Acute medicine as a speciality has developed rapidly over the last number of years both nationally and internationally. It is defined as part of general (internal) medicine concerned with the immediate and early specialist management of adult patients who present to or from within hospitals as urgencies or emergencies (RCoP 2007). Given the acuity of patients who present to Acute Medical Units it is recognised that there is a need to develop additional clinical expertise among acute medicine nurses.
In light of this, a consortium of six Institutes of Technology has been commissioned by the Office of the Nursing and Midwifery Services Director (ONMSD) H.S.E. to deliver a Level 8 Special Purpose Award in Acute Medicine Nursing for nurses working in Acute Medical Units. The aim of the programme is to enable acute medicine nurses to develop their knowledge and skills in the assessment and management of acutely ill adults. This programme supports the commitment made by ONMSD H.S.E. in association with the National Acute Medicine Programme, to provide clinical education for nurses working in Acute Medicine Units.
Please see the 'Entry' tab above for full details on how to apply for this programme as supporting documentation is required.
Certificate in Acute Medicine Nursing (10 credits, Level 8)
Student learning is assessed using a combination of multiple choice questions; written assignment and completion of a clinical skills workbook.
• Scope of Practice Framework
• Holistic Patient Assessment and Clinical Decision Making
• Cardiovascular and Respiratory System
• Neurological Assessment and Head Injury
• The older person - delirium and dementia
• Pain assessment and management
• Psychosocial impact of illness
• Renal system diseases and nursing care.
Please complete the online application form by clicking the 'Apply For This Course' button at the top of the page
Please complete the Confirmation of Support Form and return to the email address below along with your proof of NMBI Registration
Email: [email protected]
The Certificate in Acute Medicine Nursing is Level 8 10 ECTS Special Purpose Award. It is envisaged that nurses who complete this programme will have the requisite knowledge and clinical skills to undertake further postgraduate studies in acute medicine nursing.