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Intensive care nursing

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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



Graduate Certificate in Critical Care Nursing

PG Single Unit of Study




Single unit of study only available for graduates of Critical Care Nursing or equivalent


Tier 1

Prescribed texts: Nil

Co-ordinated by: Annesa Conte MACN



Intended learning outcomes for this subject/program

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

Assessment Tasks

Type of assessment

Not 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 the pathophysiology of multi organ dysfunction  and discuss contemporary nursing management strategies

Assessment 1 Online discussions  x 2



Theme 2: Mechanical ventilation


b) Examine the principles of mechanical ventilation and analyse appropriate strategies available for critically ill patients

Assessment 2 Case analysis (2000 words)



Theme 3: Advanced concepts in invasive monitoring

c) Critically analyse monitoring techniques used in critical care and interpret the results to determine optimal patient outcomes

Assessment 3 Case analysis (2500 words)



Theme 4: Infection prevention and control


d) Integrate knowledge of infection control principles and practice in the management of critically ill patients




Theme 5: Advanced cardiac management


e) Discuss the principles and management strategies of the patient with cardiac supportive devices by integrating current evidence based practice




Theme 6: Extra corporeal support


f) Evaluate the use of extracorporeal support therapies by critiquing current literature




Theme 7: Management of major trauma


g) Analyse the intensive care nursing management of patients with major systems injury or trauma




Theme 8: Transfer of the critically ill


h) Examine the principles of transport of the critically ill patient in relation to current literature




Units commencing in 2018

Tier 1$2,100
Tier 2$2,420
Tier 3$2,800
Tier 4$3,375

*Fees are subject to change without notice.