Nursing - Older Person

The overall aim of the programme is to provide registered nurses with the opportunity to enhance previously acquired professional education and develop critical inquiry, knowledge and skills, attributes and competencies in preparation for developing roles within older person nursing. Successful completion of year 1 (Graduate Diploma) will provide students with the academic qualifications necessary to be considered for Clinical Nurse Specialist posts. Successful completion of year 2 (MSc) will provide students with the academic qualifications to be considered for Advanced Nursing Practice posts. The programme provides opportunities to explore research as evidence for enhancing and changing practice. The programme also provides opportunities for nurses to develop critical thinking and reflective skills at specialist and advanced practice levels. The programme will develop professional qualities and a high level of competence in the promotion of excellence and current best practice in the delivery and appraisal of advancing practice in older person nursing.

Key Facts
A key goal of this programme is to prepare nurses for the challenges of caring, leading and delivering person-centred specialist/advanced older person care across a variety of care settings.

Subjects taught

Year 1

• Health Research – Methods and Methodology (12 Credits)
• Philosophical Underpinnings of Gerontology care (9 Credits)
• Clinical Practicum 1 ( 9 Credits)

• Promoting Quality and Safety in Health Care (12 Credits)
• Managing and Co-ordinating of Gerontology Care (9 Credits)
• Clinical Practicum 2 (9 Credits)

Year 2

• Dissertation 1 (9 Credits)

• Dissertation 2 (21 Credits)

Entry requirements

Entry Requirements
1.A registered nurse on the current register of the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland

2.Be engaged in practice as a registered nurse for at least one year

3.Students would normally possess a primary degree (Minimum 2H2) or show evidence of recognized prior learning (RPL) as outlined in the (RPL) policy of the University and Department of Nursing and Midwifery

4.Students are required to be working in an older person setting for the duration of the programme

5.The MSc in Nursing (Older Person) will be offered as a full-time programme but taken on a part-time basis over two years with the option of an exit award on completion of year 1 (Graduate Diploma). Students can also opt to progress to year two for the MSc award having attained a minimum QCA of 2.00 at the end of year one.

6.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

Garda Clearance is also required for this programme.

Successful completion of the Garda clearance process, Health Screening & Vaccinations Certification and CPR certification are programme requirements for this degree programme. Health Screening/Vaccination Certificates will incur costs to the student.

Application dates

What to Include with your Application:-

Full degree transcript and certificates/awards

Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland current registration certificate

Clinical Practice Environment Self-Assessment Audit Declaration

Copy of birth certificate/passport

If your qualifications have been obtained in a country where English is an official language this will suffice

If this is not available, the following additional documents must be provided:

English translation of your qualification(s)/transcripts
English language competency certificate

Recognised Prior Learning - What to Include with your Application:

Copy of birth certificate/Passport

Copy of current Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland registration certificate

1000 word typed Recognized Prior Learning Statement
Copies of all certificates or diploma's as part of prior learning to date


2 years full-time

More details
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  • Qualifications

    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Full time,Daytime

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