Nursing - Infection Prevention & Control in Healthcare - Module

Learners will critically explore principles and standards underpinning infection prevention and control practice. Working in accordance with national and international guidance this module will help learners to develop advanced infection prevention and control interventions for safe and effective health and social care practice and to critically explore the impact of these interventions on the prevention and management of healthcare associated infections. This module will help learners to develop clinical decision-making and problem-solving skills and to utilise evidence-based, specialised knowledge in care delivery.

Learners will appreciate the value of a collaborative and multidisciplinary team approach to managing infection prevention and control strategies and clinical programmes. Cognisant of the importance of a multidisciplinary stakeholder approach to infection prevention and control education, the module provides specialist teaching, delivered in collaboration with health service partner organisations, including, University of Limerick Hospital Group and the Health Service Executive Mid-West Community Healthcare, CHO 3. *The module can be taken as a stand-alone/University Certificate of Study (UCOS) module or as part of the MSc in Infection Prevention and Control Leadership programme offered by the Department of Nursing and Midwifery. Students can take up to two modules without enrolling on a full programme of study and programme enrolment occurs each Aug/Sept*.

Award: University Certificate of Study
Qualification: NFQ Level 9 Minor Award

Subjects taught

Infection Prevention and Control in HealthCare NS6302

Principles of infection prevention and control e.g., standard infection control precautions and transmission-based precautions

Fundamentals of microbiology essential to infection prevention and control.

Antibiotic Use, Antimicrobial Stewardship and Antimicrobial Resistance.

Management of the Infectious Patient.

Decontamination, including e.g., cleaning, disinfection, and sterilisation.

Audit, Surveillance and Quality Improvement.

Risk Management in infection prevention and control practice.

Entry requirements

A Registered Healthcare Professional on the current Register of a relevant Professional Regulatory Body. e.g., NMBI, CORU, PHECC.

Applicants whose first language is not English must provide evidence of either prior successful completion of a degree qualification taught through the medium of English or meet criteria identified in the English Language qualifications set by the University of Limerick.

Successful completion of this module does not automatically qualify you for entry into a further award. All programme applicants must meet the entry requirements listed if applying for a further award.

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12 weeks part-time.

Enrolment dates

Next Intake: Autumn 2024

Post Course Info

This micro-credential represents a single module within a larger further award (eg. Certificate, Diploma, Masters). By taking this micro-credential you may be eligible to apply for a credit exemption should you progress to study for a further award. The programmes associated with this MicroCred are:

Nursing - MSc

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