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This unit of study aims to enable students to advance their knowledge and specialist skills and develop the core competencies required to care for people in the acute care setting. Students will build on existing knowledge and experience and be supported to evaluate current practice critically. This unit of study aims to develop essential assessment and management skills and build your understanding of caring for acutely unwell people.

Acute Care Nursing
Unit of study code 343
Availability Graduate Certificate in Acute Care Nursing

Graduate Certificate in Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology Nursing

GC single unit of study

Co-requisite NA
Credit points 6
Hours of study 150
Fee* Tier 1
Recommended texts Nil
Co-ordinated by Ashley Page MACN


Intended learning outcomes for this subject/program


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

Assessment Tasks
Type of assessment

Note the completed assessment item (e.g. Assessment 1: Online discussion)


(% of total marks)

When assessed – academic week

(e.g. Week 8)

Theme 1: Introduction to acute care nursing a) discuss the dynamic nature of acute illnesses and the related assessment findings in recognition and management of clinical deterioration Assessment 1: Contributions to online discussions 10% 2, 8
Theme 2: Recognising and responding to acute care concerns b) interpret specialist knowledge, assessment skills and information to support an improved standard of care Assessment 2: Fishbone diagram 10% 4
Theme 3: Assessment in acute care c) propose advanced clinical decision-making skills related to the care of people with acute illness or injury Assessment 3: Critique of evidence – Literature critique 40% 6
Theme 4: Management of acute care persons and some common conditions d) critically analyse management strategies informed by contemporary evidence and current clinical guidelines Assessment 4: Poster presentation and Essay 40% 10
e) conceptualise the strategies of collaborative partnerships and their impact on person-centred care
f) critically reflect on your practice concerning cultural safety and the delivery of equitable and respectful healthcare

Acute Care Nursing (343) is a Tier 1 unit.

Tiers2023 Member price (10% discount)2023 Non-member price2024 Member price (10% discount)2024 Non-member price
Tier 1$2,196.00$2,440.00$2,310.00$2,565.00
Tier 2$2,506.50$2,785.00$2,630.00$2,925.00
Tier 3$2,947.50$3,275.00$3,095.00$3,440.00
Tier 4$3,523.50$3,915.00$3,700.00$4,110.00

*Fees are subject to change without notice.