The Graduate Diploma in Nursing (Critical Care) is a 36-unit course offered by the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences.
Applicants must normally hold an approved degree or equivalent qualification and must be registered nurses in Australia.
However, the Board may, under certain circumstances and subject to specific conditions, admit others who can show evidence of fitness for candidature.
In addition, applicants must have a minimum of one year post-registration experience (6 months of which should be in relevant clinical area) and must provide a supporting statement from their employer stating their willingness to facilitate the extended clinical practice components of the course within their workplace and/or provide evidence that an affiliated health agency will facilitate the clinical practice in a supernumerary capacity.
The Graduate Diploma in Nursing (Critical Care) aims to:
- facilitate development of specialised knowledge, skills and attributes for application in critical care environments
- extend student knowledge in research for practice development
In addition to the Learning Outcomes of the Graduate Diploma in Nursing, on completion of this course, students in the critical care specialisation will be able to:
- critically analyse the concepts and theory around recognition, response and management of the acute, complex and/or critically-ill deteriorating patient in a critical care setting
- apply concepts and theories around recognition, response and management of the acute, complex and/or critically-ill deteriorating patient in a critical care setting
- demonstrate use of evidence-based nursing research skills to plan, implement and evaluate care provision in critical care environments.
- meet the standards of specialist practice, at a beginner-level, of the Australian College of Critical Care Nurses
To qualify for the Graduate Diploma in Nursing (Critical Care) a student must complete 36 units as specified below with a grade of Pass or NGP or better in each topic.
The award of a grade of Fail (F) in the same topic on more than one occasion or in 9 units or more, or failure to complete the course within four consecutive semesters may constitute prima facie evidence of unsatisfactory progress for the purposes of the University''s Policy on Student Progress.
Except with permission of the Faculty Board:
- no topic may be attempted more than twice
- a student may not include a topic which repeats work previously undertaken.
Not all topics will be available in any given year or semester
Specialisation - Critical Care - Core topics
18 units comprising:
NURS8740 Foundations for Responding to Clinical Deterioration Across the Lifespan (4.5 units)
NURS8741 Professional Experience in Resuscitation Across the Lifespan (PEP) (4.5 units)
NURS8742 Critical Care Nursing Theory (4.5 units)
NURS8743 Critical Care Nursing Practice (PEP) (4.5 units)
Core - Year 1 topics
18 units comprising:
NURS9123 Epidemiology and Population Studies for Health Care Practice (4.5 units)
NURS9124 Advanced Thinking, Communicating and Problem Solving for Health Professionals (4.5 units)
NURS9126 Leadership in Health Studies (4.5 units)
NURS9219 Introduction to Research (4.5 units)