Nursing - Breast Care Nursing

How will I benefit?
On successful completion of the programme, you will receive a Graduate Certificate in Nursing (Breast Care Nursing). This is a highly regarded qualification for nurses caring for patients with breast conditions in Ireland.

Possessing a broad and deep understanding of the theory and skills required for caring for patients with breast conditions, you will be well positioned to work in a variety of settings specialising in this area both nationally and internationally. As the programme is particularly aimed at preparing nurses to assume the role of clinical nurse specialist, many nurses eventually take up CNS positions and some may undertake further study required for the role of ANP in breast care. Many nurses also proceed to assume CNM/Educational/Clinical Facilitator roles.

GradCert Breast Care Nursing
Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits 40)
The programme will enhance your existing knowledge and skills in caring for patients with malignant and benign breast conditions.

The programme aims to develop the practitioner's capacities for caring and competent practice in Breast Care Nursing, in order to prepare the nurse to provide patient-centred care within the health service.

How will I benefit?
On successful completion of the programme, you will receive a Graduate Certificate in Nursing (Breast Care Nursing). This is a highly regarded qualification for nurses caring for patients with breast conditions in Ireland.

Possessing a broad and deep understanding of the theory and skills required for caring for patients with breast conditions, you will be well positioned to work in a variety of settings specialising in this area both nationally and internationally. As the programme is particularly aimed at preparing nurses to assume the role of clinical nurse specialist, many nurses eventually take up CNS positions and some may undertake further study required for the role of ANP in breast care. Many nurses also proceed to assume CNM/Educational/Clinical Facilitator roles.

Who should apply?
Part Time option suitable for:

Domestic(EEA) applicants: Yes
International (Non EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. No

The programme is aimed at advancing the registered nurse's repertoire of knowledge and skills in Breast Care Nursing; it is particularly aimed at preparing the nurse to assume the role of clinical nurse specialist in this area.

Vision and Values Statement
The Graduate Certificate in Breast Care Nursing is an academic and clinically based programme designed for students who wish to deepen and broaden their knowledge and expertise in the care of individuals with breast cancer and benign breast conditions in order provide safe, effective and holistic care to people with breast cancer and benign breast conditions. The programme builds upon and advances students' existing knowledge, skills and values to promote students' capacities for critical thinking and critical self-appraisal. The purpose of the programme is to advance the students' sense of professional awareness, commitment, professional responsibility and accountability in the context of breast care nursing. The programme is concerned with the promotion, enhancement and maintenance of health in the context of breast care nursing. The Graduate Certificate in Breast Care Nursing recognises that individual, family, social groupings and cultures influence the life experiences of individuals diagnosed with breast cancer/benign breast conditions and that healthcare practitioners have a social responsibility to promote health.

The Graduate Certificate in Breast Care Nursing curriculum is student-focused, research-led and research informed. A wide variety of pedagogical approaches to teaching, learning and assessment are used to enhance the student experience, thereby, encouraging the incremental development of learning. The curriculum is developed with stakeholder involvement to ensure that it meets the current and future needs of breast care nurses who work in a complex and evolving healthcare system. Learning takes place in multiple environments across the university and clinical setting. Learning is facilitated by the use of a variety of innovative pedagogies and technologies to meet emerging student, professional and health system needs.

The involvement of breast cancer clinicians and breast care specialists in teaching and assessment is a major strength of the programme. Other strengths of the programme include student centred clinical placements in designated cancer centres and programme co-ordination by a programme director with clinical expertise in cancer nursing, appropriate education and research qualifications and who is actively undertaking cancer-related research.

Subjects taught

This is a one (academic) year programme, broken down into two semesters.

Assessments are varied (assignments/short examination questions/MCQ/case presentation and clinical assessments (Clinical Competency Assessment Tool, Clinical Learning Outcomes, a practical examination (OSCE)) and occur at intervals throughout and at the end of the trimesters.

Stage 1 - Core
Fundamentals of Cancer CareNMHS42560
Clinical PracticumNMHS42580
Breast Care NursingNMHS42860
The Psychological Impact of Chronic IllnessNMHS42880

Entry requirements

Applicants must hold a primary degree in Nursing (or equivalent in related discipline)

Applicants must be entered onto the appropriate division of the Nurses Register maintained by An Bord Altranais (be registered as an RGN)

Applicants must hold a Graduate Diploma in another specialist area of nursing or have obtained 30 ECT (credits) at Level 9 (Masters Level in both research and theoretical aspects of nursing)

Other criteria to be used in the assessment of the application include number of years of experience, and evidence of ongoing professional development.

Documents Required

Applicants: A current photocopy of An Bord Altranais registration
Copy of Birth Certificate or Personal Page of Passport
Signed Declaration Form from Employer (original form)
Completed Professional Reference Form (original form)
Applicants: Completed Clinical Competence Assessor Nomination Form signed by the nominee
Evidence of proficiency in English language (applicants whose first language is not English)
Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

RPL may be granted in respect of individual modules if applicants can demonstrate that the modules' learning outcomes have been achieved through prior credentialled or experiential learning. In some cases, where an applicant does not meet the prerequisites for entry to a programme, an RPL application may be considered. Further information can be found in respect of this here.

Application dates

How To Apply?

Grad Cert Breast Care Nursing PT (X684)
Duration 1 Years
Attend Part Time
Deadline Rolling*

* Courses will remain open until such time as all places have been filled, therefore early application is advised

Duration

1 Year

Post Course Info

Possessing a broad and deep understanding of the theory and skills required for caring for patients with breast conditions, you will be well positioned to work in a variety of settings specialising in this area both nationally and internationally. As the programme is particularly aimed at preparing nurses to assume the role of clinical nurse specialist, many nurses eventually take up CNS positions and some may undertake further study required for the role of ANP in breast care. Many nurses also proceed to assume CNM/Educational/Clinical Facilitator roles.

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    Graduate Certificate

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    Part time

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