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NQCG3152 Intensive care level 6

Module Overview

This module is designed to support the student in developing the knowledge and competence to provide highest quality, evidence based care to adult patients who are critically ill.

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Apply an in-depth knowledge of anatomy, physiology and pathology to the techniques employed when caring for patients with critical care needs
  • Critically evaluate the roles and responsibilities of bedside practitioners in the delivery of health care interventions to a broad range of critical care patients.
  • Debate and evaluate the evidence which underpins the care of the critically ill adult
  • Critically analyse the contemporary issues in critical care medicine and how these impact on patient outcome and care
  • Demonstrate competence in assessing, planning, implementing and evaluating the care of critically ill patients


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

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

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

Independent Study201
Total study time250

Resources & Reading list

Woodrow, Phillip (2019). Intensive Care Nursing. 

Journal of Intensive Care Medicine.

Singer, Mervyn and Webb, Andrew, R (2017). Oxford Hanbook of Critical Care. 



Essay proposal


MethodPercentage contribution
Essay  (3000 words) 100%


MethodPercentage contribution
Essay  (3000 words) 100%
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