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Emergency Nursing - Adult

Who is the Graduate Diploma Emergency Nursing (Adult) 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.

What is the course about?
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.

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.

What will I learn?
The curriculum is designed to enhance your knowledge and skills in the comprehensive assessment and management of emergency department patients.

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.

Entry requirements

Application requirements:

- All applicants must hold a primary degree in Nursing (or equivalent in related discipline)/APEL consideration if no degree.

- All applicants must be entered onto the appropriate division of the Nurses Register maintained by An Bord Altranais (be registered as an RGN)

- All applicants must have at least six month’s experience in emergency nursing and one year’s acute medical /surgical ward experience.

- All applicants must be employed in an Emergency Department prior to commencing the course and for the duration of the course

- Other criteria include experience and evidence of ongoing professional development.

Documents to be submitted with your application

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

Other health care professionals: A current photocopy of registration with professional registration body

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)

Duration

1 year full-time

Careers or further progression

Where can I go in my career with this qualification?
Possessing this qualification, you will be well positioned to work in a variety of emergency care settings both nationally and internationally. Many of our graduates are now working as clinical nurse managers, as advanced practitioners (with additional MSc. qualification), and in educational roles.

Further enquiries

General Enquiries:
Ms Lucia Suchorova
Executive Assistant
Room B1.05
+353 1 716 6448
lucia.suchorova@ucd.ie

Academic Enquiries:
Dr Felicity Johnson
Lecturer
Room B3.27
+353 1 716 6413
felicity.johnson@ucd.ie

Subjects taught

Programme structure
This is a one year programme, divided into two academic semesters. Semester 1 runs from Sept. to early December. Semester 2 runs from Jan. to May of the following year. Assessments are varied and include case presentations, poster presentations, clinical rounds and short examination questions and occur at intervals during and at the end of each semester.

You will complete six modules in total, to include two core modules and four specialist modules:

2 Core Modules:
Research Methodologies
Theoretical Bases of Nursing.

4 Specialist Modules:
Care of the Acutely Ill (Semester 1)
Care of the Acutely Injured (Semester 2)
Care of the Person with Specific Needs (Semester 2)
Clinical Practicum (spans both semesters)

Comment

Teaching methods
We use a range of teaching methods including lectures, workshops and seminars. In addition, our assessment methods are diverse and student-oriented. Clinical teaching is undertaken by specialists in the clinical area with particular emphasis on assisting students in applying theory to practice. The clinical placements provide students with excellent opportunities to learn from experts in other hospitals and/or within their own hospitals; students attend multidisciplinary lectures and tutorials and engage in supervised practice in order to develop and refine specific clinical skills.

Information technology
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.

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.

Application date

Please Note - The Deadline For Submission Of Application Documents Is August 15, 2017

Applications are made online through UCD Applications. ​Applicants may be required to undertake an interview (either face-to-face or via telecommunication) as part of the admission process.

Enrolment and start dates

Next Intake: 2017/2018 September.

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

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