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Bachelor of Nursing Science (BNSc) - General - Level 8
Leaving Certificate Subject Requirement:
Note: All students undertaking the Bachelor of Nursing Science will be required to complete a Medical Assessment Self Declaration Form and Garda Clearance Enquiry Form.
St. Angela�s College/NUI Galway Access Programme Places (1)
Admission route via FETAC qualifications:
Only one place is available per programme therefore places will be offered on a competitive basis, based on the student�s score.
The Bachelor of Nursing Science (BNSc) – General, is a four year degree pre-registration programme. On completion of the programme graduates will be eligible to register as a General Nurse with An Bord Altranais having obtained an honours degree awarded by NUI Galway. The programme is offered in conjunction with Sligo General Hospital and other Health Service Executive organisations and groups in the Western region. The overall aim of this programme is to enable students to become nurses who are knowledgeable, insightful, questioning, skilled and caring.
What is General Nursing?
General Nurses care for persons of all ages, in hospitals, GP practices and in the communities where they live. They work as part of a team of health care professionals (Doctor; Physiotherapist; Occupational therapists etc.) who look after a person’s physical; psychological; spiritual and social wellbeing. They care for persons with various types of conditions (acute & chronic physical illnesses) and also have a key role in helping those who have had an illness to recover to their optimum well-being. Another dimension of the role of a general nurse is to teach ‘healthy’ persons how to maintain their health through adopting healthy lifestyle practices (e.g. Not smoking). During the programme students will get the opportunity to observe and participate in the care provided by general nurses in a wide variety of areas such as:
Medical and surgical wards; Accident & Emergency; Home Nursing/Community; Intensive care; Care of the elderly; Maternity & Child care; Operating Theatre; Mental Health & Psychiatry.
This BNSc General programme is four calendar years in duration. The practice of nursing is at the heart of the programme. Each year of study of the programme is divided into two semesters (September-December & January-May) and within each semester students will study on average four modules. Modules are both theory and clinically based. Two thirds of the theory component of the programme is devoted to nursing subjects, one sixth to science subjects and one sixth to the social sciences. In order to meet a variety of learning styles, we use various methods of teaching such as lectures, seminars, group work, role play, workshops, and practical skills training. We assess learning through essays; exams; posters; group presentations and by observing students completing a nursing skill.
In each semester students will undertake at least one clinical module whereby time will be spent in the hospital or community learning the art of general nursing. Students spend over half of the programme in the hospital or community settings. In the final year students are in the hospital or community from January to September and are very much part of the team of health care professionals delivering care. In December 2010 the Department of Health & Children 2011 decided that the payment of nursing students for their 9 month internship placement would be phased out over the coming years and cease completely in 2015. In effect this means from 2015 students will not receive any payment during their internship (Updated 11th January 2011)..
Why study General Nursing at St. Angela’s College, Sligo?
Many nurses following their initial registration/degree chose to undertake further study in order to enhance their nursing practice and career opportunities. At St. Angela's College, Sligo, we offer a number of postgraduate diplomas and a masters degree. Nationwide there are a host of programmes that nursing graduates can pursue after attaining an initial degree.
From a careers perspective this programme will provide students with an academic and professional qualification that is recognised world-wide. Graduates will be in a position to work in a variety of settings such as general ward based nursing; the community or in specialists areas such as Accident & Emergency Department or Health promotion units. Once some nursing experience is gained graduates may decide to specialise in a particular type of nursing or consider branching into another discipline of nurse (e.g. midwifery); management or education. As a nurse there are career opportunities available at regional, national and international levels.
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