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Nursing - Palliative Care

Overview
The overall aim of the programme is to provide registered nurses with the opportunity to enhance previously acquired professional education and develop critical inquiry, knowledge and skills, attributes and competencies in preparation for developing roles within nursing. Successful completion of year 1 (Graduate Diploma) will provide students with the academic qualifications necessary to be considered for Clinical Nurse Specialist posts. Successful completion of year 2 (MSc) will provide students with the academic qualifications to be considered for Advanced Nursing Practice posts. The programme provides opportunities to explore research as evidence for enhancing and changing practice. The programme also provides opportunities for nurses to develop critical thinking and reflective skills at specialist and advanced practice levels. The programme will develop professional qualities and a high level of competence in the promotion of excellence and current best practice in the delivery and appraisal of advancing practice.

On completion of the programme the student will:

• Critically examine best practice in meeting the palliative care needs of patients and their families.
• Critically evaluate philosophical concepts and the evidence underpinning palliative care.
• Demonstrate in-depth knowledge and understanding of therapeutic interventions used in a palliative care context in disease and symptom management.
• Apply critical thinking skills and ethical decision making required for advancing practice.
• Demonstrate proficiency in written, verbal, and digital communication skills at individual and collaborative levels.
• Critically examine the value of multidisciplinary collaboration in the provision of quality evidenced based palliative care.
• Critically review current innovations and developments in leading and managing change in practice.
• Demonstrate an in-depth understanding of the research process.
• Demonstrate a commitment to life-long learning while fostering self-development and self-evaluation.
• Demonstrate responsibility for personal and professional development in advancing palliative care.
• Apply critical thinking and reflective skills in promoting and advancing palliative care practice.
• Appreciate the contribution of research in informing and advancing practice within a palliative care setting.

Entry requirements

1. A registered nurse on the current register of the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland

2. Be engaged in practice as a registered nurse for at least one year

3. Students would normally possess a primary degree( Minimum 2.2) or show evidence of recognized prior learning (RPL) as outlined in the ( RPL) policy of the University

and Department of Nursing and Midwifery

4. Students are required to be working in a practice setting where there are patients with palliative care needs, for the duration of the programme

5. Applicants whose first language is not English must provide evidence of either prior successful completion of a degree qualification taught through the medium of English or meet criteria identified in the English Language qualifications set by the University of Limerick

The MSc in Nursing (Palliative Care) will be offered as a full time programme but taken on a part time basis over two years with the option of an exit award on completion of year 1 (Graduate Diploma). Students can also opt to progress to year two for the MSc award having attained a minimum QCA of 2.00 at the end of year one.

Standard Degree Applicants/ Include with your application

Full degree transcript and certificates/awards (including English translation if applicable)

English language qualifications ( Taken in the last 2 years, if English is not your first language)

Copy of current Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland registration certificate

A copy of birth certificate (Long Document)

An application fee of €35 (electronically) or €40 Bank draft/Cheque.

Recognized Prior Learning Applicants/ who do not meet standard entry requirements / Include with your application

Copy of birth certificate( Long Document)

Copy of current Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland registration certificate

1000 word typed Recognized Prior Learning Statement

Copies of all certificates or diploma’s as part of prior learning to date

An application fee of €35 (electronically) or €40 Bank draft/Cheque.

Duration

2 years full-time.

Number of credits

Postgraduate Diploma 60 ECTS credits

Careers or further progression

Graduate Profile
The programme focuses on the care and support of patients with palliative needs and their families. Critical inquiry will be encouraged into all aspects of palliative care with due regard for the context of practice and the changing needs of palliative care patients and their families. In addition to core modules supporting the acquisition of theoretical knowledge, students will explore how a philosophy of palliative care can underpin their practice in areas such as disease and symptom management, communication, grief and loss, spirituality, sexuality. Successful completion of the first year of the programme will provide students with the academic qualifications required to be considered eligible for clinical nurse specialist posts. The MSc award will provide students with the academic qualifications required to be considered eligible for advanced nursing practice posts.

