Graduate Certificate in Nursing Practice (Paediatric Intensive Care)

      Where will this take me?


      Who this course is for

      Admission is based on a Bachelor of Nursing degree (or equivalent training), at least one year of clinical experience in an acute care setting within the five years prior to applying for the course, and current employment and clinical support in a Paediatric Intensive Care work environment.

      Applicants must be registered nurses and have the support of their employing hospital for the Nursing Practice subject (Paediatric Intensive Care Nursing Practice), and the employing hospital must be equipped to support the student to complete their studies.

      International nurses with a working visa who meet the course entry requirements are also eligible to apply.

      Intended learning outcomes

      The Graduate Certificate in Nursing Practice (Paediatric Intensive Care) provides students with a sound understanding of the scientific knowledge and research based evidence that underpins skill development specific to paediatric intensive care.

      Students should develop the ability to apply theoretical knowledge to understand the practice of providing care to critically ill or injured paediatric patients.

      On completion students should have the clinical competencies to practice paediatric intensive care nursing at a beginning competency level as benchmarked against Australian specialty practice competencies.

      This course will give you

      • Fundamental paediatric intensive care skills: understand pathological basis of disease, explain assessment data and prioritise patient care based on scientific principles
      • Theory of paediatric care: understand how to provide safe practice for paediatric patients, and understand assessment along with common conditions in infants and children
        Scientific principles: understand research evidence that underpins the practice and technical skills for assessment
      • Expanded critical care skills: learn about disease processes, treatments including pharmacology, symptom management, interventions and supporting technical skills
      • Critical thinking skills: learn problem-solving, critical thinking, rational inquiry and self-directed learning in clinical contexts
      • Ability to assess and manage patients: broaden your knowledge and theory for paediatric intensive care, and learn how to assess and manage specific physical and psychological illnesses
      • Ability to integrate knowledge with practice: get supervised training and undertake an accurate assessment of paediatric patients by combining theory with technical skill

      Further study

      Students who complete the Graduate Certificate in Nursing Practice will meet the entry requirements for the Master of Advanced Nursing Practice.