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Nursing - Oncology - Online

This is an exciting new pathway of the MSc/ Postgraduate Diploma in Nursing programme, Postgraduate Diploma in Nursing (Oncology) is being offered a blended learning programme (part online and part attendance at workshops/tutorials). It is designed to meet the needs of nurses working in oncology settings who wish to undergo a specialist oncology programme.

The philosophy underpinning oncology programmes in the School recognises the uniqueness of the individual at each stage of the cancer care trajectory. The physical and psychosocial effect of cancer creates specific needs for patients and families from diagnosis to treatment and through to survivorship.

The course provides a structured programme of study that enables the student to develop knowledge, skills and competencies in oncology nursing practice. Blended learning approach will allow more accessibility and flexibility to students of the programme.

The post-graduate diploma in oncology nursing is the only course offering a MSc/Postgraduate Diploma in oncology nursing in the HSE Southern region. This course leads to an MSc in nursing.

The incidence of cancer is increasing steadily in our society. Therefore,it is important that nurses working in oncology practice are equipped with advanced knowledge and skills to care for patients living with a diagnosis of cancer. The curriculum will enable students to integrate specialised knowledge and technical skills to help people living with cancer and their families throughout the cancer journey.

Entry requirements

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

NU6005 Research Methods (10 credits)
NU6053 Ethics for Specialist Practice (5 credits)
NU6070 Practice Enhancement for Nursing and Midwifery (10 credits)
NU6145 Foundations of Cancer Care (10 credits)
NU6146 Cancer Management and Supportive Cancer Care 1 (10 credits)
NU6147 Cancer Management and Supportive Cancer Care 2 (5 credits)

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

This is a Blended Learning programme delivered mostly online with using student centered content and accessible resources. This is complemented by attendance at workshops. Each module will have its own study guide and content will be available online.

For each 10 credit module there is an estimated 200 hours Student Workload. This includes 184 hours distance online and technology learning, with attendance at workshops for 16 hours (2 days) in UCC. The 5 credit theory modules will be half of this. Each 10 credit module runs for 6 weeks and each 5 credit module runs for 4 weeks. The practice modules involve learning from practice areas.

Semester 1 - September to December (16 weeks) contains 2x 10 credit modules and 1x 5 credit module. The student is required to attend 3 x 8 hour days and 4 x 4 hour days on campus in semester 1 for workshops, lectures and tutorials. The remainder of content is delivered online using our virtual learning environment Blackboard. Learning strategies include module study guides, discussion boards, audio/visual resources and online assessments/activities.

Semester 2 - January to May (16 weeks) contains 2x 10 credit module and 1x 5 credit module. The student is required to attend 4 x 8 hours days and 2 x 4 hours days on campus in semester 2 for workshops, lectures and tutorials. The remainder of content is delivered online using our virtual learning environment Blackboard. Learning strategies include module study guides, discussion boards, teleconferencing and online assessments.

Students will be required to prepare and submit a E-portfolio on professional development activities relating to clinical practice placement.

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.

Following successful completion of the Postgraduate Diploma, students can progress to the MSc in Nursing:

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

Duration

1 year Full-time online.

2 Years - PG Diploma (Year 1); Masters (Year 2)

This programme will be taught online.

For each 10 credit module there is an estimated 200 hours Student Workload. The breakdown of these hours is: 184 hours distance online and technology learning, and 16 hours of face-to-face contact in Brookfield Health Science Complex. The breakdown for 5 credit theory modules will be half the hours stated above for 10 credit modules. Each 10 credit model runs for 6 weeks and each 5 credit module runs for 4 weeks. The practice modules involve direct clinical placement learning to meet Nursing & Midwifery Board of Ireland requirements.

Careers or further progression

This programme will enable nurses practising in an oncology setting to advance their knowledge and skills to care for patients diagnosed with cancer.

Further enquiries

Margaret Landers
M.Landers@ucc.ie
+353 21 490 1457
http://www.ucc.ie/en/nursingmidwifery/

Sheila Hedderman
sheila.hedderman@ucc.ie
00 353 21 4901560

Subjects taught

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

NU6005 Research Methods (10 credits)
NU6053 Ethics for Specialist Practice (5 credits)
NU6070 Practice Enhancement for Nursing and Midwifery (10 credits)
NU6145 Foundations of Cancer Care (10 credits)
NU6146 Cancer Management and Supportive Cancer Care 1 (10 credits)
NU6147 Cancer Management and Supportive Cancer Care 2 (5 credits)

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

This is a Blended Learning programme delivered mostly online with using student centered content and accessible resources. This is complemented by attendance at workshops. Each module will have its own study guide and content will be available online.

For each 10 credit module there is an estimated 200 hours Student Workload. This includes 184 hours distance online and technology learning, with attendance at workshops for 16 hours (2 days) in UCC. The 5 credit theory modules will be half of this. Each 10 credit module runs for 6 weeks and each 5 credit module runs for 4 weeks. The practice modules involve learning from practice areas.

Semester 1 - September to December (16 weeks) contains 2x 10 credit modules and 1x 5 credit module. The student is required to attend 3 x 8 hour days and 4 x 4 hour days on campus in semester 1 for workshops, lectures and tutorials. The remainder of content is delivered online using our virtual learning environment Blackboard. Learning strategies include module study guides, discussion boards, audio/visual resources and online assessments/activities.

Semester 2 - January to May (16 weeks) contains 2x 10 credit module and 1x 5 credit module. The student is required to attend 4 x 8 hours days and 2 x 4 hours days on campus in semester 2 for workshops, lectures and tutorials. The remainder of content is delivered online using our virtual learning environment Blackboard. Learning strategies include module study guides, discussion boards, teleconferencing and online assessments.

Students will be required to prepare and submit a E-portfolio on professional development activities relating to clinical practice placement.

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.

Following successful completion of the Postgraduate Diploma, students can progress to the MSc in Nursing:

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

Assessment method

Assessment

Postgraduate Diploma in Nursing Credits Assignments

NU6005 Research Methods 10 Academic Paper (3000 words); E-activities.

NU6053 Ethics for Specialist Practice 5 Academic Paper (1500 words); E-activities

NU6070 Practice Enhancement 10 Academic Paper (3000 words); E-activities

NU6145 Foundations of Cancer Care 10 Academic Paper (3000 words); E-activities

NU6146 Cancer Management and Supportive Cancer Care 1 10 Academic Paper (3000 words); E-activities

NU6147 Cancer Management and Supportive Cancer Care 11 5 Academic Paper (1500 words); E-activities

NU6130 Clinical Practice in Specialist Nursing 1 5 Clinical Assessment of Competencies, E-Portfolios

NU6131 Clincial Practice in Specialist Nursing 11 5 Clinical Assessment of Competencies, E-Portfolios

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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