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Nursing (Palliative Care) - MSc

Course Details

Course Code: MSNUPCTFAD

Available: Full- Time

Duration: 2 Years. This full time programme is taken on a part-time basis.

Award: Masters (MSc)

Faculty: Education and Health Sciences

Course Type: Taught Professional/Flexible

Fees: For Information on Fees, see section below.

Contact(s):

Name:
Dympna Tuohy
Address:
Department of Nursing & Midwifery
Email:
Dympna.Tuohy@ul.ie
Tel:
+353 61 234213
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Brief Description

The overall aim of the MSc Nursing (Palliative Care) programme is to provide registered nurses involved in the care of patients with a life-limiting illness the opportunity to develop their previously acquired professional education and clinical practice skills. The programme focuses on the care and support of patients with palliative needs and their families. Further information can be found on the Nursing and Midwifery webpage - click here

The overall aim of the programme is to provide registered nurses with the opportunity to enhance previously acquired professional education and develop critical inquiry, knowledge and skills, attributes and competencies in preparation for developing roles within nursing. Successful completion of year 1 (Graduate Diploma) will provide students with the academic qualifications necessary to be considered for Clinical Nurse Specialist posts. Successful completion of year 2 (MSc) will provide students with the academic qualifications to be considered for Advanced Nursing Practice posts. The programme provides opportunities to explore research as evidence for enhancing and changing practice. The programme also provides opportunities for nurses to develop critical thinking and reflective skills at specialist and advanced practice levels. The programme will develop professional qualities and a high level of competence in the promotion of excellence and current best practice in the delivery and appraisal of advancing practice.

On completion of the programme the student will:

  • Critically examine best practice in meeting the palliative care needs of patients and their families.
  • Critically evaluate philosophical concepts and the evidence underpinning palliative care.
  • Demonstrate in-depth knowledge and understanding of therapeutic interventions used in a palliative care context in disease and symptom management.
  • Apply critical thinking skills and ethical decision making required for advancing practice.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in written, verbal, and digital communication skills at individual and collaborative levels.
  • Critically examine the value of multidisciplinary collaboration in the provision of quality evidenced based palliative care.
  • Critically review current innovations and developments in leading and managing change in practice.
  • Demonstrate an in-depth understanding of the research process.
  • Demonstrate a commitment to life-long learning while fostering self-development and self-evaluation.
  • Demonstrate responsibility for personal and professional development in advancing palliative care.
  • Apply critical thinking and reflective skills in promoting and advancing palliative care practice.
  • Appreciate the contribution of research in informing and advancing practice within a palliative care setting.
Year 1 Autumn Year 2 Autumn
  • Health Research – Methods and Methodology (12 credits)
  • Principles of Palliative Care in Practice (9 credits)
  • Clinical Practicum 1(9 credits)
  • Dissertation 1(9 credits)
Year 1 Spring Year 2 Spring
  • Promoting Quality and Safety in Health Care (12 credits)
  • Therapeutic Interventions in Palliative Care (9 crdeits)
  • Clinical Practicum 2 (9 credits)
  • Dissertation 2 (21 credits)
  1. A registered nurse on the current register of the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland
  2. Be engaged in practice as a registered nurse for at least one year
  3. Students would normally possess a primary degree (Minimum 2.2) or show evidence of recognized prior learning (RPL) as outlined in the (RPL) policy of the university 
  4. Students are required to be working in a practice setting where there are patients with pallitive care needs, for the duration of the programme

Garda Clerance is also required for this programme.

Results in examinations other than those listed above may also be accepted as meeting our English language requirements. Contact the International Education Division for advice.

The MSc in Nursing (Palliative Care) will be offered as a full-time programme but taken on a part-time basis over two years with the option of an exit award on completion of year 1 (Graduate Diploma). Students can also opt to progress to year two for the MSc award having attained a minimum QCA of 2.00 at the end of year one.

Standard Degree Applicants/ Include with your application

  • Full degree transcript and certificates/awards 
  • Copy of current Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland  registration certificate
  • Clinical Practice Environment Self-Assessment Audit Declaration
  • A copy of the birth certificate (Long Document)
  • An application fee of €35 (electronically) 
  • If your qualifications have been obtained in a country where English is an official language this will suffice
  • If this is not available, the following additional documents must be provided:
    • English translation of your qualification(s)/transcripts
    AND
    • English language competency certificate

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Recognized Prior Learning Applicants /who do not meet standard entry requirements / Include with your application copy of birth certificate (Long Document)

  • Copy of current Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland registration certificate
  • 1000 word typed Recognized Prior Learning  Statement
  • Copies of all certificates or diploma’s as part of prior learning to date
  • An application fee of €35 (electronically) or €40 Bank draft/Cheque

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The programme focuses on the care and support of patients with palliative needs and their families. Critical inquiry will be encouraged into all aspects of palliative care with due regard for the context of practice and the changing needs of palliative care patients and their families. In addition to core modules supporting the acquisition of theoretical knowledge, students will explore how a philosophy of palliative care can underpin their practice in areas such as disease and symptom management,  communication, grief and loss, spirituality, sexuality. Successful completion of the first year of the programme will provide students with the academic qualifications required to be considered eligible for clinical nurse specialist posts. The MSc award will provide students with the academic qualifications required to be considered eligible for advanced nursing practice posts.