L8 Certificate in Acute Medicine Nursing (10 Credits)

CertificateAcute Medicine Nursing

Cork Road
3 months

With ongoing social distancing regulations likely to continue in place into the academic year 2020/21 WIT is reviewing delivery modes of part-time courses for the coming year. This may mean a change from the typical course delivery schedule. We are planning to publish the listing of part-time courses that will be offered for 2020/21 with further details on schedules and modes of delivery in early July

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.


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.



The course is offered through lectures and clinical skills labs with attendance one day per fortnight. Topics include: 

• 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.

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Elaine Mullally
Adult Education Office (AO3)
Waterford Institute of Technology
Cork Road

Career Opportunity

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.  

Course Leader

  • Dr. Frances Finn

    RGN, BSc(hons), MSN, MAEd, EdD - Lecturer in Nursing

    Tel: 51845550 Email: [email protected]

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