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The overall aim of this programme is to provide registered nurses and midwives with the opportunity to enhance previously acquired professional education and develop critical inquiry, evidence based practice/research, knowledge, skills, and attitudes in preparation for professional role enhancement within nursing/midwifery. Successful completion of the Graduate Diploma/MSc. Nursing/Midwifery programme will provide students with the academic qualifications necessary to enhance their professional role in the healthcare environment. The programme will provide opportunities to explore research in order to further develop evidence based nursing and midwifery practice.
On completion of the programme the student will be able to
* Critically evaluate, conduct and generate research in nursing/midwifery practice.
* Critically review current innovations and developments within nursing/midwifery.
* Critically appraise strategies that promote, maintain and restore health across a wide spectrum of care groups.
* Critically evaluate developments in healthcare informatics from a national and international perspective.
* Discuss factors that influence theoretical and practical knowledge and critical thinking skills.
* Critically discuss the principles of primary and community healthcare delivery.
* Critically discuss the meanings and paradigm challenges of caring as a creative enterprise in nursing/midwifery practice.
* Critically discuss strategies to empower nurses/midwives in leading and managing developments in nursing/midwifery practice within an interdisciplinary team approach.
* Critically appraise and analyse evidence based findings and their implementation in enhancing clinical effectiveness.
* Apply a critical understanding of reflective processes in realising a professional vision for practice.
At Graduate Diploma level, students undertake a total of 8 modules described below. At Masters level, all students will complete one additional research module and a dissertation.
Health Research - Methodology, Concepts of Specialist and Advanced Practice. Practice Placement 1, Contemporary Issues in Midwifery Practice
Healthcare Policy and Reform, Practice Placement 2, Advancing Midwifery Practice
Students will select one Module from a range of the following Elective Modules to be taken in Semester 2. Not all Modules may be offered in any year.
Health Promotion in Nursing/Midwifery Practice, Consultancy in Nursing / Midwifery
Trans-cultural Care, Therapeutic Engagement, Complementary Therapies in Healthcare Practice
Semesters 3 and 4
Health Research - Methods, Dissertation 1, Dissertation 2