Course Overview

This programme is designed for registered  nurses who wish to pursue a specialism in Perioperative Nursing. This programme is offered full-time over two calendar years. Taught components of the programme are delivered in a blended learning format. Blended learning is an innovative teaching strategy which involves a combination of face-to-face and on-line learning. This means that most learning/teaching will be delivered on-line through Blackboard, an interactive learning system which connects directly to the University from your own home computer. Students are required to attend face to face workshops for a total of 12 days across the programme. The programme is comprised of six theory /practice modules. In all modules there is an emphasis on exploring the relevance of module content to practice, similarly, practice placements allow students to explore “new” knowledge in practice, enabling them an opportunity to integrate theory and practice. 

Students are required to undertake their clinical practice in an approved clinical practice setting within Ireland normally within the students own work setting. Where the environment does not provide sufficient opportunities to meet the learning outcomes of the programme additional placements will be required by t he student in sites which will provide the experience needed. A minimum  of 1,000 clinical hours need to be completed in the specialist area while undertaking the programme.

SPECIAL FEATURES

 The course is approved by An Bord Altranais agus Cnaimhseachais na hEireann and has a clinical focus, offering opportunities to develop specialist skills. The programme is offered through a blended learning format—a combination of online and face-to-face learning and teaching.

Blended learning is an innovative and flexible approach to learning, making it possible to combine working full-time with studying.

 

 

Applications and Selections

Applications are made online via the NUI Galway Postgraduate Applications System

Who Teaches this Course

See full staff list here.

Requirements and Assessment

Key Facts

Entry Requirements

All applicants must meet the following entry requirements:

  • Be a registered nurse on the General division of the register maintained by An Bord Altranais agus Cnaimhseachais na hEireann;
  • Have a minimum of six months’ post-registration experience (exclusive of post-registration courses);
  • Be currently working in the required specialist area, i.e., theatre (perioperative setting) and have as a minimum six months’ clinical experience in this specialist area;
  • Have an honours degree or equivalent (Level 8);
  • Have an honours bachelor’s degree at NFQ Level 8 in nursing or a comparable qualification. Applicants who do not hold an honours degree or Higher Diploma (Level 8) must demonstrate that they have successfully completed (in the previous two years) a module at Level 9. Please consult the professional credit awards at Level 9 at: www.nuigalway.ie/pca/pca.html.

Top-up 

Applicants who have completed a specialist nursing PGDip and who have attained at least 60%  in their final mark are eligible to apply for year two of our specialist masters programmes via the link below.  Please contact the programme leader directly to discuss your eligibility (additional requirements may apply).


Additional Requirements

Duration

2 years, full-time (Option to leave the programme with a Postgraduate Diploma after one year)

Next start date

September 2019

A Level Grades ()

Average intake

10 (minimum)

Closing Date

Please see the review/closing dates website for further information.

NFQ level

Mode of study

Blended learning & workshops.

ECTS weighting

90

Award

CAO

Course code

1MDP1—full time
1MDP3—top-up

Course Outline

Students will complete 3 core and 3 specialist modules in the firstyear (60 ECTS). Eligible students will then complete a research dissertation (30 ECTS) in the second year.

Modules:

  • Clinical Governance: Supporting Safe Practice (10 credits core)
  • Advanced Research Methods (10 credits)
  • Physiological Effects of Surgery and Promotion of Safety: (10 credits)
  • Prevention of Anaesthetic Complications: (10 credits)
  • Prevention of Surgical Complications:   (10 credits)
  • Service Improvement (10 credits)
  • Clinical Assessment  1
  • Clinical Assessment  2

Module details for GYM22- full time
Module details for GYM86- top up

Curriculum Information

Curriculum information relates to the current academic year (in most cases).
Course and module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Glossary of Terms

Credits
You must earn a defined number of credits (aka ECTS) to complete each year of your course. You do this by taking all of its required modules as well as the correct number of optional modules to obtain that year's total number of credits.
Module
An examinable portion of a subject or course, for which you attend lectures and/or tutorials and carry out assignments. E.g. Algebra and Calculus could be modules within the subject Mathematics. Each module has a unique module code eg. MA140.
Optional
A module you may choose to study.
Required
A module that you must study if you choose this course (or subject).
Semester
Most courses have 2 semesters (aka terms) per year.

