GradDip Critical Care: Cardiovascular


University College Dublin    UCD School of Nursing Midwifery and Health Systems

Full time & Part time September PGDip Full-time: 1 year; Part-time: 2 years
Medicine (26) Nursing & Health (27)

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The GradDip Critical Care: Cardiovascular programme is designed to enhance the knowledge, skills, and attitudes of nurses working in critical care environments. With a focus on cardiovascular care, this programme offers a comprehensive learning experience to develop practical nursing skills. The modules are designed for experienced nurses, providing opportunities to acquire new skills and apply knowledge in clinical settings. The programme is delivered in collaboration with two renowned hospitals, St. Vincent's University Hospital Group and the Mater Misericordiae University Hospital. Entry requirements include a primary degree in nursing, registration as an RGN, and at least one year of post-registration experience in coronary care nursing.

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Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits 60)

The programme is designed to expand the knowledge, skills and attitudes of nurses engaged in the care of people within the critical care environment. The associated complications and special needs are explored in detail. Students are encouraged to apply their theoretical knowledge in the clinical setting. Therefore, the role of the nurse as educator, innovator, researcher, advocate and clinician will be enhanced to meet the multiple and complex needs of the person with critical illness and its complications. Critical care nursing requires an advanced knowledge base, skilled assessment, prompt intervention and ongoing evaluation. The critical care nurse maintains the balance between the science of nursing and the art of caring. The Graduate Diploma Critical Care Nursing: Cardiovascular will provide the nurse with an opportunity to develop, enhance and maintain these specialist skills that are required to care for the critically ill.

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Entry Requirements

All applicants must hold a primary degree in Nursing and be working in a coronary care setting for the duration of the course. RPL applications are considered for this programme.

All applicants must be entered onto the appropriate division of the Nurses Register maintained by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland (NMBI).

All applicants must have at least one year’s post-registration experience at time of application

All applicants must be employed in coronary care nursing for the duration of the programme and work a minimum of 75 hours per month

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