Post Graduate Diploma in Nursing (Infection Prevention & Control Nursing)
(NFQ level 9 Major Award 60 ECTS)
Healthcare-associated infections (HCAI) are recognised as a major burden for patients, society and healthcare management. More than four million people acquire a healthcare-associated infection each year in the European Union (EU), of which approximately 37,000 die as the direct consequence of the infection. In tandem with these ongoing issues, we have a growing risk of world wide spread of infectious diseases and an ever increasing resistance to antibiotics. This programme aims to provide students with expert knowledge and provide assistance and guidance in developing the skills and practical experience that will form a strong foundation for their journey towards expertise in the field of infection prevention and control. Guided by the core competencies of the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC 2014) this programme provides a foundation for the clinical expertise needed by infection prevention and control professionals to guide our practice, educate, monitor standards, challenge, lead and progress preventative strategies.
On successful completion of this module, the student will be able to:
Critically appraise the current developments in infection control both nationally and internationally with reference to the quality and risk framework.
Critically evaluate infection prevention/ control guidelines
Critically discuss the principles of microbiology in the prevention and control of infection.
Devise and update infection prevention/ control guidelines based on National and International standards
Critically evaluate administration and management systems for infection prevention/ control including strategic planning for the infection prevention and control service.
Critically evaluate the use of information technology in the development and updating of infection prevention/ control guidelines and procedures.
Critically discuss the principles preventing the spread of infection within the hospital and community.
Critically discuss with the methods of investigating and controlling an outbreak of infection
Critically discuss with the use of surveillance methods in infection prevention/ control
Critically discuss surveillance and the investigation of relevant infections.