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Intensive Care Nursing

Overview – Intensive Care Nursing

Designed for registered nurses, the Master of Intensive Care Nursing aims to assist nurses currently working in the intensive care environment to develop the expertise and skills to provide high quality patient care and become clinical leaders.

Intensive care nurses deliver complex care to critically ill patients, such as those experiencing single or multiple organ dysfunction due to serious illness or injury. As an intensive care nursing student, you will learn to work across complex environments that often demand rapid, sophisticated and challenging decisions as you help patients and their families understand their illness and deliver high quality care.

What you’ll study

The Master of Intensive Care Nursing may be completed over three semesters full-time or five semesters part-time.The course consists of 60 credit points (cp), including core units of Study (48cp) and a capstone (12cp).

In the first year, students complete 48cp of core units of study, which include four specialty-specific units for the intensive care nursing courses.

Students will undertake a work-based project or a research project as a capstone experience (12cp) and will study part-time in the final semester of their candidature.

Admission requirements

A successful applicant for admission to the Master of Intensive Care Nursing will hold:

  • (a) a pre-registration nursing degree with credit average from the University of Sydney or equivalent qualification; or
  • (b) an embedded graduate certificate or graduate diploma in this discipline from the University of Sydney or equivalent qualification.

    Graduate opportunities

    Graduates of this course will be recognised as having advanced knowledge relevant to intensive care nursing. Intensive care nurses normally work with a nurse patient ration of 1:1 and are in a position to provide comprehensive care to patients and their families. Many intensive care nurses also work in education, administration, research and as nurse consultants.

     Future study options

    Outstanding graduates who complete the Capstone (Research) for this course may pursue a higher degree by research in the courses of Doctor of Philosophy and Master of Philosophy.

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