Musculoskeletal Casting & Splinting - Adults & Children
Why study nursing and midwifery at RCSI Dublin?
Educating future leaders in healthcare delivery and related research is at the core of the mission of the RCSI School of Nursing & Midwifery. The School aims to develop caring, reflective nursing and midwifery practitioners who can seek out and use research-based knowledge to improve patient care.
We are committed to providing students with outcome-focused curricula shaped by innovative teaching and learning practices. We have a long association with postgraduate nursing and midwifery education and are the largest such school in Ireland.
We aspire to become recognised leaders in the provision of health sciences education, both nationally and internationally. The suite of programmes we offer nurses and midwives in pursuit of postgraduate education is continually evolving in response to the needs within the healthcare service.
Our goal is to empower nurses and midwives to be able to demonstrate the difference they make to practice, and in doing so, to be able to respond accordingly to the leadership and professional challenges that they face every day.
The Professional Certificate in Musculoskeletal Casting and Splinting (Adults and Children) aims to develop competent healthcare practitioners who will apply specific knowledge and skills whilst providing holistic care to individuals requiring musculoskeletal casting or splinting in the adult and paediatric patient setting.
This programme will provide you with the skills and knowledge to:
• Demonstrate understanding, through questioning and scrutiny, of the necessary professional knowledge (theory, concepts and methods) pertaining to the management of individuals (adults and/or children) requiring musculoskeletal casting or splinting.
• Demonstrate the mastery of the practical skills and tools necessary to be competent in in the management of individuals (adults and/or children) requiring musculoskeletal casting or splinting.
• Develop the concepts and principles that underpin problem solving and decision-making in clinical practice, accepting accountability for the decision-making in the management of individuals (adults and/or children) requiring musculoskeletal casting or splinting.
• Acknowledge your own developing ability within the sphere of musculoskeletal casting and splinting and critically analyse your learning needs through the use of reflective practice to facilitate a lifelong learning approach to personal and professional development.
• Lead both the care of individuals (adults and/or children) requiring musculoskeletal casting or splinting and the team providing care within the context of collaborative working and within your own scope of practice.
To be eligible for the programme you must:
• Hold a Level 8 degree or international equivalent, demonstrated through a defined recognition of prior learning (RPL) process.
• Be registered with your appropriate professional body (Opens in new window NMBI or equivalent).
• Be employed in a casting department with a minimum of 900 hours of verified experience (this is a signed declaration from a nurse manager and orthopaedic consultant).
• Be working in the casting department for the duration of the programme.
• Provide a Manual Handling Certificate which is in date for the duration of programme.
• You will also need to supply a certified, or stamped copy of your academic transcripts and a copy of an Opens in new window academic IELTS examination, or equivalent (for candidates whose first language is not English). Read more about minimum English language requirements here.
A blended learning approach is utilised in this programme, to promote lifelong learning and professional development for all nursing staff.
The programme is run over a three-month period and consists of two modules. Classes take place approximately once a week alternating between online and RCSI-based sessions.
The programme modules are:
Module name Credits Assessment method
• Principles of Musculoskeletal Casting & Splinting, 10, MCQ and written assignment
• Clinical Skills for Musculoskeletal casting and splinting, 10, OSCE and workbook completion