A Graduate Diploma Critical Care Nursing (Children) will build on your existing knowledge and skills in caring for infants, children and young people within the Paediatric intensive care setting. Possessing this advanced knowledge will enable you to utilise a range of therapeutic interventions, and enhance your ability to review differing approaches and trends in the care and treatment of infants, children and young people in Paediatric critical care nursing.
Who is the programme for?
This course is designed to meet the professional development needs of Registered Nurses who wish to specialise in Paediatric Critical Care Nursing. Specifically applicants should be registered as an RCN, RCN/RGN with a minimum of one years experience in Paediatric Intensive Care. Applicants registered as an RGN with a minimum of 2 years experience in Paediatric Nursing may be considered for the programme.
The Graduate Diploma Critical Care Nursing (Children) course aims to build upon and advance the registered nurses repertoire of knowledge, skills, attitudes and professional values, in order to prepare the nurse to assume the role of a nurse specialist in this area of care. The course aims to develop the practitioners capacities for caring and competent practice in Paediatric intensive care nursing, in order to prepare the nurse to provide a patient-centred service within health care.
The specific aims of the course are:
To build upon and advance the students 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 children and their families in critical care, including critical analysis, creative thinking, decision making and communication
To develop a greater understanding of the theory which underpins critical care nursing practice, including nursing theory, theory in the social and behavioural sciences and theory in the biomedical sciences
To provide learning experiences that advance the students professional development and personal growth and experiences that affirm the students capacity to be a self-directed learner
To advance the students sense of professional awareness, and commitment and a sense of professional responsibility and accountability in Paediatric critical care 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 Paediatric critical care nursing
On successful completion of the programme, you will receive a Graduate Diploma in Critical Care Nursing (Children) from the UCD School of Nursing, Midwifery and Health Systems. The programme is recognised nationally and internationally.
While based in PICU in either the Childrens University Hospital Temple Street, or Our Ladys Childrens Hospital Crumlin, you will rotate on occasion between both hospitals to experience nursing care of a wide spectrum of specialties which includes care of neonates, care of the child with a thermal injury, cardiac care, care of child post renal transplantation, care of child with a neurological disorder
Lectures are both clinical and university-based and are delivered by a wide range of specialists. These include specialist nurses, intensivists, university lecturers, radiologists, dieticians, physiotherapists, and members of pastoral care
There is a strong emphasis on continuous progression of clinical ability and clinical effectiveness through continuous assessment, clinical examinations, and case presentations
The delivery of specialist modules on care of the critically ill infant/child with altered respiratory function, altered cardiovascular function, and complex care needs
Flexible pathway may be undertaken over 1 year full-time or 2 years part-time
Extensive use of IT in supporting the teaching environment of the programme
Access to excellent facilities for lectures