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Nursing - Ophthalmic Nursing

The Postgraduate Diploma in Ophthalmic Nursing will prepare you to exercise an advanced level of clinical judgment and practice – beyond what is required of a registered general nurse (RGN) – in your specialist area of ophthalmology.

The programme aims to assist you in taking a leading role in advancing and developing nursing and midwifery in this area, and effecting policy change in professional practice and health service provision.

The programme is delivered part-time over one-year; with an option to complete the programme over a period of up to three years if necessary.

Once you have successfully completed this postgraduate diploma you may decide to progress to Year 2 of the Masters in Science (MSc) Nursing, in your chosen specialist area.

Learning outcomes

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

•Demonstrate knowledge of standard and specialised ophthalmic skills (where applicable) in relation to nursing practice/management of patients suffering from anterior ocular segment conditions.

•Discuss and demonstrate an understanding of clinically applied anatomy and physiology of the cornea, aqueous system, uveal tract and lens.

•Evaluate, recognise and explain the common symptomatology of the pathology of the aforementioned ocular structures.

•Discuss and identify and explain the diagnostic investigations relevant to disorders affecting the aforementioned ocular structures.

•Discuss, identify and explain the diagnostic investigations relevant to disorders affecting the aforementioned ocular structures.

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 programme modules are:

Module name Credits Assessment method

Advanced Research Methods 10 Assignment

Advanced Leadership - Professional & Clinical 10 Assignment

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

Nursing Practice/Management of Patients suffering from Anterior Ocular Segment Conditions 10 Case study and exam

Nursing Practice/Management of Patients suffering from Posterior Ocular Segment Conditions 10 Case study and exam

Nursing Practice/Management of Patients suffering from External Ocular Conditions 10 Case study and exam

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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