Nursing - Advanced Practice Nursing

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The aims of the programme are to enable experienced registered nurses to develop an expert knowledge base, complex decisionmaking skills, and clinical competencies for an expanded autonomous scope of practice the characteristics of which are shaped by the: context in which the individual practices, the needs of patients/ clients, and the challenges and developments within the health services.


1. Students who successfully complete this programme are eligible to apply to NMBI to register as an RANP.

2. Advanced practice has been defined as 'a continuum along which practitioners develop their professional knowledge, clinical reasoning, clinical judgement, skills, and behaviours to higher levels of capability that is recognisable'. (Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia 2014).

3. RANPs and Registered Advanced Midwife Practitioners (RAMPs) work within an agreed scope of practice and meet established criteria set by NMBI to register as either an RANP or a RAMP.

Entry requirements

Minimum Entry Requirements

• Applicants must have a minimum of an honours primary degree in Nursing or equivalent, and hold a current active registration on the professional register maintained by NMBI.

• Applicants must provide evidence of support from an employer and completed Site Declaration Forms, signed by the Director of Nursing/Public Health/Nurse Manager containing confirmation of a clinical supervisor who will provide supervision, support and learning opportunities, including opportunities to practice under supervision to gain the required competencies and clinical competence.

• Applicants must comply with current minimum entry requirements for admission to the programme of education for nurse/midwife prescribing, and must have three years' recent post-registration clinical experience in nursing/midwifery (this must be within the past five years) with the equivalent of 'one year' full-time experience in the specific area of clinical practice.

• Applicants must provide nomination and confirmation of a clinical supervisor who will provide the student with supervision, support and opportunities including shadowing opportunities to gain the required competencies for nurse prescribing in his/her practice area/organisation.


2 years part-time

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Career Opportunities
Graduates will be autonomous practitioners, who are clinically competent and skilled in the delivery of high-quality, direct care to a specific patient/client group. The Advanced Nurse Practitioner will be empowered to promote wellness, offer healthcare interventions and advocate healthy lifestyle choices for patients/clients, their families and carers in a wide variety of settings in collaboration with other healthcare professionals, according to agreed scope of practice guidelines. Graduates, equipped with such knowledge and advanced skills will be eligible to apply to the Nursing & Midwifery Board of Ireland (NMBI) for registration as a Registered Advanced Nurse Practitioner (RANP).

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  • Qualifications

    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Part time

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