Find out if Nursing is for you! This preparatory course is geared for those who intend to go on to further training for the BSc Degree in Nurse Education either in Ireland, England, Scotland, Wales or abroad. You will be introduced to subjects/topics commonly studied in the first year of the nursing degree programme. Learn about the skills and knowledge of the nursing profession with an emphasis on respect, dignity, empathy and confidentiality. Give yourself the best start for entry to a career in healthcare. There is a fully equipped nursing/HCA room for all of the practical work.
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- Anatomy and Physiology 5N0749 – learn the structure of the various systems within the human body e.g. digestive, system, respiratory system, nervous system, skeletal system etc. and how they work. Develop an understanding of the interrelationships that exit between these systems.
- Care Skills 5N2770 – Understand the holistic care of a client over the full life span from birth to death, including areas such as disabilities, mental health, care of the older person and palliative care. Practical instruction in washing, feeding, mobilisation, toileting and grooming. End of life care is included as part of the holistic care.
- Human Growth and Development 5N1279 – Learn psychology throughout the lifespan, how we grow, learn develop and change throughout our lives. Understand factors that affect development throughout the lifespan. Develop interpersonal/interactive skills appropriate to responding to the needs of others.
- Infection Prevention and Control 5N3734 – Learn how to prevent the spread of infection in the healthcare setting including hand hygiene and standard precautions. Practical instruction in all aspects of practice including cleaning following blood borne spillage and terminal cleaning.
- Nursing Theory and Practice 5N4325 – Develop an understanding of the caring skills, knowledge and accountability required by a professional nurse, including safe patient handling and measurement and accurate recording of temperature, pulse, respiration, blood pressure and fluid balance. The link between theory and practice is constant and using the Nursing Process and the Roper, Logan and Tierney model of nursing as guides the student learns the importance of client centre care and inclusivity.
- Work Experience 5N1356 – Planning, preparation and reflection on work placement. Job finding strategies, CV and personal statement preparation, interview skills. Practise employability skills with a view to future planning.
- Care of the Older Person 5N2706 – Explore how older people change and develop psychologically, physically and socially. Develop practical caring strategies for working with older people.
- Palliative Care 5N3769 – Enable the learner to develop a holistic approach to caring for persons with a life-limiting illness and their families. Learn effective communication skills that promote a holistic environment. Understand the structure and organisation of palliative care services. Learn to meet the specific needs of a person with a life-limiting illness and respond sensitively to the practical and emotional needs of bereaved families.
- Communications 5N0690 – Acquire the writing skills needed for the workplace, learn to speak fluently and coherently in a professional setting, develop interpersonal skills and have an understanding of the impact of ICT on society.
- People Moving and Handling Certification (requirement for work experience): Manual handling training is required under Regulation 13 of the 1993 (General Application Regulations) and 1993 Manual Handling Regulations. This training programme is aimed at providing all persons at work with proper techniques when lifting, carrying, loading, pushing and supporting. It provides employees with good work practices such as proper lift Manual Handling Techniques. The course includes being aware of the necessity for safe methods of manual handling to reduce the risk of injury and understanding the need to avoid manual handling by using mechanical aids where possible. Furthermore, assessing the task using the TILE criteria (task, individual, load, environment) and implementing the correct method of lifting ensuring minimal risk to self and co-workers will also be included. Finally, knowing how to safely execute all relevant workplace manual handling tasks will be demonstrated. A certificate will be issued to learners who successfully complete the course.
- HSE Safeguarding Vulnerable Persons at Risk Certificate (requirement for work experience): Its primary focus is to inform learners on the guiding practice and procedures to keep vulnerable adults safe in the community and residential settings. The content includes learners being informed of their safeguarding responsibilities, the different types of abuse and neglect and how to recognise them and how to report concerns in line with HSE guidelines. All students receive a certificate on completion at the end of the course.
