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HLTH6208 Intensive care level 7

Module Overview

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

This module will equip Intensive Care nurses with the knowledge and skills to deliver high quality, evidence based care to patients in critical care environments

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Apply an in depth and systematic knowledge of anatomy, physiology and pathology to the techniques employed when caring for patients with critical care needs.
  • Critically analyse and evaluate the roles and responsibilities of bedside practitioners in the delivery of health care interventions to a broad range of critical care patients.
  • Demonstrate an in depth knowledge of current approaches to decision making in the care and management of the critically ill adult
  • Critically analyse and respond to contemporary issues in critical care medicine and consider how these impact on patient outcome and care
  • Demonstrate competence in assessing, planning, implementing and evaluating the care of critically ill patients
  • Critically appraise and evaluate policy, protocols, organisation and management of care for the critically ill patient and their families


The syllabus reflects the broad nature of Intensive care practice. The syllabus is designed on the CCN3 Step 2 competencies and will enable you to develop your skills and practice in caring for the critically ill adult. Physiology and related pathophysiology • Respiratory • Cardiovascular • Renal • Hepatic • Gastrointestinal • Nutrition • Neurological • Trauma • Sepsis and MOF Rehabilitation Psychological care of patients and their families Management of the critically ill patient • Ventilation strategies • Cardiovascular management • Renal support (including replacement therapies) Assessment of the critically ill adult • Respiratory (including auscultation and chest x-ray interpretation) • Cardiovascular • Neurological Using and generating evidence Audit Empirical research Policies and guidance Ethical considerations

Special Features

You must be working in a critical care environment to undertake this module.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

The teaching methods may include: lectures seminars small group work independent guided study simulated practice

Independent Study201
Total study time250

Resources & Reading list

Woodrow, Phillip (2019). Intensive care nursing. 

Jarvis, Carolyn (2012). Physical examination and health assessment. 

Journal of Intensive Care Medicine.


Assessment Strategy

Designed to allow you to demonstrate your practical and theoretical knowledge in the care of the critically ill adult




MethodPercentage contribution
Essay  (2000 words) 40%
Exam 60%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

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