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The overall aim of the programme is to provide registered nurses with the opportunity to enhance previously acquired professional education and develop critical inquiry, knowledge and skills, attributes and competencies in preparation for developing roles within nursing. Successful completion of the Graduate Diploma will provide students with the academic qualifications necessary to be considered for Clinical Nurse Specialist posts. The MSc level award will provide students with the academic qualifications to be considered for Advanced Nursing Practice posts.
The programme provides opportunities to explore research as evidence for enhancing and changing practice. Key emphasis is placed on the development of critical thinking and reflective skills at specialist and advanced practice levels. The programme will develop professional qualities and a high level of competence in the promotion of excellence and current best practice in the delivery and appraisal of advancing practice.
On completion of the programme the student will:
* Utilise evidence to inform nursing practice in monitoring co-ordinating and managing care.
* Critically review current innovations and developments within nursing.
* Utilise a knowledge base consistent with that of the profession, and which incorporates the standards of professional groups.
* Critically appraise strategies to promote, maintain and restore health in relevant care groups.
* Critically evaluate, generate and conduct research that will incorporate evidence-based practice in nursing.
* Critically evaluate the role of specialist and advanced practice in nursing.
* Collaborate within multidisciplinary teams in the provision of quality outcomes.
* Critically appraise international, national and local policy strategies that are relevant to advancing nursing roles.
* Discuss factors that influence practice and theoretical knowledge at specialist/advanced practice levels.
* Demonstrate the critical thinking skills and ethical decision-making required for specialist/advanced practice in nursing care.
* Critically discuss the role of the nurse at specialist/advanced levels in assessing, monitoring coordinating and managing care of individuals experiencing respiratory related health problems
* Lead, anticipate and manage nursing interventions in respiratory nursing.
At Graduate Diploma level, students undertake a total of 8 modules described below. At Masters level, all students will complete one additional research module and a dissertation.
* Health Research - Methodology
* Concepts of Specialist and Advanced Practice
* Practice Placement 1
* Advanced Assessment in Respiratory Nursing
* Healthcare Policy and Reform
* Practice Placement 2
* Therapeutic Interventions in Respiratory Nursing
Students will select one Module from a range of the following Elective Modules to be taken in Semester 2. Not all Modules may be offered in any year.
* Health Promotion in Nursing/Midwifery Practice
* Consultancy in Nursing / Midwifery
* Transcultural Care
* Therapeutic Engagement
* Complementary Therapies in Healthcare Practice.
Semesters 3 and 4
Health Research - Methods, Dissertation 1, Dissertation 2
The dissertation will comprise a substantial project of 20,000 words (+/-10%). Students must obtain a minimum Grade of C3 in their dissertation. The work must meet the conditions of ethical research requirements.