UCC CPD courses

Medical and Surgical Nursing of Individuals with Cardiorespiratory Problems

Course Fact File
Duration18th March 2024 to 29th April 2024
Teaching ModePart-Time. See Additional Teaching Mode Information for more info.
Fees€900 See Fees and Costs for full details.
Closing Date31st October 2023

School of Nursing and Midwifery, Brookfield Health Sciences Complex.

Start DateSemster II


Module Objective: Provide clinical nurses with the theoretical and practical knowledge required for assessment and management of patients with cardiorespiratory conditions.

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

  • Demonstrate the application of nursing knowledge and skills in the assessment and management of patients with cardiorespiratory conditions
  • Demonstrate the application of nursing knowledge and skills in supporting a patient's cardiorespiratory status.
  • Critically evaluate clinical signs of cardiovascular and or respiratory dysfunction and early warning signs
  • Critically analyse current nursing practice with regard to cardiovascular and respiratory conditions in surgical and medical settings.
  • Evaluate the role of the nurse in the prevention of cardiovascular or respiratory problems.
  • Evaluate current policy and strategies concerning cardiovascular and respiratory conditions and appraise their relevance to nursing practice.

Module Content: Holistic physical assessment of a patient's cardiovascular and respiratory status, epidemiological factors surrounding cardiovascular and respiratory conditions in Ireland, policy and strategy initiatives in managing cardiovascular and respiratory diseases, early warning signs for cardiorespiratory dysfunction, nursing interventions in managing cardiovascular and respiratory disorders, diagnostic investigations (e.g. 12 lead ECG interpretation, arterial blood gas interpretation) acute cardiovascular and respiratory conditions, urgent interventions for acute cardiovascular and respiratory conditions, supporting respiratory function, chronic cardiovascular and respiratory disease management, management of cardiovascular and respiratory conditions in the surgical setting.

Additional Teaching Mode Information

Teaching Method(s): 16hr(s) Lectures (Tutorials/Workshops/Clinical Simulations); 184hr(s) Other (Distance Learning; Engagement with Discussion Board, E-tivities, Preparatory Reading, Assignment Preparation, Self-Directed Learning).

All postgraduate courses contain some element of blended learning. This means that the module is delivered online using our virtual learning environment Blackboard (teaching and learning strategies include module study guides, discussion boards, audio/visual resources and online assessments/activities). This also includes face-to-face contact with lectures for workshops.

Prior to commencing the module each student taking a blended module will be provided with an orientation to Blackboard and training on how to use the online technology within the course.  IT support will be given to students throughout the duration of the course.  

Please be available on these below listed dates and you will be contacted with updates once available:  

Delivered from March 18th 2024 to 29th April 2024

Class dates for 2023/24 Academic Year: 

Wednesday 20th March 2024  09.00-17.00 BHSC Campus

Wednesday 10th April   2024  08.30-17.00 BHSC Campus

Wednesday 17th April   2024   08.30-17.00 BHSC Campus

Week of 22nd April 2024 Study week / Assignment Submission



Assessment: Total Marks 200: Continuous Assessment 200 marks (Seminar/Presentation: 180 marks; E-tivities: 20 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 €900. There is a €35 application fee. 

How To Apply

Applications now open.

  • To apply for this module please log on to the UCC APPLY page and create an account.  
  • Gather any additional documents required (including a passport-style photo), copy of your degree parchment if not a previous UCC graduate.
  • An application fee of €35 will be payable on submission of your application via the same platform.




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