Not currently offered
Course code



20 units


6000 level

Course handbook


The critical care nurse requires a specialist knowledge and skill base to appropriately and effectively manage patients in the critical care environment. This course focuses on enabling the student to develop proficiency in the management of patients admitted to critical care units within the health care sector. There is an emphasis on mechanical ventilation and advanced haemodynamic monitoring and the care of patients with life threatening conditions. The conditions that require devices that support failing body systems such as Ventricular Assisted Devices (VAD) will be explored


Not currently offered.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Demonstrate the ability to plan and implement evidenced based, culturally relevant, age appropriate, therapeutic interventions for life threatening conditions.

2. Demonstrate effective interpersonal skills in caring for critical care patient, their families and members of the intrprofessional/ multi-disciplinary team

3. Demonstrate effective communication within the health care team and with patients

4. Identify the needs of the patient's family and significant others in the emergency department and plan appropriate nursing interventions to address these needs.

5. Identify the needs of the patient's family and significant others in the critical care and plan appropriate nursing interventions to address these needs.

6. Manage the nutritional and fluid status of a critical care patient

7. Demonstrate an understanding of critical care across the lifespan e.g. paediatrics and older persons

8. Reflect on the health ethics and economics of critical care provision

9. Reflect on current practice and plan ongoing development commensurate with personal and professional goals


  • Foundations of critical care
  • Haemodynamic monitoring
  • Ventilation
  • Patient management of life threatening conditions.
  • Pharmacology related to Critical care patients
  • Paediatric patients in ICU
  • Pharmacology
  • Nutrition and Fluid status
  • Mental health in Critical Care
  • Care of the family
  • Health economics and ethics related to Critical Care

Assumed knowledge

Foundational nursing knowledge: nursing theory, legal and ethical issues, fundamentals of research, human bioscience, psychology, sociology related to practice. Principles of investigative approaches in nursing, concepts and theories relevant to practice, contemporary nursing issues. Completion of NURS6021 Health Assessment and Applied Pathophysiology

Assessment items

Written Assignment: Written Assignment

Formal Examination: Formal Exam *

Portfolio: Advanced Clinical Competencies and Skills *

* This assessment has a compulsory requirement.

Compulsory Requirements

In order to pass this course, each student must complete ALL of the following compulsory requirements:

Course Assessment Requirements:

  • Portfolio: Pass Requirement - Students must pass this assessment item to pass the course.
  • Formal Examination: Minimum Grade / Mark Requirement - Students must obtain a specified minimum grade / mark in this assessment item to pass the course.