Year 1 (60 Credits)

Required NU6618: Specialist Module 2 - Prevention of anaesthetic complications


Semester 1 | Credits: 10

This module has as its theme the prevention, recognition and safe treatment of anaesthetic complications. It will address the care of the patient in relation to general anaesthesia, regional anaesthesia, peripheral nerve blocks, local anaesthesia and recovery from anaesthesia.
(Language of instruction: English)

Learning Outcomes
  1. Critically appraise the assessment, intervention and evaluation of patients undergoing general anaesthesia
  2. Critically appraise the assessment, intervention and evaluation of patients undergoing regional/local anaesthesia and peripheral nerve blocks
  3. Critically appraise the assessment, intervention and evaluation of patients undergoing emergency anaesthesia
  4. Critically appraise the assessment, intervention and evaluation of patients recovering from anaesthesia
  5. Critically appraise precursors to catastrophic anaesthetic events.
Assessments
  • Continuous Assessment (100%)
Teachers
The above information outlines module NU6618: "Specialist Module 2 - Prevention of anaesthetic complications" and is valid from 2016 onwards.
Note: Module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Required NU6439: Service Improvement


Semester 2 | Credits: 10

This module will allow the student the opportunity to plan and implement, with their manager, and an academic facilitator, a service improvement initiative. The project will focus on an issue of relevance to client care or service improvement and must be supported by the student’s line manager and/or clinical facilitator. Examples of the types of projects include: completion of a defined literature review supporting some aspect of unit work, preparation of a patient education leaflet (supported by an evidence based rationale presented separately), development of a patient education pack (supported by an evidence based rationale presented separately), development of a strategy to reduce waiting time, an initiative that will improve patient/staff safety, development/implementation of guidelines/policies, an initiative that improves the quality of patient services or the work environment, an initiative that saves time/money or any issue/problem/change that can be addressed through action. This work must be completed within a calendar year.
(Language of instruction: English)

Learning Outcomes
  1. Critically examine a practice issue and contribute to service improvement
  2. Integrate and apply learning from other modules
  3. Work collaboratively with peers and clients
  4. Become an autonomous and independent learner
  5. Develop the skills and knowledge needed to implement a change in clinical practice
  6. Develop their skills of analysis, critical thinking, problem-solving and reflection
Assessments
  • Continuous Assessment (100%)
Teachers
The above information outlines module NU6439: "Service Improvement" and is valid from 2018 onwards.
Note: Module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Required NU623: Clinical Governance: Supporting Safe Practice


Semester 1 | Credits: 10

Errors are inevitable in healthcare systems (Commission on Patient Safety and Quality Assurance, 2008). It is estimated that medical errors would rank 5 in the top 10 causes of death in the United States, ahead of accidents, diabetes, and Alzheimer’s disease, if included on the National Centre for Health Statistics’ list (Joint Commission, 2005 p.7). In Ireland, the Commission on Patient Safety and Quality Assurance (2008) acknowledge that healthcare will never be risk free but argue that it is critical that the systems in place are as safe as possible, that the right ‘checks and balances’ are in place and that learning results from mistakes. To ensure this happens it is important that programmes prepare nurses to promote and enhance clinical safety. The module is guided by the National Patient Safety Framework (The Australian Council for Safety and Quality in Health Care, 2005) and the WHO Patient Safety Curriculum Guide for Medical Schools (World Health Organisation, 2009).
(Language of instruction: English)

Learning Outcomes
  1. Critique the concepts of ‘safety’ and ‘risk’ in context of their practice setting.
  2. Examine the concept of ‘clinical governance’ in the Irish healthcare system
  3. Identify and evaluate the factors that determine the quality and safety of healthcare from the perspective of (i) the nurse or midwife (ii) the client (iii) the multidisciplinary team and (iv) the wider healthcare system
  4. Identify local policies and procedures to improve clinical safety and apply safety principles in practice.
  5. Debate the tensions between ‘managing risk’ and ‘client autonomy
  6. Explore their role in promoting and enhancing safety as a member of the multidisciplinary team
  7. Complete a risk assessment relevant to their practice setting.
  8. Evaluate their contribution to quality improvement in their practice setting
Assessments
  • Continuous Assessment (100%)
Teachers
The above information outlines module NU623: "Clinical Governance: Supporting Safe Practice" and is valid from 2018 onwards.
Note: Module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Required NU921: Clinical Competence 1


Semester 1 | Credits: 0

Assessments
  • Continuous Assessment (100%)
Teachers
The above information outlines module NU921: "Clinical Competence 1" and is valid from 2014 onwards.
Note: Module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Required NU616: Specialist Module 1 - Physiological effects of surgery


Semester 1 | Credits: 10

This module will focus on the development of knowledge and skills required to work effectively within the complex perioperative environment. There will be particular emphasis on the physiological effects of surgery. Application of the knowledge will relate to the assessment, intervention and evaluation of client care in relation to respiratory, circulatory, cardiac, renal and endocrine function. The physiological effects of surgery are explored in the context of the effects on these systems to include the metabolic changes induced by surgery/trauma, fluid and electrolyte imbalance and the inflammatory response.
(Language of instruction: English)

