Courses & Units

Contemporary Critical Care Nursing Practice CNA771


Students must be situated in a critical care setting. This unit uses group work and late enrolment may affect your ability to participate actively.


This unit builds upon the knowledge and skills developed in Foundations of Critical Care Nursing Practice CNA 770. This unit extends the developing clinical assessment and patient management skills of the student in complex critical care situations. Students will apply integrated problem solving skills reflecting advanced practice concepts guided by readings, and practical activities.


Unit name Contemporary Critical Care Nursing Practice
Unit code CNA771
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 2 Off-Campus International Domestic


International students
Domestic students

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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 2 11/7/2022 9/8/2022 29/8/2022 16/10/2022

* 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

  • Apply advanced clinical assessment and problem solving skills related to the care of the complex critically ill patient. demonstrate problem solving capabilities beyond that of a beginner in critical care; apply high level therapeutic management skills as justified against evidence based literature; incorporate team leadership capabilities when working with others
  • Critically analyse contemporary critical care nursing practices using evidence based research as related to complex patient care. adjusts complex care plans in collaboration with the healthcare team; demonstrates independent thinking when adjusting care to optimise patient outcomes
  • Demonstrate enhanced knowledge and skills in critical care nursing practice related to practicing in a highly technological area. integrates advanced assessment skills that incorporate a variety of data sources and health professional input; initiates prescribed treatment and manages patients receiving a variety of complex therapeutic technological support; applies advanced life support strategies to optimise patient outcomes within the scope of nursing practice
Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2 Domestic Full Fee
060309 $498.00 $498.00 not applicable $2,615.00

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Teaching Pattern

Individual Study – This unit is offered fully online via MyLO (My Learning Online). You are expected to devote around 10 hours per week to the study materials, assessment tasks and self-directed learning.

AssessmentClinical Practice Profile (Clinical activities and reflection) (50%)|Online Activities and Essay (50%)
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Aitken, L, Marshall, A & Chaboyer, W (eds) 2019, Critical Care Nursing, 4th edn, Elsevier, Chatswood.

Cairo, J (ed) 2020, Pilbeam’s Mechanical Ventilation: Physiological and Clinical Applications, 7th edn, Mosby Elsevier, USA. 


Australian Critical Care Journal, Official Journal of Australian College of Critical Care Nurses

Intensive and Critical Care Nursing Journal

LinksBooktopia textbook finder

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