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Nursing - Midwifery

Overview
The overall aim of this programme is to provide registered nurses and midwives with the opportunity to enhance previously acquired professional education and develop critical inquiry, evidence based practice/research, knowledge, skills, and attitudes in preparation for professional role enhancement within nursing/midwifery. Successful completion of the MSc. Nursing/Midwifery programme will provide students with the academic qualifications necessary to enhance their professional role in the healthcare environment. The programme will provide opportunities to explore research in order to further develop evidence based nursing and midwifery practice.

On completion of the programme the student will be able to:

Critically evaluate evidence underpinning and informing nursing/midwifery practice.

Demonstrate the knowledge required for advancing nursing/midwifery practice.

Critically examine the knowledge and skills of; reflection, critical thinking and analysis fundamental to the development and advancement of nursing/midwifery practice.

Critically review current innovations and developments in promoting quality and safety in healthcare.

Apply critical thinking and ethical decision-making skills required for advancing nursing/midwifery practice.

Demonstrate an in-depth understanding of the research process.

Critically evaluate leadership and management strategies for collaborative working in care provision.

Demonstrate the ability to undertake independent learning activities in supporting personal and professional development.

Demonstrate the ability of self-evaluation and appraisal.

Programme Content
The programme is listed as full time but is taken on a part time basis. The 90 credit MSc in Nursing/Midwifery consists of six modules in Year One (Graduate Diploma Level, 60 credits) and a research project/dissertation in Year 2 (Masters Level 30 credits). In year one students undertake three theory modules in semester one and two, a total of six modules in year one of the programme. Students are required to attend in University for a total of 13 days in year one, one introductory day and 6 days lectures in both the Autumn and Spring semesters. In year two students will be required to attend for one introductory day in the Autumn semester and complete a small scale research project or a systematic review, or a practice based enquiry within a supported framework. Students will be assigned an academic supervisor who will guide and support them during year 2.

Entry requirements

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

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 Nursing/Midwifery 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 Bankdraft/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 Bankdraft/Cheque

Duration

2 years full-time.

Careers or further progression

Graduate Profile
The overall aim of the Master of Science in Nursing/Midwifery is to provide registered nurses/midwives with the opportunity to develop and enhance their knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to care for patients/clients to the highest professional standards across the health care continuum. The modules offered are grounded in a body of evidence-based knowledge that promotes excellence in nursing/midwifery practice. Successful completion of the Masters in Nursing/Midwifery programme will provide students with the academic qualifications necessary for enhancing their professional role in the healthcare environment. The programme will provide opportunities to explore research in order to further develop evidence-based nursing and midwifery practice. The programme offers a range of modules to allow the student choose a range of modules to suit their individual needs. An essential element of the programme is the application of the specific modules to the students clinical and practice environment.

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:
Autumn:
Health Research Methods – Methodology (12 Credits);
Leading and Managing Practice (9 Credits);

Choice of One Elective Module (9 Credits);
Principles of Primary and Community Care;
Supporting Perinatal Mental Health;
Assessment in Rehabilitation of the Older Person;
Principles Underpinning Dementia Care;
Advanced Assessment in Respiratory Nursing;
Principles of Palliative Care in Practice;
Principles Underpinning Perioperative Nursing;
Theories of Psychosocial Assessment and Care;

Spring:
Promoting Quality and Safety in Healthcare (12 Credits);

Choice of Two Elective Module (9 Credits);
Intercultural Care;
Health Promotion in Nursing / Midwifery Practice;
Therapeutic Engagement;
Therapeutic Interventions in Rehabilitation Nursing of the Older Person;
Therapeutic Interventions in Dementia Care;
Therapeutic Interventions in Palliative Care;
Managing and Co-Ordinating Perioperative Care;
Psychosocial Interventions;
Therapeutic Interventions in Respiratory Care;
Tracheostomy Care;
Infection Prevention and Control in Healthcare;

Year 2
Autumn Semester:
Dissertation 1;

Spring Semester:
Dissertation 2;

Comment

The overall aim of the MSc in Nursing/Midwifery is to provide registered nurses/midwives with the opportunity to develop and enhance their knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to care for patients/clients to the highest professional standards across the health care continuum. The modules offered are grounded in a body of evidence-based knowledge that promotes excellence in nursing/midwifery practice.

Application date

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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