Learning Outcomes
  1. Critically discuss the physiological effects of surgery.
  2. Critically discuss the promotion of safety in the theatre environment
  3. • Critically discuss the care of patients requiring respiratory assistance and general anaesthesia
  4. • Critically discuss the function and maintenance of cardiovascular integrity in relation to patient care intra operatively
  5. • Critically examine the role of the nurse in assessment, intervention and evaluation of the patients’ need for fluid balance to be maintained intra operatively
  6. • Critically discuss the management of clients with an endocrine dysfunction during the perioperative period. Critically articulate the prevention of injury related to positioning of the patient for surgical procedure
  7. • Critically discuss the care of patients requiring assistance with thermoregulation including prevention of malignant hypo/hyperthermia
  8. • Critically assess hazards specific to the theatre environment in the provision of safe and effective perioperative nursing care
  9. • Critically discuss the legal and procedural requirements related to safe perioperative care to include patient information and consent
  10. • Critically analyse the psychological impact of impending surgery on the adult and paediatric patient to include nursing assessment, interventions and evaluation of nursing care to minimise psychological distress
  11. • Critically analyse the potential of hazards to staff in the theatre environment and articulate the policies/procedures to minimise harm
Assessments
  • Continuous Assessment (100%)
Teachers
The above information outlines module NU616: "Specialist Module 1 - Physiological effects of surgery" and is valid from 2017 onwards.
Note: Module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Required NU6619: Specialist Module 3 - Prevention of surgical complications


Semester 2 | Credits: 10

This module focuses on the prevention of surgical complications as the overall theme. It will address physical and psychological aspects of patient care in relation to the prevention of infection, wound healing and care of equipment. Peri operative nursing management related to specialist surgery is also explored.
(Language of instruction: English)

Learning Outcomes
  1. Critically discuss measures employed in the peri operative environment to reduce the risk of infection intra-operatively
  2. Critically analyse the aspects of infection controls employed in the perioperative environment
  3. Critically analyse the wound healing processes and factors that impede healing
  4. Critically articulate the care of instruments and equipment used in the perioperative area
  5. Critically discuss the management of the sterile field
Assessments
  • Continuous Assessment (100%)
Teachers
The above information outlines module NU6619: "Specialist Module 3 - Prevention of surgical complications" and is valid from 2016 onwards.
Note: Module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Required NU502: Advanced Research Methods


Semester 2 | Credits: 10

This module focuses on developing further students understanding of the theoretical foundations of research, research methodologies and methods of data collection. The module has two major goals. Firstly, to provide students with the required knowledge and skills to interpret and implement research findings in their practice and secondly, to prepare students to undertake a piece of research. Students will be given an opportunity to recap on methodological approaches to quantitative and qualitative research. A key skill in promoting students independence is preparing students to complete their own research project under the supervision of a supervisor. Therefore, this module has a specific focus on providing students with the knowledge and skills of “doing” research.
(Language of instruction: English)

Learning Outcomes
  1. Demonstrate that they have an understanding of what ‘evidence’ is and how to ssystematically search for evidence
  2. Discuss theoretical perspectives on research methodology
  3. Explain clearly the origins, underpinning philosophical assumptions, key characteristics, strengths and weaknesses of qualitative and quantitative research methodologies
  4. Articulate a research problem and formulate a research question or hypothesis as appropriate to guide the conduct of the study
  5. Justify the use of appropriate data collection, sampling, and data analysis methods for qualitative and quantitative research
  6. Create a plan with clear rationales for data collection, sampling, data analysis and rigour to be used when conducting a qualitative or quantitative study
Assessments
  • Continuous Assessment (100%)
Teachers
The above information outlines module NU502: "Advanced Research Methods" and is valid from 2017 onwards.
Note: Module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Required NU922: Clinical Competence 2


Semester 2 | Credits: 0

Assessments
  • Continuous Assessment (100%)
Teachers
The above information outlines module NU922: "Clinical Competence 2" and is valid from 2014 onwards.
Note: Module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Year 2 (30 Credits)

Required NU6515: Research Dissertation


Semester 1 and Semester 2 | Credits: 30

Students will be required to undertake a piece of primary research on a topic of relevance to their specialism. Students will be assigned a research supervisor who will support them in undertaking this work
(Language of instruction: English)

Learning Outcomes
  1. Developed a research question of significance to their specialist nursing practice.
  2. Identify the appropriate methodology to suit the research question and/or hypothesis
  3. Demonstrate knowledge of ethical requirements within the study
  4. Demonstrate the ability to review and analyse relevant literature
  5. Identify the most appropriate method for data collection to answer the research question
  6. Demonstrate the ability to draw a significant and meaningful conclusion from the data analysis
  7. Prepare a scholarly report, which will demonstrate accurate expression, analysis and synthesis of ideas
Assessments
  • Continuous Assessment (100%)
Teachers
The above information outlines module NU6515: "Research Dissertation" and is valid from 2016 onwards.
Note: Module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Why Choose This Course?

Career Opportunities

Graduates have found employment and promotion opportunities nationally and internationally.

Who’s Suited to This Course

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Work Placement

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Course Fees

Fees: EU

€6,500 p.a. (Yr 1) & €3,250 (Yr 2) 2018/19

Fees: Tuition

€6,276 p.a. 2018/19

Fees: Student levy

€224 p.a. 2018/19

Fees: Non EU

€14,750 p.a. 2018/19
EU Fees Year 1:  €6,500 and Year 2: €3,250.

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