Principles and Practice of Critical Care Nursing

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11 weeks


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Coventry University (Coventry)


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This module aims to build upon the knowledge developed from critical care module 6023CPD. The module will focus on specific conditions and clinical issues found in the critical care environment. This module will give students the opportunity to explore in detail the evidence base, treatment and management practices related to the different clinical issues.

Course detail

This module provides students with the opportunity to:

  • Gain valuable knowledge of the principles and practice of critical care nursing, which can expand their employment opportunities within the field of healthcare and nursing.
  • Gather evidence towards the achievement of the Knowledge and Skills Framework core dimensions: Communication, Personal and People Development, Service Improvement, Equality and Diversity.

Benefits include:

  • Academic credit for a named award.
  • Opportunity to network with fellow students from a range of disciplines and specialities.
  • Access to experts.
  • Individuals will be able to challenge current practice and embed evidence based practice into their delivery of care.
  • Individuals gain greater job satisfaction which leads to a deeper commitment to service delivery and patient care.

On successful completion of this module you should be able to:

  • Recognise and appropriately evaluate the various treatments for patients with critical illnesses.
  • Discuss recent developments and resources used in the management of critically ill patients.
  • Discuss the implications of recent developments and initiatives for professional, legal and ethical practice.
  • Recognise early clinical signs of illness and take appropriate action.
  • Evaluate the changing clinical presentations of major clinical illnesses found in the critical care environment.
  • Analyse the various working practices and their impact upon effective patient care, treatment and management.
  • Apply theoretical knowledge and specific clinical skills within a critical care environment.

How will this course be taught

This module will be delivered through a combination of lectures, debates, discussions, workshops, presentations and seminars. Some sessions may be shared with modules of similar clinical content.

Spring term: Wednesdays 9am - 1pm.

Induction will take place on the first day of each module (excluding Mentoring).

We welcome students with disabilities. We recognise that education is a right for all who can benefit from it and that students with disabilities have an equal right of access to higher education. Our staff also recognise that individuals with disabilities are the best source of expertise about themselves and their needs. All students with disabilities should be able to participate as far as is reasonably practical in the educational and social activities we make available. Such students should be encouraged to expect equal treatment as individuals and that they and their work will be considered solely on the basis of their quality. 

For further information please contact the Disabilities Officer on +44 (0)24 7688 8029 or email

Guided student activity – 30 hours
Self-guided student activity – 170 hours
Total activity – 200 hours

Entry requirements

  • Registered healthcare professional with the NMC/HPC.
  • At least six months of critical care experience.
  • Successful completion of 6022CPD.
  • Ability to complete a set number of clinical placement hours within critical care clinical areas.
  • Excluded combinations: 365AN.


  • Coursework 1: 2500 word Teaching Package (100% of module mark)
  • Coursework 2: 1000 word Portfolio

How will this course enhance my career prospects?

  • Successful completion of degree level modules can enable progression to master’s degree studies in a range of Health Care and Professional Practice studies which are offered at Coventry University.
  • Upon the successful completion of this module students should possess the qualities and knowledge to assist their further development as professionals within the field of critical care nursing.