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Melbourne School of Professional and Continuing Education
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This subject is designed to provide the foundation for entry into specialty nursing in a rural critical care context. Students will extend their understanding of general to systemic pathology of organ systems for patients across the lifespan who are acutely or critically ill. This knowledge will be applied to the assessment and management of common conditions encountered in rural critical care settings. Students will learn the scientific principles and research evidence underpinning practice. The underpinning
biological basis and evidence based principles behind treatment and symptom management (including pharmacology) of diseases/illnesses commonly treated in the rural critical care context will be described.
Intended learning outcomes
On successful completion of this subject students should demonstrate theoretical knowledge in rural critical care by:
- Integration of the theoretical content covered within the subject to develop new knowledge that supports safe practice as a beginning specialty rural critical care nurse in the rural critical care context;
- Applying knowledge learnt in the subject to recognise and plan a response to patients experiencing alterations to health and wellness that occur in the context of rural critical care environments;
- The ability to understand and evaluate specialised interventions as described in the subject content to provide a foundation for participating in the delivery of care at the beginning level of rural critical care practice;
- The capacity to use skills in problem-solving, critical thinking, rational inquiry and self-directed learning to apply knowledge learnt in the subject to beginning level rural critical care practice;
- An understanding of the changing knowledge base in the rural critical care context.
On completion of the subject students should have developed the following generic skills of the Melbourne graduate and graduate coursework student:
- A capacity to articulate their knowledge and understanding in written modes of communication;
- A capacity to manage competing demands on time, including self-directed project work.
Last updated: 3 November 2022