A critically ill patient is someone who is, or is potentially, at risk of the functional failure of one or more organs and requires replacement of this by artificial techniques that are often highly specialized and complex.

Constant innovation of technological advancement makes it necessary to upgrade technology related to specific treatment and the care deriving from and linked to the corresponding disease and treatment, continuously ensuring the safety of patients undergoing care prevention from possible risk, throughout the required treatment, and during all the related and changing needs of such patients and their families.

It is important to provide the public with individualized nursing care providing a quality response that is both efficient and effective for the patient and for the family, thus maintaining a balance between technological care that ensures physical safety, and a personalized service that responds to changing needs that can guarantee physiological, psychological, spiritual and cultural security, needs that are linked to patients' experiences, values, beliefs and culture, in short, to people as unique and individual in the comprehensive attention given to their welfare.

To provide a response to critical patients, efforts must be coordinated in an integrated manner, involving the patient, family and professionals so as to meet explicit or implicit needs (of the patients themselves and of their families) in relation to the expressed needs of our society that increasingly demand a fuller role and greater participation in care and in making choices about their lives.

The safety and comprehensive care of the critically ill is the fundamental domain of action for the intensive-care nurse: the ability to create and maintain a secure physical environment; the ability to create and maintain physiological safety; ability and skill in acquiring a management of technology and of safety-centred care throughout the critically acute process; both medical and surgical; skill in providing personal attention to the patient and family; ability to maintain the rights and values of the critical patient.

Developing competence in critical patient care requires nurses to acquire specific and necessary knowledge, skills and attitudes, leading them to the development of a safe and quality praxis both for patients and for their families.

The need for the specific and specialized training of qualified nurses to care for critically ill patients is widely recognized by people who take-on responsibilities relating to care-provision, teaching and management.

Access requirements

- Degree in Nursing (official/recognised)
- Holders of Nursing Diplomas who wish to develop their professional activity as nurses within the ambit of intensive care.
- Holders of Nursing Diplomas currently working in intensive-care units in cardiology, heart surgery, external consultation, electrophysiology and hemodynamics and who wish to compensate for lack of training.
-Interest in the professionalisation of intensive nursing.
- Interest in analysing and reflecting on current practice in intensive nursing in order to carry out proposals for and participation in quality improvement in intensive patient care.

Career opportunities

- Specialists in units for critically ill patients in health-care centres.
- Coordination of nursing teams in units for critically ill patients
- Specific training for professionals to be in contact with critically ill patients.


Secretaria EUI

Phone: 935537833



UAB-specific Master's Degree

10 Edition
Places: 40
Orientation: Professional
Code: 2215/10
Price: 4200 §

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Modality: Onsite
Location: E.U. d'Infermeria de l'Hospital de Santa Creu i Sant Pau (Barcelona)
Dates: from 21/09/2018 to 17/06/2019
Teaching language:
Catalan (50%), Spanish (50%)
Coordinating centres:
Escuela Universitaria de EnfermerŪa del Hospital de la Santa Cruz y de San Pablo

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