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Nursing - Neuroscience Nursing

The Postgraduate Diploma in Neuroscience Nursing offers suitably qualified nurses the opportunity to develop specialist knowledge and skills in the exciting and often fascinating area of neurosciences.

Delivered in partnership with Beaumont Hospital, this one-year part-time programme offers you the opportunity to apply theory to practice during clinical placements in the areas of neuroscience intensive care, neuromedicine and neurosurgery.

Through this mix of clinical and classroom learning experiences, students will develop as critical and reflective practitioners with the clinical judgement, problem-solving, communication and team skills necessary to care for patients with complex neuroscience conditions.

Learning outcomes

This programme will provide you with the skills and knowledge to critically:

•Discuss the advanced nursing management of the neuroscience patient with altered respiratory and cardiovascular status.

•Review and reflect upon the ongoing management and nursing interventions of patients with regard to the following neurological conditions: Cerebrovascular disorders; neuroendocrine disorders; traumatic head injury and intracranial pressure monitoring; and central nervous system infections.

•Discuss the ongoing management and nursing interventions of patients with specific chronic neurological disorders (e.g. multiple sclerosis, motor neuron disease, myasthenia gravis).

•Discuss the interdisciplinary management of patients in the post-acute phase of a neuroscience illness.

•Discuss the concept of clinical learning environment learning.

•Discuss the anatomy and physiology of the nervous system.

Entry requirements

To be eligible for the programme you must:

•Be active on the Opens in new windowNMBI register.

•Hold a Level 8 degree* or international equivalent, demonstrated through a defined recognition of prior learning (RPL) process.

Please note:
*If you do not hold a level 8 qualification, you may still be eligible to join the programme through our pathway programme, please contact us for further information on this route.

Duration

1 year part-time

Subjects taught

Modules

A blended learning approach is utilised in this programme, to promote lifelong learning and professional development for all nursing staff.

The first three modules are delivered in RCSI with the remaining three modules and clinical component delivered in Beaumont Hospital.

The programme modules are:

Module name Credits Assessment method

Advanced Research Methods 10 Assignment

Advanced Leadership - Professional & Clinical 10 Assignment

Clinical Practicum - Advanced Reflection and Competence 10 Assignment and clinical portfolio

Fundamental concepts of neuroscience nursing 10 Assignment

Care of patients with acute, complex neuroscience conditions 10 Examination

Consolidating practice within the neuroscience setting 10 Case study and poster presentation

Course fee

Total fees: € 6,430

Please note:

•Your fees include the €45 NUI fee.

•There is a non-refundable online application fee of €50.

•Fees can be paid by bank transfer, cheque (made payable to 'RCSI') or bank giro. Full details on fee payment will be emailed to you shortly before the commencement of your programme.

•You can pay your fees in three instalments – one payment of 40% is due before you commence the programme, while the remaining payments can be paid in two 30% instalments in November and February of your year of study.

•If you meet the criteria for a Non-EU student please contact us for more information on fee payments.

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