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This course provides nurses with current knowledge and skills they can apply to any Critical Care setting.

This course is part of our Critical Care & High Dependency Course Bundle. Learn More

This self-paced course will present concepts from fundamental to advanced levels relating to Critical Care Nursing. The course has been designed to provide current knowledge & strategies that can be applied to any Critical Care setting. The course will interrelate physiology, pathophysiology, nursing & medical assessment & interventions.

Each of the speakers are leaders in their chosen fields and have been selected for their knowledge, teaching ability, commitment to lifelong learning and professional development.

If you’re an RN looking for high quality upskilling, then this course is for you.


  • Cardiac Muscle Physiology
  • Innervation of the Myocardium
  • Adrenergic Receptors
  • Regulation of Cardiac Output & Blood Pressure
  • Introduction, pathophysiology, classification of acute coronary syndromes
  • Diagnosis of myocardial ischaemia - history, physical examination, ECG interpretation, laboratory testing
  • Management of ischaemic chest pain - fibrinolytics, PCI
  • Overview, classification of shock, pathophysiology
  • Clinical features, treatment - hypovalaemic, cardiogenic, septic shock, inotropic support
  • Arterial Blood Gas Interpretation - acid-based disturbances
  • The Control of Ventilation, Dynamics of Spontaneous Breathing, Lung volumes and capacities
  • Gas transport - O2 delivery & metabolism, physiology of O2 saturation. CO2 production & elimination
  • Arterial Blood Gas Interpretation - acid-based disturbances
  • Introduction to Haemodynamic Monitoring
  • Arterial Lines
  • Central Lines
  • Pulmonary Artery Catheters
  • Pulse Oximetry -SpO2
  • Capnography - EtCO2
  • Respiratory assessment including Lung Sounds
  • Chest X-ray Interpretation
  • Indications & Goals for Mechanical Ventilation
  • Ventilator Modes
  • Care of the Mechanically Ventilated Patient
  • High Flow Humidified Nasal Oxygenation
  • Assessment & Management of the Difficult Airway - The Vortex approach
  • Physiology
  • Acute Kidney Injury - Assessment, Complications
  • Acute Kidney Injury - Management including renal replacement therapies
  • Review of anatomy and physiology
  • Neurological Assessment
  • Care of the Patient with a neurological disorder - common presentations
  • Hepatic Failure
  • Diabetic Emergencies
  • Causes of Cardiac Arrest
  • Resuscitation

Each of these units will be supported by live revision webinars including a brief revision of the topic material and case studies, presented monthly Feb - Nov 2022. However many of these are already available on demand for those who want to review these topics early.

Bonus Content

An additional 5 hours of online modules including topics from a range of our other courses:

  • ALERT - Envenomation, Bites & Stings
  • Anaesthesia & PACU - The perianaesthesia nurses’ role in the count process
  • Anaesthesia Essentials - Pharmacology in Perianaesthesia & When to Discharge your Patient from Recovery
  • Deteriorating Patient - Allergies and Anaphylaxis & The Agitated, Confused or Delirious Patient


Suitable for nurses working in critical care environments such as Emergency Departments, Intensive Care Units, High Dependency Units, Cardiac Care Units, Interventional Radiology Units (e.g. Cath Labs) and Peri-Anaesthesia Units.

It is also suitable for nurses looking to advance their career into critical care areas.

If you're looking to bundle this course with the self-paced High Dependency Course, we're offering a 20% bundle discount here.

If you're a nurse who completed this course in the past or is an experienced ICU nurse you may be interested in our Clinical Update Bundle. Find out more details here.

How much?

This course would normally be conducted as a 4 day face-to-face intensive or 1 evening a week for 10 weeks with 30 hours of CPD with an RRP of $945. We’re offering 12 months access to this online, self-paced version for $495 (incl. GST) with the same 30 hours of CPD plus an additional 5 hours of bonus content from a range of other topic areas.

If you’re an organisation looking to upskill a portion of your workforce, and would have a minimum of 10 participants, please contact us for enterprise pricing.