UCC CPD courses

Medical and Surgical Nursing of Individuals with Cardiorespiratory Problems


Fact File

  • Title

    Medical and Surgical Nursing of Individuals with Cardiorespiratory Problems

  • Code


  • College

    Medicine and Health

  • Duration

    As below.

  • Teaching Mode

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

  • Fees

    €900 See Fees and Costs for full details.

  • Entry Requirements

    See Requirements for full details.

  • Closing Date

    October 2020 (Exact Date TBC)

  • Venue

    School of Nursing and Midwifery, Brookfield Health Sciences Complex.

  • Credits


  • Start Date

    Orientate Day 4th February 2021


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.  



Class dates for 2020/21: 

Class Date 


Orientation Thursday 4th Feb 2021 09:00-17:00


Thursday Mar 18th 2021 11.30-17.00 


Thursday April 1st 2020 09.00-18.00


Thursday April 22nd 2021 09.00-17.00 


Assignment Submission:

Tuesday 4th May 2021 (subject to change)





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 Do I Apply

How Do I Apply:

To apply for this module:

  1. Download and complete the application form at the link below
  2. Gather any additional documents required (including a passport-style photo)
  3. Pay your €35 application fee for this module via UCC’s Online Portal, noting your Application ID: Click here to proceed to UCC’s Online Portal
  4. Send your completed application form, photo and any relevant documents, including your application ID via email to 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.