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Graduate Certificate in Critical Care Nursing


This course prepares registered nurses to function as critical care nurses in various health care settings.

The course is designed to provide the necessary knowledge, skills and understanding to enable registered nurses to:

•practise safely and competently in the specialty of critical care nursing
•synthesise specialty knowledge, skills and expertise in order to enhance the quality of care for patients and their families
•make appropriate clinical judgments in relation to care of critically ill people
•critically evaluate their practice and incorporate research findings and technologies when appropriate
•develop the ability to actively contribute to the professional development of others
•appropriately counsel and support patients and their families as they deal with their health and lifestyle adjustments
•use research in order to make informed decisions about nursing practice.

Students develop the specialised skills and knowledge to become critical care nurses and to recognise and support the unique characteristics of the critical care patient population.

Applicants must have completed a UTS recognised bachelor's degree, or an equivalent or higher qualification, or submitted other evidence of general and professional qualifications that demonstrates potential to pursue graduate studies.

Applicants must hold current registration as a nurse in Australia. Registered nurses who do not have an undergraduate diploma or degree but do have recent relevant work experience may also be considered eligible. Applicants must hold a current Authority to Practise, or be a registered nurse in their own country or place of residence and hold a current Authority to Practise. Applicants must have concurrent employment in, or access to, the area of study and one year of post-registration clinical experience. Students' current nursing/midwifery registration will be confirmed via the National Register of Practitioners at: Students should ensure that details of their registration are up-to-date on this register.

Students must complete a total of 24 credit points of study, comprising four specified nursing subjects. There are structured work-based learning opportunities for students who are employees of Northern Sydney Central Coast Health (NSCCH), Sydney South West Area Health Service (SSWAHS), Westmead Private Hospital or North Shore Private Hospital. Employees of NSCCH or North Shore Private Hospital may undertake a Clinical Accreditation Program (CAP) with NSCCH. Employees of SSWAHS may undertake a CAP with SSWAHS and employees of Westmead Private Hospital may undertake a CAP with Westmead Private Hospital. This is at no cost to participants. Students who successfully complete a CAP are awarded exemption from 92869 Specialty Clinical Practice.

This course is offered on a one-year, part-time basis. Subjects are offered via on-campus study days and supported by online learning. Part-time study is usually undertaken at a rate of two subjects a semester. The normal attendance per subject is four full days on campus spread over the semester.

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Graduate Certificate In Critical Care Nursing
Organisation Name University of Technology, Sydney
Course Venue Kuring-gai campus
Qualification Level Post Grad
Course Category Nursing
Course Duration 1 year part-time
Study Type Full-time,Part-time
Delivery Online and Classroom

Graduate Certificate in Critical Care Nursing

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