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To enable Registered Nurses to 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 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.