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Nursing - Cardiac & Intensive Care Nursing

The Postgraduate Diploma in Cardiac and Intensive Care Nursing course will help coronary care or intensive care 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. Apart from the designated days in College, the course includes clinical placements in a variety of settings starting in September through to August. Students attend College for only 5 full (block) weeks (three weeks in semester 1 and two in semester 2) as well as five separate workshops (days) in semester 1 and three workshops (days) in semester 2. Specialists from clinical practice, as well as UCC staff, will facilitate you to become a more knowledgeable and skilled practitioner within critical care nursing. During some of your weeks in clinical placement, you will have the opportunity to attend extra placements. The course helps you to improve your cardiovascular assessment and to become proficient in implementing research-based practice in your critical care environment. You will also have access to our state-of-the-art Clinical Skills Simulation Resource Centre (CSSRC).

The Postgraduate Diploma in Cardiac and Intensive Care Nursing course incorporates two orientation days and eight modules (three core and three specialist theoretical modules) which includes clinical placements in a variety of clinical settings (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.

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 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 2018/19
Pathway 5: Recovery Focused Mental Health Nursing
Pathway 6: Neonatology Nursing
Pathway 7: Contemporary Issues in Intellectual Disabilities - Not on offer for 2018/19
Pathway 8: Medical Surgical Nursing
Pathway 9: Nursing in the Community - Not on offer for 2018/19
Pathway 10: Orthopaedic Nursing - Not on offer for 2018/19
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).

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.

Non-EU Candidates

Non-EU candidates are expected to have educational qualifications of a standard equivalent to Irish university primary degree level. In addition, where such candidates are non-native speakers of the English language they must satisfy the university of their competency in the English language. To verify if you meet the minimum academic requirements for this programme please visit our qualification comparison pages.

For more detailed entry requirement information please refer to the International website .

Duration

Year 1 Full-time (PG Diploma); Year 2 (Masters)

You will be expected to attend lectures for 5 full (block) weeks (three in semester 1 and two in semester 2) as well as five seperate workshops (days) in semester 1 and three workshops (days) in semester 2. 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.

Further enquiries

Contact details for this course
Sean Kelleher
S.Kelleher@ucc.ie
+ 353 21 490 1477

Subjects taught

Pathway 2: Cardiac and Intensive Care Nursing

Theory modules

NU6005 Research Methods (10 credits) (Shared module across all pathways)

NU6030 Cardiac Care Nursing (10 credits)

NU6031 Intensive Care Nursing (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 cardiac assessments conducted within the Clinical Skills Simulation Resource Centre (CSSRC). Further details on the content and modules are available on the Postgraduate College Calendar.

Additional Teaching Mode Information

All students will be registered for a Postgraduate Diploma in Nursing in their First Year and will be registered for a MSc in Second Year. Students who opt to exit at the end of the first year will be awarded a Postgraduate Diploma in Nursing upon successful completion and passing modules to the value of 60 credits.

All postgraduate programmes contain some element of blended learning. This means that modules are delivered on campus with face-to-face contact with lectures (teaching and learning strategies include lectures, workshops, seminars and tutorials) in combination with some online content delivery using our virtual learning environment Blackboard (teaching and learning strategies include module study guides, discussion boards, audio/visual resources and online assessments/activities).

Prior to commencing the course each student taking a blended module will be provided with an orientation to Blackboard and training on how to use the online technology within the course. IT support will be given to students throughout the duration of the course.

This course now offers you the opportunity to experience extra placements in unfamiliar clinical specialist units. You will also be assigned a preceptor for the duration of each of your rostered clinical placements to enhance your clinical supervision and learning.

Assessment method

Core modules are assessed through continuous assessment. Specialist modules are assessed through continuous assessment and/or an end of year examination. 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/ end of year examination 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

Closing dates

Closing Dates for Application

Applications for 2018 start dates will open on November 1st 2017.

EU Applicants: UCC operates a rounds closing date system for the majority of postgraduate taught programmes (detailed below).

Some programmes have a specific closing date. Applicants are advised to consult with the postgraduate prospectus for programmes with a specific closing date.

The UCC rounds EU application system closing dates for Postgraduate Taught courses are detailed below. However, we would advise applicants to apply as soon as possible.

Deadline for receipt of Applications: Offers will be made:
For all completed applications received by January 15th 2018 Offers will be made by January 29th 2018

For all completed applications received by March 1st 2018 Offers will be made by March 15th 2018

For all completed applications received by May 1st 2018
Offers will be made by May 15th 2018

For all completed applications received by July 2nd 2018
Offers will be made by July 16th 2018

Late applications may be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis for any courses that have remaining capacity for places.

While there is no official closing date for Research courses applicants are advised to submit their application at least two months ahead of their proposed start date. There are four official Research start dates – September/October, January, April and July.

Non-EU Applicants:

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

Enrolment and start dates

Start Date 30th August 2018

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