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Foundations of Critical Care Nursing (NURS90122)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codeNURS90122
Term 2 - Online
Term 4 - Online
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

This subject is designed to provide the theoretical foundation for entry into specialist critical care services including emergency and intensive care. Students will integrate core principles explored in this subject and its pre-requisite, Applied Pathophysiology, to develop theoretical knowledge in the principles of patient assessment as well as scientific advances in treatment and management strategies including pharmacotherapeutics. Patient and family perspectives of acute illness and disease will be considered in the development and implementation of nursing interventions as well as inter-disciplinary care planning. Students will gain essential knowledge to plan, monitor and evaluate nursing interventions as well as the knowledge of how to recognise and respond to medical emergencies, including the patients who are at risk of clinical deterioration.

Intended learning outcomes

On successful completion of this subject, students will be able to demonstrate required knowledge and understanding in critical care nursing by:

  • Integrating core principles covered in this subject and its pre-requisite, Applied Pathophysiology, to establish specialist knowledge of the impact of treatment on the disease trajectory, acute illness, and management of patients with a range of acute health problems
  • Incorporating knowledge learned in the subject to recognise and plan an evidence-based intervention for patients experiencing alterations to health and wellness that occur in the specific context of critical care
  • Demonstrating the capacity to problem-solve, think critically and promote rational inquiry when provided with a clinical scenario
  • Demonstrating skills in communication as it applies to critical care nursing
  • Identifying the role of resilience, effective communication, and patient and family education on the outcomes of care

Generic skills

  • Apply a high level of problem solving skills to their area of clinical practice
  • A high level of critical thinking and analytical skills
  • Feel confident when tackling unfamiliar problems
  • A high level of oral and written communication skills

Last updated: 21 September 2019