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Nursing - Advanced Practice with Prescribing

Your Course
The programme will equip you with the knowledge and skills to pursue accreditation as an Advanced Nurse/Midwife Practitioner. The programme also leads to registration as a nurse prescriber. The outcomes of the programme include development of a portfolio of advanced practice competencies required for registration as a RANP or RAMP with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland. Modules include ones that prepare students for advanced practice in their specialist area, for instance, physical assessment skills and clinical decision making. Modules are assessed using a combination of coursework, OSCE and clinical assessments.

Entry requirements

Minimum Entry Requirements
All applicants must meet the following requirements; for PDip:
1 Have attained a Master’s degree in Nursing, or its equivalent;

2 Be a registered nurse on the General, Midwifery, Mental Health, or Learning Disability Nurse divisions of the Register maintained by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland;

3 Have practiced as a nurse or midwife for a minimum of six years post-registration, four of which include experience in the chosen area of expertise (exclusive of post-registration educational programmes);

4 Provide written evidence of support for the applicant from their Director of Nursing and written evidence of support for the applicant from an appropriate clinical supervisor.

Minimum entry criteria requirements: Master’s:
1 Have attained at least an upper Second Class Honours degree in Nursing or Nursing Studies at H2.1 or at H2.2 with appropriate experience, or a Higher Diploma in Nursing Studies with appropriate experience, or meet the required standard in the Master of Health Sciences Nursing/Midwifery Qualifying Examination;

2 Be a registered nurse on the General, Mental Health, Midwifery or Learning Disability Nurse divisions of the Register maintained by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland;

3 Have practiced as a nurse/midwife for a minimum of five years post-registration, three of which include experience in the chosen area of expertise (exclusive of post-registration/educational programmes);

4 Provide written evidence of support for the applicant from their Director of Nursing and written evidence of support for the applicant from an appropriate clinical supervisor.

Duration

1 year, full-time (PDip); 2 years, part-time (Masters).

Careers or further progression

Career Opportunities
Graduates have found employment in the health services, and can pursue accreditation with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland to register as an Advanced Nurse or Midwife Practitioner.

Further enquiries

Dr Maura Dowling
T: +353 91 493 833 + 353 91 492 998
E: maura.dowling@nuigalway.ie

Subjects taught

Course Content
Theoretical and philosophical underpinnings of nursing practice; research methodology and evidence-based practice, practice development, and conduct of research form the framework for reflection on practice and exploration of aspects of practice. Specialist practice modules address the context of advanced practice and physical assessment skills. Substantive hours of clinical practice at an advanced practice level, and supervised by appropriate healthcare professionals over the two years, are integral to the programme.

Comment

3 GOOD REASONS TO STUDY THIS COURSE
1. Externally approved: the course is approved by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland.

2. The course has a clinical focus, offering opportunities to develop specialist skills.

3. Flexible learning: blended learning is an innovative and flexible approach to learning, making it possible to combine working full-time with studying.

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