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  • 1. School of Nursing and Midwifery Postgraduate Coursework Programs Brochure Critical Care Nursing Specialisation Information current as at 26 March 2010 1 Program Code ICNG IGNG IMNG Program Duration 1 year part-time (or full-time equivalent) 2 years part-time (or full-time equivalent) 3 years part-time (or full-time equivalent) SATAC Code 4GC042 4GD053 4CM057 Total Units of Study 18 units 36 units 54 units Mid-Year Intake NO NO NO International Students ** NO NO NO ** International students in Australia on a Long Stay Business Visa 457 wanting to study only available externally/online must discuss their eligibility with the Department of Immigration and Citizenship. Aims This program is designed to prepare registered nurses to practice across a range of critical care areas, including intensive care in a rural and remote health care setting where first line management of the critically ill often takes place. The courses have been developed for registered nurses to acquire knowledge and skills to confidently and competently manage nursing care of critically ill patients across the life span. Entry Requirements Normally, applicants are required to: hold a Bachelor degree in Nursing or equivalent from a recognised higher education institution, or have completed hospital based training as a Registered Nurse; AND All applicants hold a Current Practising Certificate or, for international applicants, be eligible to be licensed to practice as a registered nurse in their own country or place of residence; AND All applicants have completed a minimum of one-year of clinical experience as a Registered Nurse; AND All applicants provide evidence of current employment in ICU, HDU or ED. Students who have successfully completed the Graduate Certificate in Nursing (ICNG) will receive credit for the same specialisation courses in the Graduate Diploma of Nursing (IGNG) or the Master of Nursing (IMNG). Students who have successfully completed the Graduate Diploma in Nursing (IGNG) will receive credit for the same specialisation and core courses in the Master of Nursing (IMNG). Graduate Certificate in Nursing (Critical Care Nursing) Graduate Diploma in Nursing (Critical Care Nursing) Master of Nursing (Critical Care Nursing) Further Information Domestic Students School of Nursing and Midwifery University of South Australia City East Campus North Terrace ADELAIDE SA 5005 Tel: +61 8 8302 1832 Fax: +61 8 8302 1806 Email: NursingPostgraduatePrograms. enquiries @unisa.edu.au Web: http://www.unisa.edu.au/nur International Students International Prospective Students Office University of South Australia GPO Box 2471 ADELAIDE SA 5005 Tel: +61 3 9627 4854 Fax: +61 3 9627 4864 Email: international.office@unisa.edu.au Web: http://www.unisa.edu.au/internat Program Details Graduate Certificate Graduate Diploma Master of Nursing
  • 2. 2 Information current as at 26 March 2010 Applications Domestic Applicants Applications for domestic applicants are to be lodged online via GradStart: http://www.satac.edu.au. Closing Date Applications close in February of the commencing year. Late applications may be accepted depending on program numbers. Please discuss with the Program Director. Fees Domestic Applicants This program is Commonwealth Supported (HECS-HELP) for eligible students. More information is available at http://www.unisa.edu.au/future/fees/commonwealthsupported.asp. Program of Study GRADUATE CERTIFICATE IN NURSING (CRITICAL CARE NURSING) Courses will be delivered in flexible mode externally and online. The following table provides an example of a part-time schedule for the Graduate Certificate in Nursing (Critical Care Nursing). YEAR 1 2 NURS 5117 Critical Care Nursing 1 9 5 NURS 5118 Critical Care Nursing 2 9 GRADUATE DIPLOMA IN NURSING (CRITICAL CARE NURSING) Courses will be delivered in flexible mode externally and online. The following table provides an example of a part-time schedule for the Graduate Diploma in Nursing (Critical Care Nursing). Full-time study is available for the Graduate Diploma in Nursing (Critical Care Nursing) providing the specialty strand is offered in the year requested. The core courses and a selection of the option courses are offered in Study Period 2 and Study Period 5. YEAR 1 2 NURS 5117 Critical Care Nursing 1 9 5 NURS 5118 Critical Care Nursing 2 9 YEAR 2 2 HLTH 5136 Collaborative Approaches to Health 9 5 AND NURS 5124 Applying Research to Nursing and Midwifery Practice 4.5 Option Course 4.5 MASTER OF NURSING (CRITICAL CARE NURSING) Courses will be delivered in flexible mode externally and online. The following table provides an example of a part-time schedule for the Master of Nursing (Critical Care Nursing). Full-time study is available for the Master of Nursing (Critical Care Nursing) providing the specialty strand is offered in the year requested. The core courses and a selection of the option courses are offered in Study Period 2 and Study Period 5. YEAR 1 2 NURS 5117 Critical Care Nursing 1 9 5 NURS 5118 Critical Care Nursing 2 9 Study Period Course Code Course Name Units Study Period Course Code Course Name Units Study Period Course Code Course Name Units Study Period Course Code Course Name Units
