UCC CPD courses

Contemporary Issues in Gerontological Nursing


Fact File

  • Title

    Contemporary Issues in Gerontological Nursing

  • Code


  • College

    Medicine and Health

  • Teaching Mode

    Part-Time. See Additional Teaching Mode Information for more info.

  • Fees

    €400 See Fees and Costs for full details.

  • Entry Requirements

    See Requirements for full details.

  • Closing Date

    18th of October 2019

  • Venue

    School of Nursing and Midwifery, Brookfield Health Sciences Complex, UCC, Cork.

  • Credits


  • Start Date

    See Additional Teaching Mode Information for dates


Module Objective: To facilitate students in developing a critical awareness of the contemporary issues in gerontological nursing.

On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:

  • Critically discuss the concept of health promotion as it relates to older people.
  • Summarise the main elements of rehabilitation and explain the rehabilitation of common disorders affecting the older person.
  • Critically evaluate issues in relation to the recognition, prevention and management of abuse and self neglect in older people.
  • Critically discuss the role of the family in the care of the older person and the role of the nurse in supporting the patient and family during the transition from informal to formal care.
  • Critically explore end of life care and evaluate the nurses role in meeting the spiritual needs of older people.
  • Argue issues in relation to sexuality as it relates to older people.
  • Critically explore the effectiveness of complimentary therapies for use in older people.

Module Content: Health promotion and positive ageing, rehabilitation, interface between primary and secondary care, the transition from informal to formal care, informal care and family carers, elder abuse and self-neglect, complementary therapies, end of life issues and palliative care, sexual health and sexually transmitted infections.

Additional Teaching Mode Information

Module Delivery Method*: Wholly face-to-face, Programme/module with no online or web-based technology use, content delivered in writing (hard copy) or verbally (face to face)

Teaching Method:  8hrs Lectures/Workshop; 92hrs Distance Learning; Discussion Board Preparation and Participation, Required Reading, Assignment Preparation and Submission, Self-Directed Learning.



Class dates for 2019/20: 

Class Dates Venue 

Thurs 2nd April 2020 09.00-14.00 


Thurs 23 April 2020 09.00-14.00


Assignment Submission: 

Tuesday 5th May 2020



Assessment: Total Marks 100: Continuous Assessment 100 marks (1,500 word written assignment - 90 marks; E activities - 10 marks).


Open to registered health care professionals in Nursing, Midwifery, Medicine, and Clinical Therapies or other allied disciplines.

Applicants who are practising health care professionals must provide evidence of current registration with the relevant professional regulatory body (e.g. the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland (active registration), the Irish Medical Council, the Health & Social Care Professions Council (or equivalent regulatory body for pharmacists, occupational therapist, podiatrists, speech and language therapists etc.)) Applicants from allied disciplines must provide evidence of professional certification, where appropriate.

Applicants who are under 23 years of age must satisfy the minimum entry requirements as for the Degrees in Nursing or Midwifery, as set out here

Admission to the module(s) will be subject to internal university approval processes on the recommendation of the Head of School.

Applicants for Nursing and Midwifery CPD modules who do not hold an up-to-date IELTS certificate showing the requisite Academic Board approved CM&H scores must demonstrate evidence of appropriate work experience within an English language environment for at least the previous 2 years.

These modules will not necessarily run unless minimum recruitment targets of 10 students are achieved.

Fees and Costs

The fee for this module is €400. There is also a €35 application fee. 

How Do I Apply

To apply for this module please download and complete the application form below and submit with the relevant documents to:

CPD Coordinator,

Graduate Studies Office, West Wing, Main Quad, University College Cork

OR via email at cpdgraduatestudies@ucc.ie


Application Form:

CPD App Form School of Nursing and Midwifery

Forward this form along with the:

  • Application fee,
  • A passport sized photograph and
  • Any other documentation requested on the form.