The Acute Care Nursing specialisation is available to study as a graduate certificate and as part of the Master of Advanced Practice.
Key components include:
- the theoretical foundations of nursing science and advanced clinical knowledge and skills of acute-care nursing
- pathophysiology, clinical presentation, diagnosis and clinical decision-making for the health management of individuals with acute health conditions
- pharmacotherapeutics and quality use of medicines.
In addition, this specialisation focuses on complex clinical decision-making, evidence-informed specialty practice, patient advocacy and holistic specialty practice. You will therefore develop skills in clinical leadership and the promotion and integration of evidence-based nursing practice.
The Graduate Certificate in Acute Care Nursing is offered as an online course studied on a part-time basis only, as concurrent employment is required. We recommend that you study one or two units per semester.
Note: This graduate certificate is not available to international students studying in Australia on a student visa.
See our handbook for more information.
What you'll learn
- analyse critically, and evaluate advanced concepts of acute care nursing practice; integrate knowledge and understanding to demonstrate competency at a level in accordance with the RN Standards for Practice
- critically analyse, reflect on and synthesise the environmental, physical and psychosocial aspects of the individual for effective clinical decision making; recognise own abilities and level of professional competence
- investigate, analyse and synthesise complex evidence and scientific literature to inform decision making in acute care practice
- integrate communication skills within a legal and ethical framework related to acute care clinical issues; interpret and transmit knowledge, skills and ideas to the health care team
- effectively anticipate, plan for and use technology applications relevant to acute care practice
- integrate autonomous, expert judgement, adaptability and responsibility as a lifelong learner in acute care practice; participate in research and critically appraise research findings and incorporate evidence based knowledge into clinical practice
- critically appraise, evaluate and incorporate national and global health issues and strategic health care directions into acute care practice
- incorporate culturally aware and respectful acute care to multicultural groups and indigenous communities
- incorporate advanced theoretical and specialist knowledge and judgment, including advanced leadership and autonomy into acute care practice; work professionally in acute care practice demonstrating judgement, leadership and independence as a nurse in acute care; act as an experienced positive role model to peers and other members of the healthcare team