CPE 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 two modules of study without enrolling on a full programme. Enrolment occurs at the beginning of the Autumn and Spring semester.

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 Tuesdays during Autumn and Spring semesters. Some modules will only be offered when sufficient numbers of students are registered for those modules, per semester. You will need to contact the office in advance of each academic semester to inform that you are registered for a CPE module, and to receive details on schedules, times and location of when modules are taught.

Thank you for your interest in University of Limerick Certificate of Study.  To apply for an Autumn Link In Occasional Module please click here: https://www.si.ul.ie/urd/sits.urd/run/siw_ipp_lgn.login?process=siw_ipp_app&code1=UNIVCERTA&code2=0002  

Note you are applying for Autumn Start – September 2022.

If it is your intention to apply for funding for a module, please ensure funding is in place before submitting your application. 

Please note: Not all modules run in each Semester, please ensure your chosen module is running prior to application. This information is available when you select "Apply Now" on the website. 

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FEES: The fees for UCOS Single modules are:

                Standard Module Fee €568 EU - €1,623 Non EU

                9 credit module: €800 EU - €1,500 Non EU

                12 credit module: €1,050 EU - €1,900 Non EU

                15 credit modules: €1,300  EU - €2,400 Non-EU

Once your appliction is processed you will be instructed how to pay the fees or be asked to provide a Funding Letter if applicable.

Continuing Professional Education Modules

Advanced Assessment in Respiratory Nursing

Module Code: NS6201
Module Credits: 9 Credits
Duration: One Semester (12 weeks)
Start Date: 01 Sep 2022

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.

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Health Research Methods and Methodology

Module Code: NS6036
Module Credits: 12 Credits
Duration: One Semester (12 weeks)
Start Date: 01 Sep 2022

This module supports students to develop an understanding of the research process through clarifying research approaches and methods.

The module will provide students with an understanding of the challenges in doing research and the contribution of research to health care. 

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Infection Prevention and Control in HealthCare

Module Code: NS6302
Module Credits: 9 Credits
Duration: One Semester (12 weeks)
Start Date: 01 Sep 2022

The purpose of this module explores infection control measures necessary to prevent and manage the spread of illnesses and identify appropriate infection control measures.

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Leadership in Health Professional Education

Module Code: BM6013
Module Credits: 9 Credits
Duration: One Semester (12 weeks)
Start Date: 01 Sep 2022

This module will support the educator training needs of busy health professionals both locally and internationally. This module aims to give participants the confidence and skills to develop plans for improvement or change and to take leadership initiative for such changes.

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Leading and Managing Practice

Module Code: NS6035
Module Credits: 9 Credits
Duration: One Semester (12 weeks)
Start Date: 01 Sep 2022

Excellent clinical leadership is recognised as fundamental to the provision of high-quality care and creating a culture of innovation and support in the workplace. 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.

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Philosophical Underpinnings of Gerontology Care

Module Code: NS6411
Module Credits: 9 Credits
Duration: One Semester (12 weeks)
Start Date: 01 Sep 2022

This module provides the student with the opportunity to develop their knowledge and expertise in person-centred nursing care of the older person. This module explores theories and concepts of gerontology including theories of ageing, ageing process and ageism. It explores theories and concepts underpinning gerontological nursing. Furthermore, this module examines comprehensive physical and psycho-social assessment processes and tools within gerontological care.

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Principles of Palliative Care in Practice

Module Code: NS6081
Module Credits: 9 Credits
Duration: One Semester (12 weeks)
Start Date: 01 Sep 2022

This module examines the philosophy of palliative care and the influence of policy to inform the provision of 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.

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Principles of Primary and Community Care

Module Code: NS6034
Module Credits: 9 Credits)
Duration: One Semester (12 weeks)
Start Date: 01 Sep 2022

Primary and Community Care focuses on health beyond the traditional health care system, focusing on health equity-producing social policy to attain better health services for all. 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.

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Principles Underpinning Dementia Care

Module Code: NS6071
Module Credits: 9 Credits
Duration: One Semester (12 weeks)
Start Date: 01 Sep 2022

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 competencies and expertise in conducting holistic assessments for persons with dementia. Diagnostic procedures and stages of dementia will also be explored. Concepts of personhood, person-centred care and safe care underscore the delivery of modular content.

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Principles Underpinning Perioperative Nursing

Module Code: NS6091
Module Credits: 9 Credits
Duration: One Semester (12 weeks)
Start Date: 01 Sep 2022

This module explores the principles and philosophy underpinning perioperative nursing. Personalised care of patients within the highly technical perioperative setting. The role of the nurse in anesthetics, recovery, pain management, and collaborative care in perioperative environments. Health and safety dimensions in providing safe and effective perioperative nursing in an ever-changing environment. Recommended perioperative practices, guidelines and policies. The challenges in promoting, managing, controlling and minimising risk within the perioperative area.

