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Nursing - Neonatal Nursing

Overview:
This is a pathway of the MSc/Postgraduate Diploma in Nursing designed to meet the needs of nurses working in neonatal care who wish to undergo a specialist programme. The programme facilitates students to become more knowledeable and skilled in neonatal nursing including developing skills in implementing evidence-based practice in neonatal care.

The programme consists of taught modules in neonatal nursing, practice modules to obtain competencies in neonatal care and shared moduels in research, ethics and practice enhancement with nurses undertaking other specialist programmes. The shared modules are offered using blended learning (part online and part attendance at workshops/tutorials).

The programme is delivered over one academic year and on successful completion of the postgraduate diploma, students can progress to the MSc in Nursing.

Entry requirements

PROGRAMME PATHWAYS
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

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

1 year part-time.

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.

Course Delivery Method:
◾Wholly face-to-face (0% Online): Programme/module with no online or web-based technology use, content delivered in writing (hard copy) or verbally (face to face)

◾Web Facilitated face-to-face (1-29% Online): Programme/module using web-based technology to facilitate or supplement what is essentially a face-to-face course. (eg. uses Blackboard to host lecture notes and readings)

◾Blended (30-79% Online): Programme/module which combines online or/and web-based learning with, face-to-face delivery

◾Online (80-100% Online): Programme which is delivered mostly or entirely online or/and web-based. Typically students are not obliged to attend face-to-face events/meetings. (exception: examinations may be in an exam centre)

Careers or further progression

On completion of the postgraduate diploma, students can progress to an MSc in Nursing.

Further enquiries

Dr Rhona O'Connell -
Email: r.oconnell@ucc.ie

Ms Lucille Bradfield -
Email: Lucille.Bradfield@hse.ie

Sheila Hedderman -
Email: sheila.hedderman@ucc.ie;
Tel: 00 353 21 4901560

Helen Forbes -
Email: h.forbes@ucc.ie;
Tel: 00 353 21 4901555

Subjects taught

Theory modules
NU6150 Nursing Management of Neonates (10 credits)
NU6005 Research Methods (10 credits)*
NU6053 Ethics for Specialist Practice (5 credits)*
NU6070 Practice Enhancement for Nursing and Midwifery (10 credits)*

Note: there will be one more module included with the above theory modules that is to be confirmed to date.

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

*These modules are offered using Blended Learning which are delivered mainly online with attendance at workshops to support student learning. Each module will have its own study guide and content available online.

PART 2
In order to progress to PART 2 students must pass modules to the value of 60 credits in PART 1.

MH6014 Advanced Research Methods for Healthcare Professionals (10 credits)
NU6073 Dissertation in Nursing (20 credits)

Comment

Who Teaches This Course
Lecturers in UCC and neonatal services in Cork University Maternity Hospital.

Unique aspects of the course
The programme is deliver in partnership with neonatal services in Cork University Maternity Hospital, much of this content will be delivered in CUMH by experts in neonatal care.

Assessment method

Assessment includes assignments, presentations, end of year exams, on-line activities and competency assessment of clinical practice.

Application date

Applications for 2017-18 intake are now open.

Closing Date for application 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

Enrolment and start dates

Next Intake: September 2017

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