The overall aim of the Master of Sciencein Nursing(Dementia Care) programme is to provide registered nurses with the opportunity to develop and enhance specialist level knowledge and skills in the area of person centred dementia care. A key goal of this programme is to prepare practitioners for the challenges of leading and delivering specialist/ advanced level person centred dementia practice across a variety of settings. To achieve this goal, programme content focusses on providing practitioners with the theoretical underpinnings, clinical exposure and competence for the development of knowledge and skills in areas of assessment and therapeutic interventions for persons with dementia.
On completion of the programme students will be able to:
- Critically examine evidence to inform best practice in monitoring co-ordinating and managing care for people with dementia
- Critically explore professional standards relevant to dementia care
- Demonstrate in-depth knowledge and understanding of therapeutic interventions used in the management and care of persons with dementia
- Apply critical thinking skills and ethical decision making required for advancing practice
- Critically examine the value of multidisciplinary collaboration in the provision of quality evidenced bases outcomes of care for persons with dementia
- Critically review current innovations and developments in leading and managing change in dementia care practice
- Demonstrate an in-depth understanding of the research process
- Demonstrate commitment to lifelong learning while fostering self- development and self -evaluation
- Demonstrate responsibility for personal and professional development in advocating person centred care for people with dementia
- Apply critical thinking and reflective skills in promoting and advancing person centred dementia care
- Appreciate the contribution of research in informing and advancing dementia care in practice settings
The programme is listed as full time but is taken on a part time basis. The 90 credit MSc in Nursing (Dementia Care) consists of six modules in Year One (Graduate Diploma Level, 60 credits) and one small scale research project/ dissertation in Year 2 (Masters Level 30 credits). In year one students undertake two theory modules in each semester , ( one specialist module in dementia care and one core module) as well as one clinical practicum module in semesters one and two, a total of six modules in year one of the programme. As part of the clinical practicum modules students are required to fulfil 1100 hours clinical practice time over the two semesters in year one, in addition to successfully completing specialist dementia care competences. Students are required to attend in University for a total of 13 days in year one, one introductory day and 6 days lectures in the Autumn and Spring semesters. In year two students will be required to complete a small scale research project or a systematic review, or a practice based enquiry within a supported framework. Students will be required to attend for one introductory day in the Autumn semester of year 2. They will be assigned an academic supervisor and will meet as required with their supervisor during completion of year 2.