UCD School of Nursing, Midwifery & Health Systems In partnership with Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital and the Children’s University Hospital.
This one-year, part-time Graduate Diploma is designed to meet the professional educational needs of registered nurses caring for children and adolescents within the emergency department setting. It aims to advance your professional awareness, commitment, responsibility and accountability in paediatric emergency care nursing.
On successful completion of the programme, you will receive a Graduate Diploma in Paediatric 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. With it, you will be well positioned to work in a variety of paediatric emergency care settings both nationally and internationally. Many of our graduates are now working in diverse roles such as nurse managers, educators, researchers and advanced practitioners.
Specialist modules and clinical placements are offered in close partnership with the Emergency Departments of Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital Crumlin (OLCHC), the Children’s University Hospital (CUH) and other acute care delivery sites. This facilitation of access to different hospital sites results in valuable learning opportunities for our students. You will have key support and guidance by two experienced ED Clinical Facilitators who are based in these two EDs.We use a range of teaching methods including lectures, workshops and seminars and our assessment methods are diverse and student-oriented. Clinical teaching is undertaken by specialists in the clinical area with particular emphasis on assisting students in applying theory to practice. The clinical placements provide students with excellent opportunities to learn from experts in other hospitals; students attend multidisciplinary tutorials and engage in supervised practice in order to develop and refine specific clinical skills. Some basic computer knowledge, such as word processing and accessing the internet is needed, as communication with our students is primarily by e-mail. You will be allocated a UCD e-mail address on registration. Lecture handouts and announcements are 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.
We use a wide range of innovative teaching methods including lectures, workshops and online media. This programme spans one academic year and includes six modules.
Autumn Trimester runs from September to December. Spring Trimester runs from the middle of January to early May.
Module 1: Research Methods Applied to Healthcare
Dates: 2-5pm Mondays x 12; Sept- end of Nov.
Assessments: (i) In class test* (ii) MCQ* (iii) Written exam*- December. *Subject to change
Module 2: Care of the Acutely Ill Child
Dates: Study week start of term - Sept.
Clinical placement days x 3 - Oct.
Assessments: (i) Workbook - early Dec. (ii) Nursing Rounds – November.
Module 3: Clinical Practicum
Dates: Spans both trimesters
Module 4: Nursing Knowledge: Philosophy and Practice
Dates 2-5pm every 2nd Monday x 6; January - end of April
Assessments: (i) Team debate* (ii) Group project* (iii) Written exam* *Subject to change
Module 5: Care of the Acutely Injured Child
Dates: Study week start of term – Jan. Clinical placement days x 3 - March/April
Assessments: (i) Workbook* (ii) Written exam.* – May *Subject to change
Module 6: Care of the Child with Specific Needs
Dates: Clinical placement days x 2 - April/May. Study week in March.
Assessments: (i) Case Presentation - April (ii) Written rationale - April
Students taking the programme over two years will take the two core modules in year 1 and the four specialist modules in year 2.
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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