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Overview
The Postgraduate Diploma in Emergency Nursing course will help Emergency nurses to improve their career prospects by enhancing their professional and personal development.

It is a one-year course offered in partnership with health service providers. The course consists of 46 weeks of clinical placements in a variety of Emergency Departments as well as your own. . Within the four block weeks and seven separate days of theory in UCC, specialists from clinical practice, as well as UCC staff, will facilitate you to become a more knowledgeable and skilled practitioner within the emergency care environment. The course helps you to improve your assessment and to become proficient in implementing research-based practice in the emergency care environment. You will also have access to our state-of-the-art Clinical Skills Simulation Resource Centre (CSSRC).

Unique Aspects of the Course
The course now offers you the opportunity to experience placements in unfamiliar emergency units.

Entry requirements

There are 11 clinical pathways to the degree of Masters in Nursing, all of which have an exit route available for the award of a Postgraduate Diploma in Nursing. The pathways to degree of Masters including Postgraduate Diploma exit route are as follows:

Pathway 1: Emergency Nursing
Pathway 2: Cardiac and Intensive Care Nursing
Pathway 3: Gerontological Nursing
Pathway 4: Peri-operative Nursing - Not on offer for 2017/18
Pathway 5: Recovery Focused Mental Health Nursing
Pathway 6: Neonatology Nursing
Pathway 7: Contemporary Issues in Intellectual Disabilities - Not on offer for 2017/18
Pathway 8: Medical Surgical Nursing
Pathway 9: Nursing in the Community - Not on offer for 2017/18
Pathway 10: Orthopaedic Nursing - Not on offer for 2017/18
Pathway 11: Oncology Nursing

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
Applicants for the MSc in Nursing, including Postgraduate Diploma exit route, should normally:

(a) hold active registration on a division of the professional register maintained by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland or be eligible for such registration as required for individual pathways:
◾Pathways 1, 2, 8, 10 and 11: Applicants must be Registered General Nurses
◾Pathway 3: Applicants must be Registered General Nurses or Registered Intellectual Disability Nurses or Registered Psychiatric Nurses
◾Pathway 4: Applicants must be Registered General Nurses or Registered Midwives
◾Pathway 5: Applicants must be Registered Psychiatric Nurses
◾Pathway 6: Applicants must be Registered General Nurses or Registered Midwives
◾Pathway 7: Applicants must be Registered Nurses in Intellectual Disability or Registered General Nurses/Registered Children's Nurses/Registered Psychiatric Nurses currently working in an intellectual disability setting
◾Pathway 9: Applicants must be either Registered General Nurses or Registered Intellectual Disability Nurses or Registered Children's Nurses or Registered Psychiatric Nurses or Registered Midwives

(b) have clinical practice experience (and support structures, if applicable) as required for individual pathways:
◾Pathways 1, 2 and 4: Applicants must have a minimum of six months of post-registration experience (excluding courses) and at least six months experience in the speciality pathway applied for. In addition applicants must be certified in Basic Life Support (BLS).
◾Pathways 3, 5, 6, 8, 9 and 11: Applicants must have a minimum of six months of post-registration experience (excluding courses) and at least six months experience in the speciality pathway applied for.
◾Pathway 7: Applicants who are Registered Nurses in Intellectual Disability must have a minimum of six months of post registration experience (excluding courses) and at least six months experience in intellectual disability nursing OR if a Registered General/Children's/Psychiatric nurse must have a minimum of four years post-registration experience (excluding courses) in intellectual disability nursing.
◾Pathway 10: No experience required but must work in orthopaedic speciality area.

Note: For Pathways 3, 7, 8, 9, 10 and 11 prospective students who do not fulfil the clinical practice experience entry requirements may be eligible to apply for registration to the relevant pathway in the Postgraduate Certificate in Nursing programme (30 credits) (http://www.ucc.ie/calendar/postgraduate/certificate/page05.htm)

NOTE: In exceptional circumstances applicants who do not fulfil the entry requirements may be recommended for entry to the programme following a review of their individual qualifications and experience by the programme committee. Such applicants may be invited for interview to satisfy the selection committee of their suitability for the programme. Admission of such applicants will be subject to the approval of the School of Nursing and Midwifery.

