Nursing - Acute Medicine
This course aspires to meet the needs of registered nurses working in acute medical settings with evidence-based knowledge and training so that they can expertly recognise, intervene in and manage acute changes in the complex conditions of patientcare environments. The programme is delivered over two years using a blended-learning format, combining online learning and face-to-face workshops. On completion of Year One, students have the option of being awarded a Postgraduate Diploma or (if they have achieved a minimum 60% average mark across these modules) may progress on to the second year to complete the MSc programme. The programme is comprised of six theory/ practice modules. It will be delivered using a blended-learning format, combining online learning and face-to-face workshops. Case studies will be used to help students test out what they would do in different situations. Students will work in a clinical setting for the duration of the programme, and students learning in a clinical setting will be supported by their unit manager and named preceptor. Modules titles are listed online (under Curriculum Information): www.nuigalway.ie/courses/taught-postgraduatecourses/ nursing-acute-medicine.html#course_outline.
Minimum Entry Requirements
1 An honours bachelor's degree at NFQ Level 8 in nursing or a comparable qualification. Applicants who do not hold an honours degree or Higher Diploma (Level 8) must demonstrate that they have successfully completed (in the previous two years) a module at Level 9. Please consult the professional credit awards at Level 9 at: www.nuigalway.ie/pca/pca.html;
2 Currently employed as a nurse in an Acute Medical Unit (AMUs), Acute Medical Assessment Unit (AMAU), or Medical Assessment Unit (MAU), Short Stay Unit (SSU), or an equivalent clinical setting that has a remit for caring for patients in the acute stage of their medical illness. Applicants must have a minimum of six months' experience in this setting over the past two years;
3 Written evidence of support for the applicant from their Director of Nursing and clinical unit manager;
4 Minimum academic and/or professional qualifications and standards required, together with any equivalence that may apply;
5 Students must work in the clinical area for the duration of the programme. Clinical requirements for completion of the programme are to pass two clinical competencies and complete a minimum of 1,000 hours in an acute medical unit or equivalent setting as deemed by the programme director.
Module titles are as follows: Recognising and Responding to Client Deterioration (10 credits—specialist); Principles and Practice of Acute Medical Nursing (10 credits—specialist); Essential Physical Assessment Skills (10 credits—specialist); Service Improvement (10 credits—core); Clinical Governance: Supporting Safe Practice (10 credits—core); Advanced Research Methods (10 credits—core); Clinical Assessment 1; Clinical Assessment 2.
2 years full-time (with option to leave with PDip after 1 year).
Post Course Info
This course is particularly significant as the 2010 Report of the National Acute Medicine Programme (AMP) suggests a new approach to education and training with the development of acute medicine as a speciality for physicians, and the nursing and therapy professions. It further suggests that these nurses must consolidate and expand their knowledge and skills to meet the need for early detailed assessment and development of initial treatment plans (HSE, 2010). In the future, there may be a demand for clinical nurse specialists working in acute medicine, and graduates of this programme will be ideally placed to apply for these types of positions.