What will I learn?
You will learn advanced nursing assessment and diagnostic skills and sharpen your analytical and critical thinking to enable you to independently provide optimum patient care through caseload management of acute and/or chronic illness.
How will I benefit?
The curriculum is designed to develop your advanced knowledge and skills to enable you to be competent to work as an advanced nurse practitioner. On successful completion of this programme you will be eligible to apply for registration as an ANP.
Highly focused on advancing clinical practice
This programme was the first of its kind in Ireland and is focused on developing advanced practical, leadership and research skills to enable graduates to be expert practitioners, researchers and clinical leaders.
A central aspect of this programme is ensuring nurses develop the necessary assessment skills to carry out an advanced health assessment on patients. The use of clinical skills laboratories and clinical assessments in the student's clinical area provide an interactive and innovative learning experience.
Clinical practicums are a key component of the programme and involves self-directed learning and assessment, engagement with lecturers in the clinical environment and the supervision of a mentor.
The student body who choose to undertake the MSc Nursing (Advanced Practice) are self-selecting and have a vision for nursing. They are already leaders in nursing in Ireland and are drawn from a wide variety of clinical specialisms and organisations, enabling the sharing of learning and experience between you and your class members, as well as from the academic staff.
This is a part-time degree, taking place over 2 years. The programme starts in September and ends in May. Classes take place on Mondays in Semesters 1 and 2. The dissertation is completed over the Semester 1 and 2 and involves attendance at three one-day workshops. In addition the students undertake clinical practicums where theory and clinical modules are applied directly to patient care.
The programme take place over two academic years. The programme is comprised of two core modules, four advanced practice modules and two advanced research modules. Lecturers work closely with you and your clinical mentor to ensure the course objectives are met. You complete a research project due for submission at end of Year 2. You are allocated a supervisor at the beginning of the programme to support you in completing your project.
Students take the following modules and complete a research project:
•Advanced Health Assessment
•Nursing Knowledge: Philosophy and Practice
•Research Methods Applied to Healthcare
•Leadership and Organisational Dynamics
•Advanced Research Methods Applied to Healthcare
•Decision Analysis in Case Management
•2 x Clinical Practicums