Nursing Practice (High Acuity Option) (NURS6027)


This unit of study is an elective option for students who wish to extend their knowledge and skills in a high acuity nursing environment. It provides students with the opportunity to examine the theoretical and professional aspects of critical care nursing practice. The unit will build on the work of High Acuity Nursing to specifically focus on nursing practices for patients with an increased dependence on nursing support in a critical care environment. This unit will foster the development of specific knowledge, skills, and attitudes that will enable students to understand the needs of critically ill patients. The legal and ethical constraints and frameworks in which critical care nursing practice is conducted will also be explored. A period of off-campus clinical education within an appropriate critical care setting is also included, for example, intensive care, high dependency or coronary care units or emergency departments.

Our courses that offer this unit of study

Further unit of study information


8x2-hr lectures, 8x2-hr tutorials, clinical placements


essay (40%) and essay (60%) and satisfactory off-campus clinical component

Faculty/department permission required?


Unit of study rules

Prerequisites and assumed knowledge

NURS5002 and NURS5081 and NURS5082 and (NURS5083 or NURS6001) and NURS5006 and NURS5084 and NURS5085 and NURS5086 and NURS6018 and NURS6019

Study this unit outside a degree

Non-award/non-degree study

If you wish to undertake one or more units of study (subjects) for your own interest but not towards a degree, you may enrol in single units as a non-award student.

Cross-institutional study

If you are from another Australian tertiary institution you may be permitted to underake cross-institutional study in one or more units of study at the University of Sydney.