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This unit of study explores advanced assessment and management of patients requiring intensive care nursing. Topics explored in this unit of study include multi-organ dysfunction syndrome, infection control issues in intensive care, advanced concepts in haemodynamic monitoring, further exploration of mechanical ventilation principles and advanced strategies, advanced cardiac management, management of major trauma and renal replacement therapies.

Intensive Care Nursing
Unit of study code 070
Availability Graduate Certificate in Critical Care Nursing

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

Pre-requisite Single unit of study 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: Multi organ dysfunction syndrome a) explain nursing strategies that promote person-centred care, comfort and safety in a technology-intense critical care setting Assessment 1: Online discussions  x2 10% 3, 10
Theme 2: Mechanical ventilation b) integrate health assessment and analysis of findings that enable effective critical care for persons with rapidly changing health status Assessment 2: Case analysis (2,000 words) 40% 5
Theme 3: Advanced concepts in invasive monitoring c) appraise the use of technology to diagnose, monitor and treat people with major trauma and multi organ dysfunction syndromes Assessment 3: Case analysis (2,500 words) 50% 9
Theme 4: Infection prevention and control d) discuss advanced and emerging systemic extra-corporal support mechanisms needed to save and support life
Theme 5: Advanced cardiac management e) analyse multi-disciplinary care objectives inclusive of disability, mental health and cultural safety dimensions in complex clinical situations
Theme 6: Extra corporeal support f) critically reflect on own practice and the need to maintain a cohesive, coordinated and high-functioning intensive care team
Theme 7: Management of major trauma
Theme 8: Transfer of the critically ill

Intensive Care Nursing (070) is a Tier 1 unit.

Tiers2021 Member price (10% discount)2021 Non-member price2022 Member price (10% discount)2022 Non-member price
Tier 1$2,070.00$2,300.00$2,133.00$2,370.00
Tier 2$2,362.50$2,625.00$2,434.50$2,705.00
Tier 3$2,776.50$3,085.00$2,862.00$3,180.00
Tier 4$3,321.00$3,690.00$3,420.00$3,800.00

*Fees are subject to change without notice.