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Nursing (Older Person) MSc

Course Details

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

Award: Postgraduate

Qualification: Level 9 Masters (MSc)

Faculty: Education and Health Sciences

Course Type: Taught Professional/Flexible

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 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 older person 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 in older person nursing. Course Brochure

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 older person 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 in older person nursing.

On completion of the programme the student will:

  • Critically examine evidence that informs best practice in the care of the older person in the context of gerontological care
  • Critically explore the philosophy of gerontological care and biopsychosocial perspectives on ageing, current trends and issues in ageing, complexities and challenges of nursing older people, person centred approaches to care, promotion of positive ageing
  • Demonstrate in-depth knowledge and understanding of models of gerontology assessment and therapeutic interventions currently used in care of older persons
  • Apply critical thinking skills and ethical decision making required in practice
  • Demonstrate proficiency in written, verbal, and digital communication skills, at individual and collaborative levels
  • Critically examine the value of interdisciplinary collaboration in the provision of quality evidenced based care
  • Critically review current innovations and developments in leading and managing change in practice
  • Demonstrate an in-depth understanding of the research process
  • Demonstrate commitment to life-long learning while fostering self-development and self-evaluation
  • Demonstrate responsibility for personal and professional development in advancing gerontological practice
  • Apply critical thinking and reflective skills in promoting and advancing practice in gerontology
  • Appreciate the contribution of research in informing and advancing practice in gerontology
Year 1 Year 2
Autumn Autumn
  • Health Research – Methods and Methodology (12 Credits)            
  • Philosophical Underpinnings of Gerontology care (9 Credits)
  • Clinical Practicum 1 ( 9 Credits)
  • Dissertation 1 (9 Credits)      
Spring Spring
  • Promoting Quality and Safety in Health Care (12 Credits)
  • Managing and Co-ordinating of Gerontology Care (9 Credits)
  • Clinical Practicum 2 (9 Credits)
  • Dissertation 2 (21 Credits)

 

The programme is listed as full time but is taken on a part-time basis. The 90 credit MSc in Nursing (Older Person) consists of six modules in Year One (60 credits) and one research dissertation in Year 2 (30 credits). In year one students undertake two theory modules in each semester, (one specialist module in older person care and one core module) as well as one clinical practicum module in semesters one and two, a total of six modules in year one of the programme. As part of the clinical practicum modules students are required to fulfil 1100 hours clinical practice time over the two semesters in year one, in addition to successfully completing specialist older person care competences. Students are required to attend University for a total of 13 days in year one, one introductory day and 6 days lectures in the Autumn and Spring semesters. In year two students will be required to complete a small scale research project or a systematic review, or a practice-based enquiry within a supported framework. Students will be required to attend workshop days in the Autumn semester of year 2. They will be assigned an academic supervisor and will meet as required with a supervisor during the completion of year 2.

Entry Requirements

  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 2H2) or show evidence of  recognized prior learning  (RPL) as outlined in  the (RPL) policy of the University and Department of Nursing and Midwifery - For information on RPL click here
  4. Students are required to be working in an older person setting for the duration of the programme
  5. The MSc in Nursing (Older Person) 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.
  6. Applicants whose first language is not English must provide evidence of either prior successful completion of a degree qualification taught through the medium of English or meet criteria identified in the English Language qualifications set by the University of Limerick

Acceptable English Language qualifications include the following:

  • Matriculation examinations from European countries where English is presented as a subject and an acceptable level is achieved
  • Irish Leaving Certificate English –Ordinary Level Grade D or above
  • TOEFL – 580 (paper-based) or 90 (internet-based)
  • IELTS – Minimum score of 6.5 with no less than 6 in any one component.
  • English Test for English and Academic Purposes (ETAPP) – Grade C1
  • GCE ‘O’ level English Language/GCSE English Language – Grade C or above
  • Cambridge Assessment English –Certificate of Proficiency in English - Grade C / Certificate in Advanced English Grade B
  • GCE Examination Boards – Oxford Delegacy of Local Examinations – Grade C / Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate – School Certificate Pass 1-6 / University of London Entrance and School Examinations Council – School Certificate Pass 1-6

Successful completion of the Garda clearance process, Health Screening & Vaccinations Certification and CPR certification are programme requirements for this degree programme. Health Screening/Vaccination Certificates will incur costs to the student.

What to Include with your Application:-

  • Full degree transcript and certificates/awards (including English translation if applicable
  • English language qualifications   (Taken in the last 2 years, if English is not your first language)
  • Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland current registration certificate
  • Clinical Practice Environment Self-Assessment Audit Declaration
  • Copy of birth certificate/passport

Recognised Prior Learning - What to Include with your Application:

  • Copy of birth certificate/Passport
  • 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

Successful completion of year one of the Masters in Nursing (Older Person) programme (Graduate Diploma award) will provide students with the academic qualifications required to be considered eligible for clinical nurse specialist posts. The MSc award on successful completion of year 2 will provide students with the academic qualifications required to be considered eligible for advanced practice posts.