Who is the Graduate Diploma Heart Failure Nursing
This programme is aimed at advancing the registered nurses repertoire of knowledge and skills for professional practice in the care of patients with heart failure.
What is the programme about?
This programme is based on the curriculum developed by UCD and The Heart Failure Association & Council of Nursing & Allied Professionals of the European Society of Cardiology. It focuses on the role of the nurse in the care of persons with heart failure and provides participants with structured learning experiences to advance their knowledge and clinical skills in the area. The programme is based on a holistic view of the patient throughout the continuum of care. The nurse will also gain the skills required to function as an independent member of the heart failure team, within the primary, secondary and tertiary health care settings. This course will provide the nurse with an opportunity to develop, enhance and maintain these specialist skills that are required to care for patients with heart failure.
Aims of the Programme:
- Assist the student to gain advanced knowledge, skills and attitudes based on a holistic view of the patient throughout the continuum of care in order to function as an independent member in the heart failure team
- Develop a greater understanding of the holistic principles which underpin the various aspects of nursing particularly in relation to heart failure
- Augment students' knowledge and appreciation of nursing theory and bio-psychosocial sciences which underpin nursing practice in heart failure
- Provide students with an opportunity for personal growth and professional development
- Develop skills to enhance their professional practice, including critical analysis, creative thinking, decision making and communication skills
What will I learn?
The Graduate Diploma Heart Failure Nursing consists of a total of 6 modules of study (see curriculum).
How will I benefit?
On successful completion of all components of this programme the student will be awarded a Graduate Diploma Heart Failure Nursing and recognition from The Heart Failure Association & Council of Nursing & Allied Professionals of the European Society of Cardiology.
We use a range of teaching methods including lectures, workshops, seminars and discussion forums. 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 engage in supervised practice in order to develop and refine specific clinical skills.
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.