If you are applying with Qualifications obtained outside Ireland and you wish to verify if you meet the minimum academic and English language requirements for this programme please click here to view the grades comparison table by country and for details of recognised English language tests.

Duration

2 years part-time.
The part-time option will be taught during weekday working hours

You will be expected to attend lectures for four block weeks (three in semester 1 and one in semester 2) for specialist modules and seven separate days (five in semester 1 and two in semester 2) for Core modules. Lectures take place from 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday on block weeks. Core modules will be delivered by ‘blended learning’ both online and direct contact. Ten-credit core modules (200 hours learning) will involve 184 hours of online learning and 16 hours of direct contact time. Five-credit core modules (100 hours learning) will involve 92 hours of online learning and eight hours of direct contact time.

Specialist modules will continue to be delivered mainly through direct contact. You will have 34 hours of direct contact on10-credit modules and 16 hours of direct contact on 5-credit modules.

Careers or further progression

Skills and Careers Information
This course facilitates the enhancement of your assessment and the management of emergency situations.

On successful completion of this MSc/Postgraduate Diploma in Nursing – Emergency Pathway, you will have the necessary academic qualification (PG Diploma Nursing) required for Clinical Nurse Specialist posts within emergency nursing. The MSc will provide you with the required academic qualification for an Advanced Nurse Practitioner position within emergency nursing.

Further enquiries

UCC Liaison:
Michéle Hughes
Tel: 021-4901456
Email: m.hughes@ucc.ie

Subjects taught

The Postgraduate Diploma in Emergency Nursing course incorporates two orientation days and eight course modules (three core and three specialist theoretical modules) which include 46 weeks of clinical placements(two clinical practice modules).

You will complete a range of core and specialist modules that are designed to meet the overall course learning outcomes, support core transferable skills and achieve specialist knowledge, know-how and competence. This course is awarded 60 credits at Level 9 major award on the National Framework of Qualifications.

Pathway 1: Emergency Nursing
Theory modules
NU6005 Research Methods (10 credits) (Shared module across all pathways)

NU6027 Emergency Nursing I (10 credits)
NU6028 Emergency Nursing II (10 credits)
NU6053 Ethics for Specialist Practice (5 credits) (Shared module across all pathways except 9)
NU6070 Practice Enhancement for Nursing and Midwifery (10 credits) (Shared module across all pathways except 5 & 9)

NU6126 Physical Assessment for Nursing Practice (5 credits) (Shared module across pathways 1, 2, 4 & 8)

Clinical Practice/Practicum modules:

NU6130 Clinical Practice in Specialist Nursing 1 (5 credits)

NU6131 Clinical Practice in Specialist Nursing 2 (5 credits)

Our teaching methods range from lectures to seminars to small group work as well as assessments and simulations conducted within the Clinical Skills Simulation Resource Centre(CSSRC).

Comment

Who Teaches This Course
Our UCC academic staff are experts in their field with PhDs or MScs and significant specialist clinical practice experience. Nursing staff from various healthcare providers such as Advanced Nurse Practitioners and Clinical Nurse Specialists are also invited to deliver lectures. On occasion, these sessions take place within the healthcare provider’s own unit. Our staff are also actively engage in research, often related to emergency nursing practice, and publish in international and national journals.

Assessment method

Core and Specialist modules are assessed through continuous assessment. The 10-credit modules may have two separate assessments. The latter normally involves the submission of an academic assignment but can also include an in-class test or both, depending on whether the module is 10 or 5 credits.

One 10-credit module assessment involves a clinical audit and a poster presentation of the audit results. The exception is the Clinical Practicum Modules (5 credits). Assessment of clinical competence is continuous and obtained through acquisition of core competencies and reflection on clinical practice experience, all of which is recorded in the student Competency Booklet during scheduled clinical placements.

Application date

Applications for 2017-18 intake are now open.

Closing Date 9th June 2017.

Non-EU Applicants:
Please visit the following page for further information for Non EU applicants http://www.ucc.ie/en/international/studyatucc/postgraduateprogrammes/tau...

Course fee

2017/2018 Irish/EU €7,500 Year 1, €2,500 Year 2

Enrolment and start dates

Next Intake: September 2017

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