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Critical Care Nursing - Cardiovascular

Critical Care Nursing requires an advanced knowledge base, skilled assessment, prompt intervention and ongoing evaluation in order to care for the critically ill with complex needs. The critical care nurse maintains the balance between the science of nursing and the art of caring. This course will provide the nurse with an opportunity to develop, enhance and maintain these specialist skills that are required to care for the critically ill.

Cardiovascular for?
This course is aimed at advancing the registered nurse's repertoire of knowledge and skills for professional practice in the care of patients within the critical care environment.

•Develop a greater understanding of the holistic principles which underpin the various aspects of critical care nursing particularly in relation to cardiovascular care
•Augment students' knowledge and appreciation of nursing theory and biopsychosocial sciences which underpin critical care nursing practice in intensive care
•Provide students with an opportunity for personal growth and professional development
•Develop skills to enhance their professional practice, including critical analysis, creative thinking, decision making and communication skills

The Graduate Certificate Critical Care Nursing: Cardiovascular will enhance your career prospects and give you the building blocks for lifelong self-directed learning. It will also provide you with the key knowledge and skills to innovate and lead in your area of practice in Critical Care.

Entry requirements

•Applicants must hold a primary degree or equivalent in Nursing or a related discipline
•Applicants must be entered onto the appropriate division of the Nurses Register maintained by An Bord Altranais (be registered as an RGN)
•Applicants must hold a Graduate Diploma in another specialist area of nursing or have obtained 30 ECT (credits) at level 9 (Masters Level in both research and theoretical aspects of nursing)
•Other criteria to be used in the assessment of the application include number of years of experience, and evidence of ongoing professional development
•Applicants must have at least one year's post-registration experience at time of application
•Applicants must be employed in coronary care nursing for the duration of the programme and work a minimum of 75 hours per month
•In addition, each student must provide documented evidence from the Director of Nursing in the clinical practice area, which guarantees a placement for the duration of the programme.


1 Year Part Time

Careers or further progression

The Graduate Certificate Critical Care Nursing: Cardiovascular provides you with the comprehensive knowledge and skills required for caring for the critically ill. The key knowledge and skills gained on this Programme will also enable you to innovate and lead in your area of practice in Critical Care.

Further enquiries

Dr. Asmahan McCambridge
Senior Executive Assistant
B105, UCD Health Sciences Centre
Tel: +353 1 716 6490

Academic Enquiries:
Dr Jacqueline Burke
B208, UCD Health Sciences Centre
Tel: +353 1 716 6416

Subjects taught

What will I learn?
The Graduate Certificate Critical Care Nursing: Cardiovascular consists of a total of 4 modules of study as follows:

Three specialist modules and o ne Clinical Practice Module
The three specialist modules and the one clinical module will guide student learning to focus on the essential aspects critical care nursing as outlined below:

NMHS40290: Cardiovascular Disease
The module aims to focus on the role of the critical care nurse in relation to the person with cardiovascular disease and to determine the characteristics and severity of the major symptoms of the acutely ill person with ischaemic heart disease in the coronary care unit

NMHS40870: Altered Cardiac Function
This module aims to expand the students understanding, knowledge and practice of care for persons during cardiac investigations, rhythm disturbances and treatments including cardiac pacemakers and ICD. It also aims to examine holistic management of persons with altered fluid and electrolyte management. The student will develop competence in cardiovascular and respiratory assessment, haemodynamic monitoring, arrhythmia interpretation of laboratory values and in his/her role as patient educator

NMHS40880: Cardiac Rehabilitation & Heart Failure
This module focuses on Heart Failure and its impact on the person's life. Rehabilitation for persons with cardiovascular disease will also be incorporated within this module. The module aims to create awareness for the student of the importance of cardiac rehabilitation and promoting optimum quality of life for persons with cardiovascular disease, heart failure and their families

NMHS40300: Clinical Practicum (CV) Module
The clinical learning outcomes of this module have been designed to reflect the skills and knowledge necessary for competent cardiovascular nursing practice. Each specialist module has distinct learning outcomes, which will facilitate the student to consolidate the theory of cardiovascular nursing practice .

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: September 2018

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