The programme will enhance your existing knowledge and skills in caring for adults with cancer.
Who is the programme for?
The programme is aimed at advancing the registered nurse's repertoire of knowledge and skills in the care of Adults with cancer; it is particularly aimed at preparing the nurse to assume the role of clinical nurse specialist in this area.
The programme aims to develop the practitioner's capacities for caring and competent practice in Adult Cancer Nursing, in order to prepare the nurse to provide patient-centred care within the health service.
The specific aims of the programme are:
•To build upon and advance the student's repertoire of knowledge, skills, attitudes and professional values that were developed during the course of his/her basic training and arising out of his/her experiences in clinical practice
•To provide the student with the requisite knowledge, skills, attitudes and professional values for the advancement of his/her role in the care of adults with cancer including critical analysis, creative thinking, decision making and communication
•To develop a greater understanding of the theory which underpins Adult Cancer Nursing practice, including theory in the social and behavioural sciences and theory in the biomedical sciences
•To provide learning experiences that advance the student's professional development and personal growth and experiences that affirm the student's capacity to be a self-directed learner
•To advance the student's sense of professional awareness, and commitment and a sense of professional responsibility and accountability in Adult Cancer Nursing
•To enable the student to value learning as a continuous process and as a necessary process in the context of his/her professional role in Adult Cancer Nursing
What will I learn?
The curriculum is designed to enhance your knowledge and skills with respect to the holistic assessment and management of adults with cancer.
How will I benefit?
On successful completion of the programme, you will receive a Graduate Certificate in Nursing (Adult Cancer Nursing). This is a highly regarded qualification for nurses caring for adults with cancer in Ireland.
It is essential that you have access to a personal computer and an email account as communication with students is primarily undertaken by email. Lecture handouts/announcements are made available to students via Blackboard (a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) that supports online learning and teaching) and/or via email. Messages from the university regarding examination policy and procedures are also sent via email.
This is a one (academic) year programme, broken down into two semesters. Assessments are varied (assignments/short examination questions/MCQ/case presentation and clinical assessments (Clinical Competency Assessment Tool, Clinical Learning Outcomes, a practical examination (OSCE)) and occur at intervals throughout and at the end of the semesters.
List of specialist modules:
•Fundamentals of Cancer Care
•Psychological Impact of Chronic Illness
•Adult Cancer Nursing
•Clinical Practicum (Adult Cancer Nursing)