NUR5707 - Applications of intensive care nursing - 2017

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

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Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Organisational Unit

School of Nursing and Midwifery


Rose Jaspers

Unit guides



  • Second semester 2017 (Flexible)


This unit builds on the skills and knowledge of the Registered Nurse working in Intensive Care and applies this to complex patient presentations.

These areas include Trauma, Burns, Emergency, Paediatrics, Obstetrics, Cardiac Surgery, Haematology/Oncology, Post anaesthesia and Pain management.

Other key concepts covered include: pathophysiology and management of sepsis, multi organ dysfunction syndrome and acute lung injury as well as investigating the development of advanced Intensive Care therapies.

The unit also has a focus on the applied psychosocial and ethical elements of Intensive Care Nursing including complex decision making, end of life care and organ donation. The student will develop skills to provide an advanced level of care to Intensive Care patients and their significant others across age, socio-cultural and economic groups.


Upon successful completion of this unit, students will be able to;

  1. Determine treatment and intensive care nursing interventions through application of knowledge of pathophysiology of sepsis and multi-organ dysfunction
  2. Adapt the core principles of intensive care nursing to specialist patient populations
  3. Explore different types emergency presentations to intensive care and critically analyse nursing management strategies
  4. Investigate the continued development of extended intensive care therapies and advanced nursing management.
  5. Explore the ethical and moral issues associated with the provision of intensive care to patients.
  6. Analyse contemporary nursing issues in the field of intensive care and be able to express ideas for future areas of research and development.UR


  • Secure online quizzes x 3 (30 minutes each) (25%)
  • Written assignment on contemporary issues in ICU (2,500 words) (35%)
  • Examination (2 hours) (40%) (hurdle)

Workload requirements

6 hours of study and 6 hours of self-directed study per week

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Chief examiner(s)

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


Nursing and midwifery