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Module Descriptions - Postgraduate

Module Descriptions - Postgraduate

MSc Programmes

Year 1, Semester 1 Modules

Advanced Assessment in Respiratory Nursing (NS6201)
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.

Clinical Practicum 1 (NS6401)
Students on this module are based within practice environments for a minimum of 350 hours. The key emphasis within the practice placement is on the integration of theory and practice. Particular attention is given to the application of the knowledge, skills and attitudes required to be an analytical, reflective practitioner.

Health Research - Methods and Methodology (NS6036)
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 (NS6037)
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.

Prinicples of Palliative Care in Practice (NS6081)
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 of Primary and Community Care (NS6034)
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 Dementia Care (NS6071)
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 Underpinning Peri-operative Nursing (NS6091)
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

Supporting Perinatal Mental Health (NS6051)
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.

Theories of Psychosocial Assessment and Care (NS6101)
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.

Year 1, Semester 2 Modules

Clinicial Practicum 2 (NS6402)
Students on this module are based within practice environments for a minimum of 750 hours. The key emphasis within the practice placement is the critical application of theory to practice and the utilisation of evidence to enhance practice.

Health Promotion in Nursing/Midwifery Practice (NS6041)
This module evaluates the theoretical underpinnings of health promotion in nursing/midwifery. The application of the philosophies and principles of health promotion in nursing/midwifery practice at specialist/advanced practice levels is emphasised.

Intercultural Care (NS6040)
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 Peri-operative Nursing (NS5212)
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.

Psychosocial Interventions (NS6092)
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 (NS6042)
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 (NS6062)
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 (NS6072)
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 (NS6102)
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.

Tracheostomy Care (NS6202)
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.

Year 2, Semester 3 and 4 Modules (MSc)

Dissertation 1 (NS6004)
In this module, students are required to devise and prepare a research project in an approved area of their choice. Students prepare a substantial project that integrates and applies their previous learning.

Dissertation 2 (NS6005)
The dissertation comprises a substantial project of 20,000 words (+/- 10%). Students must obtain a minimum grade of C3 in the dissertation. The work must meet the conditions of ethical research requirements


Infection Prevention and Control In Healthcare (NS6302)

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.