Nursing - Intellectual Disability Nursing
What is a Nurse?
Students of nursing learn about caring and the complexities of health and illness through interactive teaching and learning strategies in the classroom and the healthcare environment. Practice (clinical and community) experience provides the student with opportunities to integrate the art and science of nursing and promotes the development of caring relationships with patients and their families/significant others.
Nursing practice, rooted in compassion, draws upon extensive knowledge and experience to provide physical and psychological care of the highest quality. Nurses take centre stage in ensuring efficient and effective delivery of accessible, integrated and consumer-driven healthcare, creatively designing health related services, and ensure quality through advocacy, policy-making, service management, education and research.
The four-year nursing courses (Integrated Children’s and General is 4.5 years) are offered in partnership with six health service providers. Trinity’s six linked health service providers for this course are:
- Tallaght Hospital
- St. James’s Hospital
Mental Health Nursing
- Health Service Executive Dublin Mid-Leinster
- St. Patrick’s Mental Health Services
Intellectual Disability Nursing
- Stewart’s, Palmerstown
- Muiríosa Foundation, Moore Abbey
Integrated Children’s and General Nursing
- The National Children’s Hospital at Tallaght Hospital
Nursing: The course for you?
If you want a rewarding and respected career with great employment and travel opportunities, then the professional course in nursing could be for you.
A genuine interest in people and a desire to care for others are core requirements for any individual who wishes to become a nurse. In addition you will need to have a keen interest in healthcare and be capable of working as part of a team. Like all professional courses in health sciences, nursing places extra demands on students’ time. It can be demanding, both physically and emotionally and so you should ensure that you are in a position to fully engage with the course during your time in Trinity.
Nursing @ Trinity
With over one thousand undergraduate nursing students in Trinity, you will become part of a vibrant student community – the School of Nursing and Midwifery, Trinity is the largest School of Nursing and Midwifery in the country. You will have the opportunity to meet and mix with students from all nursing disciplines as you study core modules together. You will also form cohesive bonds within your own discipline as you begin to specialise within your chosen area of nursing. Nursing students are taught theory predominantly in the School of Nursing and Midwifery building on D’Olier St, which is a wonderful historic building in the heart of the capital. The School is a great place to learn and interact with classmates and with its close proximity to Trinity’s main campus, nursing students are never far from the centre of student life.
Graduate skills and career opportunities
Graduates from the Trinity School of Nursing and Midwifery will be competent, innovative and caring professionals who are capable of leading change, shaping policy and responding to an ever evolving healthcare environment.
There are many opportunities in both public and private healthcare institutions in Ireland and worldwide. A degree from Ireland’s top School of Nursing and Midwifery will of course assist you in finding the right job in your chosen career. You will also be qualified to continue your education and to further specialise should you wish to do so. The Trinity School of Nursing and Midwifery offers a wide range of postgraduate courses for furthering your studies. Nurses also take up careers in industry, particularly in the marketing of healthcare products.
Your degree and what you’ll study
This course will provide you with the knowledge, skills, attitudes and professional values necessary to provide high-quality, competent and caring practice in your chosen discipline of nursing. There are two components to the nursing degree course; a theoretical component and a practice (clinical/community) component.
The theoretical component will be taught in the Trinity School of Nursing and Midwifery building, the main Trinity campus and in the Trinity Centre for Health Sciences in St. James’s Hospital. Teaching methods include lectures, tutorials, practical classes, clinical skills laboratories, group teaching, web-based learning and reflective workshops.
PRACTICE (CLINICAL/COMMUNITY) COMPONENT
For the practice component you will be linked with one of the health service providers and also have clinical/community placements in a variety of settings. During the fourth year of the course you will undertake a 36 week roster of continuous placement. This placement spans the fourth and fifth years of the Integrated children’s and general course.
INTELLECTUAL DISABILITY NURSING
Education and Development of the Child – including a balance of caring and developmental experiences across a variety of generic and specialist settings
Education and Development of the Adult – e.g. training, work, activation and living areas
Disorders of Human Behaviour – specialising in the care of persons with disorders of human behaviour, including those with intellectual disability
Acute Nursing – specialising in the care of persons with acute nursing needs, including those with intellectual disability who have physical disability/illness
Specialist Areas – e.g. physiotherapy, communication, speech and language, and physical education
WHICH HEALTH SERVICE PROVIDER WILL YOU TRAIN WITH?
MODULES OF STUDY
Trinity nursing students can study at one of our partner universities; we have partnerships with four EU universities for our various nursing courses. Students currently have the opportunity to go on Erasmus to the following (dependent upon nursing discipline): Turku University of Applied Sciences, Finland; University of Malta; University of South Wales; Technical Institute of Education, Athens, Greece.
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