Further enquiries

Dr. Owen Doody, Course Director, Postgraduate Programmes
Department of Nursing and Midwifery
Email: owen.doody@ul.ie,
Telephone: 00 353 61 213367, Mobile: 00 353 86 8379781

Subjects taught

Year 1 (Graduate Programme:
Autumn:
Health Research – Methods and Methodology (12 Credits) Clinical Practicum 1;
Philosophical Concepts Underpinning Palliative Care (9 Credits)
Clinical Practicum 1 (9 Credits)

Spring
Promoting Quality and Safety in Health Care (12 Credits)
Clinical Practicum 2 (9 Credits)
Therapeutic Interventions in Palliative Care (9 Credits)

Year 2 (Masters):
Autumn Dissertation 1 (9 Credits)

Spring
Dissertation 2 (21 Credits)

Comment

The overall aim of the MSc Nursing (Palliative Care) programme is to provide registered nurses involved in the care of patients with a life-limiting illness the opportunity to develop their previously acquired professional education and clinical practice skills. The programme focuses on the care and support of patients with palliative needs and their families.

Application date

Application Deadline: to be confirmed.

Taught Programmes - Application Process
All applicants apply through the online application system by choosing a programme from one of the five faculties. If Non-EU applicants wish to contact the International Education Division first before completing an online application, they can do by filling out the International Education Division Enquiry Form. For more information visit the International Office website.

International Office:
Tel: +353 61 202414
Fax: +353 61 213062
email: international@ul.ie.

Visit the International Office website

What to include (upload) with your application
•Certified results for all examinations mentioned on your application form and/or confirmation of the award of your qualification(s).
•Evidence of English language proficiency.
•Certified translations of your award and transcripts if they are not in English
•A copy of your birth certificate or passport

Please note that certain programmes request additional documentation such as personal statements and/or references. Please check the programme entry requirements to ensure you have included the required information.

What happens after I apply?
Once you submit your application online, you will receive an email acknowledgement. It is important that you upload all your documents at the time of application as you will not be able to upload these at a later stage. If you do not have your documents at the time of application, you will need to mail them to the Postgraduate Admissions Office once they become available.
Your application will then be passed to the Course Director who will decide whether or not to offer you a place. Some programmes require interviews and you will be notified of the date, time and venue.

Decision Letter
You will receive one of the following letters from the Postgraduate Admissions Office:
•An unconditional offer. You satisfy all of the academic conditions required and we are offering you a place.
•A conditional offer. You do not yet satisfy the academic conditions required before entry but you propose to do so. The conditions are listed in the offer letter and may include English language tests as well as degree results.
•Letter of regret. We are unable to offer you a place.

Please note that a decision is authoritative and official only if it has been sent in writing from the Postgraduate Admissions Office.

Accepting a place at the University of Limerick
To accept your offer you must pay your acceptance deposit and send in the course acceptance form, stamped by the bank, to the Postgraduate Admissions Office. On receipt of this acceptance form/deposit, the Postgraduate Admissions Office will change the status of your application to Firmly Accepted. You will receive an orientation pack in August. The orientation pack will provide you with full details of orientation and enrolment.

Deferring your offer
You cannot defer a place on a taught postgraduate programme without the permission of the Course Director. If you are offered a deferral, you will receive a letter from the Postgraduate Admissions Office confirming that a deferral has been granted. You should then contact the Postgraduate Admissions Office before March of the following year to confirm that you will be accepting your place. If you are not offered a deferral, then you must re-apply for the programme the following academic year.

Contacts
Postgraduate Admissions Office
Graduate School
Foundation Building
University of Limerick
Tel: +353 61 234377
Fax: +353 61 233287
Email: postgradadmissions@ul.ie

Enrolment and start dates

Start Date: 04/Sep/2017.

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