Graduate Diploma Emergency Nursing (Adult)
The Graduate Diploma Emergency Nursing (Adult) aims to build upon and advance the emergency nurse's repertoire of knowledge, skills, attitudes and professional values. The course aims to develop the clinician's capacities for caring and competent practice in emergency nursing, in order to prepare the nurse to provide a patient-focused, best-practice service within the acute health care delivery service.
Who is the programme for?
The course is aimed at advancing the range, breadth and depth of professional knowledge and skills in the care of persons presenting with acute illness or injury to an emergency department. It is aimed at qualified nurses who are currently employed in an emergency department and who have a minimum of six months' of emergency nursing practice and one year's acute medical/surgical ward experience.
The specific aims of the course are:
•To provide the student with the requisite knowledge, skills, attitudes and professional values for the advancement of his/her role in the care of emergency department patients, including critical analysis, creative thinking, decision making and communication
•To advance the student's sense of professional awareness, responsibility and accountability in emergency nursing
•The course will enhance your existing knowledge and skills in caring for patients with sudden or severe illness or injury. Possessing this expertise will enable you to become a valuable member of the multidisciplinary team involved in emergency care
How will I benefit?
On successful completion of the course, you will receive a Graduate Diploma in Emergency Nursing from UCD's School of Nursing, Midwifery and Health Systems. The Programme is recognised nationally and internationally and is a highly regarded qualification for nurses caring for emergency department patients throughout Ireland.
What will I learn?
The curriculum is designed to enhance your knowledge and skills in the comprehensive assessment and management of emergency department patients.
Particular strengths include:
•A long and honourable history of producing high quality graduates, many of whom are now working in advanced nurse practitioner, clinical nurse specialist and nurse management and educational roles
•Specialist modules and clinical placements are offered in close partnership with the Emergency Departments and Nurse Education Centres of St. Vincent's University Hospital and the Mater Misericordiae University Hospital
•Short placements in the Emergency Departments of Our Lady's Children's Hospital, the Children's University Hospital and other acute areas
•This facilitation of access to different hospital sites and settings results in numerous and valuable learning opportunities
The course enables students to gain a comprehensive understanding of subjects relevant to caring for emergency department patients. Particular emphasis is placed on recent national and international research findings and evidence-based guidelines aimed at ensuring optimal outcomes for ED patients.
It is essential that you have some basic computer knowledge, such as word processing and accessing the internet. Communication with our students is primarily undertaken by e-mail. You will be allocated a UCD e-mail address and access on registration and the facility of access to a computer in the library. Lecture handouts and 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.