6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL
Postgraduate - Unit
Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.
- Second semester 2017 (Flexible)
This unit focuses on the development of advanced practice skills and knowledge necessary to work in an Intensive Care Unit.
The extended skills and expertise of an Intensive Care Nurse are covered including: advanced ventilation strategies, advanced haemodynamic monitoring, cardiac pacing, intra-aortic balloon pump therapy, continuous renal replacement therapies and advanced neurological monitoring.
Assessment takes place in the clinical environment as well as a written examination and a written assignment which aim to verify the students understanding of evidence based and reflective practice.
Upon successful completion of the unit the student should be able to:
- Perform a structured assessment and plan care for an ICU patient in multi-organ failure.
- Provide and evaluate care for the patient requiring advanced ventilation strategies and rescue therapies
- Assess advanced haemodynamic monitoring techniques and critically evaluate application in management of shock. .
- Perform and evaluate care for the patient requiring continuous renal replacement therapy
- Evaluate advanced neurological monitoring and critique interventions used in the care of neurosurgical patients
- Perform and reflect on clinical practice in accordance with the Australian College of Critical Care Nurses' practice standards.
Students must be working as a Registered Nurse in an Intensive Care Unit for a minimum of 3 days/week
End of semester written examination (2 hours) (35%) (hurdle)
Written assignment (2500 words) (35%)
Clinical assessments and summative appraisal (30%) (hurdle)
6 hours of contact hours and 6 hours of self- directed study per week
See also Unit timetable information
This unit applies to the following area(s) of study
Nursing and midwifery