nsg4icn complex critical care nursing



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Credit points: 20

Subject outline

In this subject students will explore the complexities of caring for a critically ill patient in an intensive care setting. Students will develop cognitive, affective and psychomotor skills related to the use of advanced ventilation strategies, renal replacement therapies, complex hemodynamic monitoring and care of the immuno-compromised patient. Legal and ethical issues confronting nurses who work in ICU, ICU delirium, discharge planning/liaison, cardiac rehabilitation, and transportation of the critically ill will be addressed. Students will be challenged to think in critical ways and demonstrate competency in problem solving.

SchoolSchool of Nursing & Midwifery

Credit points20

Subject Co-ordinatorKathy Tori

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 4 - UG/Hons/1st Yr PG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites NSG4CHA, NSG4ECC


Incompatible subjects NSG4COC, NSG4ICC

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditions Students must provide evidence of approved health facility access to a minimum of 140-hours of supervised clinical experience that is commensurate with being able to achieve the clinical competencies of this subject.

Learning resources


Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsACCCN's critical care nursingPrescribedElliott, D, Aitken, L and Chaboyer, W 2007MOSBY ELSEVIER, SYDNEY
ReadingsThelan's critical care nursing: diagnosis and managementPrescribedUrden, L, Stacy, K and Lough, M 20065TH EDN, MOSBY, ST LOUIS
ReadingsManagement of the mechanically ventilated patientRecommendedPierce, L 20062ND EDN, SAUNDERS ELSEVIER, ST LOUIS

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