Courses & Units

Foundations of Critical Care Nursing Practice CNA770


This unit is designed to be experiential and practice focussed. The unit develops a nurse who is able to assess, plan and prioritise management of the critically ill patient applying the theoretical constructs related to Interpreting patient deterioration.


Unit name Foundations of Critical Care Nursing Practice
Unit code CNA770
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Health and Medicine
School of Nursing
Discipline Nursing
Coordinator Doctor Farida Saghafi
Delivered By University of Tasmania
Level Postgraduate


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Launceston Semester 1 Off-Campus International Domestic


International students
Domestic students

Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 21/2/2022 22/3/2022 11/4/2022 29/5/2022

* The Final WW Date is the final date from which you can withdraw from the unit without academic penalty, however you will still incur a financial liability (refer to How do I withdraw from a unit? for more information).

Unit census dates currently displaying for 2022 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2022 will be available from the 1st October 2021. Note census date cutoff is 11.59pm AEST (AEDT during October to March).

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Learning Outcomes

  • Articulate and perform the required skills when caring for the critically ill, including integrated assessment, therapeutic monitoring, analysis and evaluation of the patient. Exhibit clinical problem solving skills and prioritisation of care of the critically ill patient.
  • Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of the nature of nursing related to practicing in a high technological, collaborative and time critical environment.
  • Demonstrate a satisfactory professional approach to nursing the acutely ill and an understanding of the way in which nurses work in a specialist area.

Fee Information

Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1,3 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1,3 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2,3 Domestic Full Fee 4
060309 $498.00 $498.00 not applicable $2,615.00

1 Please refer to more information on student contribution amounts.
2 Please refer to more information on eligibility and Approved Pathway courses.
3 Please refer to more information on eligibility for HECS-HELP.
4 Please refer to more information on eligibility for FEE-HELP.

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AssessmentQuizzes (20%)|Clinical Practice Profile (50%)|Online Discussion and Summary Paper (30%)
TimetableView the lecture timetable | View the full unit timetable


  1. Aitken, L, Marshall, A & Chaboyer, W (eds) 2019, Critical Care Nursing, 4th edn, Elsevier, Chatswood
  2. Cairo, J (ed) 2020, Pilbeam’s Mechanical Ventilation: Physiological and Clinical Applications, 7th edn, Mosby Elsevier, USA
RecommendedThese journals will be useful to your developing knowledge and understanding of the content in this unit:


  1. Australian Critical Care Journal, Official Journal of Australian College of Critical Care Nurses
  2. Intensive and Critical Care Nursing Journal
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