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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 include: 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 067
Availability Graduate Certificate in Critical Care Nursing

GC single unit of study (single unit only available for graduates of Graduate Certificate in Critical Care Nursing or equivalent)

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

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

Credit points 6
Hours of study 150
Fee* Tier 1
Prescribed texts Nil
Co-ordinated by Maria Baric MACN
Content 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: Heart disease, hypertension and diabetes mellitus a) review the incidence and complexity of cardiovascular disorders associated with modifiable and non-modifiable risk factors and related metabolic comorbidities Assessment 1: Online discussions 10% 4, 10
Theme 2: Valvular heart disease b) discuss the importance of focused assessment, continuous haemodynamic monitoring and advanced cardiovascular support Assessment 2: Literature critique (1500 words) 30% 5
Theme 3: Advanced cardiac pharmacology c) evaluate surgical, interventional and pharmacological management of coronary vasculature, conductive system and valvular disorders Assessment 3: Quiz 10% 7
Theme 4: Diagnostic cardiology d) critically appraise health education protocols, secondary prevention strategies and subsequent palliation of chronic cardiovascular pathophysiology Assessment 4: Case analysis (2500 words) 50% 9
Theme 5: Interventional cardiology & surgical management of heart disease e) analyse multi-disciplinary care objectives inclusive of disability, mental health and cultural safety dimensions in complex clinical situations
Theme 6: Heart failure f) critically reflect on own practice and the need to maintain a cohesive, coordinated and high-functioning cardiovascular care team
Theme 7: Secondary prevention strategies

Cardiac Nursing (067) is a Tier 1 unit.

Tiers2022 Member price (10% discount)2022 Non-member price2023 Member price (10% discount)2023 Non-member price
Tier 1$2,133.00$2,370.00$2,196.00$2,440.00
Tier 2$2,434.50$2,705.00$2,506.50$2,785.00
Tier 3$2,862.00$3,180.00$2,947.50$3,275.00
Tier 4$3,420.00$3,800.00$3,523.50$3,915.00

*Fees are subject to change without notice.