Nursing - Referring for Radiological Procedures

The Professional Certificate Referring for Radiological Procedures provides the Registered Nurse with the requisite knowledge, skill, and competence to refer for radiological procedures safely and effectively in accordance with legal and professional regulatory frameworks and standards. This is a 10 ECTS* credit, level 8 NFQ** special purpose award. There are three programme options:

X905 Professional Certificate Referring for Radiological Procedures (Children)
X906 Professional Certificate Referring for Radiological Procedures (Adult)
X907 Professional Certificate Referring for Radiological Procedures (Adult & Children)

These programmes are delivered by lecturers from the UCD School of Medicine - Department of Radiography and Diagnostic Imaging in collaboration with UCD School of Nursing, Midwifery & Health Systems

Prior to applying to UCD:

Please discuss local 'referral for radiological procedures' policies, procedures and guidelines with Nurse Practice Development in the context of your application.
Please contact your DON and complete a Site Declaration Form (click on 'Documents to Be Submitted with your Application' to access and download this form). Please complete this form in full prior to making an application. This form may take several weeks to complete
Please note:

To be eligible to apply you must have successfully completed a module in Health Assessment (to include physical examination skills) (minimium level 8 NFQ).
There are a limited number of places available on this programme. All applications will be reviewed after the closing date and offers made in July. Places will be offered on a first come, first served basis to applicants who meet the entry criteria, have uploaded fully complete required documentation and paid the application fee. Once capacity is reached, no further offers will be made. You are advised to apply early so as to avoid disappointment.
The Office of the Nursing and Midwifery Services Director HSE funds all registered nurses employed in the HSE to undertake this education programme.

You may also be interested in viewing the University Certificate Prescribing Medicinal Products and Referring for Radiological Procedures which combines two programmes into one (i.e. the 'Prescribing Medicinal Products' and the 'Referring for Radiological Procedures').

* ECTS - European Credit Transfer System

** NFQ - National Framework of Qualifications

Applicants must be currently registered in a division of the NMBI Register for the following progamme options:

X905 Referring for Radiological Procedures (Children) - Applicants must be registered as a nurse and/or a children's nurse in the NMBI RegisterX905

X906 Referring for Radiological Procedures (Adult) - Applicants must be registered as a nurse in the NMBI Register

X907 Referring for Radiological Procedures (Adult and Children) - Applicants must be registered as a nurse in the NMBI Register
It is recommended that applicants have the equivalent of a minimum of one-year post-registration experience.

At the end of this programme you will be able to:

Critically utilize evidence-based knowledge and skill in conducting a person's assessment and consultation to achieve a holistic approach to a person's care when referring for medical radiological procedures

Apply clinical decision-making skills in relation to referring persons for medical radiological and other imaging procedures within their scope of practice

Demonstrate a systematic understanding of the legislative and regulatory framework associated with nurse authority to refer persons for medical radiological procedures, including professional guidelines, supporting safe practice

Know the justification process

Demonstrate an understanding of medical radiological procedures and other imaging procedures and their implication in a person's safety

Understand the principles of radiation protection of the person and staff

Demonstrate effective communication skills and knowledge of the role of the multidisciplinary team management involved for the safe and appropriate use of medical radiological procedures and other imaging procedures

Understand the role of the practitioner in the referral process

Demonstrate knowledge of the person and practitioner safety

Autumn Trimester (Sept. - Dec.)

Module: Referring for Radiological Procedures' (options Adult or Children or Adult and Children)

These modules comprise both theory and clinical components. Theoretical content is delivered online over a two day period in week one. All online lectures are live (i.e. synchronous). Lecture Timetable*:

TBC/09/22 Thursday 08.30 - 16.30pm live online lectures (Adult, Children and Adult & Children options)
TBC/09/22 Friday 08.30 - 12.30pm live online lectures (Adult, Children and Adult & Children options)
TBC/09/22 Friday 13.00 - 16.30pm live online lectures (Children and Adult & Children options)

Clinical exposure consists of no less than 100 hours. Clinical instruction comprises 10 episodes of referral for medical radiological procedures, documented and recorded as a demonstration of competence under the supervision of a medical mentor practitioner.

All candidates must be working in the area where the clinical practicum will occur for the duration of the programme.

*Please note:

Online learning requires a high level of personal motivation, self-discipline, and an aptitude for self-directed learning. Brightspace (a web-based virtual learning environment) is used extensively.
Access to broadband and proficiency in computer skills are essential.
All dates and times are provisional and subject to change
TBC = To be confirmed

Entry requirements

Applicants are required to:

Be currently registered in a division of the NMBI live Register for the following programme options:

Adult - Applicants must be registered as a nurse in the NMBI Register

Adult and Children - Applicants must be registered as a nurse in the NMBI Register

Children's - Applicants must be registered as a nurse and/or a children's nurse in the NMBI Register

Provide evidence of having successfully completed a module in Health Assessment (to include physical examination skills) (minimium level 8 NFQ)

Be currently employed as a Registered Nurse and or Registered Children's Nurse in the area in which you wish to practice for the duration of the programme

Have a minimium of one year post registration experience
Submit a Site Declaration Referring for Radiological Procedures
From signed by the Director of Nursing, Clinical Medical Supervisor and Head of Radiology (Consultant Radiologist) agreeing to provide you with support and clinical supervision towards the achievement of the required competencies for the duration of the programme

Subjects taught

September – December (Autumn Trimester)

Choose one:

X905 Professional Certificate Referring for Radiological Procedures (Children) - Module RDGY30550

X906 Professional Certificate Referring for Radiological Procedures (Adult) - Module RDGY30540

X907 Professional Certificate Referring for Radiological Procedures (Adult and Children) - Module RDGY30560

Duration

Autumn Trimester (Sept - Dec)

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