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Nursing - Respiratory Care

Overview
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.

Programme Content
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.

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 relevant practice setting for the duration of the programme

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 (Respiratory 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
•Copy of birth certificate (Long Document)
•Clinical Practice Environment Self-Assessment Audit Declaration

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 diplomas as part of prior learning to date
•Clinical Practice Environment Self-Assessment Audit Declaration

Duration

2 years full-time.

Careers or further progression

Graduate Profile
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. This programme focuses on nursing across the lifespan with respiratory related health conditions and provides nurses with the theoretical underpinning and clinical experience for the development of contemporary nursing skills in the assessment and management of patients with a range of respiratory related health problems.

Successful completion of year one of the master’s programme (Graduate Diploma award) will provide students with the academic qualifications required to be considered eligible for clinical nurse specialist posts.

The MSc award on successful completion of year 2 will provide students with the academic qualifications required to be considered eligible for advanced practice posts.

Further enquiries

For Further Information Contact:

Owen Doody
Course Director Postgraduate Programmes
Department of Nursing & Midwifery,
University of Limerick, Limerick
Mobile: 086-8379781
Telephone: 00 353 61 234129
E-mail: owen.doody@ul.ie
Website: www.nm.ul.ie

Subjects taught

Year 1:
Autumn
Health Research Methods - Methodology (12 Credits)
Advanced Assessment in respiratory Nursing (9 Credits)
Clinical Practicum 1 (9 Credits)

Spring
Promoting Quality and Safety in Healthcare (12 Credits)
Therapeutic Interventions in Respiratory Nursing or Tracheostomy Care (9Credits)
Clinical Practicum 2 (9Credits)

Year 2:
Autumn
Dissertation 1, (9 Credits)

Spring
Dissertation 2 (21 Credits)

Comment

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.

Application date

Application Deadlines

Taught Programmes
Applications are accepted on an ongoing basies but specific programmes have individual closing dates which can be found on our on-line prospectus

Research Programmes
Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis for research programmes. The applications for Research programmes are review each month by the Postgraduate Research Committee.

Enrolment and start dates

Start Date: 10/Sep/2018

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