University of Technology Sydney

92473 Introduction to Specialty Practice: Critical Care Nursing

6cp; Intensive mode: 1 x 5 hour clinical workshop for four weeks; Lectures/presentations: as per UTS Canvas schedule; Clinical Placement (students enrolled in BN course before 2021): 80 hours.
Requisite(s): (92438 Medical Surgical Nursing OR 92450 Medical Surgical Nursing (Graduate Entry) OR 92024 Medical Surgical Nursing (Graduate Entry) OR 92322 Medical Surgical Nursing OR 92454 Medical Surgical Nursing)) OR ((93211 Clinical Practice 2B OR 93225 Clinical Practice 2B) AND (93207 Foundations of Nursing Practice 2A OR 93200 Foundations of Nursing Practice 2A) AND (93224 Foundations of Nursing Practice 2B OR 93210 Foundations of Nursing Practice 2B) AND (93214c Foundations of Nursing Practice 3A OR 93228c Foundations of Nursing Practice 3A)
The lower case 'c' after the subject code indicates that the subject is a corequisite. See definitions for details.



This subject introduces students to the basic concepts and clinical foundations of critical care nursing. Students further develop their critical thinking and clinical reasoning skills related to accurate assessment, interpretation of clinical data, person-centred intervention, evaluation of the effectiveness of care and predicting potential problems. Skills in early recognition of deterioration, responsiveness and escalation of care in a critical care setting are developed. Effective communication, teamwork, safe medication practices and relevant ethical and legal principles are integral to this subject. In the critical care environment, nurses are often the first clinician that patients see. Hence, patient safety is contingent on all these skills.

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Spring session, City campus

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