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Continuous Professional Education Modules (CPE)

Continuous Professional Education Modules (CPE)

The Department of Nursing and Midwifery offers the following continuous professional education modules listed below. The modules are offered to support the adult and flexible learning needs of nurses and midwives and can be undertaken without registering for a full postgraduate nursing programme. Students can take up to three modules of study without enrolling on a full programme of study and while modules are offered each semester programme enrolment occurs each Aug/Sept. Modules successfully completed by students have designated ECT credits and if students subsequently register for a postgraduate programme of which these modules are part of, they may apply to the University for exemptions for the completed modules and carry grades forward.

The modules listed below are offered on Tuesday's during Autumn and Spring semesters. You will need to contact the course director in advance of each academic semester to inform them you are registered for a CPE module and to receive details re dates, times and location of when modules are taught.

To apply for a continuous professional education module, Download Application Form  complete form and return to the Fees Office at the University of Limerick, with the appropriate fee. Some modules will only be offered if there are sufficient numbers of students registered for those modules in each semester.  If you would like more detailed  information on these modules please contact the Course Director directly.


  Semester 1


CPE Modules Autumn Semester

Module Code


Advanced Assessment in Respiratory Nursing - Next Intake 2018

Comprehensive needs-based assessment of adults experiencing respiratory-related health problems are analysed at specialist and advanced levels. This module focuses on the role of the nurse at this level in observation and examination, as well as critical evaluation and application of advanced assessment tools and diagnostic indicators in respiratory nursing.



Health Research - Methods and Methodology- Download Flyer

This module focuses on the different paradigms and theoretical underpinnings of research approaches. A range of approaches and their application within health research, including positivist and naturalistic research, are examined. Both the ethics and politics of research are considered



Leading and Managing Practice - Download Flyer

This module explores and examines the changing and evolving healthcare climate to reflect the role of the registered practitioner as being critical to the provision of a caring, person-centred and change-orientated service. The module provides the opportunity for critical debate around factors that influence knowledge for practice and explores challenges to caring and practice development



Principles of Palliative Care in Practice

This module examines the philosophy of palliative care and the influence of policy to inform the provision of a quality, person-centred service. Advancing roles are explored and critically discussed within the context of patient and family support throughout the trajectory of a life-limiting illness. The relationship between physical, psychosocial and spiritual dimensions of hope and loss is evaluated. A focus on dynamic communication strategies supporting teamwork and decision-making is integrated throughout the module



Principles Underpinning Dementia Care

This module will prepare practitioners to meet the needs of people with various types of dementia as identified in local, national and international policies and strategies and within the changing demography of people with dementia. It also provides practitioners with the opportunity to develop specific competences and expertise in conducting holistic assessments for persons with dementia. Diagnostic procedues and stages of dementia will also be explored. Concepts of personhood, person centred care and safe care underscore delivery of modular content.



Principles of Primary and Community Care - Download Flyer

This module examines primary and community care principles from a national and international perspective. It analyses the evolution of primary and community care practice from a historical perspective and explores the reforms and influences on practice from an organisational context and the challenges in relation to the ongoing development of primary and community care practice.



Principles Underpinning Perioperative Nursing

The student requires grounding in the principles and philosophical underpinnings of practice in a peri-operative environment. The module examines personalised care of the patient, analgesia and pain management and examines the challenges faced in managing, controlling and limiting infection. Anaesthesiology and the nursing role in the assessment and evaluation of care in the peri-operative environment are key elements of the module



Theories of Psychosocial Assessment and Care

This module examines the theories and guiding principles of psychosocial assessment and interventions. It concentrates on the role of the nurse at specialist/advanced practice levels in individualised person-centred care based on psychosocial needs assessment and principles of empowerment and choice.



Supporting Perinatal Mental Health  - Download Flyer

This module is designed to equip all health care professionals particularly Midwives, Public Health Nurses, Mental Health and other health care professionals to work effectively with individuals, couples and families within whatever work environment they are employed. This module will enable health professionals to develop a comprehensive understanding of perinatal mental health problems and their impact on infants and families, during pregnancy and within one year of birth. Health professionals will develop a range of skills and strategies to enable them to work more effectively with families during the transition to parenthood



Assessment in Rehabilitation of the Older Person

Assessment is the first step in identifying the individual’s needs and priorities for care. This module provides the student with the opportunity to develop their competence and expertise in rehabilitative nursing assessment of the older person.

