UCC CPD courses

Principles in Intensive care Nursing NU6171


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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

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 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.
  • Applicants must be certified in Basic Life Support (BLS).
  • Admission to the module will be subject to internal university approval processes on the recommendation of the Head of School.
  • To access and interact with the module content, assignments and assessments etc. students will require access to at least a PC/ Laptop running Windows 7 or later and Mac OSX 10.7.4. Common plug-ins such as Microsoft Silverlight, Java and Flash will also be required. Students must have access to MS Office or an equivalent suite of applications such as Liber Office. They must also have access to a modern standards compliant web browser. UCC recommends either Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox.
  • To engage productively and successfully with the content, basic technical computer skills such as familiarity with word processing, web browsing and email is recommended.


Fees and Costs

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

There is also a €35 application fee. 


How Do I Apply

Applications for Semester 2, 2020 are now closed.  Applications receied after 27th November 2020 may not be reviewed.



If you are eligible to apply for a HEA funded space in 2020:

How to apply for a July Stimulus Place below

 1. Click on this link July Stimulus CPD Form , download form and complete.

 2. Return form by email to cpd@ucc.ie 

 3. No applicaton fee required

You will need to email the following attachments to cpd@ucc.ie:

  1. Your completed CPD application form
  2. Any further documents required for specialised modules (these are detailed on the individual module pages)
  3. Funding eligibility document (list of appropriate documents below)
  4. Attach your birthcertificate or passport (ID is required so that we can register you on our student records system)

 Note: Some additional documents may be required depending on your nationality and native language:                                    

  1. If you are not an Irish/EU/EEA/UK/Swiss citizen, you must provide confirmation that you have been ordinarily resident in an EU/EEA/UK/Swiss state for at least three of the five years preceding application for the module (Stamp 4 Visas accepted)
  2. If you are not a native English speaker, you will also need to provide language proficiency documentation (details here)

Application submission dates will be based on receipt of complete submissions, including applicable documentation above.  

For Further Information visit: https://www.ucc.ie/en/cpd/options/hea-funding/


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