Critical care nurses provide care for patients whose clinical instability is life threatening. This unit of study introduces students to the concept of critical care nursing and the impact a critical illness has on those close to the ill or recovering person. While focusing on the adult patient who is critically unstable, this unit concentrates on the nursing assessment, diagnosis and nursing interventions required in their management. Clinical application of theoretical content will include pathophysiology, pharmacology and management modalities. This unit also explores how technology can assist in the continuous monitoring of patients in these environments. It advances previously learned knowledge and clinical decision making skills gained in first and second year units of study, and in particular: Health Assessment, Acute Care and Nursing Practice and Pharmacology, People and Practice.
13x2-hr lectures , 8x2-hr tutorials, 5x2-hr clinical labs, and clinical placement (80-hrs)
Student assessment (100%) conducted throughout the semester, as advised within the relevant unit of study outline
48 Year 1 credit points (including NURS1008) and 36 Year 2 credit points