Awards
Honours Bachelor Degree
Programme Code: DK_NINDS_8
 
Mode of Delivery:Full Time, Modular
 
No. of Semesters:8
NFQ Level:8
Programme Credits:240
Language of Instruction:English
Department:Nursing Midwifery & Early Years
 

Programme Outcomes

On successful completion of this programme the learner should be able to :

PO1Knowledge - Breadth
 (a)UNDERSTANDING OF THE THEORY, CONCEPTS AND METHODS PERTAINING TO A FIELD (OR FIELDS) OF LEARNING. The graduate should be able to: •Demonstrate an understanding of the theory, concepts and methods pertaining to relevant clinical practice skills, essential for safe and effective nursing practice. •Articulate and demonstrate an understanding of the concept of care in a specialized area.
PO2Knowledge - Kind
 (a)DETAILED KNOWLEDGE AND UNDERSTANDING IN ONE OR MORE SPECIALISED AREAS, SOME OF IT AT THE CURRENT BOUNDRIES OF THE FIELD(S). The graduate should be able to: •Know and demonstrate an understanding of relevant biological and related sciences as they apply to nursing practice. •Know and demonstrate an understanding of the social sciences as they apply to nursing practice. •Critically analyse and evaluate relevant knowledge in nursing science. •Critically analyse and evaluate relevant knowledge in health promotion and health care policy. •Demonstrate relevant knowledge adopt systematic approaches to nursing practice based on best available evidence. •Possess focused knowledge and skills in a defined area of nursing practice.
PO3Skill - Range
 (a)DEMONSTRATE MASTERY OF A COMPLEX AND SPECIALISED AREA OF SKILLS AND TOOLS; USE AND MODIFY ADVANCED SKILLS AND TOOLS TO CONDUCT CLOSELY GUIDED RESEARCH, PROFESSIONAL OR ADVANCED TECHNICAL ACTIVITY. The graduate should be able to: •Assist individuals, families and groups achieve optimum health, independence, recovery, or a peaceful death, in a professional caring manner. •Provide and manage direct practical nursing whether health promotional, preventative, curative, rehabilitative, or supportive to individuals, families or groups. •Demonstrate evidence based clinical practice skills essential for safe nursing practice. •Perform a nursing assessment, plan and initiate care and treatment modalities within agreed interdisciplinary protocols to achieve patient/ client centered outcomes and evaluate their effectiveness. •Identify and implement health promotion priorities in an area of specialist practice. •Implement health promotion strategies for patient/client groups in accordance with the public health agenda.
PO4Skill - Selectivity
 (a)EXERCISE APPROPRIATE JUDGEMENT IN A NUMBER OF COMPLEX PLANNING, DESIGN, TECHNICAL AND/OR MANAGEMENT FUNCTIONS RELATED TO PRODUCTS, SERVICES, OPERATIONS OR PROCESSES, INCLUDING RESOURCING. The graduate should be able to: •Identify and meet the nursing needs of individuals, their families and community in all health care settings. •Demonstrate the skills of analysis, critical thinking, problem solving, and reflection in nursing practice. •Act as an effective member of the health care team, in an appropriate nursing setting and participate in the multidisciplinary team approach to the care of patients and clients. •Evaluate practice and use current research findings to underpin clinical practice. •Articulate and represent patient/client interests and enable patient/client and others to fully participate in decisions about their health needs. •Implement changes in health care service in response to patient/client need and service demand.
PO5Competence - Context
 (a)USE ADVANCED SKILLS TO CONDUCT RESEARCH, OR ADVANCED TECHNICAL OR PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITY, ACCEPTING ACCOUNTABILITY FOR ALL RELATED DECISION MAKING; TRANSFER AND APPLY DIAGNOSTIC AND CREATIVE SKILLS IN A RANGE OF CONTEXTS. The graduate should be able to: •Adopt a holistic approach to care and the integration of knowledge: conduct a systematic holistic assessment of client needs based on nursing theory and evidence-based practice. •Plan care in consultation with the client, taking into consideration the therapeutic regimes of all members of the health care team. •Implement planned nursing care/interventions to achieve the identified outcomes. •Evaluate client progress towards expected outcomes and review plans in accordance with evaluation data and consultation with the client. •Establish and maintain therapeutic interpersonal relationships, with individuals/ clients/groups/communities. •Identify, critically analyse, disseminate and integrate nursing and other evidence into the area of specialist practice. •Initiate and/or participate in and evaluate audit and use the outcome of audit to improve service provision. •Contribute to service planning and budgetary processes through the use of audit and specialist knowledge.
PO6Competence - Role
 (a)ACT EFFECTIVELY UNDER GUIDANCE IN A PEER RELATIONSHIP WITH QUALIFIED PRACTITIONERS, LEAD MULTIPLE, COMPLEX AND HETERONGENEOUS GROUPS. The graduate should be able to: •Effectively manage the nursing care of clients/ groups/communities. •Contribute to the overall goal/mission of the health care institution. •Demonstrate the ability to work as a team member. •Determine priorities for care based on need, acuity and optimal time for intervention. •Select and utilise resources effectively and efficiently. •Utilise methods to demonstrate quality assurance and quality management. •Delegate to other nurses activities commensurate with their competence and within their scope of professional practice, having due regard for the principles outlined in the Scope of Nursing and Midwifery Practice Framework, when delegating a particular role or function. •Facilitate the coordination of care. This is achieved through working with all team members to ensure that client care is appropriate, effective and consistent. •Provide leadership in clinical practice and act as a resource and role model for specialist practice.
PO7Competence - Learning to Learn
 (a)LEARN TO ACT IN VARIABLE AND UNFAMILIAR CONTEXTS, LEARN TO MANAGE LEARNING TASKS INDEPENDENTLY, PROFESSIONALLY AND ETHICALLY. The graduate should be able to: •Take responsibility got personal and professional development. •Act to enhance the personal and professional development of self and others. •Demonstrate a commitment to life-long learning. •Contribute to the learning experiences of colleagues through support, supervision and teaching. •Educate clients/groups/communities to maintain and promote health. •Provide mentorship, preceptorship, teaching, facilitation and professional supervisory skills for nurses, and other health care professionals.
PO8Competence - Insight
 (a)EXPRESS A COMPREHENSIVE, INTERNALISED, PERSONAL WORLD VIEW, MANIFESTING SOLIDARITY WITH OTHERS. The graduate should be able to: •Provide and articulate professional and ethical nursing practice. Safe and effective practice requires a sound underpinning of theoretical knowledge that informs practice and is in turn informed by practice. •Practice in accordance with legislation relevant to nursing practice. •Practice within the limits of own competence and take measures to develop own competence. •Demonstrate an understanding and consciousness of professional nursing practice issues through the process of reflection on experience. •Generate and contribute to the development of clinical standards and guidelines. •Use specialist knowledge to support and enhance generalist nursing knowledge and practice.
 

