Nursing clinical pathway

The NSW intensive care unit (ICU) nursing clinical pathway provides a professional development framework to facilitate the delivery of clinical care and career direction planning for intensive care nurses.

It was developed in response to feedback from the ACI Intensive Care NSW (ICNSW) Nurse Leaders Group. It was identified that ICU nurses need greater guidance for their professional development and career progression.

The document recognises the various professional pathways that ICU nursing can offer. It allows clinicians to progress at their own pace, developing skills to enhance their practice, based on the level of ICU they are employed in.

We would like to acknowledge the representatives from the following groups who led the development of this pathway:

  • ICNSW Nurse Leaders Group, including nurse unit managers, clinical nurse consultants and nurse educators, from metropolitan and rural NSW
  • The Australian College of Critical Care Nurses (ACCCN)

Download the NSW intensive care unit (ICU) nursing clinical pathway


The information on this page is general in nature and cannot reflect individual patient variation. It reflects Australian intensive care practice, which may differ from that in other countries. It is intended as a supplement to the more specific information provided by the doctors and nurses caring for your loved one. ICNSW attests to the accuracy of the information contained here but takes no responsibility for how it may apply to an individual patient. Please refer to the full disclaimer.