This course invites and challenges psychiatric nurses to think critically and creatively about their work with people experiencing mental health difficulties. The course is underpinned by the principles and values of recovery Â– a key concept in mental healthcare delivery. The course consists of modules dealing with different aspects of psychiatric nursing practice, organised within the parameters of the five roles of the clinical nurse specialist. The course facilitates nurses to engage with lifelong personal and professional development through flexible modes of learning incorporating online and face-to-face teaching and learning strategies.
The PG Dip/MSc course consists of:
Year 1: six modules (60 credits: 1 x 15 credits; 3 x 10 credits; 3 x 5 credits)
Year 2: two modules (1 x 10 credits and 1 x 20 credits).
Students can exit after year 1 with a Postgraduate Diploma.
Year 1 (60 credits)
NU6005 Research Methods (10 credits)
NU6053 Ethics for Specialist Practice (5 credits)
NU6148 Clinical Practice in Specialist Mental Health Nursing I (5 credits)
NU6149 Clinical Practice in Specialist Mental Health Nursing II (5 credits)
NU6080 Practice Development in Specialist Mental Health Nursing (10 credits)
NU6081 Principles and Practice of Recovery (Working in Partnership with the Person) (15 credits)
NU6082 Principles and Practice of Recovery (Working in Partnership with Families) (5 credits)
NU6083 Critical Issues in Mental Health Care (5 credits)
Year 2 (30 credits)
MH6014Advanced Research Methods for Healthcare Professionals(10 credits)
NU6073 Dissertation (20 credits)
For further information see our postgraduate calendar.
On completion of the course, you will be able to:
- provide specialist psychiatric nursing care to people with mental health difficulties (and, where applicable, their carers) in a variety of settings
- contribute to the development of innovative, effective and evidence-based services for people experiencing mental health difficulties
- collaborate with service users, carers and members of the multi-disciplinary team in the planning, management and delivery of effective mental health care.
Course Code: CKW08
Course Title: Nursing - Recovery-focused Mental Health Nursing
College: Medicine and Health
Duration: 2 years
Teaching Mode: Part-Time, Full-time
Part-time 2 years by day (part-time option open to EU applicants only).
All students will be registered full time for a Postgraduate Diploma in Nursing in the first year. If a student wishes to progress to the masters they will be registered for the 2nd year part time.
Contact hours for both years are part-time and are detailed in the Course Details section.
All postgraduate programmes contain some element of blended learning. This means that modules are delivered on campus with face-to-face contact with lectures (teaching and learning strategies include lectures, workshops, seminars and tutorials) in combination with some online content delivery using our virtual learning environment Blackboard (teaching and learning strategies include module study guides, discussion boards, audio/visual resources and online assessments/activities).
Prior to commencing the course each student taking a blended module will be provided with an orientation to Blackboard and training on how to use the online technology within the course. IT support will be given to students throughout the duration of the course.
Qualifications: PG Dip / MSc
NFQ Level: Level 9
Costs: 2017/2018 Irish/EU EUR 7,500 year 1 and EUR 2,500 for year 2
2017 Entry Requirements: See Detailed Entry Requirements
Closing Date: To Be Confirmed for 2017/2018
Next Intake: September 2017
Methods of assessment are varied, including presentations, case studies, reflective assignments and assessment of competencies at clinical nurse specialist level.There are no written examinations.
Application for this programme is on-line atwww.pac.ie/ucc. For full details of the application procedure click How to Apply.
Please note that you will be asked to fill in a supplementary information form as part of the applications process for this programme. This form is available to view from here SupplementaryFormCKW08 (58kB)All required documentation must either uploaded to your online application or sent in hard copy to The Postgraduate Applications Centre, 1, Courthouse Square, Galway.
Please note that if an applicant is successful in gaining a place, and is unable to register in that year, deferrals are not permitted. Students are, however, welcome to reapply, and the previous cancellation will not affect any subsequent UCC application.
Further Contact Information
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