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The Canadian Journal of Critical Care Nursing is the journal of the Canadian Association of Critical Care Nurses.

The Canadian Journal of Critical Care Nursing is the only peer-reviewed OPEN ACCESS critical care nursing journal in Canada.


Includes all articles in the Canadian Journal of Critical Care Nursing (CJCCN).

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The CJCCN invites submissions on the following critical nursing topics: Clinical, Education, Management, Research and Professional Issues. Original articles on any aspect of critical care nursing are welcome.

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Identifying Opportunities for Antimicrobial Stewardship in a Tertiary Intensive Care Unit: A Qualitative Study

May 31, 2023

John Y. Groumoutis, BSc (Pharm), ACPR, Sean K. Gorman, BSc (Pharm), ACPR, PharmD, and Jessica E. Beach, BSc. Pharm, ACPR, PharmD


Background: Antimicrobial stewardship (AMS) encompasses numerous interventions that seek to improve antimicrobial usage, as inappropriate use of antimicrobials may result in the promotion of antimicrobial resistance, patient harm, and increased costs. AMS is of particular interest in intensive care units (ICUs) where antimicrobial use is extensive. Few qualitative studies have sought to identify the perceived attitudes and beliefs of intensive care clinicians around AMS.

Objectives: To understand ICU nursing and physician priorities and preferences around AMS and possible AMS interventions for implementation in the ICU.

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Unsettling the “I do not see colour” Ideology in Nursing

May 31, 2023

Catherine Liao, RN, MSc, BSc (Hons)

As a woman of colour, I have often heard the phrase “I do not see colour because we are all the same” from nursing professors, colleagues, and students. While I used to agree with this statement, I now realize how subtle biases impact patient care when nurses are socialized into thinking we are neutral caregivers. My colour-blind perspectives were well-intentioned at the time. However, as a nurse educator, I see how neutrality in nursing education obscures how racism contributes to health disparities,

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