Intensive care nursing

As an intensive care nurse, you’ll care for patients with life-threatening conditions and complex healthcare problems. You’ll develop the skills to anticipate and rapidly respond to changes in your patient’s condition.

Deakin's nursing courses: ranked in the top 5 universities in the world*

Online learning: our Master of Nursing Practice is delivered online

Career opportunities

As an intensive care nurse, you’ll have the opportunity to work in advanced practice roles in and beyond ICU walls. You may work across many forms of intensive care units such as:

  • combined cardiac and intensive care units
  • critical care units
  • general intensive care units (ICUs)
  • high dependency units
  • medical and surgical intensive care units
  • recovery rooms

*2017 QS World University Rankings


Postgraduate (further study)

A postgraduate qualification can be undertaken by students who have already completed an undergraduate degree or possess significant, demonstrable work experience. Postgraduate courses include graduate certificates, graduate diplomas, master’s and PhDs, as well as specialist programs for industry professionals.

Studying the Master's in affiliation with Austin Health helped me make strong links between theory and practice and optimised my learning experience.

Megan Tweedie

Masters of Nursing Practice (Intensive Care)

Advance your career

Our teaching approach ensures you develop skills in critical thinking, high-quality patient care delivery, teamwork and communication – all attributes highly valued in intensive and critical care units.

Choosing the right course

If you're interested in a career in this discipline, Deakin can help you get there.

Are you new to this area of study?

If you haven't previously worked or studied in this area, you'll need to complete an undergraduate course in nursing before moving on to our specialised postgraduate program. 

Browse the undergraduate offerings in some of our other nursing disciplines. 

Are you working or studying in this area?

Deakin’s range of postgraduate nursing specialty practice areas includes cardiac care, intensive care, emergency care, critical care and perioperative nursing and can be undertaken through the Master of Nursing Practice.

circular module - Intensive Care Nursing discipline - Nursing and Midwifery

Research with us

Our School of Nursing and Midwifery hosts the Centre for Quality and Patient Safety Research (QPS). QPS research activities contribute strongly to the government’s health reform agenda, with the help of our extensive partnerships with major healthcare providers.

Learn more about researching with us

Recent research at Deakin

Patient participation in treatment in the context of acute care

Patient participation in pulmonary interventions to reduce postoperative pulmonary complications following cardiac surgery.

Who we work with

The school works in partnership with many Australian metropolitan, rural and regional hospitals to deliver the Master of Nursing Practice. 

Students undertaking our postgraduate courses are normally employed by a hospital partner and work a minimum of 24 hours a week for the duration of the course while undertaking the theoretical learning at Deakin.

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