A key goal of this programme is to prepare practitioners for the challenges of leading and delivering specialist/ advanced level respiratory care across a variety of settings. To achieve this goal, programme content focuses 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 a respiratory condition.
On successful completion of the programme students will be able to:
•Critically explore current advanced assessment strategies used in respiratory nursing practice.
•Critically examine best practice in meeting the respiratory care needs of patients and their families.
•Demonstrate in-depth knowledge and understanding of therapeutic interventions used in the treatment and management of respiratory conditions.
•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 respiratory care.
•Critically review current innovations and developments in leading and managing change in practice.
•Demonstrate commitment to life-long learning while fostering self-development and self-evaluation.
•Demonstrate responsibility for personal and professional development in advancing respiratory care.
•Apply critical thinking and reflective skills in promoting and advancing respiratory care practice.
•Appreciate the contribution of research in informing and advancing practice within a respiratory care setting.
The programme is listed as full time but is taken on a part time basis. The 90 credit MSc in Nursing (Respiratory 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 of the programme, students undertake a total of six modules. Students undertake two theory modules in each semester, (one specialist module in respiratory assessment and one core module) as well as one clinical practicum module in semesters one and two. Students on the MSc Nursing (Respiratory Care) programme can choose between an elective module on Therapeutic Interventions in Respiratory Nursing or an elective module on Tracheostomy Care. 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 respiratory care competencies. 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.