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Nursing: Children’s Palliative Care/Complex Care (MSc/PDip full-time & part-time)
The Master/Postgraduate Diploma in Health Sciences (Children’s Palliative / Complex Care) is designed for registered nurses working with children and adolescents with complex or life limiting conditions. The programme aims to provide students with the necessary in-depth evidence based knowledge, skills and competencies to provide quality care to highly dependent clients as they live with life-limiting illness and face end-of-life.
The programme is offered full-time over two academic years. On completion of the six modules in year one students have the option of being awarded a Postgraduate Diploma or (if they have achieved the minimum 60% average mark across these modules) may progress onto the next year to complete the Master programme.
It consists of both theoretical and clinical components. A blended learning approach is adopted in the delivery of this programme. Students are required to attend face to face workshops for a total of 12 days across the programme. Students are required to complete a minimum of 1,000 clinical hours before completing this programme.
The course has a clinical focus, offering opportunities to develop specialist skills. The programme is offered through a blended learning format—a combination of online and face-to-face learning and teaching. Blended learning is an innovative and flexible approach to learning, making it possible to combine working full-time with studying. This course is approved by The Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland.
- Be registered on the general, children’s, psychiatric, intellectual disability or midwifery division of the register maintained by The Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland.
- Have a minimum of one year of post-registration experience (exclusive of post-registration courses).
- Be currently working in the required specialist area, i.e., an area associated with palliative care/children’s care/children’s palliative care or allied areas (Neonatal, Disability, Oncology) and have as a minimum six months clinical experience in this specialist area.
- All students must complete additional clinical hours in a children’s palliative care / complex setting. The length of placement depends on the learning opportunities available to students in their current work setting.
- Provide written support from their employer that they will be able to access this client group across the programme.
- Satisfy the selection panel that they have the ability to complete the programme.
- Applicants who do not hold an honours degree or higher diploma (Level 8) may apply but must clearly demonstrate their capacity to complete a programme at this level.
In addition to the other requirements outlined above, these applicants are required to submit a 1,000 word literature based essay. To be considered for admission, this essay must be at the level expected of an honours degree candidate (Level 8).
Two years full-time (option to leave with Postgraduate Diploma after 1 one year)
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Blended learning and workshops.
Full-time students will complete three core and three specialist modules in the first year (60 ECTS).
Eligible students will then complete a research dissertation (30 ECTS) in their Masters year.
- Service Improvement (10 credits—core)
- Clinical Governance: Supporting Safe Practice (10 credits—core)
- Advanced Research Methods (10 credits—core)
- Clinical Assessment 1
- Clinical Assessment 2
- Quality of Life & Symptom Management in Children’s Palliative / Complex Care (10 credits—specialist)
- Care of the Child and Family with Palliative / Complex Needs (10 credits—specialist)
- Specialist Understanding of Complex Care for Children (10 credits—specialist)
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