Graduate Certificate of Nursing Practice (Intensive Care)

Course summary for current students

Year2017 course information
Award granted Graduate Certificate of Nursing Practice (Intensive Care)
Campus

Offered Cloud (online) with significant campus mode requirements at Burwood (Melbourne) or live via videoconference for distance students

Duration

1 year part-time study (Note: This course is only available part-time)

Deakin course codeH545

From 2012 offered to continuing students only. Students who wish to undertake this specialty course should refer to the Master of Nursing Practice (H771) for more information.

Course sub-headings

Course overview

The Graduate Certificate course is designed to prepare nurses to meet contemporary challenges in intensive care nursing within the specialist field of critical care nursing and to progressively build upon knowledge and skills required to comprehensively care for critically ill patients. The course responds to the demands of industry and partnership/collaborating hospitals for nurses with sophisticated specialty skills and knowledge. The course links Deakin University with existing partners and a number of other collaborating hospitals, all of which have a high demand for specialist intensive care nurses.

The use of both campus based and Cloud (online) learning offers convenient, personalised and engaging learning experiences using the latest digital technologies. You will enjoy a rich, interactive, personal and empowering learning experience designed for postgraduate nurses.

Team-Based Learning (TBL), a specific educational strategy that involves individual preparation, team discussions and immediate class feedback, is conducted at Burwood (Melbourne). Team-Based Learning assists students to further develop their critical thinking, problem solving and teamwork skills by applying recently learnt knowledge to real clinical issues.

A compulsory introductory four day program on Burwood (Melbourne) is normally held in the second week of February.

On completion of the Graduate Certificate course, students wishing to continue studies must enrol in H771 Master of Nursing Practice. Credit will be granted for units completed in the Graduate Certificate of Nursing Practice (Intensive Care).

Students wishing to complete the Master of Nursing Practice by research and undertake the 4 credit point minor thesis must have completed HNN727 Research in Nursing and Midwifery, and must achieve a Distinction or above for 75% of the units undertaken in the Graduate Diploma of Nursing Practice specialty course.


Clinical practice

Students normally are employed within a collaborating hospital for a minimum of 24 hours per week to support and provide a sound clinical learning environment for the clinical program requirements of the course. Where concurrent employment is not possible, clinical practicums may be negotiated.

Fees and charges

Fees and charges vary depending on your course, your fee category and the year you started. To find out about the fees and charges that apply to you, visit the Current students fees website.

Course Learning Outcomes

Graduate Learning Outcomes

Course Learning Outcomes

Discipline Specific knowledge and capabilities

Demonstrate safe, high quality clinical decision making and psychomotor skills commensurate with specialty intensive care nursing theoretical knowledge, evidence-based practices and person-centred care.

Communication

Demonstrate verbal, written and interpersonal communication skills using discipline-specific language and lay-terms necessary to assess and interpret data, convey ideas, develop plans of care and implement therapeutic interventions to ensure the delivery of high quality, safe nursing care to intensive care patients. 

Digital Literacy

Use appropriate technologies to locate authoritative discipline-specific information and justify the selection of this information; and demonstrate the ability to evaluate, synthesise and disseminate the information to members of the multidisciplinary health team, and intensive care patients in an ethical and professional manner.

Critical thinking

Identify, synthesise, analyse and critically evaluate complex data from patient and technologically-derived sources to inform decision making that delivers safe, high quality intensive care nursing in order to promote optimal patient outcomes.

Problem Solving

Effectively apply specialised nursing knowledge and skills to routine, complex and ill-structured problems in intensive care settings to achieve optimal patient outcomes.

Self-management

Demonstrate personal autonomy, leadership, clinical judgement, professionalism, responsibility, accountability, and reflection as a specialist intensive care nurse.

Teamwork

Establish and maintain collaborative professional respectful relationships demonstrating professionalism, open communication, leadership, responsibility and accountability to the multidisciplinary team, patients and carers.

Global Citizenship

Display accountability for, and sound professional judgement in, behaviours that uphold ethical and legal principles of practice within diverse social, cultural and environmental contexts.

 

Course rules

To satisfy the requirements of the Graduate Certificate a student must complete a total of 4 credit points of compulsory units, normally taken over one year of part-time study.

Both the theoretical and clinical components of the assessment for each unit must be passed in order to successfully gain an overall pass in this course. Compulsory clinical hurdles form part of the assessment of this course. 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. 

Course structure

Level 1

Trimester 1

HNN751Advanced Physiology and Patient Assessment *

HNN752Core Principles of Care for the Critically Ill Patient *

Trimester 2

HNN764Intensive Care Nursing 1 *

HNN774Intensive Care Nursing 2 *

*Domestic students enrol as Cloud (online) students, however there are significant campus requirements. Most classes are conducted in campus mode at Burwood (Melbourne) and are video-conferenced live to other venues.