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Paediatric Intensive Care Nursing
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This unit of study has been designed to explore issues specific to nursing practice in a specialist paediatric intensive care setting. Topics explored in this unit of study include advanced concepts in haemodynamic monitoring, ventilation, analgesia and sedation, management of complex cardiac and neurological patients, renal replacement therapies and multi-organ dysfunction syndrome. The unit of study maintains a focus on the collaborative relationship between the nurse and the family/significant others in providing care to the critically ill infant, child or adolescent.

Paediatric Intensive Care Nursing
Unit of study code 139
Availability Graduate Certificate in Paediatric Nursing Studies

GC single unit of study

Pre-requisite The student must be working in an intensive care setting where there is a paediatric case mix
Credit points 6
Hours of study 150
Fee* Tier 1
Prescribed texts Dixon, M and Crawford, D (Eds) 2012, Paediatric Intensive Care Nursing. Wiley-Blackwell, United Kingdom.
Co-ordinated by Fran Stoddart
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: Evolution of paediatric intensive care a) apply knowledge of advanced concepts of invasive monitoring to the early recognition of deterioration in critically ill infants, children and young people Assessment 1: Online forums

1a -The technological imperative

1b – Journal club

10% 3, 7
Theme 2: Haemodynamic monitoring b) integrate the use of contemporary assessment tools in the management of critically unstable infants, children and young people Assessment 2: Case analysis 1 35% 5
Theme 3: Ventilation c) critically appraise treatment protocols used in paediatric intensive care against current research and evidence based guidelines Assessment 3: Case analysis 2 55% 9
Theme 4: Analgesia and sedation d) review the pathophysiology that underpins presentations of critically ill infants, children and young people to inform nursing interventions and optimise outcomes
Theme 5: Postoperative management of the cardiac surgical infant/child e) reflect on the central role of family & culture when negotiating care with infants, children, young people and their families, ensuring inclusive and respectful healthcare delivery
Theme 6: Management of infants/ children with serious neurological insults
Theme 7: Renal replacement therapies
Theme 8: Multiorgan dysfunction syndrome
Theme 9: Stabilisation & transport

Paediatric Intensive Care Nursing (139) 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.