This course aims to facilitate the registered adult nurse in developing a critical, holistic, and systematic understanding of and approach to adult critical care, which describes when patients need 24-hour care. This is also sometimes called intensive care unit nursing, or ICU nursing.
This course covers care of the individual critically ill adult; the wider implications of care interventions for the critical care unit; their own professional development within adult critical care; and principles of service improvement and advanced research within the context of the provision adult critical care services.
You will develop your applied knowledge and understanding of a range of topics relevant to caring for the critically ill adult patient. This will include consideration of the relevant anatomy and physiology, pathophysiology, aetiology, assessment, therapeutic interventions, psychological implications and nursing care.
The course will support you in developing your ability to find and critically evaluate the evidence base for interventions in practice and identify the implications for your practice. You will reflect on your own knowledge and practice and demonstrate the ability to learn from this process. You will demonstrate your ability to provide safe practice through the achievement of practice-related outcomes and from your ability to articulate the rationale for actions in the clinical setting. Throughout the course you will also develop your ability to synthesise information on differing aspects of care, which will help you to identify the implications for the wider critical care unit in terms of dissemination and leadership activities and propose actions / developments related to these.
In Year One you will study modules addressing the standards for post-registration critical care nurse education previously discussed. Year Two of the course builds on this to develop students’ ability to systematically synthesise and apply principles of personal professional development, service improvement, and research, to the adult critical care environment. It is expected that assignments completed in Year Two modules will be focused on topics of relevance to adult critical care.