As professional practice disciplines, nursing and midwifery are underpinned by a wide range of clinical skills and competencies.
Competency is the ability of professional nurses or midwives to practice safely and effectively within their scope of practice. Clinical skills include both technical skills (e.g. wound care and the administration of injections) and non-technical skills (e.g. clinical reasoning, clinical decision making, professional judgement, team working and communication). The acquisition of these skills is an integral component of the nursing and midwifery programmes at the UCD School of Nursing, Midwifery & Health Systems.
Students develop their clinical competencies by applying theory to practice in our state-of-the-art clinical skills laboratories. These laboratories provide students with the opportunity to practice a skill in a safe environment and to develop basic key competencies prior to providing direct patient care. As a result of becoming physically, emotionally and cognitively involved, students are able to integrate knowledge from diverse theoretical areas into their skills practice.