Graduate Diploma Critical Care Nursing: Cardiovascular
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.
Who is the programme for?
This programme is for nurses who have a primary degree (or equivalent) in nursing or a related discipline with at least one year's 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 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. Vincent's 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.