Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Monash University

Postgraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2015 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
Organisational UnitSchool of Nursing and Midwifery
OfferedPeninsula First semester 2015 (Flexible)
Coordinator(s)Mr Simon Edgecombe


The critical care nurse requires a diverse knowledge and skill base to appropriately and effectively assess and manage patients in the critical care environment. This unit focuses on enabling the student to develop proficiency in the management of critically ill patients with respiratory, cardiac and renal conditions and shock. Mechanical ventilation and advanced haemodynamic monitoring will be evaluated. The student will develop theoretical and clinical proficiency in the therapeutic interventions essential to care for these patients within the critical care environment, as well as their family and significant others.


Upon successful completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. Plan, implement and evaluate the appropriate, age specific, culturally relevant, evidence based, therapeutic interventions related to the management of critically ill patients with cardiac, respiratory, renal disease and shock
  2. Demonstrate and evaluate the effectiveness of individual and team approaches to the management of the rapidly deteriorating client/patient in the critical care environment
  3. Discuss and implement appropriate, evidence based, therapeutic interventions related to the management of clients/patients requiring mechanical ventilation and invasive haemodynamic monitoring
  4. Critically examine the nursing research and literature related to the care of patients with cardiac, respiratory and renal illness and shock
  5. Demonstrate and critically discuss the socio-cultural, legal and ethical issues related to the nursing management of the critically ill patient
  6. Identify the needs of the patient's family and significant others in the critical care area and plan appropriate nursing interventions to address these needs.


Students must be working a minimum of 3 days/week in a critical care unit.


Written assignment (40%)
Examination (60%) (Hurdle)
Clinical hurdles (Pass / Fail)
Clinical Performance Appraisal (Pass / Fail)

Students must achieve a pass in the final examination, Clinical Performance Appraisal and Clinical Hurdles to achieve a pass in the unit.

Workload requirements

12 hours per week.

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Chief examiner(s)

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study

Nursing, Nursing and midwifery