|Year of offer||Not available in 2019|
|Subject level||Graduate coursework|
|Fees||Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date|
This subject extends nursing knowledge to develop skills beyond those necessary for functioning as a beginning level practitioner in Acute and Critical Care specialty practice settings. Foundational concepts are applied to generate understanding of the pathophysiological, epidemiological, and psycho-social nature of illnesses encountered in specific Critical Care practice settings. A wide range of abnormalities and manifestations associated with disease processes are explored. Learners are encouraged to apply this knowledge to understand medical and nursing interventions and technologies encountered in Acute and Critical Care so that they can implement nursing care in specific practice settings as a proficient level specialty practitioner.
Intended learning outcomes
Students will be expected to be able to demonstrate their proficiency in specialty nursing practice through:
- an understanding of contemporary trends in medical and nursing interventions and technologies encountered in Acute and Critical Care;
- the ability to evaluate and synthesise the research and professional literature to engage in specialty nursing practice that is based on evidence rather than ritual and tradition;
- specialty skills and knowledge required to implement nursing care proficiently for patients experiencing a wide range of abnormalities and manifestations associated with disease processes commonly treated in specific critical care settings;
- well-developed problem-solving skills that are demonstrated by the ability to apply foundational concepts and research based evidence to identify and act upon assessment data that is complex in nature and from which a number of differential diagnosis can be derived;
- the capacity to articulate knowledge in a way that demonstrates integration of theoretical knowledge and practical experiences and complies with academic standards and conventions for written work.
- an understanding of the changing knowledge base in the specialist area;
- skills and techniques applicable to the discipline;
- well-developed problem-solving abilities in the discipline area, characterised by flexibility of approach;
- competencies in areas of professional expertise and/or scholarship.
On completion of the subject students should have developed the following generic skills of the Melbourne graduate and postgraduate coursework student:
- a capacity to articulate their knowledge and understanding in written presentations;
- working skills in the application of computer systems and software and a receptiveness to the opportunities offered by new technologies;
- enhanced professional knowledge and skills.