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This subject is designed to promote the practical aspects of paediatric intensive care nursing to support safe practice in caring for infants and children acutely or critically ill. Students will become familiar with the unique environments of individual critical care practice settings and learn essential knowledge and skills to prepare, manage and 'trouble-shoot' equipment and technology practice as well as the technical skills necessary to complete an admission assessment, understand admission findings, and identify patients at risk of life threatening complications. In the context of their practice as specialty nurses, students will become familiar with immediate interventions required to establish and maintain patient stability, including, but not limited to life support techniques. Students engage in field practice in specific critical care environments to address learning objectives focusing on the application of theoretical knowledge to skill development and the practice of caring for patients who are acutely and/or critically ill.
Intended learning outcomes
Students should be expected to be able to demonstrate their specialty nursing practice through:
- Integration of the theoretical content covered in Paediatric Critical Care 1 & 2, to develop new knowledge that supports safe practice as a specialty nurse in the acute and critical care practice setting;
- The ability to integrate knowledge and skills learnt to recognise and plan a response to patients experiencing alterations to health and wellness that occur in the specific context of acute and critical care environments;
- The ability to understand and evaluate specialised interventions to provide a foundation for participating in the delivery of care of acute and critical care nursing practice;
- The capacity to use skills in problem-solving, critical thinking, rational inquiry and self-directed learning to apply knowledge learnt in Paediatric Critical Care 1 & 2 to acute and critical care nursing clinical practice;
- An understanding of the changing knowledge base in the specialist area;
- The ability to apply scientific knowledge to understand skills and techniques applicable to the specialist area.
At the completion of this subject, students should be able to demonstrate:
- The capacity for information seeking, retrieval and evaluation;
- Critical thinking and analytical skills;
- An openness to new ideas;
- The ability to communicate knowledge through web based activities.
- The ability to apply scientific principles to their clinical practice;
Last updated: 6 December 2019