Please note students must complete this module in order to advance to NS6082

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Supporting Perinatal Mental Health

Module Code: NS6051
Module Credits: 9 Credits
Duration: One Semester (12 weeks)
Start Date: 01 Sep 2022

Perinatal mental health is a serious public health issue, which has the potential to cause adverse outcomes for women’s life-long mental health and impact on the wellbeing of their children and families (UK National Perinatal Mental Health Report, 2010). This module is designed to equip all health care professionals particularly Midwives, Public Health Nurses, Mental Health and allied health care professionals with the knowledge and skills to work effectively with women who experience perinatal mental health problems.

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Theoretical Underpinnings of Practice Based Inquiry

Module Code: NM8001 (Masters)
Module Credits: 15 Credits
Duration: One Semester (12 weeks)
Start Date: 01 Sep 2022

The purpose of this module is to focus on introducing and engaging the students in the theoretical underpinnings of practice-based enquiry and the development of practice theories.  The purpose of which is to facilitate learning and support practitioners to respond and contribute to on-going changes, reform and challenges in the healthcare environment.

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Theories of Psychosocial Assessment and Care

Module Code: NS6101
Module Credits: 9 Credits
Duration: One Semester (12 weeks)
Start Date: 01 Sep 2022

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. There is a strong focus on developing and enhancing clinical skills and a critical understanding of assessment and case formulation with a particular focus on evidence-based psychosocial interventions. 

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Theories of Psychosocial Assessment and Care

Module Code: NS6101
Module Credits: 9 Credits
Duration: One Semester (12 weeks)
Start Date: 01 Sep 2022

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. There is a strong focus on developing and enhancing clinical skills and a critical understanding of assessment and case formulation with a particular focus on evidence-based psychosocial interventions.

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Translational Research

Module Code: NM8002 (Masters)
Module Credits: 15 Credits
Duration: One Semester (12 weeks)
Start Date: 01 Sep 2022

The purpose of this module is to introduce students to the conduct of practice-based enquiry and support healthcare professionals to develop the skills and understanding necessary to employ strategies for translating research into practice.

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Health Professional Leadership

Module Code: NM8012 (Masters)
Module Credits: 15 Credits
Duration: One Semester (12 weeks)
Start Date: 01 Jan 2023

The purpose of this module is to enable practitioners to advance their leadership capability and capacity in being an effective leader and manager within a complex healthcare practice environments.

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Health Promotion in Healthcare Practice

Module Code: NS6502
Module Credits: 9 Credits
Duration: One Semester (12 weeks)
Start Date: 01 Jan 2023

This module title and content is being changed from Health Promotion in Nursing and Midwifery, to Health Promotion in Healthcare Practice to reflect the inter-professional working within the Health Service. In addition, this change facilitates this module being offered on the MSc Advanced Practice within the School of Allied Health (SAH) as an elective on their MSc programme. The purpose of this module is to provide the students with the knowledge and skills to critically appraise and develop their role as a practitioner in health promotion in healthcare practice in a variety of settings. 

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Intercultural Care

Module Code: NS6040
Module Credits: 9 Credits
Duration: One Semester (12 weeks)
Start Date: 01 Jan 2023

This module focuses on clarifying and challenging important concepts underpinning intercultural care. The purpose of this module is to help students develop an advanced understanding of the knowledge, skills and attitudes required by health care professionals when providing culturally competent care. Students will critically review factors that facilitate and hinder culturally competent practice. Opportunities to critically examine approaches for developing cultural awareness, cultural knowledge, cultural sensitivity, and cultural competence in the delivery of health care are also provided. 

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Leading and Managing Infection Prevention and Control

Module Code: NS6192
Module Credits: 9 Credits
Duration: One Semester (12 weeks)
Start Date: 01 Jan 2023

This interprofessional module will enable students to consolidate existing knowledge and skills and prepare for assuming a greater role in leading and managing infection prevention and control strategies. The emergence of novel infections, such as coronavirus, place an immediate emphasis on the need for up to date evidence-based education. The human, workplace and financial consequences of community-acquired, and healthcare-associated infections are increasingly recognised. The purpose of the module is to provide students with an opportunity to critically appraise and evaluate current infection prevention and control practice approaches, whilst preparing to champion and lead infection prevention and control best practice in the workplace. Module delivery is in conjunction with health service partner organisations, demonstrating a contemporary and multidisciplinary approach to infection prevention and control education.

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Management and Co-Ordination of Gerontology Care

Module Code: NS6412
Module Credits: 9 Credits
Duration: One Semester (12 weeks)
Start Date: 01 Jan 2023

The purpose of this module is to provide the student with the opportunity to develop knowledge and expertise in the provision of care to the older person. This module explores the implementation, coordination, monitoring and evaluation of gerontological care. Concepts of person-centred care, adaptation, self-determination, advocacy, teaching and interdisciplinary teamwork are explored. 

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Managing and Co-Ordinating Peri-Operative Nursing

Module Code: NS6082
Module Credits: 9 Credits
Duration: One Semester (12 weeks)
Start Date: 01 Jan 2023

This module explores advancing perioperative nurses' roles, accountability and responsibilities in the preoperative, intraoperative and postoperative management of elective and emergency care of the patient. Creation and implementation of evidence based protocols, procedures and guidelines. Interpersonal relationships, stress and conflict management Multidisciplinary team collaborations and co-ordinating within the perioperative environment. Quality improvement in the management of equipment and consumables. Innovations and trends in advancing perioperative nursing to meet changing health service needs within a dynamic and challenging healthcare environment. 

