To enable Registered Nurses to develop their ability to integrate health assessment, physiology and health alteration to the nursing process in critical care.
- analyse the role and scope of nursing practice within health care provision for patients with or / at risk of critical illness.
- apply theoretical knowledge of anatomy, physiology and pathophysiological changes that underpin nursing practice in critical care.
- apply knowledge of common health alterations with respect to respiratory, cardiac and renal function.
- understand the cascading effects of organ failure.
- determine, obtain, utilise and evaluate appropriate information in order to prioritise nursing and collaborative interventions.
- critically evaluate common treatment modalities and therapeutic interventions in critical care.
- demonstrate proficient technical skills in the use and application of specialty equipment and procedures.
- analyse the relationships between patient assessment, therapeutic interventions and evaluation.
- apply knowledge of the impact of critical illness upon the individual and their family.
- discuss the implications of physiological differences in paediatric patients.
- critically evaluate literature, research and / or evidence concerning Best Practice in critical care nursing.