Nursing - Trauma & Emergency Nursing
The Postgraduate Diploma in Trauma and Emergency Nursing course will help Emergency nurses to improve their career prospects by enhancing their professional and personal development.
It is a one-year course offered in partnership with health service providers. The course consists of 46 weeks of clinical placements in a variety of Emergency Departments as well as your own. . Within the four block weeks and seven separate days of theory in UCC, specialists from clinical practice, as well as UCC staff, will facilitate you to become a more knowledgeable and skilled practitioner within the emergency care environment. The course helps you to improve your assessment and to become proficient in implementing research-based practice in the emergency care environment. You will also have access to our state-of-the-art Clinical Skills Simulation Resource Centre (CSSRC).
The Postgraduate Diploma in Trauma and Emergency Nursing course incorporates two orientation days and eight course modules (three core and three specialist theoretical modules) which include 46 weeks of clinical placements(two clinical practice modules). You will complete a range of core and specialist modules that are designed to meet the overall course learning outcomes, support core transferable skills and achieve specialist knowledge, know-how and competence. This course is awarded 60 credits at Level 9 major award on the National Framework of Qualifications.
Why Choose This Course
The course now offers you the opportunity to experience placements in unfamiliar emergency units.
Pathway 1: Trauma and Emergency Nursing
NU6005 Evidence Based Practice for Healthcare Professionals
NU6027 Trauma Nursing (10 credits)
NU6028 Medical and Special Population Emergency Nursing (10 credits)
NU6053 Professional, Ethical, and Legal Decision-making in Specialist Practice
NU6070 Clinical Leadership in Practice Enhancement for Nursing and Midwifery
NU6126 Physical Assessment for Nursing Practice (5 credits) (Shared module across pathways 1, 2, 4 & 8)
Clinical Practice/Practicum modules:
NU6130 Clinical Practice in Specialist Nursing 1 (5 credits)
NU6131 Clinical Practice in Specialist Nursing 2 (5 credits)
Our teaching methods range from lectures to seminars to small group work as well as assessments and simulations conducted within the Clinical Skills Simulation Resource Centre(CSSRC). Further details on the content and modules are available on the Postgraduate College Calendar
There are 7 clinical pathways to the degree of Masters in Nursing, all of which have an exit route available for the award of a Postgraduate Diploma in Nursing. The pathways to degree of Masters including Postgraduate Diploma exit route are all available to view in the College Calendar.
ENTRY REQUIREMENTS PATHWAY 1: TRAUMA AND EMERGENCY NURSING
Applicants for this MSc in Nursing, including Postgraduate Diploma exit route, should normally:
Hold active registration on a division of the professional register maintained by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland or be eligible for such registration as required for individual pathways. For the Trauma and Emergency Nursing Pathway, applicants must be Registered General Nurses;
Have clinical practice experience (and support structures, if applicable) as required for individual pathways. For the Trauma and Emergency Nursing Pathway, applicants must have a minimum of six months of post-registration experience (excluding courses) and at least six months experience in the speciality pathway applied for;
Applicants must be certified in Basic Life Support (BLS);
Applicants must provide written evidence of support from their Director of Nursing/equivalent authorised Nurse Manager stating:
(a) The applicant will be working in the relevant specialist area for the duration of the programme for a minimum of 19.5 hours a week
(b) They will be released from practice to attend the programme requirements
(c) A Clinical Preceptor and/or Clinical Facilitator can support learning in the specialist area of practice for the duration of the programme.
NOTE: In exceptional circumstances, applicants who do not fulfil the entry requirements may be recommended for entry to the programme under Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) following a review of their individual qualifications and experience by the programme committee. Such applicants may be invited for interview to satisfy the selection committee of their suitability for the programme. Admission of such applicants will be subject to the approval of the School of Nursing and Midwifery.
English Language Requirements
Applicants that are non-native speakers of the English language must meet the university approved English language requirements available online.
For applicants with qualifications completed outside of Ireland
Applicants must meet the required entry academic grade, equivalent to Irish requirements, please find our grades comparison by country online.
For full details of the non-EU application procedure please visit our how to apply pages for international students. In UCC, we use the term programme and course interchangeably to describe what a person has registered to study in UCC and its constituent colleges, schools, and departments.
Not all courses are open to international/non-EU applicants, please check the fact file online.
For more information please contact the International Office.
Closing Date: 3 June 2022.
How Do I Apply
1. Choose Course
Firstly choose your course. Applicants can apply for up to two courses under one application. Details of taught courses are available on our online prospectus.
2. Apply Online
Once you have chosen your course you can apply online at the online application portal. Applicants will need to apply before the course closing date. There is a non-refundable €50 application fee for all courses apart from the Education - Professional Master of Education - (Secondary School/Post-Primary Teacher Training) which has a €100 application fee.
Applicants for the Postgraduate Diploma in Public Health Nursing must apply on the PAC website when the programme opens for applications.
3. Gather Supporting Documents
Scanned copies of the following documents will need to be uploaded to the online application portal in support of your application. Applicants may need to produce the original documents if you are accepted onto a course and register at UCC.
Original qualification documents listed on your application including transcripts of results from institutions other than UCC
Any supplementary items requested for your course.
Please log into the online application portal for more details.
4. Application processing timeline
Our online application portal opens for applications for most courses in early November of each year. Check specific course details.
For courses that are in the rounds system (Irish and EU applicants), please check the rounds closing dates here.
Questions on how to apply?
Please use our web enquiry form to contact us.
Deferrals are not permitted on this course.
Additional Requirements (All Applicants)
You may enter the details of professional or voluntary positions held. We strongly encourage you to complete this section with all relevant work experiences that will support your application.
Please describe your motivation and readiness for this programme.
In addition to your previously declared qualifications, please outline any additional academic courses, self-learning and professional training relevant to this programme.
Please upload certification of current registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland (NMBI).
Please upload evidence of Basic Life Support (BLS) Certification.
All applicants must also submit a signed Declaration Form, to be completed by the Director of Nursing/Midwifery/Equivalent Authorised Manager. This form is downloadable here: Declaration Form Nursing Pathways.
For students who have exited this programme with the award of postgraduate diploma and wish to return to complete the Masters within 5 years, please apply for CKX13, MSc in Nursing Studies Direct Entry Year 2.
Core and Specialist modules are assessed through continuous assessment. The 10-credit modules may have two separate assessments. The latter normally involves the submission of an academic assignment but can also include an in-class test or both, depending on whether the module is 10 or 5 credits.
One 10-credit module assessment involves a clinical audit and a poster presentation of the audit results. The exception is the Clinical Practicum Modules (5 credits). Assessment of clinical competence is continuous and obtained through acquisition of core competencies and reflection on clinical practice experience, all of which is recorded in the student Competency Booklet during scheduled clinical placements.
2 Years - PG Diploma (Year 1, Full-time); Masters (Year 2, Part-time).
Start Date Late August 2020.
Closing Date 10 June 2020.
Post Course Info
Skills and Careers Information
This course facilitates the enhancement of your assessment and the management of emergency situations.
On successful completion of this MSc /Postgraduate Diploma in Nursing – Trauma and Emergency Nursing Pathway, you will have the necessary academic qualification (PG Diploma Nursing) required for Clinical Nurse Specialist posts within emergency nursing.