  • 3. Information current as at 26 March 2010 3 YEAR 2 2 HLTH 5136 Collaborative Approaches to Health 9 5 AND NURS 5124 Applying Research to Nursing and Midwifery Practice 4.5 Option Course 4.5 YEAR 3 2 NURS 5103 Project 1 9 5 NURS 5070 Project 2 9 Note: Students commencing their program mid-year will follow a different study schedule, as advised by the Program Director or Administrative Officer at the time. OPTION COURSES The option course can be chosen from the following list: ACCT 5011 Accounting for Management M HLTH 5002 Health Ethics NURS 5094 Alcohol and other Drugs HLTH 5131 Introductory Epidemiology HLTH 5002 Bioethics HTLH 5129 Introductory Statistics HLTH 5152 Complex Health Problems in Rural Health Settings HLTH 5121 Issues in Indigenous Health HLTH 5153 Contemporary Health Promotion NURS 5111 Leadership and Management in Health 1 HLTH 5137 Facilitating Practice-Based Learning BUSS 5194 Managing Human Resources NURS 5129 Frameworks for Practice in the Care of the Older Person NURS 5120 Nursing Curricula Development NURS 5131 Health and the Older Person PHAR 5041 Pharmacology for Health Professionals BUSS 5185 Health Economics and Finance HLTH 5124 Qualitative Methods Not all option courses are offered each study period or each year. Course Descriptions CRITICAL CARE NURSING COURSES Critical Care Nursing 1 The overarching theme of this course is evidence based practice and its value in critical care nursing. Content covered includes applied anatomy, physiology and pathophysiology of the body systems; history taking and physical examination; electrocardiography; haemodynamic monitoring; cardiopulmonary resuscitation, management of the patient with acute respiratory disorders, airway management; endotracheal and tracheostomy intubation and maintenance; assisted/mechanical ventilation, fluid and electrolyte management, acid/base balance; management of patient with head trauma, CCP, ICP monitoring; anaesthesia and related pharmacology, professional, legal and ethical aspects of care, critical thinking and clinical reasoning, the role of the critical care nurse as patient and family teacher, rehabilitation of the critically ill patient. Critical Care Nursing 2 This course is designed to extend on the knowledge and skills acquired in Critical Care Nursing 1. The content is suitable for nurses working in clinical settings where patients with life threatening physiological crises are nursed. Content covered includes nursing application of microbiology; patient assessment including advanced data collection and interpretation, pain assessment; clinical reasoning, problem solving and decision making; assessment of complications experienced by patients with critical disease states; maladaptive responses specific to children and neonates with critical illness; dialysis, applied pharmacology; transportation and retrieval of the critically ill patient (including the ventilated patient); the critically ill and technology, ethical decision making in critical care. CORE COURSES Applying Research to Nursing and Midwifery Practice What is research evidence and why is it important? Differences between qualitative and quantitative research; applying qualitative research to practice; steps in evidence based practice; randomised controlled trials and other quantitative approaches; What is evidence? (from a quantitative and qualitative perspective), strategies for gathering research evidence, critical analysis and ranking of research evidence, synthesis of research evidence, critique of evidence-based practice as it relates to the application of research to practice, use of information technology to access and disseminate research. Study Period Course Code Course Name Units Study Period Course Code Course Name Units
  • 4. 4 Information current as at 26 March 2010 Collaborative Approaches to Health This course is designed to enable students to interpret and respond to the dynamics and structure of the health system towards innovative, future-orientated and collaborative practice approaches at a local, national and global level. Content covered includes social/political/cultural determinants of health; disease management; inter professional education/practice; globalisation of health; health performance measurement; health impact assessment/literacy; health program evaluation. OPTION COURSES (see above)

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