Nursing - Childrens Cancer
- Minor Certificate (Level 9 NFQ)
- Part time
- Course provider
Enrolment and Start Dates Comment
Start Date: September 2014.
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This is a 1 (academic) year programme, broken down into two semesters.
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Applicants must have at least one year's experience in Children's Cancer Nursing at time of attendance
Applicants must be employed in an oncology unit (focusing on caring for children with cancer) or related specialist setting prior to commencing the course and for duration of the course
Applicants must hold a primary degree in Nursing (or equivalent in related discipline)/APEL consideration if no degree
Applicants must be entered onto the appropriate division of the Nurses Register maintained by An Bord Altranais (be registered as an RCN)
Applicants must hold a Graduate Diploma in another specialist area of nursing or have obtained 30 ECT (credits) at Level 9 (Masters Level in both research and theoretical aspects of nursing)
Other criteria to be used in the assessment of the application include number of years of experience, and evidence of ongoing professional development
Documents to be submitted with your application:
Original transcript(s) including date and grading of degree award (non UCD Graduates only) & notarised English translations where relevant
Nurse applicants: A current photocopy of An Bord Altranais registration
Other health care professionals: A current photocopy of registration with professional registration body
Copy of Birth Certificate or Personal Page of Passport
Signed Declaration Form from Employer (original form)
Completed Professional Reference Form (original form)
Nurse applicants: Completed Clinical Competence Assessor Nomination Form signed by the nominee
Evidence of proficiency in English language (applicants whose first language is not English.
Who is the programme for?
The programme is aimed at advancing the registered nurse's repertoire of knowledge and skills in the care of children with cancer; it is particularly aimed at preparing the nurse to assume the role of clinical nurse specialist in this area.
What is the programme about?
The programme will enhance your existing knowledge and skills in caring for children with cancer.
Main programme objectives
The programme aims to develop the practitioner's capacities for caring and competent practice in Children's Cancer Nursing in order to prepare the nurse to provide patient-centred care within the health service.
The specific aims of the programme are:
- To build upon and advance the student's repertoire of knowledge, skills, attitudes and professional values that were developed during the course of his/her basic training and arising out of his/her experiences in clinical practice
- To provide the student with the requisite knowledge, skills, attitudes and professional values for the advancement of his / her role in the care of children with cancer including critical analysis, creative thinking, decision making and communication
- To develop a greater understanding of the theory which underpins Children's Cancer Nursing practice including theory in the social and behavioural sciences and theory in the biomedical sciences
- To provide learning experiences that advance the student's professional development and personal growth and experiences that affirm the student's capacity to be a self-directed learner
- To advance the student's sense of professional awareness, and commitment and a sense of professional responsibility and accountability in Children's Cancer Nursing
- To enable the student to value learning as a continuous process and as a necessary process in the context of his/her professional role in Children's Cancer Nursing
What will I learn?
The curriculum is designed to enhance your knowledge and skills with respect to the holistic assessment and management of children with cancer.
How will I benefit?
On successful completion of the programme, you will receive a Graduate Certificate in Nursing (Children's Cancer Nursing). This is a highly regarded qualification for nurses caring for children with cancer in Ireland.
We use a range of teaching methods including lectures, workshops and seminars. Clinical teaching is undertaken by specialists in the clinical area with particular emphasis on assisting students in applying theory to practice. Clinical Placements provide students with excellent opportunities to learn from experts in other hospitals and/or within their own hospitals; students attend multidisciplinary team meetings, tutorials and engage in supervised practice in order to develop and refine specific clinical skills such as chemotherapy administration.
It is essential that you have access to a personal computer and an email account as communication with students is primarily undertaken by email. Lecture handouts/announcements are made available to students via Blackboard (a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) that supports online learning and teaching) and/or via email. Messages from the university regarding examination policy and procedures are also sent via email.
List of specialist modules:
Fundamentals of Cancer Care (7.5 credits: Semester 1)
Psychooncology (7.5 credits: Semester 2)
Children's Cancer Nursing (7.5 credits: Semester 2)
Clinical Practicum (Children's Cancer Nursing) (7.5 credits: Semester 2)
Assessments are varied (assignments/short examination questions/MCQ/case presentation and clinical assessments (Clinical Competency Assessment Tool, Clinical Learning Outcomes, a practical examination (OSCE)) and occur at intervals throughout and at the end of the semesters.
Number of Credits
Careers or Further Progression
Careers/where can I go?
Possessing a broad and deep understanding of the theory and skills required for caring for children with cancer, you will be well positioned to work in a variety of settings specialising in this area both nationally and internationally. As the programme is particularly aimed at preparing nurses to assume the role of clinical nurse specialist, many nurses eventually take up CNS positions and some may undertake further study required for the role of ANP in children's cancer nursing. Many nurses also proceed to assume CNM/Educational/Clinical Facilitator roles.
Contact Number: 01 716 6491