NUR5924 - Intensive care nursing 2 - 2017

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.


Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Organisational Unit

School of Nursing and Midwifery


Rose Jaspers

Unit guides



  • 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:

  1. Perform a structured assessment and plan care for an ICU patient in multi-organ failure.
  2. Provide and evaluate care for the patient requiring advanced ventilation strategies and rescue therapies
  3. Assess advanced haemodynamic monitoring techniques and critically evaluate application in management of shock. .
  4. Perform and evaluate care for the patient requiring continuous renal replacement therapy
  5. Evaluate advanced neurological monitoring and critique interventions used in the care of neurosurgical patients
  6. 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)

Workload requirements

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

See also Unit timetable information

Chief examiner(s)

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


Nursing and midwifery