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HNN752 - Core Principles of Care for the Critically Ill Patient

Unit details

Year2018 unit information
Enrolment modes:

Trimester 1: Cloud (online)^ with significant campus requirements

Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit chair:

Nicky Hewitt





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Contact hours:

^Theoretical component: students will be expected to undertake 150 hours comprised of directed and self-directed study in a combination of classes, cloud (online) modules and seminars. Students are also normally required to complete a minimum of 24 hours a week in specialty clinical practice in their employing hospital.


This unit is part of the Intensive Care, Cardiac Care, Emergency Care and Critical Care Specialty courses nested in the Master of Nursing Practice for students who are also employed in a suitable clinical area in partnership with Deakin University.

^Students enrol as Cloud (online) students, however there are significant campus requirements. Classes are conducted at Burwood (Melbourne) and are videoconferenced live to other venues.


The unit focuses on core principles of nursing and collaborative care and evidence-based practices to optimally manage critically ill patients. Engagement with this unit material and clinical practice will enable students to identify, synthesise, analyse and critically evaluate complex data from patient and technologically-derived sources to inform decision making that delivers safe, high quality person-centred nursing care. The unit also aims to build teamwork and communication skills to establish and maintain collaborative professional respectful relationships with critical care colleagues and to manage risk in order to optimise patient care.


The unit covers the role of specialist nurses in managing critically ill patients in relation to: the implementation and management of therapeutic technologies for major organ insufficiency and failure including oxygen therapy, artificial airways and mechanical and non-invasive ventilation; interventional cardiac procedures; pharmacological therapies including vasoactives, fibrinolytics and antiarrhythmics; and principles of specialist critical care practice in clinical risk management and clinical decision making based on best research evidence.


Assessment task 1: Assignment (1500 words) 40%

Assessment task 2: Examination (1.5 hours) 40%

Assessment task 3: Tests (3) 20%

Assessment task 4: Clinical assessment Pass/fail, satisfactory completion of clinical competencies.


Both the theoretical and clinical components of the assessment must be passed in order to successfully gain an overall pass in this unit. Compulsory clinical hurdles form part of the assessment of this unit. Recognition of the importance of clinical assessments is calculated in the overall student workload.


Note: Failure of a compulsory practicum component in a unit will normally lead to exclusion.

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