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NURS5060: Complexity of Critical Illness and Injury

Patients who experience severe traumatic injury or episodes of critical illness require advanced assessment and management in the pre-hospital phase, during transport to and stabilisation in the emergency department, and ongoing care in the intensive care unit. The critical illness/injury trajectory is complex and interdependent and effective care at each stage requires an appreciation of the care which has been provided as well as an understanding of potential ongoing management of the patient. In this unit of study we will examine the critical illness/injury trajectory from physiological and psychosocial perspectives. An evidence-based approach to patient management will focus on collaborative decision-making and the ways in which synthesised evidence informs patient care. This unit of study allows students to consolidate theoretical underpinnings of their practice and demonstrate the requisite knowledge, skills and attributes required to care for critically ill or injured patients through the completion of clinical assessments.

Code NURS5060
Academic unit Nursing and Midwifery
Credit points 6

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

  • LO1. Demonstrate the use of independent corroboration of information to guide patient assessment and inform clinical decisions, including consideration of technological, political, and socio-cultural factors.
  • LO2. Demonstrate an ability to articulate your own practice in relation to critical care practice standards.
  • LO3. Demonstrate knowledge and mastery of key clinical nursing skills.
  • LO4. Critically analyse the importance of the patient and their family as informants to critical illness assessment and care, and physical and psychological recovery.

Unit outlines

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