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Nursing - Medical Surgical Nursing

The MSc in Nursing comprising of 10 clinical pathways is available as a part-time programme completed over two years from the date of first registration for the programme (ie 60 credits in Year 1 and 30 credits in Year 2).

Students who apply for the MSc in Nursing may opt to exit the programme at the end of the first year with a Postgraduate Diploma in Nursing award upon successful completion of modules to the value of 60 credits (applicable to all pathways - see below).

A student who subsequently wishes to continue progression for the degree of Master must complete the programme within 5 academic years from the date of successful completion of the Postgraduate Diploma Examinations, subject to the programme being available.

Also, students who have successfully completed all modules to the value of 30 credits in the PG Certificate in Nursing programme may apply to transfer into a relevant pathway of the MSc in Nursing programme with the option of exiting with a Postgraduate Diploma in Nursing award at the end of an additional 12 months. An exception is the PG Certificate in Nurse Prescribing where a corresponding PG Diploma Pathway is not available..

Candidates who successfully complete all modules to the value of 30 credits in the PG Certificate in Nursing (Nurse/Midwife Prescribing) programme may choose to register on a MSc Nursing /Post graduate Diploma Pathway relevant to their practice. Please Note: eligibility for credit exemption is not guaranteed as there is no corresponding PG Diploma in Nurse/Midwife Prescribing pathway. Decisions on credit exemption will be based on content of pathway chosen and on individual academic transcript and are subject to the approval of the School of Nursing and Midwifery.

Why Choose This Course
The Postgraduate Diploma Medical Surgical Nursing Programme is delivered in a blended format (combination of classroom-based and online modules). Therefore, students are required to attend college for fewer days and, instead, complete more online work. This format suits a lot of students who invariably have difficulty being released from clinical practice to attend college classes. Students come from a variety of Health Care Providers and from very mixed clinical backgrounds which lead to excellent class discussions.

On occasion, students from other countries join the class remotely via using Skype and Video webcam communication. Furthermore, Postgraduate students from other programmes join the students for some modules. This increases the cultural diversity in relation to Health Care Provider backgrounds, from an international perspective, which in turn further enhances discussions around nurse-led clinical practice decision-making.

The Postgraduate Certificate Medical Surgical Nursing Programme has modules that are very useful for medical-surgical clinical practice. The feedback from students has been excellent as exemplified by the below testimonials.

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 all available to view in the College Calendar.
ENTRY REQUIREMENTS PATHWAY 8: MEDICAL SURGICAL NURSING

Applicants for this MSc in Nursing, including Postgraduate Diploma exit route, should normally:
1.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. For the Medical Surgical Nursing Pathway, applicants must be Registered General Nurses;
2.Have clinical practice experience (and support structures, if applicable) as required for individual pathways. For the Medical Surgical Nursing Pathway, 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;
3.Applicants must provide written evidence of support from their Director of Nursing/equivalent authorised Nurse Manager stating:

(a) The applicant will be working in the relevant specialist area for the duration of the programme for a minimum of 19.5 hours a week
(b) They will be released from practice to attend the programme requirements
(c) A Clinical Preceptor and/or Clinical Facilitator can support learning in the specialist area of practice for the duration of the programme.

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.

Note: Prospective students who do not fulfil the clinical practice experience entry requirements for the Postgraduate Diploma in Medical Surgical Nursing may be eligible to apply for the Postgraduate Certificate in Nursing programme (30 credits).

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

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

All students will be initially registered for the postgraduate diploma in nursing full time. If a student wishes to progress to the masters they will be registered for the 2nd year part time.

Further enquiries

Contact details for this course
Michele Hughes
M.Hughes@ucc.ie
021 490 1456
http://www.ucc.ie/en/nursingmidwifery/

Sheila Hedderman
sheila.hedderman@ucc.ie
+353 (0)21 490 1560

Subjects taught

Pathway 8: Medical and Surgical Nursing

Theory modules
NU6005 Research Methods (10 credits) (shared module across all pathways)

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 and 9)

NU6125 Professional Practice Issues for Nurses and Midwives (10 credits)

and modules to the value of 15 credits from the following (subject to a minimum quota of 10 students to run the module)

NU6085 Wound Care for Healthcare Professionals (5 credits)

NU6152 Medical and Surgical Nursing of Individuals with Cardiorespiratory Problems (10 credits)

NU6145 Foundations of Cancer Care (10 credits)

Clinical Practice/Practicum module
NU6130 Clinical Practice in Specialist Nursing 1 (5 credits)
NU6131 Clinical Practice in Specialist Nursing 2 (5 credtis)

Note: Students who have successfully completed 30 credits from the Postgraduate Certificate in Nursing (Medical-Surgical Nursing) in order to transfer into the MSc Programme must take theory modules to the value of 25 credits from above (NU6005, NU6053 and NU6070) and one of the following Clinical Practice/Practicum modules to the value of 5 credits: NU6130 - Clinical Practice in Specialist Nursing 1 (5 credits) or NU6131 - Clinical Practice in Specialist Nursing 2 (5 credits).

PART 2: MSc
MH6014 Advanced Research Methods for Healthcare Professionals (10 credits)

NU6073 Dissertation (20 credits)

Application date

Closing Date: 10 June 2019

Non-EU Closing Date: Not currently open to Non EU applicants

Enrolment and start dates

Start Date August 2019

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