Principles of Critical Care Nursing

This module provides healthcare professionals who have critical care experience the opportunity to improve their skills and knowledge of underpinning practice, and develop approaches that will positively influence their practice within this specialised field. This module is the first of three modules which form the Graduate Certificate in Critical Care pathway.

Module Code NM6230
Level 6
Credit 20
Cost Contact Admissions


The aims of the module are to: 
  • Critically review key concepts in critical care in order to enhance your knowledge, skills and decision-making in the care of the critically ill patient. 
  • Critically develop and apply an evidence-based approach to leadership in order to promote and demonstrate clinical competence and excellence in critical care.
By the end of the module, you will be able to:
  • Identify and critically analyse key service requirements which underpin the National Competency Framework for Adult Critical Care Nurses. 
  • Systematically assess and evaluate the biopsychosocial needs of the intensive care patient (and significant others) in order to plan care appropriately. 
  • Critically analyse clinical decision making when managing the needs of the intensive care patient. 
  • Utilise evidence to demonstrate safe and effective clinical practice.
  • Analyse the development of leadership, communication and teamwork skills that enhance and improve critical care services.
KSF – Core Dimensions 
This module contributes to the following core dimensions: 
1 Communication
2 Personal and People Development
3 Health, Safety and Security
4 Service Improvement
5 Quality
6 Equality and Diversity
For further information on the module,
please contact:
For application information,
please contact:
Diane Blundell
Module Leader
Faculty of Health and Social Care
University of Chester
Wirral Site (Clatterbridge)
Clatterbridge General Hospital
Wirral CH63 4JY
T: 01925 534061
Health and Social Care Admissions
University of Chester
Parkgate Road
Chester CH1 4BJ
T: 01244 511000