Please note students must successfully complete NS6091 before applying for this module

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Perinatal Bereavement and Loss

Module Code: NS6122
Module Credits: 9 Credits
Duration: One Semester (12 weeks)
Start Date: 01 Jan 2023

The aim of this module is to facilitate midwives and other health care professionals to work more effectively with bereaved parents and their families experiencing pregnancy loss or perinatal death. The quality of perinatal bereavement care delivered during the parents grieving journey can have long-lasting consequences. It may have a significant impact in shaping their healing process and may directly influence how they cope following their baby's death. The module is designed to facilitate all health care professionals to work more effectively with bereaved parents and their families (National Standards for Bereavement Care Following Pregnancy Loss and Perinatal Death 2016) and to explore the evolving healthcare environment in providing a caring, compassionate, person centred approach in leading and managing practice development. 

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Promoting Quality and Safety in Healthcare

Module Code: NS6038
Module Credits: 12 Credits
Duration: One Semester (12 weeks)
Start Date: 01 Jan 2023

Nurses are increasingly being recognised as key stakeholders within health service organisations. At specialist and advanced practice levels, nurses are expected to contribute to safe effective healthcare provision and promote quality care. This module explores the concept of quality and safety in healthcare in promoting quality patient outcomes. 

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Psychosocial Intervention of Mental Health Care

Module Code: NS6092
Module Credits: 9 Credits
Duration: One Semester (12 weeks)
Start Date: 01 Jan 2023

The overall aim of this module is to develop and enhance students' knowledge and skills to implement evidencebased psychosocial interventions across a range of mental health settings. It is well established that evidence-based psychosocial interventions support service-user recovery. This module builds on the semester 1 module (NS6101 THEORIES OF PSYCHOSOCIAL ASSESSMENT AND CARE) and is underpinned by a belief that you, as a student, will bring knowledge, practice skills and expertise that can be further developed. This ensures that, as a practitioner, you become a credible focus for practice enhancement within your own specialist setting. Therefore, this module will provide the student with the skills to critically understand the principal concepts, theories and effectiveness of psychosocial interventions within various organisations. 

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Safety Planning and Risk Management in HealthCare

Module Code: NS6172
Module Credits: 9 Credits
Duration: One Semester (12 weeks)
Start Date: 01 Jan 2023

This module addresses contemporary mental healthcare policy and practice, where risk assessment and safety planning are integral components of a recovery based approach to care. Participants will be afforded the opportunity to develop expert knowledge, skills and competence related to complex care management issues in accordance with best practice guidelines and policy. Health care professionals will critically evaluate and lead assessment in risk management, safety planning and therapeutic interventions, informed by evidence based practice guided by local, national and international policy. 

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Therapeutic Engagement

Module Code: NS6042
Module Credits: 9 Credits
Duration: One Semester (12 weeks)
Start Date: 01 Jan 2023

This module will develop knowledge/skills to facilitate practitioners to use therapeutic engagement at specialist/ advanced levels in nursing/midwifery practice. Therapeutic engagement is an essential means through which healing and personal growth and development are achieved within nursing and midwifery and healthcare practice. Participants completing this module will improve the efficacy of their current practice through increased knowledge of CBT and its use in addressing maladaptive cognition and behaviour. 

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Therapeutic Interventions in Dementia Care

Module Code: NS6062
Module Credits: 9 Credits
Duration: One Semester (12 weeks)
Start Date: 01 Jan 2023

The purpose of this module is to provide the practitioner with the opportunity to develop knowledge and expertise in 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. The importance of support for the person with dementia and family within a range of care settings is recognised and emphasised. The concept of and importance of the environment will be deeply explored. Palliative care and end of life issues are also critically discussed. 

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Therapeutic Interventions in Palliative Care

Module Code: NS6072
Module Credits: 9 Credits
Duration: One Semester (12 weeks)
Start Date: 01 Jan 2023

The purpose of this module is to provide opportunities for participants to develop knowledge informing therapeutic interventions in the provision of holistic palliative care. It is imperative that practitioners at this level can critically evaluate complex care needs and interventions to enhance practice within a palliative care ethos. 

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Therapeutic Interventions in Respiratory Nursing

Module Code: NS6102
Module Credits: 9 Credits
Duration: One Semester (12 weeks)
Start Date: 01 Jan 2023

The purpose of this module is to provide nurses operating at either specialist or advanced practice levels with the knowledge and skills to lead, organise, deliver therapeutic interventions, and support so that they can operate as autonomous practitioners.

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Tracheostomy Care

Module Code: NS6202
Module Credits: 9 Credits
Duration: One Semester (12 weeks)
Start Date: 01 Jan 2023

A person with a tracheostomy tube requires complex care involving clinicians across different healthcare specialties. This module is in response to an identified service need and demand in the region. The purpose of 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. 

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Contact Nursing & Midwifery

Health Science Building, North Bank Campus, University of Limerick
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