Nursing - Palliative Care

The overall aim of the Masters of Science in Nursing (Palliative Care) programme is to provide registered nurses involved in the care of patients with a life-limiting illness, the opportunity to develop their professional practice in this area. As national policy directs that all patients should have access to palliative care according to their level of need, it follows that palliative care, whilst a specialist area of practice is also an area of care that crosses different disciplines and settings.

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

Entry requirements

A registered nurse on the current register of the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland

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

Students would normally possess a primary degree (Minimum 2.2) or show evidence of recognized prior learning (RPL) as outlined in the (RPL) policy of the university

Students are required to be working in a practice setting where there are patients with pallitive care needs, for the duration of the programme

Garda Clerance is also required for this programme.

Results in examinations other than those listed above may also be accepted as meeting our English language requirements. Contact the International Education Division for advice.

The MSc in Nursing (Palliative Care) 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.

Subjects taught

Year 1 (Graduate Programme:

Autumn Semester
• Health Research – Methods and Methodology
• Principles of Palliative Care in Practice
• Clinical Practicum 1

Spring Semester
• Promoting Quality and Safety in Health Care
• Therapeutic Interventions in Palliative Care
• Clinical Practicum 2

Year 2 (Masters):

Autumn Semester
Dissertation 1

Spring Semester
Dissertation 2

Credits

Postgraduate Diploma 60 ECTS credits

Duration

2 years full-time.

The MSc in Nursing (Palliative Care) 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.

Enrolment dates

Start Date: 09/Sep/2019

Post Course Info

Graduate Profile
The programme focuses on the care and support of patients with palliative needs and their families. Critical inquiry will be encouraged into all aspects of palliative care with due regard for the context of practice and the changing needs of palliative care patients and their families. In addition to core modules supporting the acquisition of theoretical knowledge, students will explore how a philosophy of palliative care can underpin their practice in areas such as disease and symptom management, communication, grief and loss, spirituality, sexuality. Successful completion of the first year of the programme will provide students with the academic qualifications required to be considered eligible for clinical nurse specialist posts. The MSc award will provide students with the academic qualifications required to be considered eligible for advanced nursing practice posts.

More details
  • Qualification letters

    PDip/MSc

  • Qualifications

    Degree - Masters (Level 9 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Full time,Part time,Daytime

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