The programme is designed to expand the knowledge, skills and attitudes of nurses engaged in the care of people within the critical care environment. The associated complications and special needs are explored in detail. Students are encouraged to apply their theoretical knowledge in the clinical setting. Therefore, the role of the nurse as educator, innovator, researcher, advocate and clinician will be enhanced to meet the multiple and complex needs of the person with critical illness and its complications. Critical care nursing requires an advanced knowledge base, skilled assessment, prompt intervention and ongoing evaluation. The critical care nurse maintains the balance between the science of nursing and the art of caring. The Graduate Diploma Critical Care Nursing: Cardiovascular will provide the nurse with an opportunity to develop, enhance and maintain these specialist skills that are required to care for the critically ill.
Graduate Diploma Critical Care Nursing: Cardiovascular
Who is the Graduate Diploma Critical Care Nursing: Cardiovascular for?
This programme is for nurses who have a primary degree (or equivalent) in nursing or a related discipline with at least one years post registration experience, and who are engaged in cardiovascular nursing. Candidates who undertake the cardiovascular pathway must be employed in a Coronary Care Unit (CCU)/Catheterisation Laboratory/Cardiac Ward or Combined Unit at the commencement of and for the duration of the programme. Ideally the Critical Care Nursing-Cardiovascular Pathway is for those nurses with cardiology experience.
Develop a greater understanding of the principles which underpin the various aspects of critical care nursing particularly in relation to cardiovascular care
Augment students' knowledge and appreciation of nursing theory and biopsychosocial sciences which underpin critical care nursing practice in a cardiovascular care setting
Provide students with an opportunity for personal growth and professional development
Develop skills to enhance their professional practice, including critical analysis, creative thinking, decision making and communication
How will I learn
The Graduate Diploma Critical Care Nursing: Cardiovascular consists of a total of 6 modules of study as follows:
Two core modules
Three specialist modules
Clinical Practice Module
The two core modules are common to all Graduate Diplomas in Nursing Studies. The focus of the first core module focuses on Research Methodologies and the second focuses on the Theoretical Bases of Nursing.
In the three specialist modules and the one clinical Module of the Graduate Diploma in Nursing Studies (Critical Care) Cardiovascular Pathway you will learn the following:
The module aims to focus on the role of the critical care nurse in relation to the person with cardiovascular disease and to determine the characteristics and severity of the major symptoms of the acutely ill person with ischaemic heart disease in the coronary care unit.
Altered Cardiac Function
This module aims to expand the student's understanding, knowledge and practice of care for persons during cardiac investigations, rhythm disturbances and treatments including cardiac pacemakers and ICD. It also aims to examine holistic management of persons with altered fluid and electrolyte management. The student will develop competence in cardiovascular and respiratory assessment, haemodynamic monitoring, arrhythmia interpretation of laboratory values and in his/her role as patient educator.
Cardiac Rehabilitation & Heart Failure
This module focuses on Heart Failure and its impact on the persons life. Rehabilitation for persons with cardiovascular disease will also be incorporated within this module. The module aims to create awareness for the student of the importance of cardiac rehabilitation and promoting optimum quality of life for persons with cardiovascular disease, heart failure and their families.
Clinical Practicum (CV) Module
The clinical learning outcomes of this module have been designed to reflect the skills and knowledge necessary for competent cardiovascular nursing practice. Each specialist module has distinct learning outcomes, which will facilitate the student to consolidate the theory of cardiovascular nursing practice.
How will I benefit?
This Graduate Diploma in Nursing Studies Programme will enhance your career prospects and give you the building blocks for lifelong self-directed learning. It will provide you with the key knowledge and skills to innovate and lead in your area of practice in Critical Care Cardiovascular Nursing.
Highly focused on enhancing clinical practice
The programme is focused on developing practical, usable cardiovascular critical care nursing skill to enable graduates to be even more effective clinicians, change agents and clinical leaders in the Critical Care Cardiovascular workplace.
Each of the modules in the programme is designed for experienced nurses and midwives and in combination, provides a comprehensive learning experience and opportunities for acquiring new skills. The emphasis throughout the programme is on the practical application of knowledge and skills in the cardiovascular critical care contexts.
The student body is drawn from a number of the organizations, enabling the sharing of learning and experience between you and your class members, as well as from the academic and clinical staff.
The programme partners for this Graduate Diploma, St. Vincents University Hospital Group and the Mater Misericordiae University Hospital, are critical care centers of excellence. The Programme employs a variety of innovative assessment strategies with a strong clinical focus.