         NS6061            9

Semester 2


CPE Modules Spring Semester

Module Code


Infection and Prevention and Control in Healthcare - Download Flyer

The module provides students with an opportunity to become knowledgeable in current evidence-based infection prevention and control practices, to learn new skills and to apply the new knowledge and skill to their practice area.It is designed for healthcare professionals across many disciplines, e.g. nursing, midwifery, medicine, physiotherapy.



Intercultural Care - Download Flyer

This module examines dimensions of transcultural caring for individuals from diverse backgrounds. The module evaluates theories and models of transcultural nursing and midwifery. The provision of culturally sensitive care and cultural safety at specialist/advanced practice levels is appraised.



Managing and Co-Ordinating Perioperative Nursing

This module focuses on key aspects of organising, co-ordinating and managing the patient experience in peri-operative settings. The module addresses key issues relating to interpersonal relationships among the multidisciplinary team. Particular attention is given to planned and emergency surgical care and the role of the peri-operative nurse.



Promoting Quality and Safety in Healthcare - Download Flyer

This module explores the concept of quality and safety in healthcare in promoting quality patient outcomes. At specialist and advanced practice levels, nurses are expected to contribute to safe effective healthcare provision and promote quality care



Psychosocial Interventions

This module examines the application of theoretical models of psychosocial care in mental healthcare settings. The module emphasises the role of the nurse at specialist/advanced practice levels in designing, delivering and evaluating evidence-based psychosocial interventions, with particular focus on those with enduring mental health needs.



Therapeutic Engagement - Download Flyer

This module examines the theoretical foundations and application of therapeutic engagement and counselling. The module analyses a range of approaches in nursing/midwifery, such as cognitive and behavioural, humanistic and psychodynamic approaches to the therapeutic process and counselling. Particular attention is given to therapeutic engagement with specific client needs across the care continuum



Therapeutic Interventions in Dementia Care

The purpose of this module is to provide the practitioner with the opportunity to develop knowledge and expertise nursing people with dementia. Particular attention is given to attending to the physical, psychosocial, emotional needs of the patient emphasising the need for effective communication and the use of specific interventions and approaches.



Therapeutic Interventions in Palliative Care

The module examines advancing roles in the application of palliative care perspectives in advanced assessment and management of total pain. Specific disease states and therapeutic interventions to alleviate symptoms across the continuum of a life-limiting illness are explored. Emphasis is placed on the significance of altered mobility, fatigue and rehabilitation in palliative care. Palliative care perspectives in death and dying are explored and critically evaluated.



Therapeutic Interventions in Respiratory Nursing - Next Intake Sept 2018

This module focuses on the role of the nurse at specialist/advanced practice levels in relation to therapeutic interventions, including health promotion and rehabilitative strategies that support adults who have respiratory-related health problems. Nursing interventions and supports for the adult in the context of collaborative care arrangements and multidisciplinary practice are analysed.



Therapeutic Interventions in Rehabilitation Nursing of the Older Person

The purpose of this module is to provide the student with the opportunity to develop knowledge and expertise in the provision of rehabilitation nursing to the older person. Therapeutic nursing interventions encompass the implementation, monitoring and evaluation of rehabilitation nursing of the older person.

       NS6062               9

Tracheostomy Care - Download Flyer

This module is to provide the student with the knowledge and skills to organise, lead and deliver therapeutic interventions to support people with a tracheostomy and their family



Perinatal Breavement and Loss - Download Flyer

The quality of perinatal bereavement care delivered during the parents grieving journey can have long-lasting consequences as it may have a significant impact in shaping their healing process and may directly influence how they cope following their baby’s death. This module supports midwives and other health care professionals to work more effectively with bereaved parents and their families experiencing perinatal loss.

NS6122 9


Contact Details.

Dr Owen Doody

Course Director Postgraduate Programmes,
Department of Nursing and Midwifery,
Health Sciences Building,
Northbank Campus
University of Limerick.
Telephone: +353-61-213367

Mobile: +353-86-8379781