Semester Schedules

Stage 1 / Semester 1

Mandatory
Module Code Module Title
SCIA N8Z03 Foundation Studies in Natural Sciences 1
NURS N8126 Introduction to Intellectual Disability Studies
PRPF N8006 Learning for Professional Development
PLCE N8120 Clinical Placement 1 - Dependent Participant ( Part 1 of 2 )
 

Stage 1 / Semester 2

Mandatory
Module Code Module Title
NURS N8127 The Causes and Prevention of Intellectual Disability
COMM N8006 Interpersonal Skills Incorporating Alternative Communication
HLCR N8058 Fundamentals Skills of Intellectual Disability Care 1
PLCE N8120 Clinical Placement 1 - Dependent Participant ( Part 2 of 2 )
 

Stage 2 / Semester 1

Mandatory
Module Code Module Title
HLCR N8059 Person Presenting with Complex Needs
HLCR N8060 Fundamental Skills of Intellectual Disability Care 2
HLST N8120 Challenges to Health Throughout the Lifespan
HLST N8121 Health Science
NURS N8128 Child and Adolescent Development
PLCE N8121 Clinical Placement 2 - Supported Participant ( Part 1 of 2 )
 

Stage 2 / Semester 2

Mandatory
Module Code Module Title
PSYC N8057 Supporting Psychological Health and Well-being
HLST N8122 Life Transitions in Adulthood
HLST N8123 Positive Mental Health
PLCE N8121 Clinical Placement 2 - Supported Participant ( Part 2 of 2 )
 

Stage 3 / Semester 1

Mandatory
Module Code Module Title
PLCE N8133 Clinical Placement 3 - Participant ( Part 1 of 2 )
 

Stage 3 / Semester 2

Mandatory
Module Code Module Title
NURS N8165 Neurobiological disorders
NURS N8166 Person Centred Approaches
NURS N8167 Ethical and Legal Practice
NURS N8168 Health Education Across the Lifespan
NURS N8169 Evaluating Research
PLCE N8133 Clinical Placement 3 - Participant ( Part 2 of 2 )
 

Stage 4 / Semester 1

Mandatory
Module Code Module Title
TEMPCODE152 Building and Enhancing Capacity
TEMPCODE153 Professional Practice
TEMPCODE154 Older Adult and Palliative Care in Intellectual Disability
TEMPCODE155 Clinical Placement 4 - Proficient Participant
 

Stage 4 / Semester 2

Mandatory
Module Code Module Title
TEMPCODE156 Clinical Placement 5 - Independent Practitioner