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NS5511 - Intensive Care Nursing 1

[Offered in even-numbered years]

Credit points: 3
Year: 2012
Student Contribution Band: Band 1
Administered by: School of Nursing, Midwifery & Nutrition

Students must be employed minimum 0.6FTE in an Intensive Care Unit for the duration of this subject

This subject explores the theoretical and practical knowledge and skills required by registered nurses when caring for patients in the intensive care unit. Content includes managing the physical and psychosocial needs for patients with complex health care problems, clinical problem-solving and introduction to technological interventions. Competency-based clinical assessment will occur during the clinical practice component of the subject.

Learning Outcomes

  • apply a problem-solving approach to plan and implement individualised nursing care for critically ill patients;
  • apply knowledge and skills to implement and evaluate contemporary intensive care nursing practice in relation to patient and family-centred care;
  • critically assess and monitor intensive care patients within the context of a technological environment.

Graduate Qualities

  • The ability to adapt knowledge to new situations;
  • The ability to define and to solve problems in at least one discipline area;
  • The ability to think critically, to analyse and evaluate claims, evidence and arguments, and to reason and deploy evidence clearly and logically;
  • The ability to deploy critically evaluated information to practical ends;
  • The ability to find and access information using appropriate media and technologies;
  • The ability to evaluate that information;
  • The ability to select and organise information and to communicate it accurately, cogently, coherently, creatively and ethically;
  • The acquisition of coherent and disciplined sets of skills, knowledge, values and professional ethics from at least one discipline area;
  • The ability to reflect on and evaluate learning, and to learn independently in a self directed manner;
  • The ability to read complex and demanding texts accurately, critically and insightfully;
  • The ability to speak and write clearly, coherently and creatively;
  • The ability to work individually and independently;
  • The ability to use online technologies effectively and ethically.


Study Period 1, External
Census Date 22-Mar-2012
Coordinator: Dr Ylona Chun Tie
Lecturers: Assoc. Professor David Lindsay, Dr Kristin Wicking.
Workload expectations:
  • 160 hours clinical placement
Method of Delivery: CDROMandWWW - LearnJCU
Assessment: 160 hours clinical practice (pass/fail), clinical competencies (satisfactory/unsatisfactory) (%); assignments.

Note: Minor variations might occur due to the continuous Subject quality improvement process, and in case of minor variation(s) in assessment details, the Subject Outline represents the latest official information.