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This course aims to prepare registered nurses to work as Specialist Nurses in Intensive Care. The course provides opportunities for students to expand their knowledge and skills by integrating theory and intensive care nursing practice in order to engage in clinical decision making.
St Vincent’s Hospital Sydney (SVHS) offers students the opportunity to undertake a Graduate Certificate in Clinical Nursing (Intensive Care) in conjunction with the SVH ICU Postgraduate Nursing Course over a 12 or 18 month period. The SVH ICU Postgraduate Nursing Course incorporates three units of study that articulate with the Australian Catholic University (ACU) postgraduate programs.
The aim of this unit is to provide opportunities for students to expand their knowledge and skills by integrating theory and Intensive Care nursing practice, in order to engage in clinical decision making. The unit focuses on enabling students to utilise a multi-conceptual approach competently when caring for the patient. Students will be required to reflect upon practice and to critically evaluate nursing interventions in terms of evidence-based practice. Content includes;
The SVH ICU Postgraduate Nursing Course commences February and concludes December of each year; Affiliated ACU subjects (NRSG524 and NRSG525) must be completed either concurrently with the SVH ICU Postgraduate Nursing Course within 12 months or within 18 months from the commencement of the ICU Postgraduate Nursing Course.
The Intensive Care Nursing units attract 10 credit points (cp) each towards ACU’s Graduate Certificate in Clinical Nursing (Intensive Care). To complete a Graduate Certificate in Clinical Nursing offered by ACU (a 40cp course) students must undertake the two (2) ACU online theory units (NRSG524 and NRSG525).
Students can elect to complete the affiliated ACU subjects via 3 pathways:
The Clinical Practice Unit attracts 10cp towards the Graduate Diploma in Clinical Nursing and 10cp towards the Master of Clinical Nursing at ACU. (Click here for link to ACU Website).
On successful completion of the St Vincent’s Hospital ICU Postgraduate Nursing Course (incorporating three units and rotations), a SVH Certificate of Clinical Competence in Intensive Care Nursing Practice is awarded by St Vincent’s Hospital. Upon completion of affiliated ACU subjects a Graduate Certificate in Clinical Nursing (Intensive Care) is awarded to you by ACU.
The selection of SVH Postgraduate Intensive Care Nursing Course students is based on academic and employment suitability. Applicants must meet the following criteria:
Applicants are required to complete an online application form via this link: 2024 SVH Postgraduate Intensive Care Nursing Course
Applications close on the 19th of November, 2023 at 11.59pm.
To financially assist students, St Vincent's Hospital Division of Nursing offers a defined number of scholarships in an endeavour to support RNs to undertake tertiary based Post Graduate study that relate to clinical specialties at St Vincent’s Hospital.
For further information, please contact the Nurse Manager of Education Tel: 02 8382 2276
Scholarships are also available through various other organisations, such as the NSW Department of Health and the NSW Nurses Association.
For further enquiries please contact:
Intensive Care Nurse Educators