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Principles in Intensive care Nursing NU6171

Course Fact File
Teaching ModePart-Time. See Additional Teaching Mode Information for more info.
QualificationsCPD Module
NFQ LevelLevel 9
Fees€972.00 See Fees and Costs for full details.
Closing DateClosed for applications
Start DateSemester II 19th February 2024


Module Objective: The Principles of Critical Care Nursing aims to provide you with the necessary knowledge and skills to safely and competently care for critically ill patients in the critical care environment.

Module Content: Care of the patient with respiratory system disorders; care of the patient with cardiovascular system dysfunction: care of the patient with neurological system dysfunction; care of the patient with renal system dysfunction; care of the patient with gastrointestinal dysfunction; care of the patient with multisystem dysfunction; essential interventions in critical care.

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

  • Critically analyse the impact of pathophysiology on acute and critically ill adult patients and to understand altered physiology.
  • Critically evaluate the complexity of care issues in relation to acutely and critically ill patients.
  • Analyse and interpret diagnostic tests and monitoring used to assess the critically ill patient.
  • Critically evaluate and apply available knowledge to guide the assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation of evidence based nursing care.

Assessment: Total Marks 200: Continuous Assessment 200 marks (1,500 word written assignment (90 marks); Seminar/Presentation (90 marks); E-tivities (20 marks)).

Compulsory Elements: Continuous Assessment

Additional Teaching Mode Information

Teaching Method(s):  The module will be delivered online incorporating both synchronous and asynchronous teaching methodologies. Multiple teaching and learning approaches will be utilized to facilitate learning and its application to clinical practice. Over the duration of the module (6 weeks) students will participate in a total of two 6 hour on-line workshops (using a blend of synchronous and asynchronous delivery methods) which will be integrated into the module schedule.


19th February - 30th March 2024

Module Co-ordinator: Dr Sean Joseph Kelleher, School of Nursing & Midwifery.

Lecturer(s): Staff, School of Nursing & Midwifery.


Why Choose

There is recent evidence (Goh et al 2020) for the need to build capacity in critical care nursing skills to achieve sustainable ICU services, particularly during the current Covid-19 pandemic. In response to the ever-changing health care delivery system, intensive care nurses need to be educated and prepared to the highest standards in order to competently address the needs of the patient and the family, improve standards of care, maintain patient safety, engage in interdisciplinary collaboration and develop healthy work environments. 

The purpose of this new CPD module is to provide a gateway for qualified nurses to work in Intensive Care, or for nurses currently working in ICU to further develop their repertoire of knowledge, skills, attitudes, and professional values specific to critical care. This is particularly relevant when addressing the potential redeployment of nursing staff to Critical Care to manage covid-19 patients and for ICU avoidance for Covid-19 patients.

In order to ensure equity and quality of intensive care delivery across geographical boundaries the module was developed in keeping with common ICU nursing standards, providing a stepping stone for successful graduates to access further Postgraduate specialist education i.e. the module can be used as a credit to the existing validated level 9 Postgraduate Diploma in Intensive Care Nursing (CKW05).

As such this CPD module is designed to optimise the integration of nurses into critical care practice and to facilitate continuous professional development for experienced Registered Nurses working in Adult Critical Care Units.



Applicants for NU6171 must be certified in Basic Life Support (BLS).

Applicants for this MSc in Nursing, including Postgraduate Diploma exit route, should normally fulfill:

  1. Applicants must be practising nurses with evidence of current registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland (NMBI) or evidence that registration with the NMBI will be complete by the proposed commencement date of the module.
  2. Hold active registration on a division of the professional register maintained by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland or be eligible for such registration as required for individual pathways. For the Intensive Care Nursing Pathway, applicants must be Registered General Nurses.
  3. Have clinical practice experience (and support structures, if applicable) as required for individual pathways. For the Intensive Care Nursing Pathway, applicants must have a minimum of six months of post-registration experience (excluding courses) and at least six months experience in the speciality pathway applied for.
  4. Applicants must be certified in Basic Life Support (BLS).
  5. Applicants must provide written evidence of support from their Director of Nursing/equivalent authorised Nurse Manager stating:
  • (a) The applicant will be working in the relevant specialist area for the duration of the programme for a minimum of 19.5 hours a week.
    (b) They will be released from practice to attend the programme requirements.
    (c) A Clinical Preceptor and/or Clinical Facilitator can support learning in the specialist area of practice for the duration of the programme.

NOTE: In exceptional circumstances, applicants who do not fulfill the entry requirements may be recommended for entry to the programme under Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) following a review of their individual qualifications and experience by the programme committee. Such applicants may be invited for interview to satisfy the selection committee of their suitability for the programme.  Admission of such applicants will be subject to the approval of the School of Nursing and Midwifery.


Fees and Costs

The fee for this module is €972.00 for EU applicants. 

There is also a €35 application fee. 


How To Apply


  • To apply for this module please log on to the UCC APPLY page and create an account.  
  • Gather any additional documents required (including a passport-style photo), copy of your degree parchment if not a previous UCC graduate.
  • An application fee of €35 will be payable on submission of your application via the same platform.




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