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 one (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. Key emphasis is placed on the development of 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 evidence that informs best practice in the care of the older person in the context of a rehabilitative model of care.
Critically explore the philosophy of rehabilitative nursing of the older person.
Demonstrate in-depth knowledge and understanding of models of nursing assessment and therapeutic interventions currently used in care of older persons.
Apply critical thinking skills and ethical decision making required for advancing practice.
Critically examine the value of multidisciplinary collaboration in the provision of quality evidence based care.
Critically review current innovations and developments in leading and managing change in practice.
Demonstrate an in-depth understanding of the research process.
Demonstrate proficiency in written, verbal, and digital communication skills, at individual and collaborative levels.
Demonstrate commitment to life-long learning while fostering self-development and self-evaluation.
Demonstrate responsibility for personal and professional development in advancing care in rehabilitation nursing of the older person.
Apply critical thinking and reflective skills in promoting and advancing practice in rehabilitation nursing of the older person.
Appreciate the contribution of research in informing and advancing practice in rehabilitation nursing of the older person.
The programme is listed as full time but is taken on a part time basis. The 90 credit MSc in Nursing (Rehabilitation of the Older Person) consists of six modules in Year One (Graduate Diploma Level 60 credits) and one research dissertation in Year 2 (Masters Level 30 credits). In year one students undertake two theory modules in each semester , ( one specialist module in rehabilitation nursing of the older person older person 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 rehabilitation nursing of the older person 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 supervisor during completion of year 2.