The Postgraduate Diploma in Public Health Nursing is a full-time programme running for 10 months from the date of first registration for the programme. Students passing the Postgraduate Diploma will be eligible for registration with An Bórd Altranais as a Registered Public Health Nurse.
Before admission to the programme of education and training leading to registration in the Public Health Nurses Division of the Register, the name of the candidate for registration must already be entered in the General Division of the Register of Nurses. Candidates must have evidence of a minimum of two years general nursing experience, of which 12 months should be consecutive. Unless the candidate's name is registered in the Midwives Division of the Register, the candidate must complete an An Bord Altranais approved module or unit of study on Maternal and Child Health as part of the programme. Candidates must have undertaken a programme of study at National Framework of Qualifications academic level 8 (Honours Degree or Higher Diploma) or provide evidence that they can perform at this level, thereby satisfying the university/college that they have the ability to complete the programme. If English is not the first language, fluency must be demonstrated (IELTS 7 or higher). Admission to the programme will be subject to the internal university approval process.
Exemptions at the Point of Entry to the Programme
Suitably qualified applicants with relevant Midwifery registration may on acceptance of a place, make a request for exemption from the Maternal and Child Health Nursing module to be considered by the College of Medicine and Health. Exemption forms for this and other modules are available from the School of Nursing and Midwifery.
Students take modules to the value of 60 credits incorporating 300 hours of structured contact time and clinical practicum.
Students take 60 credits as follows:
NU6041 Public Health Nursing: Principles and Professional Issues
NU6042 Children, Young People and Families (10 credits)
NU6043 Adults and Older People in the Community (5 credits)
NU6044 Health and Health Promotion: Concepts and Principles (5 credits)
NU6046 Research for Community Nurses (5 credits)
NU6047 Clinical Placement: Public Health Nursing (5 credits)
NU6054 Maternal and Child Health Nursing (10 credits)
SS6015 Community Development (5 credits)
SS6016 Health and Personal Social Services (5 credits)
Module descriptions are contained in the Book of Modules 2012/2013.
Full details and regulations governing Examinations for each programme will be contained in the Marks and Standards 2013 Book and for each module in the Book of Modules 2012/2013.
Programme Learning Outcomes for Postgraduate Diploma in Public Health Nursing (NFQ Level 9, Major award) (An Bord Altranais, 2005, p12)
On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to: