HNN791 - Core Principles of Critical Care Nursing


2023 unit information

Enrolment modes:

Semester 1: Online*

Semester 2: Online

*Will be offered in Semester 1 from 2024

Credit point(s): 2
EFTSL value: 0.250
Cohort rule:

Must be enrolled in H545, H565, H566, H567, H645, H665, H666, H667, H771.



Corequisite: Nil
Incompatible with: HNN751, HNN752
Study commitment

Students will on average spend 150 hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

Scheduled learning activities - online

Online independent and collaborative learning activities including 11 days of scheduled online workshops. Students are employed in a critical care setting within a collaborating health service and undertake a minimum of 24 hours clinical experience per week.

In-person attendance requirements

Students will be employed a minimum of 24 hours per week in a critical care setting within a collaborating hospital in Australia. 


The unit focuses on core principles of critical care nursing and introduces nurses to specialty practice in the critical care environment. The knowledge of anatomy, physiology and pathophysiology and skills in assessment and management of critically ill patients will enable the provision of high quality, safe, person-centred care.

Content includes complex assessment and management of patients with life-threatening conditions requiring critical care interventions. Haemodynamic monitoring, artificial ventilation, ECG interpretation and vasoactive therapies are also addressed.

Application of evidence-based practice will inform clinical decision making and risk management. The unit also aims to further develop teamwork and communication skills to establish and maintain professional relationships to optimise patient care.

Hurdle requirement

  • This unit requires a pass in the clinical assessment to ensure that each student can demonstrate their safety in clinical practice.

Unit Fee Information

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