UCLan’s Graduate Certificate in Critical Care Nursing is a new award that has been designed to provide flexibility for future provision of critical care nurse education by integrating the National Standards for Critical Care Nurse Education and National Competency Framework for Critical Care Nurses. (Critical Care Networks (CC3N) 2012). It is formulated from three distinct modules that critically explore underpinning policy to support the assessment, monitoring and nursing management of the critical care patient.
AWARD TYPE: GradCert
STUDY MODE: Part time
DELIVERY METHOD: Campus
COURSE LENGTH: The course requires completion within 2 academic years from commencement.
SCHOOL: School of Sport and Health Sciences
PARTNER COLLEGES: No Partner College
START DATE: September
Students must have a current professional registration with a relevant professional/statutory namely Nursing and Midwifery Council.
Prospective students must be working in a clinical practice area where the assessment and management of Level 3 critical care patients takes place.
They are required to be supported by their designated line manager. Be able to satisfy the Course Leader that they are competent to pursue the course programme.
For information on possible changes to course information, see our Important Information.
Assessment of critical care patients
Anatomy and physiology of the respiratory, cardiovascular, renal, gastrointestinal and integumentary systems
Evidence base underpinning specific monitoring techniques.
Respiratory support & management
Management of patient care requiring respiratory support.
Invasive and non-invasive respiratory support.
Renal replacement therapies and support
Management of patient care requiring renal support.
Sepsis and cardiovascular support
Management of patient care requiring cardiovascular support.
Inotropic therapy, invasive and non-invasive cardiac output monitoring.
Management of patient care requiring nutritional support
Patient and family centred care
Critical care environmental issues.
Post critical care follow up and rehabilitation.
Organisational considerations in critical care
Intensive care national audit and research centre (ICNARC).
Critical Care Networks.
Multi professional team working and skills
Leadership and organisational management
Ethical and legal issues in critical care
Consent and Mental Capacity.
End of life care.
Withdrawal of treatment.
Organ and tissue donation.
Advanced directives; living wills, do not resuscitate (DNR) orders.
Students will learn through a variety of methods including lectures, skill demonstrations, group activities (e.g. discussion), Personal Development Planning (PDP), problem solving, case studies and web based resources. Learning in the clinical skills laboratories is central to the course and integral to student development.
The aims of this course are:
This award utilises personal learning days to explore local and national critical care nursing practice.
An exciting opportunity for critical care nurses to obtain an academic award that is mapped to national standards for critical care nurse education.
You can contact the Student Fees and Funding Team via phone, email, or post. If you are on the campus you can call into The 'i', for advice.
Tel: +44 (0)1772 892440
Student Fees and Funding Team, Foster Building 117, UCLan, Preston, PR1 2HE
For 2018/19 fees please refer to our fees page.
Faculty of Health and Wellbeing
University of Central Lancashire
Preston PR1 2HE
Tel. 01772 893836 or 01772 893839