Critical Care Nursing

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Become a specialist in caring for seriously ill patients

You will learn how to:

  • Provide coordinated scientific and evidence-based patient and family centred care
  • Make high-level judgements in a range of clinical, technical or care management functions
  • Confront unfamiliar problems and correctly interpret and understand physiological data.

Working in critical care nursing is a popular specialisation within the broader nursing industry and offers range of rewarding opportunities across a variety of hospital settings. The Graduate and Specialist Certificates in Critical Care Nursing are designed to develop your skills and knowledge, so you can provide the best care for individuals facing potentially life-threatening conditions.

Develop complex assessment skills

Offered online, these courses draw on evidence-based guidelines to enhance your clinical skills relating to acute illnesses, diseases and trauma. With a focus on emergency and intensive care, these courses will prepare you for high-pressure situations and you’ll gain an advanced understanding of nursing interventions in the context of critical care.

Work-integrated learning model

Our teaching model for nursing specialty graduate certificates is unique to the University of Melbourne. In a work-integrated learning framework, you will undertake online study and face-to-face classes, as well as clinical supervision in your own hospital environment. This model is designed to maximise your learning, clinically and theoretically. Consequently, you must seek support from your health service to undertake the course.

To be eligible for Graduate Certificate in Critical Care Nursing (Intensive Care), you must be nominated by your hospital to support you to undertake the clinical practice component of the course. Speak with your Education Manager or Clinical Nurse Educator to confirm that your hospital is willing to support your clinical supervision.

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