Graduate Diploma Critical Care Nursing: Intensive Care

Critical care nursing requires an advanced knowledge base, skilled assessment, prompt intervention and ongoing evaluation in order to care for the critically ill with complex needs. The critical care nurse maintains the balance between the science of nursing and the art of caring. This course will provide the nurse with an opportunity to develop, enhance and maintain these specialist skills that are required to care for the critically ill.
 

Who is the programme for?

This programme is aimed at advancing the registered nurse’s repertoire of knowledge and skills for professional practice in the care of patients within the critical care environment.

Course objectives
  • Develop a greater understanding of the holistic principles which underpin the various aspects of critical care nursing particularly in relation to intensive care
  • Augment students' knowledge and appreciation of nursing theory and biopsychosocial sciences which underpin critical care nursing practice in intensive care
  • Provide students with an opportunity for personal growth and professional development
  • Develop skills to enhance their professional practice, including critical analysis, creative thinking, decision making and communication skills
How will I benefit?

This course will enhance your career prospects and give you the building blocks for lifelong self-directed learning. It will also provide you with the key knowledge and skills to innovate and lead in your area of practice in Critical Care.  Following successful completion of the Graduate Diploma Nursing Critical Care - Intensive Care you will be able to complete an MSc Critical Care in one academic year.

Major strengths

  • UCD has a long history of producing high quality graduates
  • This programme is highly focused on enhancing clinical practice to enable graduates to be even more effective clinicians, change agents and clinical leaders in Critical Care
  • Clinical and university-based lecturers with national and international expertise from clinical, research and educational perspectives
  • Specialist modules are offered in association with St. Vincent's University Hospital and the Mater Misericordiae University Hospital
  • Clinical Placements take place in a variety of intensive care settings which enable students to learn from leading experts in the holistic care of patients following cardiothoracic surgery, cardiac and lung transplantation, liver failure and liver transplantation, multiple trauma and spinal injury. Students will gain expert knowledge and experience in caring for patients with complex needs such as acute respiratory failure, sepsis, multi organ dysfunction and the therapeautic modalities associated with each condition including extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO), dialysis and advanced haemodynamic monitoring
  • The student body is drawn from a number of the organisations, enabling the sharing of learning and experience between students, as well as from the academic and clinical staff
  • The Programme employs a variety of innovative assessment strategies with a strong clinical focus
  • Extensive use of IT in supporting the teaching environment of the programme
  • Access to excellent facilities for lectures
Information Technology

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.

Programme structure

This is a 60 ECTS programme which can be taken over 1 year full time or 2 years part time. The academic year runs from September to May and is broken down into two trimesters. Assessments are varied (assignments/short examination questions/MCQ/case presentation/practical examination) and occur at intervals throughout and at the end of the trimesters.

Core Modules:

  • NMHS43260 Nursing Knowledge Philosophy and Practice (Autumn Trimester, 10 ECTS)
  • NMHS43270 Research Methods Applied to Healthcare  (Spring Trimester, 10 ECTS)
     

Specialist Modules:

  • NMHS42630 Core Concepts of ICU Nursing (Autumn Trimester, 10 ECTS)*
  • NMHS42770 Complex Critically Ill Patient (Spring Trimester, 10 ECTS)
  • NMHS42780 Chronically Critically Ill (Spring Trimester, 10 ECTS)
  • NMHS42520 Clinical Practicum (ICU) (Year Long Module, 10 ECTS)

*Pleasen note that students who have completed the CPD module prior to commencing the graduate diploma should select NMHS32440 instead of NMHS42630 in the online registration system.

The two core modules are common to all Graduate Diplomas in Nursing. The three specialist modules and the one clinical module will guide student learning to focus on the essential aspects of critical care nursing as outlined below:

Core Theoretical Concepts of Nursing Care for the Critically Ill Patient: This module is designed to provide students with the theoretical foundation for entry into critical care nursing practice.

Advanced Nursing Care of the Complex Critically Ill Patient:This module focuses on the nursing and collaborative care of the acutely ill patient with complex needs following major surgery, cardiothoracic surgery and cardiac transplantation, patients who have sustained multiple trauma including spinal injury, patients with liver dysfunction and who require liver surgery/transplantation and patients who develop MODS and sepsis.

