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Nursing - Midwifery

The Higher Diploma in Midwifery is a 18-month full-time add-on course for general nurses who wish to become midwives. The programme is delivered in partnership with Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital Drogheda and will provide students with the knowledge and skills required to carry out their duties as a midwife in accordance with the definition of a midwife adapted by An Bord Altranais (2005).

The Higher Diploma in Midwifery will provide students with the knowledge and skills required to carry out their duties as a midwife in accordance with the definition of a midwife adapted by An Bord Altranais (2005). This programme will lead to registration as a Registered Midwife (RM) with Bord Altranais agus Cnáimhseachais na hÉireann and the awarding of a Higher Diploma in Midwifery from Dundalk Institute of Technology. The programme is full time and is offered in partnership with Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital Drogheda as part of the HSE Sponsorship of Higher Diploma in Midwifery - Education Initiative.

The programme is divided into three semesters over 18 months.

The programme outcomes aim to ensure that graduates of the programme will:

•Provide competent, safe midwifery care to women, their babies and, where possible, their wider family circle.

•Demonstrate respect for the individuality of each woman and support shared decision-making throughout the woman’s childbirth experience.

•Promote and support lifestyle choices that enhance the health and well being of women, their families and the wider community.

•Recognize the scope of midwifery practice, initiate appropriate referrals to other healthcare providers and provide emergency care when required.

•Take responsibility for maintaining a level of knowledge and clinical skills that is based on the best available evidence (An Bord Altranais, 2005, p14)

Entry requirements

The HSE has identified that applicants must:

•Be registered in the General Division of the Register of Nurses maintained by Bord Altranais agus Cnáimhseachais na hÉireann or entitled to be so registered.

•Have a minimum of 6 months post registration experience as an RGN within the past 3 years (by closing date for receipt of completed applications), working a minimum of 78 hours per month.

Duration

18 months full-time

Careers or further progression

The Higher Diploma in Midwifery programme will provide the appropriate foundation for midwives to practice following registration. This will be the basis of a career trajectory and will help prepare midwives for continuing professional development. Career pathways can be considered in terms of clinical, management, education and research pathways.

Further enquiries

Dr. Kathleen Nallen (Acting Head of Section of Midwifery Section of Midwifery)
Phone: +353-0429370264
Email: Kathleen.Nallen@dkit.ie

Ann Marie Connor (Midwifery Practice Development Co-ordinator, Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, Drogheda)
Phone: +353 41 9837601 ex 2488
Email: annmarie.connor@hse.ie

Subjects taught

Modules taught on the programme include:

Semester 1
•Midwifery Practice 1
•The Profession of Midwifery
•Midwifery and Women's Health
•Clinical 1

Semester 2
•Midwifery Practice 2
•Sensitive Midwifery
•The Health Neonate
•Clinical 2

Semester 3
•Midwifery Practice 3
•The Complex Neonate
•Developing the Profession of Midwifery
•Clinical 3

*Please note modules are subject to change

Application date

Apply through HSE

Course fee

Contact Dr. Kathleen Nallen for more information.
Email: Kathleen.Nallen@dkit.ie
Telephone: +353-0429370264

Enrolment and start dates

Starting Date March 2018

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