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Emergency Nursing - Adult

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.

Programme aims
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.

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.

Entry 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

Duration

1 year full-time

Careers or further progression

Careers/where can I go?
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:
graduate.nmhs@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 September to early December. Semester 2 runs from January 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:
•Nursing Knowledge: Philosophy and Practice (Semester 1)
(Download dates for on-campus lectures)
•Research Methods Applied to Healthcare (Semester 2)
(Download dates for on-campus lectures)

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)

Students taking the programme over two years will take the two core modules in year 1 and the four specialist modules in year 2.

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

How to apply
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.

Please note that all applicants are required to pay a €50 application fee. Your application cannot be processed fully unless the application fee has been paid.

Closing Date: 31st July 2019.

Enrolment and start dates

Next Intake: September 2019

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