Nursing Care of the Chronically Critically Ill Patient: This module focuses the student to explore the impact of critical illness on both the patient and family. It encourages the student to critically review the environmental, physical and psychological factors that can aid or impact recovery.

Clinical Practicum Intensive Care: This module aims to develop the nurses' clinical role by enhancing their ability to assess, diagnose, plan, intervene and evaluate care in specialist environments. This module enables the students to apply their knowledge, skills and understanding of specialist theory to patient care, and will require the participants to demonstrate competence within their area of specialist practice.

You can download the dates for on-campus lectures by clicking on the links below:

Careers/where can I go?

The Graduate Diploma Critical Care Nursing: Intensive Care provides you with the comprehensive knowledge and skills required for caring for the critically ill. The key knowledge and skills gained on this Programme will also enable you to innovate and lead in your area of practice in Critical Care.

Entry requirements
  • All applicants must hold a primary degree in Nursing (or equivalent in related discipline)/RPL (Recognition of Prior Learning) consideration if no degree
  • All applicants must be entered onto the appropriate division of the Nurses Register maintained by An Bord Altranais (be registered as an RGN)
  • All applicants must have at least one year’s post-registration experience at time of application
  • All applicants must be employed in intensive care nursing for the duration of the programme and work a minimum of 75 hours per month
  • In addition, each student must provide documented evidence from the Director of Nursing in the clinical practice area, which guarantees a placement for the duration of the programme
Documents to be submitted with your application

PLEASE NOTE - THE DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION OF APPLICATION DOCUMENTS IS 01 AUGUST, 2020. 

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 admission process.

Please note that all applicants are required to pay a €50 application fee. Your application cannot be processed fully unless the application fee has been paid.

Apply online

Fees

The fees for your programme can be found at the links below. Search using your major code (the four-digit code beginning with 'X' which can be found in the key information box on this page).

Please note that UCD fees are subject to change annually. The fees shown include the student centre levy which must be paid by all students. 

If you are being funded to do your programme, please make sure your organisation gets in contact with student.payments@ucd.ie. Please note that all applicants are required to pay the €50 application fee. Your application cannot be processed fully unless the application fee has been paid.

More information about fees is available on the UCD website at the link below:

If you have any queries about your fees, please contact student.payments@ucd.ie

 

Recognised Prior Learning (RPL)

Recognised Prior Learning (RPL) applications must be submitted online through your SISWeb account.

There are two instances in which you can apply to have recognised prior learning taken into account when applying for a programme in UCD.

1. RPL for admission to a UCD programme

If you are a prospective student seeking admission to UCD and you do not meet the required admissions criteria as set down for a particular programme of study in UCD, you may apply to be admitted based on prior learning.

2. RPL for exemption from a module or modules on a UCD programme

If you have been accepted onto a UCD programme and wish to have credit transferred towards the requirements of the UCD programme of study, you may apply for RPL from a module or modules.

When applying for RPL, please note the following:

  • You must submit your application for RPL as early as possible and preferably before you commence the relevant module/stage/programme.
  • An application for RPL relating to a particular module should be submitted before the third week of the trimester in which it is offered. Applications made after this date will only be accepted under exceptional circumstances.
  • Your application will be reviewed by the Taught Graduate Standing Committee and Programme Board. You can expect to hear of the outcome or status of your application typically within four to six weeks of submitting it (depending on committee schedules).
  • Please note that in some cases your application may not be successful or you may not receive RPL for the amount of credit for which you applied, therefore you must register for, attend and participate in the module or modules until you have been informed of the decision of the School Programme Board.
  • If your application is not successful, you are responsible for all assessments associated with the module.

TO APPLY FOR RPL PLEASE CLICK ON THE FOLLOWING LINK:  https://sisweb.ucd.ie/usis/W_HU_MENU.P_PUBLISH?p_tag=APPLY

Please read the UCD Policy on Recognition of Prior Learning at this link: UCD Policy on Recognition of Prior Learning