Course Overview

This programme has been developed to meet the educational requirements of nurses and midwives who seek to become Advanced Practitioners. It provides not only the theoretical requirements but supports the clinical development, particularly in relation to the physical assessment and pharmacology of the specialist area of advanced practice.

Outcomes of the programme include the development of the competencies of advanced practice and the Master’s qualification, as required by An Bord Altranais agus Cnáimhseachais na hÉireann. The programme also leads to registration as a nurse prescriber. The programme is part-time over two years and is delivered in a blended format.

Applications and Selections

Applications are made online via The Postgraduate Applications Centre (PAC). Relevant PAC application code(s) above.

Who Teaches this Course

Dr Mary O'Hara, M.Sc., RGN, RM, RNT,PhD

Professor Kathleen Murphy, RN, RNT, Dip Nursing, Dip Nursing Education, M.Sc, B.A, PhD

Professor Declan Devane, M.Sc., Pg Dip (Stats), B.Sc., Dip. HE, RGN, RM, RNT

Siobhán Smyth, RMN,Dip.CPN; RNT; PG.Dip CHSE; BNS (Hons); MSc

Lorraine Mee, M.Sc., B.Sc., R.G.N., R.M. , R.C.N.T., R.N.T

Bernard McCarthy, Dip.Nurse Mgt. (RCSI), Cert.Adult. Ed. (City & Guilds), B.Sc. (South Bank), C.Q.A.M. (GMIT), M.Sc. (Dub.)

Dr Catherine Houghton, RGN, RSCN, RN, HDip, MHSc, PhD.

Requirements and Assessment

Modules are assessed using a combination of coursework, objective-structured clinical examination, and clinical assessment.

Key Facts

Entry Requirements

All applicants must meet the following entry requirements:
1. Have attained at least an upper Second Class Honours degree in Nursing/Midwifery or Nursing/Midwifery Studies at H2.1 or at H2.2, with appropriate experience, or a Higher Diploma or Postgraduate Diploma in Nursing/ Midwifery Studies, with appropriate experience or meet the required standard in the MHSc Nursing qualifying exam;
2. Be a registered nurse or midwife on the General, Mental Health, Midwifery or Learning Disability Nurse divisions of the active register maintained by An Bord Altranais agus Cnáimhseachais na hÉireann;
3. Have practised as a nurse/midwife for five years post- registration, three of which include experience in the chosen area of expertise (exclusive of post-registration/educational programmes);
4. Have the support of the Director of nursing in the place of employment, and written agreement for clinical supervision. from an appropriate clinical supervisor.

Additional Requirements

Duration

2 years, part-time

Next start date

September 2018

A Level Grades ()

Average intake

10

Closing Date

 

Next start date

September 2018

NFQ level

Mode of study

Blended learning

ECTS weighting

90

Award

CAO

PAC code

GYM07 (Masters)

Course Outline

Theoretical and philosophical underpinnings of nursing practice; research methodology and evidence-based practice, practice development, and conduct of research form the framework for reflection on practice and exploration of aspects of practice. Specialist practice modules address the context of advanced practice and physical assessment skills. Substantive hours of clinical practice at an advanced practice level, and supervised by appropriate healthcare professionals over the two years, are integral to the programme.

Modules for 2017-18

Curriculum information relates to the current academic year (in most cases).
Course and module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Glossary of Terms

Credits
You must earn a defined number of credits (aka ECTS) to complete each year of your course. You do this by taking all of its required modules as well as the correct number of optional modules to obtain that year's total number of credits.
Optional
A module you may choose to study.
Required
A module that you must study if you choose this course (or subject).
Semester
Most courses have 2 semesters (aka terms) per year.

Year 1 (40 Credits)

Required NU501: Concepts and Theories of Nursing/Midwifery


Semester 1 | Credits: 10

Assessments
  • Continuous Assessment (100%)
Teachers
The above information outlines module NU501: "Concepts and Theories of Nursing/Midwifery" and is valid from 2014 onwards.
Note: Module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Required NU530: The Contexts and Issues Related to Advanced Practice


Semester 1 | Credits: 10

Assessments
  • Continuous Assessment (100%)
Teachers
The above information outlines module NU530: "The Contexts and Issues Related to Advanced Practice" and is valid from 2014 onwards.
Note: Module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Required NU012.II: Competency Assessment


Semester 2 | Credits: 0

‘Practice’ is considered central to learning on this programme because it is only in practice that the ‘real’ curriculum will be experienced and operationalised. All modules will emphasise the application of what is learnt in class in practice and students will be challenged to critically examine the relevance and applicability of the content explored in class in their practice. Students are required to work for the duration of the programme in the specific area of practice in which prescribing is proposed. This allows students to ‘test’ out their learning in the reality of their practice. Students will be supported and mentored by a designated nurse/midwife/medical practitioner for the duration of the programme. During the timespan of the programme (26 weeks) the designated nurse/midwife/medical practitioner (the student’s mentor) will provide 12-days of formal direct supervision. It is anticipated that students will spend the majority of their placement in their own work setting. However, discretionary placement experience may be selected on the basis of identified learning needs of the student and the competence to be achieved.
(Language of instruction: English)

Learning Outcomes
  1. Clinical learning outcomes will be individualised to the student and developed in consultation with the student, the mentor and programme director. Clinical learning outcomes will focus on enabling students to achieve competency and will focus on the principles of good prescribing and the prescribing pyramid (An Bord Altranais, 2003; National Prescribing Centre 1999).
  2. To be deemed competent, and thus eligible for entry on the Register, students must reach the level specified in each of the five Domains of Competence identified by An Bord Altranais (2007). The five domains of competencies are: Professional/Ethical Nursing Practice Holistic Nursing Care Interpersonal Relationships Organisation and Co-Ordination of Nursing Care Personal and Professional Development.
  3. Professional/Ethical Nursing Practice
  4. Holistic Nursing Care
  5. Interpersonal Relationships
  6. Organisation and Co-Ordination of Nursing Care
  7. Personal and Professional Development
Assessments
  • Continuous Assessment (100%)
Teachers
The above information outlines module NU012.II: "Competency Assessment" and is valid from 2015 onwards.
Note: Module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Required NU502: Advanced Research Methods


Semester 2 | Credits: 10

This module focuses on developing further students understanding of the theoretical foundations of research, research methodologies and methods of data collection. The module has two major goals. Firstly, to provide students with the required knowledge and skills to interpret and implement research findings in their practice and secondly, to prepare students to undertake a piece of research. Students will be given an opportunity to recap on methodological approaches to quantitative and qualitative research. A key skill in promoting students independence is preparing students to complete their own research project under the supervision of a supervisor. Therefore, this module has a specific focus on providing students with the knowledge and skills of “doing” research.
(Language of instruction: English)

Learning Outcomes
  1. Demonstrate that they have an understanding of what ‘evidence’ is and how to ssystematically search for evidence
  2. Discuss theoretical perspectives on research methodology
  3. Explain clearly the origins, underpinning philosophical assumptions, key characteristics, strengths and weaknesses of qualitative and quantitative research methodologies
  4. Articulate a research problem and formulate a research question or hypothesis as appropriate to guide the conduct of the study
  5. Justify the use of appropriate data collection, sampling, and data analysis methods for qualitative and quantitative research
  6. Create a plan with clear rationales for data collection, sampling, data analysis and rigour to be used when conducting a qualitative or quantitative study
Assessments
  • Continuous Assessment (100%)
Teachers
The above information outlines module NU502: "Advanced Research Methods" and is valid from 2017 onwards.
Note: Module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Required NU631.II: Physical Assessment Skills


Semester 2 | Credits: 10

This module aims to provide students with the necessary knowledge and skills to obtain a comprehensive health history and complete a physical assessment on a patient in the clinical setting. This module will include clinical laboratory experience whereby students will have an opportunity to build on their existing knowledge and develop skills pertinent to physical assessment. Case presentation, the ability to prioritise patient’s problems, and plan intervention(s) will be a focus of this module.
(Language of instruction: English)

Learning Outcomes
  1. Demonstrate the ability to review a patient’s health history
  2. Demonstrate clinical competence in physical assessment skills
  3. Critically analyse patient data and prioritise patient problems
  4. Explicate nursing interventions that meet the individual patient’s needs
  5. Integrate appropriate consultation skills with the patient and the multidisciplinary team for effective case management.
Assessments
  • Continuous Assessment (100%)
Teachers
The above information outlines module NU631.II: "Physical Assessment Skills" and is valid from 2015 onwards.
Note: Module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Year 2 (50 Credits)

Required NU010.I: Professional, Ethical & Legal Issues of Nurse and Midwife Prescribing)


Semester 1 | Credits: 10

The Certificate in Nursing (Nurse/Midwife Prescribing), Minor Award, is at Level 8 on the National Framework of Qualifications. This six month programme is aimed at nurses and midwives working in the public, voluntary or private sectors. The programme aims to prepare nurses to prescribe safely, appropriately, cost effectively, legally and ethically. To increase programme accessibility, the programme will be delivered using blended learning. Blended learning will combine face-to-face teaching and facilitated on-line learning.
(Language of instruction: English)

Learning Outcomes
  1. Understand and comply with the regulatory framework associated with medicinal product prescribing.
  2. Use evidence based knowledge to support their prescribing practice.
  3. Apply ethical principles and concepts in their prescribing practice.
  4. Analyse and form judgements on how to respond to ethical issues that may arise in practice.
  5. Undertake effective consultation with clients including appropriate history taking and assessment to inform diagnosis and prescribing practice.
  6. Demonstrate a client centred approach in their practice, emphasising personal choice and responsibility in line with best practice.
  7. Analyse and respond effectively to the factors that influence clients’ decision-making in respect to treatment regimes.
  8. Establish a support network, for example pharmacists, consultants or others, to support their prescribing practice.
Assessments
  • Continuous Assessment (100%)
Teachers
The above information outlines module NU010.I: "Professional, Ethical & Legal Issues of Nurse and Midwife Prescribing)" and is valid from 2015 onwards.
Note: Module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Required NU528: Clinical Assessment II (Advanced Practice)


