Nursing - Primary Community and Continuing Care

Continuing professional development is a key professional requirement for nurses and postgraduate academic qualifications have been linked to positive patient outcomes through improved communication, expanded knowledge and stronger critical thinking skills.

This programme aims to support practitioners in practicing at an enhanced level, taking cognisance of the changing provision of healthcare both in acute medical and primary community and continuing care (PCCC) settings.

Flexibility within the programme allows the student to choose three optional modules most suited to their clinical setting and professional development needs and provides a platform for achieving greater efficiencies in applying healthcare discoveries to clinical practice.

Successful completion of the programme will equip students with the required skill set to perform their roles in a quality based, consistent and efficient manner.

Furthermore, the advanced research methods and advanced leadership and critical analysis skills acquired from the programme will further the students’ skills as a member of the interdisciplinary team. Following successful completion of the programme, you can progress to Year 2 of the MSc in Primary Community and Continuing Care.

Subjects taught

Students choose three modules from the following:

Primary Community and Continuing Care Practice, Advanced Practice in Chronic Illness Management – Long-term Conditions, Principles of Infection Prevention and Control, Health Promotion and Behavioural Science, Interdisciplinary Management of Patients Suffering from Aural Disorders, Interdisciplinary Management of Patients Suffering from Nasal/Paranasal Disorders, Interdisciplinary Management of Patients Suffering from Throat, Neck and Oral Cavity Disorders, Advanced Concepts in Wound Management and Tissue Viability, Advanced Systematic Assessment and Case Management, Biopsychosocial Perspectives of Older Persons: A Person-Centred Model of Care, Dementia and Mental Health Disorders in Older Adults, Contemporary Issues, Legislation and Quality Improvement in Older Persons Services, Biological Science and Patient Assessment in Respiratory Care, Enhanced Care of the Respiratory Patient, Critical Issues in the Assessment and Management of Individuals with Leg Ulceration and Lymphoedema, Critical Issues in the Assessment and Management of Individuals with Pressure Ulcers and Diabetic Foot Ulcers, The Microbiological Basis for Infection Prevention and Control in the Healthcare Setting, Managerial Issues in Infection Control, Cervical Screening – Smear-taker Training Module for Health Professionals.

Note: The availability of these modules will be timetable dependent.

Entry requirements

To be eligible for the programme you must:

Be an active RGN with the Opens in new windowNMBI.
Hold a NFQ level 8 qualification such as a BSc or equivalent.
Be currently working in the speciality area.
Please note:
*If you do not hold a level 8 qualification, you may still be eligible to join the programme through our pathway programme, please contact us for further information on this route.

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  • Qualifications

    Postgraduate Diploma (Level 9 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Part time

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