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 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) recognise the complexity and the dynamic nature of heart disease in relation to risk factors and comorbidities Assessment 1: Online discussions x2 10% 7
Theme 2: Valvular heart disease b) discuss the need for cardiovascular focused clinical assessment and diagnostic procedures Assessment 2: Essay (1,500 words literature critique) 30% 5
Theme 3: Advanced cardiac pharmacology c) analyse the current pharmacotherapy,  interventional and surgical management options for patients with cardiac diseases Assessment 3: Case analysis (3,500 words) 60% 10
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 prevention 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.

Cardiac Nursing (067) is a Tier 1 unit.

Tiers2020 Non-member price2020 Member price (10% discount)
Tier 1$2,230.00$2,007.00
Tier 2$2,550.00$2,295.00
Tier 3$2,995.00$2,695.50
Tier 4$3,580.00$3,222.00

*Fees are subject to change without notice.