Semester 1 | Credits: 0

Assessments
  • Continuous Assessment (100%)
Teachers
The above information outlines module NU528: "Clinical Assessment II (Advanced Practice)" and is valid from 2014 onwards.
Note: Module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Required NU011.I: Drugs, Patients and Illness


Semester 1 | Credits: 10

The increasing pace of change and complexity in clinical pharmacology has shaped the design of this module. The focus is on teaching principles to ensure students have the capacity to remain current and are capable of updating themselves on new drugs and methods of administration change. The goal is to teach for life-long learning. Therefore, the module has been carefully designed in stages (see Stages 1- 5) which build on one another with the aim of ensuring that students have a thorough understanding of and in-depth knowledge of the principles of drug action, and how these can be applied to the treatment of a number of commonly encountered diseases and conditions. These themes will be developed with particular relevance to the student’s work setting. Unit 4 addresses principles of prescribing in day-to-day practice.
(Language of instruction: English)

Learning Outcomes
  1. Possess a firm understanding of the fundamental concepts of Pharmacology.
  2. Be able to use the autonomic nervous system to illustrate the mechanisms of drug action.
  3. Identify the composite features of the “pharmacology” of a drug, and apply these in their work setting.
  4. Be able to describe the pharmacological approach to a range of diseases and conditions.
  5. Be aware of the issues surrounding the pharmacological treatment of individual patients and their illness.
Assessments
  • Continuous Assessment (100%)
Teachers
The above information outlines module NU011.I: "Drugs, Patients and Illness" and is valid from 2015 onwards.
Note: Module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Required NU515: Research Dissertation


Semester 2 | Credits: 30

Students will be required to undertake a piece of primary research on a topic of relevance to their specialism. Students will be assigned a research supervisor who will support them in undertaking this work
(Language of instruction: English)

Learning Outcomes
  1. Conduct a research project;
  2. Identify a researchable problem of significance to nursing or midwifery
  3. Identify the appropriate methodology to suit the research question and/or hypothesis
  4. Demonstrate knowledge of ethical requirements within the study
  5. Demonstrate the ability to review and analyse relevant literature
  6. Identify the most appropriate method for data collection to answer the research question
  7. Demonstrate the ability to draw a significant and meaningful conclusion from the data analysis
  8. Prepare a scholarly report, which will demonstrate accurate expression, analysis and synthesis of ideas
Assessments
  • Continuous Assessment (100%)
Teachers
The above information outlines module NU515: "Research Dissertation" and is valid from 2017 onwards.
Note: Module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Required NU012: Competency Assessment


Semester 2 | Credits: 0

‘Practice’ is considered central to learning on this programme because it is only in practice that the ‘real’ curriculum will be experienced and operationalised. All modules will emphasise the application of what is learnt in class in practice and students will be challenged to critically examine the relevance and applicability of the content explored in class in their practice. Students are required to work for the duration of the programme in the specific area of practice in which prescribing is proposed. This allows students to ‘test’ out their learning in the reality of their practice. Students will be supported and mentored by a designated nurse/midwife/medical practitioner for the duration of the programme. During the timespan of the programme (26 weeks) the designated nurse/midwife/medical practitioner (the student’s mentor) will provide 12-days of formal direct supervision. It is anticipated that students will spend the majority of their placement in their own work setting. However, discretionary placement experience may be selected on the basis of identified learning needs of the student and the competence to be achieved.
(Language of instruction: English)

Learning Outcomes
  1. Clinical learning outcomes will be individualised to the student and developed in consultation with the student, the mentor and programme director. Clinical learning outcomes will focus on enabling students to achieve competency and will focus on the principles of good prescribing and the prescribing pyramid (An Bord Altranais, 2003; National Prescribing Centre 1999).
  2. To be deemed competent, and thus eligible for entry on the Register, students must reach the level specified in each of the five Domains of Competence identified by An Bord Altranais (2007). The five domains of competencies are: Professional/Ethical Nursing Practice Holistic Nursing Care Interpersonal Relationships Organisation and Co-Ordination of Nursing Care Personal and Professional Development.
  3. Professional/Ethical Nursing Practice
  4. Holistic Nursing Care
  5. Interpersonal Relationships
  6. Organisation and Co-Ordination of Nursing Care
  7. Personal and Professional Development.
Assessments
  • Continuous Assessment (100%)
Teachers
The above information outlines module NU012: "Competency Assessment" and is valid from 2015 onwards.
Note: Module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Why Choose This Course?

Career Opportunities

Graduates have found employment in the health services, and can pursue accreditation with An Bord Altranais agus Cnáimhseachais na hÉireann to register as an Advanced Nurse or Midwife Practitioner.

Who’s Suited to This Course

Learning Outcomes

 

Work Placement

Study Abroad

Related Student Organisations

Course Fees

Fees: EU

€4,500 p.a. 2018/19

Fees: Tuition

€4,276 p.a. 2018/19

Fees: Student levy

€224 p.a. 2018/19

Fees: Non EU

Find out More

Dr Maura Dowling
T: + 353 91 493 833
E: maura.dowling@nuigalway.ie