Expanding Practice in the ICU and ED (NURS5074)


Emergency departments and intensive care units are dynamic practice environments where both patient need and workforce pressures create opportunities for nurses to expand their clinical and professional skill base. Scope of practice may be governed locally within hospitals and Local Health Districts whilst professional bodies such as the Australian College of Critical Care Nurses, the College of Emergency Nurses Australasia and the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Council also inform practice. This unit of study examines the elements defining safe scope of practice, but also explores the processes by which nurses may expand their repertoire and formal recognition of skills within a framework of education, competency and authorisation. In this unit, students will expand their clinical and theoretical repertoire by developing an in-depth understanding of a specific practice issue in intensive care or emergency nursing.

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distance education/intensive on campus, up to 4 study days


essay (40%) and class presentation (15%) and learning contract (45%)

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