Critical care nursing requires an advanced knowledge base, skilled assessment, prompt intervention and ongoing evaluation in order to care for the critically ill with complex needs. The critical care nurse maintains the balance between the science of nursing and the art of caring. This course will provide the nurse with an opportunity to develop, enhance and maintain these specialist skills that are required to care for the critically ill.
This programme is aimed at advancing the registered nurse’s repertoire of knowledge and skills for professional practice in the care of patients within the critical care environment.
This course will enhance your career prospects and give you the building blocks for lifelong self-directed learning. It will also provide you with the key knowledge and skills to innovate and lead in your area of practice in Critical Care. Following successful completion of the Graduate Diploma Nursing Critical Care - Intensive Care you will be able to complete an MSc Critical Care in one academic year.
It is essential that you have access to a personal computer and an email account as communication with students is primarily undertaken by email. Lecture handouts/announcements are made available to students via Blackboard (a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) that supports online learning and teaching) and/or via email. Messages from the university regarding examination policy and procedures are also sent via email.
This is a 60 ECTS programme which can be taken over 1 year full time or 2 years part time. The academic year runs from September to May and is broken down into two trimesters. Assessments are varied (assignments/short examination questions/MCQ/case presentation/practical examination) and occur at intervals throughout and at the end of the trimesters.
*Pleasen note that students who have completed the CPD module prior to commencing the graduate diploma should select NMHS32440 instead of NMHS42630 in the online registration system.
The two core modules are common to all Graduate Diplomas in Nursing. The three specialist modules and the one clinical module will guide student learning to focus on the essential aspects of critical care nursing as outlined below:
Core Theoretical Concepts of Nursing Care for the Critically Ill Patient: This module is designed to provide students with the theoretical foundation for entry into critical care nursing practice.
Advanced Nursing Care of the Complex Critically Ill Patient:This module focuses on the nursing and collaborative care of the acutely ill patient with complex needs following major surgery, cardiothoracic surgery and cardiac transplantation, patients who have sustained multiple trauma including spinal injury, patients with liver dysfunction and who require liver surgery/transplantation and patients who develop MODS and sepsis.
Nursing Care of the Chronically Critically Ill Patient: This module focuses the student to explore the impact of critical illness on both the patient and family. It encourages the student to critically review the environmental, physical and psychological factors that can aid or impact recovery.
Clinical Practicum Intensive Care: This module aims to develop the nurses' clinical role by enhancing their ability to assess, diagnose, plan, intervene and evaluate care in specialist environments. This module enables the students to apply their knowledge, skills and understanding of specialist theory to patient care, and will require the participants to demonstrate competence within their area of specialist practice.
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The Graduate Diploma Critical Care Nursing: Intensive Care provides you with the comprehensive knowledge and skills required for caring for the critically ill. The key knowledge and skills gained on this Programme will also enable you to innovate and lead in your area of practice in Critical Care.
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