It’s well recognised that adult critical care nursing is a demanding and highly skilled role requiring comprehensive knowledge and understanding for good practice.
Our course will effectively prepare you both clinically and academically to become a competent and confident critical care nurse. It’s delivered by well qualified teachers and carries a nationally-recognised award accepted by healthcare provider trusts and independent sector healthcare organisations in the UK. Our course is mapped explicitly against the recommendations of the National Standards for Critical Care Nurse Education.
The Critical Care Nurse Education Review Forum values individuals and organisations that are delivering high-quality critical care educational courses, which will impact directly on the quality of care received by critically ill patients. Healthcare managers and clinical leaders can be assured that our course is fit for purpose and award.
On graduation, you’ll have enhanced your knowledge of research and evidence-based care and be poised to take on a specialist practitioner role in the adult critical care environment.
The Critical Care module is also available as a continuing professional development course.
Employers value the generic postgraduate skills that this qualification assures, as well as the specialist knowledge that it provides.
Please note that you will need to complete all of the above core modules. This course does not have any optional modules. Modules are subject to change.
Your theory will be assessed through a reflexive assignment to explore and enhance your emotional literacy, a short answer examination paper-based around a clinical scenario and an oral examination (viva). An essential element of assessment is the time spent working within critical care with level 2 and 3 patients (Intensive Care Society 2009). The support of clinical mentors is used to achieve step 2 and step 3 competencies as determined by the Critical Care National Nurse Network Leads (2013).
Facilities available to you while studying at Anglia Ruskin include formal classroom learning and online learning through the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). There are state-of-the-art library and clinical skills resources across all campuses, including a new purpose built health building in Cambridge. Tutorial support is provided on a one-to-one basis, in addition to being assigned a personal tutor throughout your course. Award-winning student service support is also available throughout your studies.
Specialist external speakers will provide contemporary insights into critical care practice during this course.