- First Aid Workshop (online): This First Aid workshop will introduce the learner to the principles of First Aid. On successful completion of this workshop you will be a vital link in the chain of survival. The workshop includes identifying the role and responsibilities of the first Aider, understanding the principles of infection control. In addition, learners will describe and demonstrate how to assess a casualty- by conducting an initial check, physical examination, by obtaining a SAMPLE history, assessing levels of Response (AVPU) and identifying problems that are an immediate threat to life. Finally, learners will describe the requirements for a handover to other health care practitioners. A record of achievement from Morrison’s Island Campus is issued on successful completion.
- AMRIC Hand Hygiene (HSELand): Effective hand Hygiene is the single most effective thing that you can do to protect the people you care for and yourself from healthcare acquired infections. HCAI’s. But knowing is not enough – it’s important to apply what you have learnt and believe that it can be done. By the end of this course, you should know: Why hand hygiene is important
- When to practice hand hygiene.
- How to perform hand hygiene in line with the WHO 5 Moments.
- How to take care of your hands.
- Work Safely Induction (Health & Safety Authority)This Work Safely Induction has been developed by the Health and Safety Authority. The Work Safely Protocol is the key document your employer must follow for the safe operation of your workplace, particularly in relation to Covid-19. This course has been designed to help you to understand the measures outlined in the Work Safely Protocol. It is a requirement of the Protocol that workers must complete induction training.
- AMRIC Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) (HSELand): This course on Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) will enable and empower you to make an assessment on the selection of PPE for a task and to put on and remove PPE correctly. By the end of the course, you will be able to: Identify why you need to wear PPE and where you need to wear it.
- Recognise the appropriate PPE to wear to protect the body, face and eyes, and hands in different situations.
- Put on and remove all PPE in acute and non-acute setting.
- Dispose of used PPE safely.
- Reflect on your own actions and behaviours in relation to PPE and infection prevention and control.
- AMRIC Infection Prevention and Control: Practical programme which includes specific measures for prevention of infection in all healthcare facilities, how to identify hazards and carry out a well-informed risk assessment. How to control the sources and prevent onward transmission of infection.
Leaving Certificate with five subjects at grade O6/H7, with Ordinary Level Maths (grade O6 preferable). Leaving Certificate Biology is considered an advantage. Mature students are exempt from Leaving Certificate requirement. CERFL proficiency at B2 for access to Level 5 courses for those whose first language is not English. All applicants are interviewed. An offer of a place on this course is contingent on the applicant meeting the requirements set out here and satisfactory presentation at interview.
Note: Prospective students should be aware that some aspects of this course are physically demanding and should satisfy themselves that they are physically fit enough to undertake.
- All Nursing degrees programmes in Ireland
- Nursing degrees in England (including Kingston University, Southampton University)
- Nursing degrees in Wales (including Swansea University, University of South Wales)
- Nursing degrees in Scotland (including University of Stirling Queen Margaret University Edinburgh)
- MTU Cork: Social Care (MT573)
Excellent progression opportunities to UCC and other Higher Education colleges. Special arrangements in place with MTU Cork, MTU Kerry and SETU (Waterford & Carlow) for preferential entry for students of Morrisons Island locations for some courses. Excellent progression opportunities in Ireland, Scotland, England and Wales. Go to our progressions database for exact requirements on progressions for this course.
Nursing homes, hospitals, private homecare sector, intellectual disability environments.
- Duration: September to May
- Fees: €300 including QQI examination fees. (Medical card holders exempt from €50). €250 approx. for kits, vaccinations and certain course materials. See Payment for details.
- Certification: QQI Level 5 Certificate in Nursing Studies (5M4349)
- Work Experience: Students will undertake 150 hours work experience in a hospital or care home setting. Garda vetting is an integral part of the application procedure for this course. Hepatitis B and flu vaccinations (others may be required in individual settings) are required for work experience in a healthcare setting. Applicants should be aware that healthcare environments used in work experience may insist that students are fully vaccinated for Covid-19.
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