The Department of Nursing within the Faculty of Health Science is responsible for the pre-qualification and post-qualification education of nurses.
At pre-qualification level, the Department offers a full-time Diploma and a B.Sc. in Nursing, which lead to registration as a general nurse. These programmes run over three years and in line with EU Directive 2005/36/EEC include 4600 hours of student work, equally divided to include theoretical and practical study units with a focus on medical and surgical nursing, paediatrics, maternity, care of the elderly, community care and mental health nursing. The students can choose to spend a semester in another EU university in the first semester of their third year of studies. During the third year, students can also choose an elective study unit in line with the particular clinical interests. Graduates can choose to work in a variety of different clinical settings ranging from critical care to community care and long-term care.
Also at pre-qualification level, students may pursue a B.Sc. in Mental Health Nursing which leads to registration on the specialist part of the register. Graduates with this qualification work within various mental health settings, including acute care, community outreach and rehabilitation.
At post-qualification level, students may pursue an online B.Sc. in Health Science, a part-time degree in Mental Health Nursing or a part-time degree in community nursing. A number of undergraduate certificates in different clinical specialities, running over one academic year are also offered on an annual basis, together with shorter continuing education courses which are run over one semester.
The Masters in Nursing and the Masters in Mental Health Nursing are also offered on a part-time basis and are three year programmes. These Masters programmes are designed to assist nurses in their academic and professional development. The Department also supports Ph.D. students in nursing.
There are over 800 students registered with the Department of Nursing and 21 full-time members of staff as well as 3 part-time resident academics and 32 visiting lecturers. The Department is also supported by a large number of clinicians who lecture on an occasional basis in line with their area of expertise and who mentor students during their clinical placements.
19 June 2013