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Community Nursing

Who is the Professional Certificate Community Nursing: An Applied Approach for?
This course is designed primarily for registered nurses working in a community setting. However the certificate will also have relevance for any registered nurse who wishes to develop their knowledge and understanding of nursing practice within a community context.

What is the course about?
This professional certificate focuses primarily on clinical nursing practice within a community context. It explores a variety of contemporary healthcare issues as they relate to primary healthcare practice both Nationally and Internationally.

Course objectives
The primary aim of this professional certificate is to facilitate the student to develop their knowledge and skills in relation to community nursing practice.

What will I learn?
You will be provided with an opportunity to:
1.Demonstrate an understanding of contemporary healthcare issues as they relate to primary healthcare practice both Nationally and Internationally.
2.Critically evaluate the organisation and delivery of healthcare in the community with particular emphasis on evidence based practice.
3.Discuss the role of the nurse in developing appropriate healthcare interventions aimed at meeting the needs of individuals, families and communities within a primary healthcare context.
4.Critically analyse the importance of community partnership and a multidisciplinary team approach in the provision of effective healthcare

How will I benefit?
The purpose of this professional certificate is to provide you with the opportunity to explore community nursing practice from a variety of perspectives with the aim of developing your current level of nursing knowledge and skills.

Highly Focused
The Professional Certificate Community Nursing: An Applied Approach focuses primarily on the role of the nurse in the organisation and delivery of healthcare within a community context. It also includes an exploration of a variety of contemporary healthcare issues viewed specifically from the perspective of community nursing practice.

Innovation
The professional certificate is delivered in a flexible manner so as to facilitate attendance by nurses currently engaged in community nursing practice. A variety of innovative assessment strategies are used throughout the course of the module. Each of theses strategies has been designed so as to facilitate the student to develop their learning in relation to their own community nursing practice. This reflects the applied nature of the professional certificate and enhances the clinical relevance of this module for any nurse currently engaged in community practice.

Networking
The student body is drawn primarily from registered nurses currently engaged in community nursing practice. The certificate is designed to provide students with a variety of opportunities to share their learning experiences both face-to-face during class contact time and via online discussion forums.

Programme Structure
The Professional Certificate Community Nursing: An Applied Approach is comprised on one module. This module is delivered over the course of one semester i.e. semester 2. The module is assessed by a variety of assessment strategies which include a class presentation, participation in online learning communities and a written critical reflection relating to community practice. A variety of clinical and university-based lecturers will be involved in the delivery of this certificate programme.

Curriculum
The curriculum has been specifically designed to meet the learning needs of nurses working in a community context. It focuses primarily on:
- Contemporary healthcare issues as they relate to primary healthcare practice both nationally and internationally.
- The organisation and delivery of healthcare in the community with particular emphasis on evidence based practice.
- The role of the nurse in developing appropriate healthcare interventions aimed at meeting the needs of individuals, families and communities within a primary healthcare context.
- The importance of community partnership and a multidisciplinary team approach in the provision of effective healthcare.

Entry requirements

All applicants should:
B- e registered as a professional nurse or midwife on the live Register as maintained by An Bord Altranais (The Nursing & Midwifery Board of Ireland)(NMBI).
- Hold a primary degree in Nursing or equivalent.
Be currently engaged in clinical nursing practice.

(Other criteria may be used in the assessment of an application e.g. the number of years of experience, evidence of ongoing professional development etc.)

Documents to be submitted with your application:
- Certificates of nursing qualifications or validated copies of awards
- Original transcript(s) including date and grading of degree award (non UCD Graduates only) & notarised English translations where relevant
- A current photocopy of NMBI registration
- Copy of Birth Certificate or Personal Page of Passport
- Professional Reference Form (original form)
- Evidence of proficiency in English language (applicants whose first language is not English)

Duration

4 Months Part Time

Careers or further progression

Careers/where can I go?
On successful completion of all components of this module the student will be granted a UCD Professional Certificate (level 9: 7.5 credits). This UCD accredited professional certificate will provide recipients with a comprehensive educational experience which they can apply directly in community nursing practice.

Further enquiries

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

Academic Enquiries:
Dr Ann Donohoe
Lecturer
Room B2.20
+353 1 716 6422
ann.donohoe@ucd.ie

Application date

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: January 2017.

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

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