment data, management, and nursing priorities for patients with disorders of the thyroid, parathyroid, and adrenal glands.

Part 2: Hematological Disorders

Part 2 of this module delivers a review of the structures and function of the hematologic system and the care and treatment of patients with diseases that arise from various blood disorders.

  • Discuss the management of hematological disorders including sickle cell crisis, transfusion reactions.
  • Foster the development of nursing of care patients with blood cancers, bleeding and cot formation.
  • Discuss nursing care implications in caring or a patient with various blood disorders.

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
Endocrine and Hematological Critical Care Essentials
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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