Professional Certificate Enhancing Clinical Practice

The overall aim of the programme is to deepen students' ability to reflect on their ongoing continuing professional development and its contribution to the knowledge, skills and values required to enhance their professional practice in nursing and midwifery.

Who is the Programme for?

This new programme extends an existing partnership between the UCD School of nursing, Midwifery and Health Systems and the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO), providing its members with an entry route to the school's portfolio of graduate programmes. Having completed a specified number of continuing education units with the Professional Development Centre of the INMO, this programme provides participants with an opportunity to link these courses together and to reflect on their contribution to their personal, professional and organisational practice. This course enables nurses and midwives to consolidate and build upon their continuing professional development activities to date and to achieve their professional mandate to improve the care of health services users. 

Aims of the Programme

The specific aims of the course are to enable students to:

  • Describe and explain in detail one model of reflection
  • Demonstrate the ability to use a reflective tool to enhance practice
  • Using reflection, critically evaluate a specific aspect of clinical practice
  • Conduct a focused literature search
  • Demonstrate the ability to complete a piece of academic writing

The curriculum is designed to enhance your knowledge and skills regarding critical thinking and academic writing. Using reflective models, you will acquire the tools to develop the skills to evaluate your clinical practice. You be provided with an opportunity to examine your personal learning as you are guided through the programme.

Strengths of the programme          

  • Bursary awarded from INMO for the inaugural entry group
  • Students encouraged and supported to complete studies successfully while enjoying life as a student in UCD
  • Access to superb supports from SNMHS Library combined with continued individualised support from INMO Library staff
  • Enhanced career opportunities with the creation of your personalised reflective portfolio related to your clinical practice working environment
  • Improved care of health services users
What will I learn?

The curriculum is designed to enhance your knowledge and skills regarding critical thinking and academic writing. Using reflective models you will acquire the tools to develop the skills to evaluate your clinical practice. You be provided an opportunity to examine your personal learning as you are guided through the programme.

Teaching methods
Teaching methods utilised within the course are face-to-face lectures, supported and augmented by online blended learning components of the course allowing you to pace your own learning in order to meet the needs of busy working professionals.

Lecture notes/handouts will be made available on the first day of class and additional lecture notes, discussion boards and forms needed for assignment submission will be available through BlackBoard, a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) that supports online learning and teaching. Messages from the University regarding examination policy and procedure will also be made available via BlackBoard. Students will be asked to post their assignments electronically to BlackBoard.

How will I benefit?

This programme provides you with an academic award from UCD, building upon the Certificates awarded from the INMO. Successful applicants will be awarded a Professional Certificate in Enhancing Clinical Practice with an award of 5 ECTS which will prepare participants for further graduate level study both nationally and internationally, creating a unique and innovative opportunity for nurses and midwives to gain an entry route to the SNMHS portfolio of graduate programmes. 

This new programme provides exciting opportunities for nurses and midwives to contribute to their lifelong learning activities and consolidate and build upon their professional development activities. Furthermore, the reflective portfolio will enhance your career opportunities, demonstrating the application of learning undertaken and identifying future needs. Additionally, this will contribute to any future requirements of the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland under the Nurses and Midwives Act 2011 to demonstrate continuing professional development. 

Entry requirements
  • Be registered as a professional nurse or midwife on the live Register as maintained by An Bord Altranais (The Nursing & Midwifery Board of Ireland) (NMBI). 
  • Complete 6 days of educational programmes or a minimum of 30 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) with the INMO prior to applying to UCD within the preceding 2 years of the course commencing.  
Documents to be submitted with your application
  • Certificates or validated copies of awards from INMO educational programmes
  • Current photocopy of NMBI registration
  • Copy of Birth Certificate or Personal Page of Passport
  • Evidence of proficiency in English language (applicants whose first language is not English)
How to apply

Applications are made online through UCD Applications. ​Applicants may be required to undertake an interview (either face-to-face or via telecommunication) as part of the admissions process.

Fees

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