Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Undergraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
Organisational UnitSchool of Nursing and Midwifery
OfferedNot offered in 2013
Coordinator(s)Dr Joy Lyneham


An important component of our health system is to provide appropriate care for individuals experiencing a sudden health crisis. Often this crisis results in an individual requiring attendance to an Emergency department (ED) or admission to a critical care area such as a Coronary Care (CCU) or Intensive Care unit (ICU).
To respond effectively to these needs, nurses require specific knowledge and skills to provide rapid and continuing assessment based on current evidence based practice in the ED, CCU and ICU. This unit extends on acquired nursing knowledge and skills, enhancing students' abilities to manage a crisis situation in critical care and generalist areas.


On completion of this unit, it is expected that the student will be able to:

  1. Assess and organise care based on patient needs at a novice nurse level in simulated environments
  2. Provide care for the critically ill patient and their families using the principles nursing care
  3. Relate the principles of nursing care to the critically ill individual and their family
  4. Assess and manage a critically ill individual and their family using the principles of assessment and management
  5. Analyse current practices based on the evidence available; and
  6. Implement care plans for complex patients according to CENA and AACCN competencies.


Written assignment (2,500 words) 40%, case study (3,500 words) 60%

Chief examiner(s)

Contact hours

Lectures 2 hours per week, Tutorial/ Laboratory 2 hours per week



Only available to students enrolled in: Bachelor of Nursing