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Nursing - Operating Department Nursing

(NFQ Level 9 Major Award)

Programme Overview:
The Post Graduate Diploma in Nursing (Operating Theatre Nursing) offers nurses an opportunity to develop and enhance their professional knowledge and skills in this specialist area of practice. Through a blend of clinical and classroom learning experiences, students undertaking this programme will explore aspects of theory and its application to practice in the clinical setting. Students will gain valuable clinical exposure in a variety of specialist theatres (e.g. neurosurgery, emergency, colorectal, breast) with an option to specialise in Operating, Anaesthesia or Post Anaesthesia Nursing. These clinical practice placements will not only further develop the students' knowledge base, but provide an opportunity to engage in reflective practice, problem solving, and clinical decision making within a supportive learning environment.

Learning Outcomes/Aims:
On successful completion of this module, the student will be able to:

Collaboratively manage and coordinate all phases of the perioperative experience of the surgical patient.

Critically explore the principles of peri-operative nursing and the role of the nurse in providing care, based on standards of practice to the pre, intra & post-operative setting.

Critically explore the disease process, surgical intervention & treatment options in the management of the surgical patient.

Critically discuss the anatomy and physiology of the human body and the response to surgical intervention and anaesthesia.

Critically discuss nursing theories in relation to clinical practice and the standards, protocols, and guidelines that support and guide evidence based practice.

Critically evaluate and apply specialist evidence based nursing knowledge and clinical skills to clinical practice within the specialist area.

Entry requirements

Students who wish to join this programme must be active on the NMBI register and have a level 8 qualification. Applicants who do not hold a level 8 qualification may still be eligable to join them programme through our pathway programme, please contact us for further information on this route.

Duration

This programme is delivered by Blended Learning, students experience both in-class and online learning throughout the duration of the programme. Classes take place approximately once a week alternating between online and RCSI based sessions.

Careers or further progression

What next?
On successful completion a student may progress to the 2nd year of the MSc Nursing, gaining an MSc Respiratory Care in Nursing Practice. Recommended: MSc Year 2

Further enquiries

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

Programme Coordinator: Ms. Ruth Kelly (ruthkelly@rcsi.ie)
Programme Director: Ms. Mary O'Neill (moneill3@rcsi.ie)
Hospital Contact: Mr. Paul Mahon (paulmahon@beaumont.ie)

Subjects taught

Programme Structure:

This programme is delivered by Blended Learning, students experience both in-class and online learning throughout the duration of the programme. Classes take place approximately once a week alternating between online and RCSI based sessions.

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

Fundamental Concepts in Perioperative Nursing 10 Examination

Foundation Knowledge & Skills in Perioperative Practice 10 Assignment & Case Study

Advanced Practice in Operating Nursing (Optional) 10 Presentation & Clinical Practice Improvement Project

Advanced Practice in Anaesthesia and Post Anaesthesia Care Nursing (Optional) 10 Assignment & Poster Presenation

Course fee

€5,645.00 per year (EU Fees)

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