The Cardiac Nursing Program was established in 1994 as a one academic year on a full-time basis with a total of 37 credit hours for obtaining a Diploma in Cardiac Care Nursing. The program was revised in 2004 and the credits were reduced to 32 credits. The Cardiac Nursing Program was established to prepare qualified nurses to provide high quality and cost effective nursing care to patients suffering from cardiovascular disorders, which is the leading cause of death in Bahrain. In addition, the Cardiac Center was opened in 1993 to provide specialized health care services, which include medical and surgical management of cardiovascular disorders. The opening of this center necessitated the opening of the cardiac program to prepare Bahraini nurses to work in the cardiac center.

The aim of the Cardiac Nursing Program is to prepare professional nurses who are to function as competent safe practitioners in providing care for the cardiac patients. The cardiac nurses will be prepared to practice their skills in a variety of cardiac care settings such as ICU, CCU, CICU, Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory, Cardiac Rehabilitation Unit and Cardiac Out Patient Clinic.

Since the program establishment, it has achieved its outcomes, and our graduates have taken up leadership positions in cardiac care settings in the Kingdom and have gone on to pursue graduate studies in Bahrain or at some of the best universities in the world.



Detailed Study Plan


Course No.

Course Title

Theory

Clinical

Lab

Total

BSN 402

Health Assessment

2

 

1

3

LFS 301

Biomedical Sciences

2

 

 

2

CN 301

Care of the Cardiac Patients I

3

3

1

7

GNG 391

Introduction to Nursing Research

1

 

1

2

SBS 301

Psychosocial Aspects of Health and Illness

2

 

 

2

CN 302

Care of the Cardiac Patients II

3

4

 

7

PHA 303

Pharmacology for Cardiac Care Nursing

2

 

 

 

GNG 393

Nursing Management

1

1

 

2

CN 303

Care of the Cardiac Patients III

 

5

 

5

 

Total Credits

16 (240)

13 (585)

3 (90)

32 (915)

The objectives of the program are designed to enable the students to:
  • Apply the nursing process format in collecting, organizing and analyzing data to formulate nursing diagnosis according to the identified patient problem/health care needs.
  • Develop critical thinking and problem solving abilities in planning, implementing and evaluating nursing care rendered for the cardiac patient.
  • Implement a designed health-teaching plan based on the identified learning needs of patients, family and significant others.
  • Use evidence-based practice in providing patient care.
  • Integrate Trancultural issues in proving nursing care to patients, family and significant others.
  • Utilize time and resources effectively and efficiently in delivering patient care.
  1. Assess the collected data from various sources by using established assessment tools (e.g.; History taking format) to determine the basic health needs of patients.
  2. Perform a comprehensive and focused physical assessment on cardiac patients according to the patient's condition.
  3. Organize the analyzed data to determine patient problems, making nursing diagnoses using the nursing process format.
  4. Adapt standardized nursing care plans for patient problems to determine desired outcomes.
  5. Implement an effective plan of care using established protocols, policies and procedures to achieve desired patient outcomes.
  6. Evaluate the effectiveness of the implemented nursing interventions and alter the plan of care accordingly.
  7. Utilize critical thinking and problem solving abilities in applying cardiac nursing practice.
  8. Organize and plan the delivery of culturally relevant nursing care to cardiac patients including family significant others, utilizing time and resources effectively and efficiently.
  9. Work cooperatively and efficiently with other health care personnel using established referral patterns to meet the desired patient outcomes.
  10. Participate in promoting quality care, ethical decision making and patients' advocacy.
  11. Participate in the development/ revision of policies procedures protocols and standards for Cardiac nursing.
  12. Identify the learning needs of cardiac patients including family, significant others and implement individually designed teaching plans.
  13. Demonstrate management skills in making cost effective use of human and physical resources available to deliver high quality patient care.
  14. Use research and evidence-based procedures in proving patient care and apply the research process in evaluating Cardiac nursing practice.
  15. Assume responsibility for their own personal and professional growth through continuous self directed study and participation in continuing education activities.
  16. Maintain high morale and ethical conduct using standards of the professional accountability, responsibility, client advocacy and patient confidentiality.
  1. Associate Diploma / B.sc. in Nursing with CGPA 2.00/4 or equivalent.
  2. Minimum one year of clinical experience.
  3. Proficiency in English with a minimum score of 400 in the TOEFL or 4.5 on the IELTS.
  4. Bahraini Nursing License.