UCC CPD courses

Maternity Critical Care NU6167


Fact File

  • Title

    Maternity Critical Care NU6167

  • Code


  • College

    Medicine and Health

  • Duration

    40hr(s) Other (Modified Lectures, Group Discussion, Tutorials, Workshops, Self-directed Learning.); 160hr(s) Placements (Coursework).

  • Teaching Mode

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

  • Fees

    €900.00 See Fees and Costs for full details.

  • Entry Requirements

    Registered Midwives or Registered General Nurses with the NMBI. See Requirements section below for more details on entry requirements. See Requirements for full details.

  • Closing Date

    30th June 2023

  • Venue

    Cork University Maternity Hospital

  • Credits


  • Start Date

    20th September 2023


This is a module for midwives providing care to women with complex or high risk pregnancies, it is designed to advance midwives’ knowledge and skills in maternity critical care or to practice within a Maternity Critical Care setting.   Undertaking this module will prepares midwives to critically explore the management of the critically ill childbearing woman in order to develop and expand their role within maternity or critical care environment.

Core areas addressed are:

Introduction to maternity critical care; pregnancy complications requiring critical care: Respiratory, Cardiovascular, Renal, Neurological.  Assessment and management of fluids and electrolytes; co-morbidities, associated pharmacology; principles of monitoring;; use of the biomedical technology.

Module Objective: To develop knowledge and skills and competencies related to the maternity critical care.

Module Content: Introduction to maternity critical care: Respiratory system, Cardiovascular system, Renal system, Neurological system, Assessment and management of fluids and electrolytes; conditions associated with respiratory system; the cardiovascular system; the renal system; the neurological system; co-morbidities, associated pharmacology and; principles of haemodynamic monitoring; sepsis; bleeding and clotting disorders; use of the biomedical technology,.

Learning outcomes

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

  • Exhibit an ability to critically reflect on the application of maternity critical care skills
  • Critically evaluate evidence based practice in context to maternity critical care practice
  • Demonstrate knowledge of relevant anatomy and physiology pertaining to the respiratory, cardiovascular, renal, system in pregnant and postpartum women.
  • Demonstrate the ability to identify and respond appropriately to deterioration in a critically ill pregnant or postpartum woman.
  • Demonstrate competence in assessing, planning implementing and evaluating care for critically ill pregnant or postpartum woman.
  • Discuss various treatment modalities for critically ill maternity women.

Topics included are as follows:

Principles of maternity critical care, pathways of care, impact of co-morbidities, recognition of deterioration of maternity patient, escalating and deescalating care, assessment, monitoring and management of childbearing women who are critically unwell.  Physiological adaptations of pregnancy and how they impact on critical illness. Clinically evaluation and management of both pregnancy-specific and other conditions associated with pregnancy requiring critical care admission.


Additional Teaching Mode Information

Orientation Semester I - 29th August 2023

Class dates for 2023/2024: 


Class Date Venue 

Wed 20th September 2023


Thur 5th October 2023



Wed 18th October 2023


Wed 1st November 2023


Thur 16th November 2023


Thur 30th November 2023


Wed 13th December 2023


Teaching Method(s): 40hr(s) Other (Modified Lectures, Group Discussion, Tutorials, Workshops, Self-directed Learning.); 160hr(s) Placements (Coursework).

Module Co-ordinator: Dr. Rhona O'Connell, School of Nursing & Midwifery.

Lecturer(s): Staff, School of Nursing & Midwifery, Pam Evans, Emma Cummins, Staff, Cork University Maternity Hospital.


The module will be delivered in Cork University Maternity Hospital under the direction of experts in maternity critical care.  Assessment consists of a Presentation, Case study and the completion of a Clinical Competency Workbook.

Applicants will be required to complete the Clinical Competency Workbook in their own work environment.  Evidence of support for this learning must be available at the time of application. 


  • This module is open to Registered Midwives and Registered General Nurses ONLY, with evidence of current registration the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland (NMBI). 
  • A letter from the Director of Midwifery/Nursing to provide evidence of support to ensure that the applicant will be in a position to attain the required Maternity Critical Competencies.
  • Confirmation of having secured a Clinical Preceptor and/or Clinical Facilitator for the duration of the module.

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

Applicants for Nursing and Midwifery CPD modules whose main language is not English and 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.

If you are applying with Qualifications obtained outside Ireland and you wish to verify if you meet the minimum academic and English language requirements for this programme please view the grades comparison table by country and for details of recognised English language tests.

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

Those who complete this module may be eligible to apply for exemptions from other courses if similar or relevant to existing modules on other programmes, if taken within a five year time frame, if judged relevant and to a maximum of 15 credits.

This module will not necessarily run unless minimum recruitment targets of 10 students are achieved. Subject to timetable restrictions, students may take additional CPD modules per annum to a maximum of 15 credits.


Fees and Costs

The fee for this module is €900.00 with an application fee of €35.00

How Do I Apply

  Applications for Semester 1 will open on 13th March 2023

  • 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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