The Graduate Diploma in Cancer Nursing is an academic and clinically based programme designed for students who wish to deepen and broaden their knowledge and expertise in cancer care in order to provide safe, effective and holistic care to people with cancer. There are four strands in this programme (Adult Cancer Nursing, Children's Cancer Nursing, Breast Care Nursing, and Colorectal Nursing). Students undertaking the programme will choose one of these strands. Established in 1988 at diploma level, the UCD Cancer Nursing programme was the first specialist course in oncology nursing in Ireland. Over the years, hundreds of oncology nurses throughout the country have successfully completed what is now a Graduate Diploma in Cancer Nursing .
Who is the programme for?
The programme is aimed at advancing the registered nurse's repertoire of knowledge and skills in Cancer Nursing; it is particularly aimed at preparing the nurse to assume the role of clinical nurse specialist in their chosen speciality - Adult, Breast, Children or Colorectal Nursing.
•The UCD Cancer Nursing programme now offers 4 specific strands of which students can choose to undertake one: Adult Cancer Nursing strand, Children's Cancer Nursing strand, Breast Care Nursing and Colorectal Nursing.
•All of the teaching is undertaken by those who have national and/or international expertise in cancer care including, clinical and research expertise.
•Supernumery student placements and continuous assessments encourage and enable students to broaden and deepen their expertise in cancer nursing over the course of the programme.
Aims of the Programme
The programme aims to develop the practitioner's capacities for caring and competent practice in 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 patients, including critical analysis, creative thinking, decision making and communication
•To develop a greater understanding of the theory which underpins 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 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 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 patients.
How will I benefit?
On successful completion of the programme, you will receive a Graduate Diploma in Cancer Nursing. This is a highly regarded qualification for nurses caring for patients 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.