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To enable Registered Nurses to further develop their ability to integrate health assessment, physiology and health alteration to the nursing process in critical care.

Learning outcomes

  • 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.