Honours Bachelor Degree
Programme Code: DK_NMWIF_8
Mode of Delivery:Full Time, Modular
No. of Semesters:7
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 midwifery practice.
PO2Knowledge - Kind
 (a)DETAILED KNOWLEDGE AND UNDERSTANDING IN ONE OR MORE SPECIALISED AREAS, SOME OF IT AT THE CURRENT BOUNDARIES 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 midwifery practice. •Know and demonstrate an understanding of the social sciences as they apply to midwifery practice. •Critically analyse and evaluate relevant knowledge in contemporary midwifery practice. •Critically analyse and evaluate relevant knowledge in health promotion and health care policy. •Demonstrate relevant knowledge to underpin evidence based midwifery practice. •Possess focused knowledge and skills in a defined area of midwifery 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: •Conduct a comprehensive needs assessment as the basis for independent midwifery practice. •Provide competent, safe, midwifery care to women and where possible the wider family circle. •Demonstrate evidence based clinical practice skills essential for safe midwifery practice. •Identify and implement health promotion priorities in midwifery practice. •Implement health promotion strategies for women, their families and the wider community 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 midwifery care needs of women, their families and community in all health care settings. •Demonstrate the skills of analysis, critical thinking, problem solving, and reflection in midwifery practice. •Act as an effective member of the maternity care team and participate in the multidisciplinary team approach to the care of women where appropriate. •Evaluate practice and use current research findings to underpin clinical midwifery practice, promoting the normality of pregnancy and birth. •Articulate and represent women’s interests and enable women to fully participate in decisions about their maternity care needs. •Implement changes in maternity care service in response to women’s needs and choices 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 midwifery care and the integration of knowledge: conduct a systematic holistic assessment of women’s needs based on midwifery theory and evidence-based practice. •Plan care in partnership with the woman, taking into consideration the therapeutic regimes of all members of the midwifery care team. •Implement planned midwifery care to achieve the identified outcomes. •Evaluate a woman’s progress towards expected outcomes and review plans in accordance with evaluation data and partnership with the woman. •Establish and maintain caring interpersonal relationships with the women and their families. •Assess and confirm the health of women during pregnancy, labour, birth and puerperium and provide appropriate midwifery care. •Identify, critically analyse, disseminate and integrate midwifery and other evidence into midwifery practice. •Initiate and/or participate in and evaluate, audit and use the outcome of audit to improve the provision of midwifery care. •Contribute to service planning and budgetary processes through the use of audit and midwifery 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 midwifery care of women and their families. •Contribute to the overall goal/mission of the health-care institution. •Demonstrate the ability to work as a team member. •Determine priorities for midwifery care based on need, acuity and optimal time for intervention. •Select and utilize resources effectively and efficiently. •Utilise methods to demonstrate quality assurance and quality management. •Delegate to other midwives 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 co-ordination of care. This is achieved when working in partnership with a woman and all team members to ensure that a woman’s care is appropriate, effective and consistent. •Provide leadership in clinical practice and act as a resource and role model for midwifery 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 and support women, their families and the wider community to maintain and promote health. •Provide mentorship, preceptorship, teaching, facilitation and professional supervisory skills for midwives, 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 midwifery 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 effecting midwifery practice. •Practice within the limits of own competence and take measures to develop own competence. •Demonstrate an understanding and consciousness of professional midwifery practice issues through the process of reflection on experience. •Generate and contribute to the development of clinical standards and guidelines. •Use relevant knowledge to support and enhance midwifery knowledge and practice.

Semester Schedules

Stage 1 / Semester 1

Module Code Module Title
PLCE N8122 Clinical Placement Stage 1 ( Part 1 of 2 )

Stage 1 / Semester 2

Module Code Module Title
SCIA N8003 Midwifery and Natural Sciences
HLST N8124 Women's Health and Pregnancy 1
PLCE N8122 Clinical Placement Stage 1 ( Part 2 of 2 )

Stage 2 / Semester 1

Module Code Module Title
NURS N8130 The Neonate
HLST N8125 Women's Health and Pregnancy 2

Stage 2 / Semester 2

Module Code Module Title
NURS N8132 Midwifery 2(b)

Stage 3 / Semester 2

Module Code Module Title
NURS N8175 Midwifery 3
NURS N8169 Evaluating Research
NURS N8176 Sensitive Midwifery Practice

Stage 4 / Semester 1

Module Code Module Title
TEMPCODE183 Leadership, Management and Innovative Practice
TEMPCODE184 Midwifery 4