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Advanced Nursing Assessment and Intervention Management

Participants undertaking this module would normally have completed Advanced Clinical Skills One module or equivalent. This module is designed to form part of the professional and academic development of the Registered Nurse working in medical and surgical areas or with clients who have complex healthcare needs. Participants will be given the opportunity to enhance their patient assessment skills using client history, interpretation of objective and subjective data and symptom analysis. Participants will gain knowledge and skills in monitoring and recognising the deteriorating patient and red flag symptoms and in the management of the deteriorating patient as set put in COMPASS Training (HSE). This module will also develop student knowledge and skill in relation to key clinical interventions and communicating about complex health care needs. It is also part of the Postgraduate Diploma in Health Sciences/Professional Studies

Entry requirements

1. Academic Accreditation: For those completing module at Level 9, applicants will normally have gained a primary degree (min 2.2 or evidence of equivalent academic credits), however accreditation for prior learning and accreditation for experiential learning are also considered.

2. Continuing Professional Development: For those who opt not be assessed you will receive a Certificate of Attendance from the Centre for Lifelong Learning.


1 semester

Further enquiries

Dr Maria Gallo
Centre for Lifelong Learning
T: +353 (0) 71 9135623

Dympna O'Connell (Course Co-ordinator)
Department of Nursing,
Health Sciences and Disability Studies
T: 071-9135611

Subjects taught

Module Content:
• Assessment, History Taking Focused Physical Examination. Review of history taking, symptom analysis and focused physical examination of respiratory, cardiovascular and neurological systems.
• Respiratory workshop Respiratory assessment and interpretation of respiratory assessment data; Blood gas analysis and interpretation, Management of CPAP and biPaP, Management of underwater seal drainage;
• Cardiovascular workshop: Fluid balance, IV replacement, haemodynamic monitoring, Interpretation of blood results (Electrolytes, FBC, urinary output and fluid balance)
• Neurological workshop: AVPU and Glasgow Coma Scale assessment and interpretation
• Compass workshop: Scenario based assessment, recognition and management of the deteriorating patient (respiratory, cardiovascular, neurological, sepsis, use of the NEWS assessment and escalation protocols.
• Communication workshop: Effective communication skills in recording and reporting in rapid patient deterioration scenarios using recognised frameworks such as MEWS and ISBAR; effective communication skills in relaying information regarding deteriorating patients to family members/relevant others.


Stand Alone Professional Development Modules
The Department delivers a number of stand-alone modules which address issues of interest to all health care professionals. Each module runs over one semester. Credits attained can be accumulated over a 2-3-year timeframe and put towards a Postgraduate Diploma in Health Sciences (Nursing/ Professional Studies) or a Postgraduate Diploma in Health Sciences (Healthcare Quality Studies). The modules are delivered in a flexible manner to accommodate the learning requirements of busy healthcare professionals. Alternatively, those who opt not to be assessed in the module receive a certificate of attendance.

Below is an example of some of the modules on offer.

• Ethical Practice (Core Module on Postgraduate Diploma)
• Advanced Research Skills (Core Module on Postgraduate Diploma)
• Quality & Healthcare Management
• Clinical Audit
• Healthcare Risk Management
• Enhancing Evidence Based Practice
• Advanced Clinical Skills (See page 26)
• Patient Safety in the Healthcare Setting (See page 29)
• Advanced Wound Management
• Autism Spectrum Disorder
• Challenging Behaviour
• Therapeutic Communication
• Assessing and Managing Individuals Following Deliberate Self-Harm
• Eating Disorders in Adults and Adolescents

Full module descriptions available on

Application date

Application Process:
Go to Prospective Students and Postgraduate Programmes to download an application form and to view all modules.

Enrolment and start dates

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