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Nursing - Infection Prevention & Control Nursing

Programme Overview:
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.

Learning Outcomes/Aims:
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.

Who is this programme for?
This programme is relevant for nurses and other healthcare professionals who wish to develop an expertise in this area.

Entry requirements

•Students who wish to join this programme must be active on the NMBI register

•Students must have a level 8 qualification. Applicants who do not hold a level 8 qualification may still be eligible to join them programme through our pathway programme, please contact us for further information on this route.

•Students are required to log clinical practice hours relating to respiratory specific duties throughout this programme. If you are unsure you can achieve these hours please contact the programme director.

Number of credits

NFQ level 9 Major Award 60 ECTS

Careers or further progression

What next?
On successful completion a student may progress to the 2nd year of the MSc Nursing, gaining an MSc Infection Prevention/Control Nursing. Recommended: MSc Nursing Year 2

Further enquiries

If you would like further information on this programme please contact:

Programme Director: Ms Maryam Husain (

Programme Coordinator: Ms Yeukai Chikwamba (

Subjects taught

Module Name ECTS Credits Assessment Method

Advanced Research Methods 10 Assignment

Advanced Leadership, Professional & Clinical 10 Assignment

Clinical Practicum - Advanced Refection and Competence 10 Assignment & Clinical Portfolio

The Microbiological Basis for Infection Prevention and Control in the Healthcare Setting 10 Examination

Principles of Infection Control 10 Assignment

Managerial Issues in Infection Control 10 Assignment

Application date

Online Applications Open Feb 2019.

Enrolment and start dates

Applications are accepted via the link below. A €50 application fee is required when applying. You will also be required to upload transcripts of prior education during the application process.

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