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Intensive Care Nursing Practice (NURS90128)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelGraduate coursework
Subject codeNURS90128
July - Online
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

In this subject, students will clinically apply the theoretical principles from this subject and subjects, Applied Pathophysiology, Foundations of Critical Care Nursing and Intensive Care Nursing 1. Students will also continue to develop the skills acquired this subject’s pre-requisite, Critical Care Nursing Practice to continue to support comprehensive patient assessment, monitoring and care planning for patients requiring intensive care. Students will also learn to incorporate knowledge and evidence of psycho-social factors influencing patients’ outcomes to inform their clinical decision making in practice.

Intended learning outcomes

On successful completion of this subject, students will demonstrate more advanced understanding of the scientific advances and evidence-based research that underpins skill development specific to intensive care nursing practice by:

  • Integration of core principles covered in the subject and its pre-requisites, Applied Pathophysiology, Foundation of Critical Care Nursing and Critical Care Nursing Practice to develop practice knowledge that supports comprehensive patient assessment and monitoring
  • Application of knowledge and skills to recognise, prioritise and respond to patients experiencing acute alterations to health status
  • Evaluation of the effect of intensive care nursing interventions in the delivery of safe and competent nursing
  • Application of skills in problem-solving, critical thinking, and reflective practice to the delivery of specialist intensive care nursing

Generic skills

  • A capacity to articulate their knowledge and understanding in oral and written modes of communication
  • A capacity to manage competing demands on time, including self-directed project work
  • Advanced competencies in areas of professional expertise and/or scholarship
  • Advanced skills and techniques applicable to the discipline
  • Well-developed problem-solving abilities in the discipline area, characterised by flexibility of approach
  • An ability to evaluate and synthesise the research and professional literature in the discipline
  • An appreciation of the ways in which advanced knowledge equips the student to offer leadership in the specialist area

Eligibility and requirements


Code Name Teaching period Credit Points
NURS90099 Critical Care Nursing Practice
Term 2

Students can concurrently undertake Intensive Care Nursing 1 and Intensive Care Nursing 2.



Non-allowed subjects


Recommended background knowledge

Students are required to be working in an intensive care setting and have background foundational knowledge in critical care nursing.

Core participation requirements

The University of Melbourne is committed to providing students with reasonable adjustments to assessment and participation under the Disability Standards for Education (2005), and the Assessment and Results Policy (MPF1326). Students are expected to meet the core participation requirements for their course. These can be viewed under Entry and Participation Requirements for the course outlines in the Handbook.

Further details on how to seek academic adjustments can be found on the Student Equity and Disability Support website: http://services.unimelb.edu.au/student-equity/home




Patient Assessment and Care Plan Part 2: written assessment (1500 words)

  • 1500 words
End of the assessment period60%

Clinical Performance Appraisal

  • 1 hours
Hurdle requirement: Students must achieve competency in all domains to pass this hurdle requirement
At the end of the assessment periodN/A

Patient Assessment and Care Plan Part 1: Audio‐visual presentation (10 minutes, equivalent to 1000 words)

  • 1000 words
End of the assessment period40%

Clinical Skills Assessments x 4, approximately 150‐250 words each clinical hurdle

  • 4 hours
Hurdle requirement: Students complete four clinical hurdles during the study period. Students must achieve overall competency to pass the hurdle.
During the assessment periodN/A

Additional details

Dates & times

  • July - Online
    Principal coordinatorAndy Macey
    Mode of deliveryOnline
    Contact hours
    Total time commitment80 hours
    Pre teaching start date15 July 2019
    Pre teaching requirementsIn Week 0 students are required to familiarise themselves with the subject's Learning Management System (LMS), subject information, including assessment tasks
    Teaching period22 July 2019 to 8 December 2019
    Last self-enrol date16 July 2019
    Census date16 August 2019
    Last date to withdraw without fail25 October 2019
    Assessment period ends15 December 2019

    July contact information

    Melbourne School of Professional and Continuing Education Email: continuing-education@unimelb.edu.au Phone: + 61 3 8344 0149 Monday to Friday 8am to 9pm AEST/AEDT. Weekends and University of Melbourne observed Public Holidays 10am to 5pm AEST/AEDT.

Time commitment details

Students are required to undertake 9 – 10 hours per week of online and self‐directed learning activities

Further information

  • Texts

    Prescribed texts

    There are no specifically prescribed or recommended texts for this subject.

Last updated: 21 September 2019