To enable Registered Nurses to further 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 gastrointestinal, endocrine and neurological function.
- understand the physiological responses to and interventions in trauma care.
- 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.
- discuss the impact of critical illness and bereavement upon the individual and significant others.
- 1apply knowledge of the implications of physiological differences to paediatric patients.
- critically evaluate literature, research and / or evidence concerning Best Practice in critical care nursing.