Certificate in Clinical Nursing Practice (Emergency Nursing)

Certificate in Clinical Nursing Practice (Emergency Nursing)

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Course title Certificate in Clinical Nursing Practice (Emergency Nursing)
Postnominal Cert. CNP(Melit.)
Level of qualification Not Applicable
National Qualifications Framework level Level 5
Duration 2 Semesters
Mode of attendance Part-time Evening
Total ECTS credits 30
Delivered by Faculty of Health Sciences
The provision of health care service is a complex, highly skilled activity that requires all practitioners of the multidisciplinary team to have in-depth knowledge and skills together with an ability to reflect critically on their work. Health care professions in Malta have undergone several changes in recent years. The challenge faced by nurses today is to provide the highest possible standard of care within this context. The scope of the programme is to enable qualified state registered nurses the opportunity to deepen their knowledge and skill relating to their clinical speciality. Since there are many clinical specialities, the programme will be organised according to clinical pathways. Each academic year, the Nursing department will offer a number of pathways. This programme consists of 30 ECTS at levels 3 and 4. There are a number of core study units that are shared across various pathways and a number of pathway specific study units that only candidates on a specific pathway may complete.

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Applicants for the Course shall be in possession of the following qualifications:

(a) the Diploma in Nursing awarded by the University of Malta or
(b) a professional qualification deemed by Senate to be equivalent to the qualification listed in (a).

Unless otherwise stated by the Board at the time of the call for applications, applicants must be working in the same clinical area for which they are applying.

The Board shall, after approval by Senate, determine the number of applicants that may be allowed to register depending on the availability of resources. The Board, shall, however, announce the number of available places at the time of the call for applications.

If the number of eligible applicants exceeds the number of available places, the Board shall select applicants according to the following criteria:

(i) relevant work experience in gainful employment (30% weighting),
(a) applicants having more than 15 years relevant work experience shall be awarded 30 marks,
(b) applicants having between 10 and 15 years relevant work experience shall be awarded 25 marks,
(c) applicants having between 5 and 10 years relevant work experience shall be awarded 20 marks,
(d) applicants having less than 5 years relevant work experience shall be awarded 15 marks,

(ii) currently working as a clinical supervisor in undergraduate Health Sciences programmes (25% weighting),

(iii) successful completion of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) courses during the past three years for a maximum of five courses (30% weighting - 6 marks per CPD),

(iv) successful completion of other professional and/or academic related courses during the past three years for a maximum of five courses (15% weighting - 3 marks per course).

The admission requirements are applicable for courses commencing in October 2015.

For more detailed information pertaining to admission and progression requirements please refer to the bye-laws for the course available here.

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By the end of this programme, the graduate will be able to:
• Develop the breath and depth of knowledge, skills and attitudes to be able to deliver, analyze and evaluate the holistic care of patients and their families
• Use knowledge of pathophysiology to make accurate interpretation of physical assessment data
• Demonstrate knowledge that enables an assessment of the psychological and social needs of patients
• Prioritize the delivery of care for patients with various levels of health care needs
• Show an understanding of a range of assessment tools and choice of referral pathways
• Integrate information which addresses complex health related issues
• Integrate critical thinking skills in addressing complex health related issues
• Develop reflective skills
• Exercise communication skills
• Improve academic writing skills
• Manage information through effective retrieval, interpretation and utilization
• Personal organization and responsibility (including time management)
• Demonstrate a commitment to professional development
The target audience for this programme are Registered Nurses working within the Accident and Emergency department. Although this is an undergraduate certificate programme, since it is focusing on specific fields of practice, any Registered Nurse, irrespective of their academic qualifications, may apply. In other words, nurses who have either a traditional diploma or a diploma from the University of Malta, or an EN-SRN conversion certificate are eligible to apply. Nurses with bachelors, masters and doctoral degrees are also eligible to apply.
The successful completion of this certificate programme renders a candidate eligible for application for enrollment on to bachelor's programmes of studies.
Click here to access the Programme of Study applicable from 2015/6.

Last Updated: 19 July 2018

The University makes every effort to ensure that the published Courses Plans, Programmes of Study and Study-Unit information are complete and up-to-date at the time of publication. The University reserves the right to make changes in case errors are detected after publication.
The availability of optional units may be subject to timetabling constraints.
Units not attracting a sufficient number of registrations may be withdrawn without notice.
Unless for exceptional approved reasons, no changes to the programme of study for a particular academic year will be made once the students' registration period for that academic year begins.