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Explores complex  pathophysiology requiring sophisticated management strategies. Crisis events relating to the critically ill patient and their families are examined. The student applies underpinning principles from the Advanced Nursing Concepts Unit to complex multifactorial patients within a legal and ethical framework of practice. Emphasis is given to communication and interpersonal skills. The ability to apply these to differing team dynamics and leadership models is examined and they are analysed for their efficacy within critical care settings. There is a focus on professional issues where the student will explore the changing roles of critical care nurses and the impact of health policy and clinical governance

Advanced Nursing Specialisation I introduces the student to the application of physiology and pathophysiology within the critical care environment. There is a strong emphasis upon comprehensive systematic physical assessment, which underpins patient management.

The student works sequentially through body systems, common disease processes and their therapeutic management within the critical care environment. The student is introduced to reflection and critical thinking concepts in order to develop cognitive reasoning and informed clinical judgement.

 A strong focus is given to evidence-based practice throughout the unit and its utilization within the multidisciplinary team. On completion of the unit the student will demonstrate developing competence/ proficiency in all areas of the Australian Collage of Critical Care Nurses competency standards for specialist critical care nurses

Semester two progresses to Advanced Nursing Specialisation II (ICU) Practicum.  This unit  is fundamental in the facilitation of applying the theory component of the course to nursing practice. Evidence of applied knowledge, clinical skills, and professional attitude are assessed throughout the unit and during all practice placements, ensuring progressive development towards competence/proficiency by the completion of the program.

The student will progress to the multifactorial patient, who requires higher levels of clinical intervention and reasoning. Students have access to a variety of patients with varying illness and disease processes, including respiratory, renal, neurological, cardiac, circulatory, infective and endocrinology disorders.

 This unit also facilitates metacognition to enable students to identify and confront personal and professional barriers that limit therapeutic nursing action.