About this course
- Entry and participation requirements
- Attributes, outcomes and skills
- Course structure
- Further study
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|Award title||Graduate Certificate in Critical Care Nursing (Emergency)|
|Year & campus||2021 — Parkville|
|Fees information||Subject EFTSL, level, discipline and census date|
|Study level & type||Graduate Coursework|
|Credit points||50 credit points|
|Duration||12 months part-time|
The Graduate Certificate in Critical Care Nursing (Emergency) is a 50 credit-point, part-time, clinical coursework program of one year's duration. Students typically take six subjects across the year including two 12.5 and four 6.25 subjects.
The course provides students with a sound understanding of the theoretical knowledge and scientific advances that underpin care management of patients requiring specialist emergency care.
Students will gain essential knowledge and the clinical skills required to understand core concepts relating to acute illnesses, diseases and trauma in critical care services, as well as gain skills in critiquing evidence-based guidelines for the care management of patients and their families in this specialist areas.
The Graduate Certificate in Critical Care Nursing (Emergency) is a blended delivery model of online and work integrated learning delivered by emergency nursing clinical experts and educators. During the course students will apply emergency nursing knowledge in clinical practice demonstrating their ability to competently care for patients with complex care requirements using evidence-based and scientific approaches. On successful completion of this course, students may be eligible for entry to the Master of Advanced Nursing Practice.
1. In order to be considered for entry, applicants must have completed:
- A Bachelor of Nursing, Master of Nursing Science or equivalent entry-to practice nursing qualification;
- Have documented evidence of clinical practice within the preceding five years of applying for the course;
- Current unrestricted registration as a Division 1 Registered Nurse with AHPRA or equivalent registration with an international health practitioner regulation agency; and
- Be nominated by their health service employer and be practicing in the specialty area of emergency nursing, working a minimum of 24 hours per week.
Meeting these requirements does not guarantee entry.
2. In ranking applications, the Selection Committee will consider:
- Prior academic performance; and
- Area of specialty practice and clinical experience.
3. The Selection Committee may seek further information to clarify any aspect of an application in accordance with the Academic Board rules on the use of selection instruments.
4. Applicants are required to satisfy the university's English language requirements for postgraduate courses. For those applicants seeking to meet these requirements by one of the standard tests approved by the Academic Board, performance band 6.5 is required.
Inherent requirements (core participation requirements)
For the purposes of considering a request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Description, Subject Objectives, Generic Skills and Assessment Requirements of this entry.The University is dedicated to providingsupport to those with special requirements. Further details on the disability support scheme can be found at the Disability Liaison Unit website. http://www.services.unimelb.edu.au/disability/
Intended learning outcomes
Student completing the Graduate Certificate in Critical Care Nursing (Emergency) will be able to:
- Demonstrate advanced knowledge of the scientific and research-based evidence that underpins critical care and technical skills that align with the relevant practice standards for specialist emergency and intensive care nurses;
- Identify the contribution of nurses in interprofessional care across critical care services;
- Assess, review and analyse patient health data to identify and explain the rationale for solutions to complex problems in critical care;
- Employ effective specialised technical skills in the delivery of specialist emergency or intensive nursing care;
- Communicate effectively with other members of the interprofessional healthcare team and people who are acutely or critically ill to facilitate effective individualised plans for care;
- Apply skills to critically appraise emergency nursing practice and to integrate relevant research evidence into effective individualised plans for people who are acutely and critically ill;
- Apply knowledge of human pathophysiology across the continuum of care to safely and effectively provide specialist emergency nursing care that addresses actual and potential disease and treatment related health needs;
- Conduct planning and delivery of specialist emergency nursing care that meets the specific supportive care needs and experiences of people affected by acute illness or trauma;
- Initiate, plan, implement and evaluate in an individualised, patient-centred, comprehensive and coordinated care plan in collaboration with other members of the interprofessional healthcare team;
- Act to promote teamwork, wellbeing and collaboration with the interprofessional team and to achieve desired patient outcomes.
On successful completion of this course, graduates will demonstrate the following skills:
- The ability to apply a high level of problem-solving skills to the area of emergency nursing
- A high level of critical thinking and analytical skills
- Feel confident when faced with unfamiliar problems
- A high level of verbal and written communication skills
- The ability to plan and prioritise their own work
The Melbourne Experience enables our graduates to become:
- have a strong sense of intellectual integrity and the ethics of scholarship
- have in-depth knowledge of their specialist discipline(s)
- reach a high level of achievement in writing, generic research activities, problem-solving and communication
- be critical and creative thinkers, with an aptitude for continued self-directed learning
- be adept at learning in a range of ways, including through information and communication technologies
Knowledgeable across disciplines:
- examine critically, synthesise and evaluate knowledge across a broad range of disciplines
- expand their analytical and cognitive skills through learning experiences in diverse subjects
- have the capacity to participate fully in collaborative learning and to confront unfamiliar problems
- have a set of flexible and transferable skills for different types of employment
Leaders in communities:
- initiate and implement constructive change in their communities, including professions and workplaces
- have excellent interpersonal and decision-making skills, including an awareness of personal strengths and limitations
- mentor future generations of learners
- engage in meaningful public discourse, with a profound awareness of community needs
Attuned to cultural diversity:
- value different cultures
- be well-informed citizens able to contribute to their communities wherever they choose to live and work
- have an understanding of the social and cultural diversity in our community
- respect indigenous knowledge, cultures and values
Active global citizens:
- accept social and civic responsibilities
- be advocates for improving the sustainability of the environment
- have a broad global understanding, with a high regard for human rights, equity and ethics
Six compulsory subjects
Students will commence the course with a pre-requisite subject:
|Code||Name||Study period||Credit Points|
On successful completion of Applied Pathophysiology, students undertake:
|Code||Name||Study period||Credit Points|
|NURS90122||Foundations of Critical Care Nursing||
|NURS90099||Critical Care Nursing Practice||
Students then complete the following subjects
|Code||Name||Study period||Credit Points|
|NURS90143||Emergency Nursing 1||
|NURS90144||Emergency Nursing 2||
|NURS90145||Emergency Nursing Practice||
Semester 1 (Extended)
Students may progress to the Masters of Advanced Nursing Practice.
Last updated: 27 July 2021