HNN792 - Critical Care Nursing


2025 unit information

Enrolment modes: Semester 1: Online
Semester 2: Online
Credit point(s): 2
EFTSL value: 0.250
Cohort rule: This unit is only available to students enrolled in H567, H667, H771

HNN791 or HNN751 and HNN752

Corequisite: Nil
Incompatible with: HNN764, HNN765, HNN766, HNN767, HNN774, HNN775, HNN776, HNN777, HNN794, HNN795, HNN796
Study commitment

Students will on average spend 300 hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

This will include educator guided online learning activities within the unit site.

Scheduled learning activities - online

Online independent and collaborative learning activities including 8 days of online synchronous lectures and seminars. 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. 


This unit focuses on further developing knowledge and skills essential for critical care nursing specialty practice. The knowledge of anatomy, physiology and pathophysiology to assess and critically evaluate complex patient data will facilitate risk identification and inform clinical decisions. Content includes assessment and management of patients with a variety of complex conditions including sepsis and multi-organ failure requiring advanced treatment modalities such as mechanical ventilation and renal replacement therapy.

The management of paediatric and adult patients experiencing trauma, assault, burns, mental ill health, cancer and obstetric emergencies is also addressed. The critique of research will inform evidence-based practice to optimise the delivery of quality and safe care. The unit also aims to promote the application of teamwork and advanced professional communication in critical care settings.   

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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