This course examines the needs of the critically ill client. As part of the human experience, the integrity of the individual and family may be disrupted by a critical illness. During such time, the critical care nurse assists the individual and family to restore life processes to a state of dynamic equilibrium. This course emphasizes the involvement through use of scientific rationale and application of the nursing process in providing care to the individual client and family. Critical care concepts and skills for promoting client and family well-being are stressed.