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Critical care nurses work as members of multidisciplinary teams where leadership, mentoring and teamwork are vital in achieving a safe working environment. The purpose of this unit of study is to develop an understanding of evidence based nursing practice, application to provide optimum patient outcomes and to achieve professional enhancement for specialist nurses in critical care settings. The students will explore contemporary and professional issues impacting on critical care. They will examine the use of evidence in developing and sustaining expert clinical judgement needed to guide management of patients and resources in critical care environments. The unit of study also focuses on the role of health promotion, legal/ethical issues and professional development strategies in critical care.

Professional practice in critical care nursing

Unit of study code



Graduate Certificate in Critical Care Nursing

PG Single Unit of Study




281 – Principles of critical care nursing


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: Clinical judgement in critical care

a) Analyse critical thinking processes and reflective practice in providing care for the critically ill patient

Assessment 1 Online discussions x 2



Theme 2: Fundamentals of evidence based practice

b) Examine communications skills to facilitate knowledge sharing within multidisciplinary teams

Assessment 2 Reflective essay (2000 words)



Theme 3: Ethical and legal issues in critical care

c) Review and critique the use of research and evidence based practice used in critical care areas

Assessment 3 Research analysis essay (2500 words)



Theme 4: Leadership and professional practice

d) Critically evaluate the legal and ethical issues within critical care nursing practice




Theme 5: Health promotion and health education

e) Analyse the role of  the critical care nurse in promoting leadership, mentoring and teamwork within the multidisciplinary team





f) Critically evaluate the role of critical care nurses in providing health education for critical care patients




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.