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Graduate Diploma Rheumatology Nursing
This programme will enhance your existing knowledge and skills in caring for patients with rheumatic disease. Possessing of this enhanced level of expertise will enable you to become a valuable member of the multidisciplinary team specialising in rheumatology.

Who is the programme for?
This course is aimed at advancing the registered nurses repertoire of knowledge and skills for professional practice in the care of people with Rheumatic Disease.

What is the programme about?
This programme will enhance your existing knowledge and skills in caring for patients with rheumatic disease. Possessing of this enhanced level of expertise will enable you to become a valuable member of the multidisciplinary team specialising in rheumatology.

Main programme objectives
The course aims to build upon and advance the registered nurses repertoire of knowledge, skills, attitudes and professional values within the chosen field of Rheumatology Nursing. It aims to develop the practitioner’s capacities for caring and competent practice in rheumatology, in order to prepare the nurse to provide a patient-centred service.

What will I learn?
The curriculum is designed to enhance your knowledge and skills with respect to the holistic assessment and management of patients with rheumatic disease.

How will I benefit?
On successful completion of the programme, you will receive a Graduate Diploma in Rheumatology Nursing from the UCD School of Nursing Midwifery and Health Systems. The programme is recognised nationally and is a highly regarded qualification for nurses caring for patients in Ireland.

Teaching methods / Information technology
A range of teaching methods are used, clinical teaching is undertaken by specialists in the clinical area with clinical placements offering excellent opportunities to learn from experts in other hospitals and/or within their own hospitals. Blackboard a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) that supports online learning and teaching is used extensively.

Entry requirements

Specific Requirements
• Have a minimum of one year’s post-registration experience, including at least six months in rheumatology nursing

• Candidates must be employed in the care of patients with rheumatic disease prior to commencing the course and for the duration of the course for a minimum of 75 hours per month

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

General Requirements
• Hold a primary degree in Nursing or equivalent

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

Duration

1 year Full Time

Careers or further progression

Careers/where can I go?
Upon completion of the programme, you will be well positioned to work in a variety of care settings both nationally and internationally. Many graduates also proceed to assume CNM/Educational/Clinical Facilitator roles.

Further enquiries

General Enquiries:
Anne Waters
Senior Executive Assistant
B105, UCD Health Sciences Centre
+353 1 716 6491
AnneF.Waters@ucd.ie

Academic Enquiries:
Ms Mary Kemple
Lecturer
B325, UCD Health Sciences Centre
+353 1 716 6487
Mary.Kemple@ucd.ie

Subjects taught

Programme structure
This is a one year academic programme, broken into two semesters. Assessments are varied (assignments/short examination questions/MCQ/case presentation/practical examination) and occur at intervals throughout and at the end of the semesters.

Core Modules
Nursing Knowledge Phil & Prac (Semester 1)
Research Methods Applied to Healthcare (Semester 2)

Specialist Modules
Pathophysiology of Rheumatic Disease
Holistic Approaches to Rheumatology Care
Specialist Rheumatology Nursing Practice
Clinical Practicum (Rheumatology Nursing)

Assessment method

Assessments are varied (assignments/short examination questions/MCQ/case presentation/practical examination) and occur at intervals throughout and at the end of the semesters.

Application date

PLEASE NOTE - THE DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION OF APPLICATION DOCUMENTS IS AUGUST 15, 2017

• Original transcript(s) including date and grading of degree award (non UCD Graduates only) & notarised English translations where relevant

• Nurse applicants: A current photocopy of NMBI registration

• Copy of Birth Certificate or Personal Page of Passport

• Signed Declaration Form from Employer (original form)

• Completed Professional Reference Form (original form)

• Nurse applicants: Completed Clinical Competence Assessor Nomination Form signed by the nominee

• Evidence of proficiency in English language (applicants whose first language is not English)

Enrolment and start dates

Next Intake: September 2017.

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

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