The Graduate Diploma Emergency Nursing (Adult) aims to build upon and advance the emergency nurse’s repertoire of knowledge, skills, attitudes and professional values. The course aims to develop the clinician’s capacities for caring and competent practice in emergency nursing, in order to prepare the nurse to provide a patient-focused, best-practice service within the acute health care delivery service.
The course is aimed at advancing the range, breadth and depth of professional knowledge and skills in the care of persons presenting with acute illness or injury to an emergency department. It is aimed at qualified nurses who are currently employed in an emergency department and who have a minimum of six months’ of emergency nursing practice and one year’s acute medical/surgical ward experience.
The specific aims of the course are:
On successful completion of the course, you will receive a Graduate Diploma in Emergency Nursing from UCD’s School of Nursing, Midwifery and Health Systems. The Programme is recognised nationally and internationally and is a highly regarded qualification for nurses caring for emergency department patients throughout Ireland.
What will I learn?
The curriculum is designed to enhance your knowledge and skills in the comprehensive assessment and management of emergency department patients.
Particular strengths include:
The course enables students to gain a comprehensive understanding of subjects relevant to caring for emergency department patients. Particular emphasis is placed on recent national and international research findings and evidence-based guidelines aimed at ensuring optimal outcomes for ED patients.
It is essential that you have some basic computer knowledge, such as word processing and accessing the internet. Communication with our students is primarily undertaken by e-mail. You will be allocated a UCD e-mail address and access on registration and the facility of access to a computer in the library. Lecture handouts and 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.
This is a one year programme, divided into two academic trimesters. Autumn Trimester runs from September to early December. Spring Trimester runs from January to May of the following year. Assessments are varied and include case presentations, poster presentations, clinical rounds and short examination questions and occur at intervals during and at the end of each trimester. You will complete six modules in total, to include two core modules and four specialist modules:
2 Core Modules:
4 Specialist Modules:
Students taking the programme over two years will take the two core modules in year 1 and the four specialist modules in year 2.
Possessing this qualification, you will be well positioned to work in a variety of emergency care settings both nationally and internationally. Many of our graduates are now working as clinical nurse managers, as advanced practitioners (with additional MSc. qualification), and in educational roles.
All applicants must hold a primary degree in Nursing (or equivalent in related discipline)/APEL 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 six month’s experience in emergency nursing and one year’s acute medical /surgical ward experience
- All applicants must be employed in an Emergency Department prior to commencing the course and for the duration of the course
- Other criteria include experience and evidence of ongoing professional development
PLEASE NOTE - THE DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION OF APPLICATION DOCUMENTS IS 01 AUGUST, 2020
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.
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