A Graduate Diploma Critical Care Nursing (Children) will build on your existing knowledge and skills in caring for infants, children and young people within the paediatric intensive care setting. Possessing this advanced knowledge will enable you to utilise a range of therapeutic interventions, and enhance your ability to review differing approaches and trends in the care and treatment of infants, children and young people in paediatric critical care nursing.
This programme is designed to meet the professional development needs of Registered Nurses who wish to specialise in Paediatric Critical Care Nursing. Specifically applicants should be registered as an RCN, RCN/RGN with a minimum of one year’s experience in Paediatric Intensive Care. Applicants registered as an RGN with a minimum of 2 years experience in Paediatric Nursing may be considered for the programme. Applicants should be employed in either the Intensive Care Unit of Our Lady's Hospital Crumlin, or the Children's University Hospital, Temple Street. Places are allocated on the programme subject to availability and place on waiting list.
The Graduate Diploma Critical Care Nursing (Children) programme aims to build upon and advance the registered nurse’s repertoire of knowledge, skills, attitudes and professional values, in order to prepare the nurse to assume the role of a nurse specialist in this area of care. The programme aims to develop the practitioner’s capacities for caring and competent practice in paediatric intensive care nursing, in order to prepare the nurse to provide a patient-centred service within health care.
On successful completion of the programme, you will receive a Graduate Diploma in Critical Care Nursing (Children) from the UCD School of Nursing, Midwifery and Health Systems. The programme is recognised nationally and internationally.
What will I learn?
The curriculum is designed to enhance your knowledge and skills with respect to the holistic assessment and management of the child and their family.
A wide range of teaching methods is used, which includes large group and small group lecturing, seminars and tutorials. Clinical teaching is undertaken by specialists in the clinical area who work with the students to assist them in applying theory to practice. Clinical placements provide students with excellent opportunities to learn from experts in other hospitals and/or within their own hospitals; students attend multi-disciplinary team meetings and tutorials, and engage in supervised practice.
It is essential that you have access to a personal computer and an email account as communication with students is primarily undertaken by email. Lecture handouts/announcements are made available to students via Blackboard (a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) that supports online learning and teaching) and/or via email. Messages from the university regarding examination policy and procedures are also sent via email. The Graduate Diploma in Critical Care Nursing (Children) enhances the development of the students’ critical thinking skills, and enhances their ability to review therapeutic care delivery and care trends in PICU.
The course may be taken over 1 year full-time or 2 years part-time. Assessments are varied (assignments/short examination questions/MCQ/case presentation/practical examination/online discussion boards) and occur at intervals throughout and at the end of the semesters. Students will attend college on one day per week and learning experiences are also undertaken in planned block weeks of study, at local hospital sites.
You will complete six modules in total, to include two core modules and four specialist modules.
Sem 1 NMHS43260 - Nursing Knowledge, Philosophy & Practice
Sem 2 NMHS43270 - Research Methods Applied to Healthcare
Sem 1 NMHS43700 Fundamental Concepts Children's Critical Care
Sem 2 NMHS43720 Advanced Children's Critical Care
Sem 2 NMHS43730 Specialist Considerations in Children's Critical Care
Sem 1 and Sem 2 - NMHS42460 - Clinical Practicum: Paediatric Critical Care Nursing
Careers/Where Can I Go?
The Graduate Diploma in Critical Care Nursing (Children) provides you with the comprehensive knowledge and extensive skills required for caring for infants and children in the critical care setting, thereby equipping you to work nationally or internationally. Academically there are opportunities to continue to Masters / PhD level, and clinically you may choose to further your expertise to facilitate critical care education, to take a position as a Clinical Nurse Manager or Clinical Nurse Specialist or to study for the role of Advanced Nurse Practitioner.
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