Advanced Clinical Skills

Category: Educational Courses, Healthcare, Stand Alone Modules
Duration: 6 Saturdays
Level: 9
Credit: 10 ECTS / Certificate of Attendance
Start Date: September / October 2018
Qualification Required: Available to Registered Nurses & Midwives
Qualification Attained: Module (10 ECTS) can be used towards the postgraduate diploma in health sciences (60 ECTS)

This module is designed to form part of the professional and academic development of nurses working in acute and community settings.  Participants will be given the opportunity to enhance their physical assessment, history taking, symptom analysis, head to toe assessment and monitoring when dealing with patients in acute and community settings. The participant will develop advanced knowledge and psychomotor skills in the recognition of red flag symptoms and related first line management in the assessment of clients across the lifespan.

The module will include clinical laboratory experience where participants will develop competency in relevant clinical skills. This stand-alone module can be completed on its own for professional development purposes. It is also part of the post graduate diploma in health sciences/professional studies.

 Learning Outcomes:

  • Demonstrate ability to apply knowledge of anatomy and physiology and ability to critically discuss the rationale for the physical assessment of the client
  • Demonstrate and critically analyse clinical competence in a simulated environment in carrying out a health history, symptom analysis and advanced physical examination of the client
  • Identify and critically discuss expected and unexpected findings in advanced physical assessments
  • Demonstrate and critically discuss clinical competence in identifying and first line management of red flag symptoms in a simulated environment
  • Relate and integrate knowledge gained from previous studies and clinical experience.

Module content:

  • Interviewing health history and symptom analysis of the client
  • Clinical reasoning and recording findings and referrals
  • Advanced physical examination and use of specific assessment tools in the following areas:
  • General survey
  • Head and neck
  • Respiratory system
  • Cardiovascular and peripheral system
  • Gastrointestinal, renal and reproductive systems
  • Musculoskeletal system
  • Nervous system

What is the course duration?

This module will commence in September 2018. Course content will be delivered over 6 Saturdays plus 1 day for assessment.  Alternatively, those who opt not to be assessed in the module receive a certificate of attendance.

Module dates: Saturdays 10.00am - 4.30pm

September 2018

October 2018

November 2018

December 2018

January 2018

February 2018

February 2018 (Mock OSCES revision)

OSCE Assessment 100%: February 2018

Induction date onto the programme for those who have not attended St. Angela's College previously:

•To be confirmed

It is very important to attend induction session. Induction incorporates the following:

  • Registration onto the module/programme
  • Introduction to Moodle (on-line learning facility)
  • How to use Library Services
  • Orientation onto and about the module
  • Introduction to module leader/lecturers

What do our students think?

‘This was a great module and built up my confidence in skills and assessment. The availability of the module on Saturdays and well-paced out was a huge plus for me. All the lecturers were open, friendly, informative and flexible and group sessions really helped me to understand and learn. I would highly recommend this module’ Irene Drury (2012)

Who should apply?

This module will be of interest to all healthcare professionals (irrelevant of level of experience) working in the acute or community settings. This module will build competence and confidence in all systems. Using the state of the art simulated learning environment you will have ample opportunity to practice individually or in small groups and all under the supervision of experienced practitioners.

Non-Nursing Health Professional can complete a similar module focused primarily on identification of 'red flag' symptoms & assessment called Clinical Assessment & Managment Skills for Non-Nursing Health Professionals for more information.

What are the entry requirements?

This module is offered at 2 levels.

1. Academic Accreditation: For those completing module at Level 9, applicants will normally have gained a primary degree (min 2.2 or evidence of equivalent academic credits), however accreditation for prior learning and accreditation for experimental learning are also considered.

2. Continuing Professional Development: For those who opt not be assessed you will receive a Certificate of Attendance from the Centre for Lifelong Learning.

Non-Nursing Health Professional can complete a similar module focused primarily on identification of 'red flag' symptoms & assessment called Clinical Assessment & Management Skills for Non-Nursing Health Professionals for more information.

How do I apply?

Please complete the on-line application form below or alternatively print and complete the application form and follow the payment option below. If you are being funded by your employer please forward letter to that effect to us from your employer/funding organisation and we will invoice directly.

Alternatively, you can send a cheque or postal order for €40 (non-refundable booking deposit) made payable to St. Angela’s College. We also require a passport size photo and a copy of any examination results.

Awarding Body:

National University of Ireland, Galway or certificate of Attendance.

Course Fees: €750

  1. Online Form: educational-application

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