Nursing - Critical Care Nursing - Intensive Care

Graduate Diploma Critical Care Nursing: Intensive Care
Critical care nursing requires an advanced knowledge base, skilled assessment, prompt intervention and ongoing evaluation in order to care for the critically ill with complex needs. The critical care nurse maintains the balance between the science of nursing and the art of caring. This course will provide the nurse with an opportunity to develop, enhance and maintain these specialist skills that are required to care for the critically ill.

Who is the programme for?
This programme is for registered nurses working within the critical care environment in the Republic of Ireland.

Course objectives
• Develop a greater understanding of the holistic principles which underpin the various aspects of critical care nursing particularly in relation to intensive care

• Augment students' knowledge and appreciation of nursing theory and biopsychosocial sciences which underpin critical care nursing practice in intensive care

• Provide students with an opportunity for personal growth and professional development

• Develop skills to enhance their professional practice, including critical analysis, creative thinking, decision making and communication skills

How will I benefit?
This course will enhance your career prospects and give you the building blocks for lifelong self-directed learning. It will also provide you with the key knowledge and skills to innovate and lead in your area of practice in Critical Care. Following successful completion of the Graduate Diploma Nursing Critical Care - Intensive Care you will be able to complete an MSc Critical Care in one academic year.

Major strengths
UCD has a long history of producing high-quality graduates

This programme enables graduates to be even more effective clinicians, change agents and clinical leaders in Critical Care

Access to clinical and university-based lecturers with national and international expertise from clinical, research and educational perspectives

The Programme employs a variety of innovative assessment strategies with a strong clinical focus

Extensive use of IT in supporting the teaching environment of the programme

Access to excellent facilities for lectures

Information Technology
It is essential that you have access to a personal computer and an email account as communication with students is primarily undertaken by email. Lecture handouts/announcements are made available to students via Brightspace; (a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) that supports online learning and teaching).

Entry requirements

- All applicants must hold a primary degree in Nursing (or equivalent in a related discipline)/RPL (Recognition of Prior Learning) consideration if no degree
- All applicants must be listed on the Register of Nurses and Midwives, which is maintained by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland (NMBI).
- All applicants must have at least one year's post-registration experience at the time of application
- All applicants must be employed in intensive care nursing for the duration of the programme and work a minimum of 75 hours per month
- Also, each student must provide documented evidence from the Director of Nursing in the clinical practice area, which guarantees ICU placement for the duration of the programme

It is essential that you have access to a personal computer and an email account as communication with students is primarily undertaken by email. Lecture handouts/announcements are made available to students via Brightspace; (a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) that supports online learning and teaching).

Assessment Info

Assessments are varied (assignments/short examination questions/MCQ/case presentation/practical examination) and occur at intervals throughout and at the end of the trimesters.

Subjects taught

The Graduate Diploma in Critical Care Nursing – Intensive Care is a 60 ECTS programme offered over1-year full time (X547) or two years part-time (X745).

Assessments are varied (assignments/short examination questions/MCQ/case presentation/practical examination) and occur at intervals throughout and at the end of the trimesters.

There are two Core Modules (& year one of X745):

NMHS43260 Nursing Knowledge Philosophy and Practice (Autumn Trimester, 10 ECTS)

NMHS43270 Research Methods Applied to Healthcare (Spring Trimester, 10 ECTS)

Four Specialist Modules (& year two of X745):

NMHS 32440/42630 Core Concepts of ICU Nursing (Autumn Trimester, 10 ECTS) *

NMHS42770 Complex Critically Ill Patient (Spring Trimester, 10 ECTS)

NMHS42780 Chronically Critically Ill (Spring Trimester, 10 ECTS)

NMHS42520 Clinical Practicum (ICU) (Year Long Module, 10 ECTS)

*Please note that students are eligible to apply for exemption from NMHS 32440 based on successful completion of the following modules.

NMHS 32770: National Foundation Module in Critical Care Nursing

NMHS 31820 Foundation Intensive Care Nursing MMUH

NMHS32830 Foundation Intensive Care Nursing SVUH

Due to COVID -19 most lectures will be delivered online.

Credits

60

Duration

X547: 1 year full-time
X745: 2 years part-time

This is a 60 ECTS programme which can be taken over 1 year full time or 2 years part time. The academic year runs from September to May and is broken down into two trimesters.

Enrolment dates

Next Intake: September 2020

Post Course Info

Careers/where can I go?
The Graduate Diploma in Nursing, Critical Care- Intensive Care provides you with the comprehensive knowledge and skills required for caring for the critically ill. The essential knowledge and skills gained on this Programme will also enable you to innovate and lead in your area of practice in Critical Care.

More details
  • Qualification letters

    GradDip

  • Qualifications

    Postgraduate Diploma (Level 9 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Full time,Part time,Daytime

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