Course Title: Advanced Nursing Technology

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Advanced Nursing Technology

Credit Points: 12.00

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


150H Health Sciences

Distance / Correspondence or Face-to-Face

Sem 1 2010


Bundoora Campus


150H Health Sciences


Sem 1 2006,
Sem 1 2007,
Sem 1 2008,
Sem 1 2009,
Sem 1 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 1 2013

Course Coordinator: Jane Mateer

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7546

Course Coordinator Email:

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Prerequisite capabilities are developed from a bachelor degree in nursing and professional development and experiential learning acquired as a practising Division 1 nurse.

Course Description

Technological and pharmacological advances are continually occurring, resulting in new and revised equipment, medications, interventions and applications. Nurses in the critical care environment assess and apply this technology and pharmacological interventions in day-to-day patient care. This course is designed to prepare the student to manage technological and pharmacological interventions in critical care practice, including the interpretation and evaluation of data arising from the technology or administration of medications, identifying areas of appropriate application and troubleshooting or problem solving as the need arises.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

The dimensions of capability developed in the course include:

  1. Apply an evidence-based approach to advanced practice;
  2. Operate as a team member to lead, manage and contribute to an enabling environment that promotes safety, health and human dignity;
  3. Facilitates the empowerment of others including diverse groups, through effective and therapeutic communication.

At the completion of this course the student should be able to:

  • Identify the application of technology and pharmacology relevant to the specialty environment
  • Identify nursing knowledge required to manage a variety of technological and pharmacological applications
  • Incorporate appropriate technology and pharmacology in the assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation of patient care
  • Develop and utilize critical thinking processes and problem solving skills that integrate patient assessment, pathophysiology plus technological and pharmacological interventions
  • Troubleshoot machine related, intervention related and patient related problems
  • Demonstrate a comprehensive knowledge of the effects and implications of evidence-based interventions and regimes;
  • Acquire and interpret assessment data and diagnostic interventions in terms of underlying pathophysiology and clinical implications;
  • Intervene appropriately to ensure a safe outcome when technology is being used inappropriately or in an unsafe manner.

The underpinning knowledge and skill developed in the course includes advanced monitoring and interventional technology relevant to the critical care specialty.

Overview of Learning Activities

  • Lectures
  • Lecture notes
  • Internet based resources
  • Relevant scientific peer reviewed literature

Overview of Learning Resources

Lecture notes
Prescribed and Recommended texts 
myRMIT Studies and on line resources.

Overview of Assessment

A literature review