The aim of the MSc in Nursing - Child Health and Wellbeing is to provide a solid academic base to the understanding and development of nursing practice in the area of child health and illness. The strand will strengthen and develop the knowledge, skills, competencies and attitudes of the participants, thus enabling them to fulfill their highest potential in the personal, professional and practice arena of children's health. The strand will provide advanced study in research methods, the theoretical and practical aspects of management, clinical practice and leadership and child health perspectives as well as contemporary issues in child health and wellbeing. It is anticipated that graduates of this strand, in applying their learning, will be enabled to promote and develop excellence in children's illness, child health and wellbeing in primary, secondary and tertiary health care services.
On completion of this course, participants will be able to:
• Identify and critically analyse alternative philosophies, perspectives and approaches that inform best practice in children's health and wellbeing
• Discuss the national and international context of child health and wellbeing
• Identify and discuss the contemporary challenges in health and wellbeing for children within an Irish context
• Critically discuss the development and delivery of high quality effective services to promote the physical, social, financial and emotional needs of children and their families
• Utilise their professional expertise care provision for children and their families through the application of enhanced knowledge, reflective skills and research-based evidence
• Differentiate the distinct contribution of team members in an interprofessional models of care including ambulatory and community care delivery to children and their families
• Critically appraise research evidence underpinning child health and wellbeing practices and theoretical frameworks
• Identify, plan, design and undertake a research study relevant to your area of practice
• Identify, lead, conduct, disseminate and evaluate research which advances excellence in children's health care practice in local, national/international contexts
• Contribute to local, national and international policy development and its translation into practice.