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Cardiac Nursing

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This unit of study is designed to explore issues specific to nursing practice in the cardiac critical care setting. Topics explored in this unit of study i.e.: advanced cardiopulmonary support, heart failure, hypertension, diabetes and heart disease, advanced cardiac pharmacology, valvular heart disease, diagnostic and interventional cardiology, surgical management of heart disease and secondary prevention strategies.

Cardiac nursing

Unit of study code



Graduate Certificate in Critical Care Nursing

PG unit of study




Students are required to be working in an area that has critical care cardiac patients.

Single unit of study only available for graduates of Graduate Certificate in Critical Care Nursing or equivalent

Fee*Tier 1

Prescribed texts: Nil

Co-ordinated by: Maria Baric MACN



Intended learning outcomes for this subject/program


After completing this subject, the learner will be able to:-

Assessment Tasks

Type of assessment

Not the completed assessment item. E.g. Assessment 1. Online discussion 


(% of total marks)

When assessed – academic week

(e.g. Week 8)

Theme 1: Heart disease, Hypertension and Diabetes mellitus


a) Recognise the complexity and the dynamic nature of heart disease in relation to risk factors and comorbidities

Assessment 1 Online discussions x 2



Theme 2: Valvular heart disease

b) Discuss the need for cardiovascular focused clinical assessment and diagnostic procedures

Assessment 2 Essay (1500 words, Literature Critique)



Theme 3: Advanced cardiac pharmacology


c) Analyse the current pharmacotherapy,  interventional and surgical management options for patients with cardiac diseases

Assessment 3 Case analysis (3500 words)



Theme 4: Diagnostic cardiology

d) Integrate the knowledge of advanced concepts in haemodynamic monitoring and cardiovascular support to prevent complications and optimise patient outcomes




Theme 5: Interventional Cardiology & Surgical management of heart disease

e) Evaluate the health education needs of patients undergoing diagnostic, interventional and surgical cardiac procedures




Theme 6: Heart failure


f) Critically appraise the chronic and progressive nature of cardiac pathophysiology, use of assessment tools and multidisciplinary support needed for patient management




Theme 7: Secondary prev strategies

g) Evaluate secondary prevention strategies to optimise long term health outcomes





h) Discuss the cultural, ethnic, age and gender issues in relation to the care of a patient with cardiovascular disease




Units commencing or have commenced in 2017

Tier 1$2,035
Tier 2$2,345
Tier 3$2,725
Tier 4$3,275

Units commencing in 2018

Tier 1$2,100
Tier 2$2,420
Tier 3$2,800
Tier 4$3,375

*Fees are subject to change without notice.