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Unit of study_

NURS5055: Intensive Care Nursing Practice

Critical illness is associated with rapidly changing clinical presentations consequently nurses providing care for the critically ill must integrate complex physiological knowledge with advanced assessment skills in order to make sound clinical decisions. In this unit of study students will explore a variety of clinical presentations including those associated with single and multiple organ failure; traumatic injury; and chronic and complex illness. Management of these clinical conditions will be explored, specifically focusing on the evidence-base of interventions and their influence on patient outcome. Critical illness is also associated with short and longer term consequences for psychosocial wellbeing of both the patient and their family. As such, an emphasis will be placed on the experience of critical illness, psychosocial recovery and the influence of critical illness on the family unit.

Code NURS5055
Academic unit Nursing and Midwifery
Credit points 6

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. engage in debate on research examining clinically meaningful outcomes and the impact of this focus on a research-base for intensive care nursing practice
  • LO2. (critically) analyse the plausibility of original research as a source of information on which to base clinical practice and decisions relevant to intensive care nursing practice
  • LO3. integrate knowledge of physiological processes, research evidence, and patient assessment data to explain the context, and justify the delivery of interventions in the critical-care setting
  • LO4. demonstrate theoretical knowledge that facilitates safe and effective nursing practice as a capable member of the multi-disciplinary team caring for physiologically dependent patients.

Unit outlines

Unit outlines will be available 1 week before the first day of teaching for the relevant session.