NURS13126 - Critical Care Nursing

General Information

Unit Synopsis

The unit will introduce the student to concepts and knowledge needed to effectively care for patients experiencing complex alterations in health. Students will critically consider the care provided to patients, including strategies to assist individuals and significant others when dealing with health crises. Assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation of safe nursing care in various complex health care settings will be discussed. Effective communication and collaboration in high acuity and emergency management settings will be emphasised in this unit. Students will be expected to function within the scope of practice of a nursing student in accordance with Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) Competency Standards for the Registered Nurse (2006) during a compulsory clinical placement.


Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 3
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 1
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites
NURS12147 / NURS11156 Acute Nursing Management and Pre-requisite
NURS12146 Person Centred Approach to Chronic Illness and Pre-requisite
BIOH12008 Human Pathophysiology Pre-requisite

Important note: Students enrolled in a subsequent unit who failed their pre-requisite unit, should drop the subsequent unit before the census date or within 10 working days of Fail grade notification. Students who do not drop the unit in this timeframe cannot later drop the unit without academic and financial liability. See details in the Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).

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Residential School Compulsory Residential School
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Unit Availabilities from Term 2 - 2022

There are no availabilities for this unit on or after Term 2 - 2022

Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Written Assessment 50%
2. Practical Assessment 0%
3. Professional Practice Placement 0%
4. Examination 50%

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%).

Consult the University’s Grades and Results Policy for more details of interim results and final grades

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Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Source: Course coordinator
Self reflection
Case study assignment should be at least 3000 words given the number of assessment item requirements.
Action Taken
Source: - Students -other teaching staff -course coordinator
Course evaluation responses from students and teaching staff feedback
- Residential schools should be smaller sizes and be at least 3 days to promote learning and teaching. - Weekly lectures to facilitate students engagement. - Depart from online marking when students are not well prepared to receive their feedback online. - Moodle site should be well set up to promote navigation. - Teaching staff will discuss issues directly with the course coordinator or head of program.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  1. Explore the complexity of nursing care for patients in high acuity and emergency management settings.
  2. Assess, plan, implement, evaluate, accurately document and communicate evidenced based nursing care for the patient in high acuity and emergency management settings.
  3. Communicate and collaborate effectively with patients, families and other members of the multidisciplinary care team to facilitate positive health outcomes in high acuity and emergency management settings.
  4. Function within the scope of practice of a nursing student in accordance with ANMC competencies in high acuity and emergency management settings.

Per NPC1278

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Practical Assessment
3 - Professional Practice Placement
4 - Examination
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
5 - Team Work
6 - Information Technology Competence
7 - Cross Cultural Competence
8 - Ethical practice
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Practical Assessment
3 - Professional Practice Placement
4 - Examination