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Adult Cancer Nursing

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.

What is the programme about?
The programme will enhance your existing knowledge and skills in caring for adults with cancer.

Main programme objectives
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.

Teaching methods
We use a range of teaching methods including lectures, workshops and seminars. Clinical teaching is undertaken by specialists in the clinical area with particular emphasis on assisting students in applying theory to practice. Clinical Placements provide students with excellent opportunities to learn from experts in other hospitals and/or within their own hospitals; students attend multidisciplinary team meetings, tutorials and engage in supervised practice in order to develop and refine specific clinical skills such as chemotherapy administration.

Information technology
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.

Entry requirements

Applicants must hold a primary degree in Nursing (or equivalent in related discipline)/APEL consideration if no degree

Applicants must be entered onto the appropriate division of the Nurses Register maintained by An Bord Altranais (be registered as an RGN)

Applicants must hold a Graduate Diploma in another specialist area of nursing or have obtained 30 ECT (credits) at Level 9 (Masters Level in both research and theoretical aspects of nursing)

Other criteria to be used in the assessment of the application include number of years of experience, and evidence of ongoing professional development

Specific requirements

Applicants must have at least one year’s experience in Adult Cancer Nursing at time of attendance

Applicants must be employed in an oncology unit (focusing on caring for adults with cancer) or related specialist setting prior to commencing the course and for duration of the course

Duration

This is a one (academic) year programme, broken down into two semesters. (Part-time)

Number of credits

30 credits

Careers or further progression

Careers / where can I go?
Possessing a broad and deep understanding of the theory and skills required for caring for adults with cancer, you will be well positioned to work in a variety of settings specialising in this area both nationally and internationally. As the programme is particularly aimed at preparing nurses to assume the role of clinical nurse specialist, many nurses eventually take up CNS positions and some may undertake further study required for the role of ANP in cancer nursing. Many nurses also proceed to assume CNM / Educational / Clinical Facilitator roles.

Further enquiries

General Enquiries to:
Anne Waters
AnneF.Waters@ucd.ie
Tel: +353 1 716 6491

Academic Enquiries to:
Dr Patricia Fox
Patricia.fox@ucd.ie
Tel: +353 1 716 6476

Subjects taught

Programme structure: Total number of credits: 30 credits
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 (7.5 credits: Semester 1)
Psycho-oncology (7.5 credits: Semester 2)
Adult Cancer Nursing (7.5 credits: Semester 2)
Clinical Practicum (Adult Cancer Nursing) (Semester 2)

Assessment method

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.

Application date

Applications are made online through UCD Applications. ​Applicants may be required to undertake an interview (either face-to-face or via telecommunication) as part of the admission process.

Enrolment and start dates

Start Date: September 2017.

* Courses will remain open until such time as all places have been filled, therefore early application is advised.

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