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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

Unit of study code



Graduate Certificate in Paediatric Nursing Studies

PG Single Unit of Study




The student must be working in an intensive care setting where there is a paediatric case mix


Tier 1

Prescribed texts: Nil

Co-ordinated by: Fran Stoddart



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: Evolution of Paediatric Intensive Care

a) Integrate knowledge of advanced concepts of invasive and non-invasive monitoring into paediatric intensive  care nursing practice

Assessment 1 Online discussions x 2




Theme 2: Haemodynamic monitoring

b) Rationalise the use of contemporary assessment tools in the nursing management of paediatric intensive care patients

Assessment 2 Case analysis (2000 words)



Theme 3: Ventilation

c) Anticipate changes in the clinical condition of critically ill infants and children and intervene appropriately to prevent complications and optimize outcomes

Assessment 3 Case analysis (2500 words)



Theme 4: Analgesia and Sedation

d) Explain the underlying pathophysiology associated with common presentations in paediatric intensive care patients




Theme 5: Postoperative management of the cardiac surgical infant/child

e) Evaluate treatment protocols used in the management of critically ill infants and children against current research and evidence based practice




Theme 6: Management of infants/ children with serious neurological insults

f) Critically reflect on the central role of family and culture when negotiating care for infants and children in the paediatric intensive care environment




Theme 7: Renal Replacement therapies





Theme 8: Multiorgan dysfunction syndrome





Theme 9: Stabilisation & Transport





Units commencing or have commenced in 2017

Tier 1$2,035
Tier 2$2,345
Tier 3$2,725
Tier 4$3,275

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.