The MSc Nursing (Advanced Practice) will prepare suitably qualified nurses to practice both autonomously and collaboratively in a defined area of advanced nursing practice. On successful completion of the programme nurses will be eligible to apply for registration as an Advanced Nurse Practitioner (ANP) and a Registered Nurse Prescriber (RNP) with the Nursing & Midwifery Board of Ireland (NMBI). This programme provides students with an opportunity to avail of an optional module in Prescription of Ionising Radiation.
The course is for registered nurses interested in developing advanced practice knowledge and leadership skills to plan, implement, coordinate and evaluate health care, in a defined setting and role
The aim of the programme is to enable experienced registered nurses to develop the knowledge and skills required for registration as an advanced nurse practitioner and to undertake advanced practice roles that meet the challenges and developments within the health services. The programme further aims to support the student to develop her/his role as an autonomous member of the multidisciplinary health care team within the healthcare organisation and professional leaders in their field of specialist practice. The graduate, equipped with such knowledge and advanced skills will be eligible to apply to the NMBI for registration as a Registered Advanced Nurse Practitioner (RANP).
You will learn advanced nursing assessment and diagnostic skills, and sharpen your analytical and critical thinking skills to enable you to independently evaluate, develop and provide optimum patient care through caseload management of a specific patient/client group. You will also gain the knowledge and experience to become a Registered Nurse Prescriber in medication and or ionising radiation.
This curriculum design, content, and development incorporate the key concepts which support a broad-based education experience for students and in accordance with Advanced Practice (Nursing) Standards and Requirements (NMBI 2017). The MSc in Advanced Practice (Nursing) (ANP) is available as a part-time programme completed over two academic years from the date of first registration for the programme. This is a national programme. The programme is comprised of two research modules, three prescribing modules and four specialist advanced practice modules for completion over two years.
MSc Nursing Advanced Practice modules are as follows:
Specialist Advanced Practice Modules:
There are a number of exit strategies depending on prior academic achievements and are discussed on an individual basis.
Advanced Nurse Practitioners are highly skilled practitioners and clinical leaders delivering quality care to an agreed group of patients/clients. They are committed to gathering and disseminating nursing research, mentoring nurses, and sharing information in the classroom, clinical environment, on national/international stages and professional publications. Advanced Nurse Practitioners also serve as change agents who coordinate and evaluate health care, and formulate policy which advances nursing practice and improves patient/client outcomes.
Applicants for the MSc in Nursing (Advanced Nursing Practice) are required to:
For applicants who wish to undertake the optional Ionising Radiation Prescribing module
 This applies only to candidates taking the Ionising Radiation Prescribing module.
In addition, applicants must:
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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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.
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