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Nursing: Intensive Care (MHSc/PDip, full-time)
This programme is designed for registered nurses who wish to pursue a specialism in Intensive Care Nursing. This programme is offered full-time over two calendar years. Taught components of the programme are delivered in a blended learning format. Blended learning is an innovative teaching strategy which involves a combination of face-to-face and on-line learning. This means that most learning/teaching will be delivered on-line through Blackboard, an interactive learning system which connects directly to the University from your own home computer. Students are required to attend face to face workshops for a total of 12 days across the programme. The programme is comprised of six theory /practice modules. In all modules there is an emphasis on exploring the relevance of module content to practice, similarly, practice placements allow students to explore “new” knowledge in practice, enabling them an opportunity to integrate theory and practice.
Students are required to undertake their clinical practice in an approved clinical practice setting within Ireland normally within the students own work setting. Where the environment does not provide sufficient opportunities to meet the learning outcomes of the programme additional placements will be required by t he student in sites which will provide t he experience needed. A minimum of 1,000 clinical hours need to be completed in the specialist area while undertaking the programme.
The course is approved by An Bord Altranais agus Cnaimhseachais na hEireann and 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.
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Who Teaches this Course
- Frances Farrelly, M.Sc., BNS, RGN, RNT
- Christine Sheehan BSN ,CCRN, MSc.
- Ann Sheehan
- Bernard McCarthy, Dip.Nurse Mgt. (RCSI), Cert.Adult. Ed. (City & Guilds), B.Sc. (South Bank), C.Q.A.M. (GMIT), M.Sc. (Dub.)
- Sinead Hahessy, RGN, B.A., M.A.(Soc.Sc). Pg Cert in Teaching and Learning
See full staff list here.
Requirements and Assessment
All applicants must meet the following entry requirements:
- Be a registered nurse on the General division of the Register maintained by An Bord Altranais agus Cnaimhseachais na hEireann.
- Have a minimum of six months post-registration experience (exclusive of post-registration courses);
- Be currently working in the required specialist area, i.e., Intensive Care, and have as a minimum six months clinical experience in this specialist area.
- Have an honours degree or equivalent (Level 8).
Applicants who hold neither an honours degree nor higher diploma (Level 8) may apply but must clearly demonstrated their capacity to undertake a programme at this level. In addition to the requirements outlined above these applicants are expected to submit a 1,000-word literature based essay on a topic relevant to their specialist area. To be considered for admission this essay must be judged equivalent to an honours degree (Level 8).
2 years, full-time
Next start date
A Level Grades ()
Please see the review/closing dates for further information.
Next start date
Mode of study
Blended learning & workshops.
- Clinical Governance: Supporting Safe Practice (10 credits core)
- Advanced Research Methods (10 credits)
- Intensive Care Nursing 1: (10 credits)
- Intensive Care Nursing 2: (10 credits)
- Intensive Care Nursing 3: (10 credits)
- Service Improvement: (10 credits)
- Clinical Assessment 1
- Clinical Assessment 2
Why Choose This Course?
Graduates have found employment and promotion opportunities nationally and internationally.