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Nurse - Intellectual Disability

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€27k > 42 
Registered Intellectual Disability Nurse
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€27 - 42 
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Last Updated: April, 2014

* The lower figures typically reflect starting salaries. Higher salaries are awarded to those with greater experience and responsibility. Positions in Dublin sometimes command higher salaries.
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The National Skills Bulletin 2015 reports skills shortages for nurses as follows:

  • Advanced nursing practitioners (e.g. intensive care, operation theatre),
  • Registered nurses (e.g. general nurse, cardiovascular care, children’s care;
    intellectual disability care, mental health care) and clinical nurses

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Tends to the special needs of people with intellectual disabilities, working in either residential or community services.


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Liam Dowling
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Liam is a qualified Nurse (CNM2) in the area of Intellectual Disability. He chose to change his career path from that of a qualified Butcher to Intellectual Disability Nursing in his early twenties, and completed a Degree programme. He now works in St Michael's house with people that have severe and  profound intellectual disabilities.
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As an intellectual disability nurse you will work towards improving the self-esteem and interaction of clients, enabling them to develop successfully by introducing a purpose to their life.

You will also promote their emotional, physical, psychological, intellectual and spiritual needs. You will encourage independence for those who are living in various settings, for example, community-based, residential, and family-based. Intellectual disability nursing provides a holistic approach to care, carried out in a therapeutic yet homely atmosphere.  
 
The challenge of the intellectual disability nurse is to identify the clients' abilities and to enable them to overcome/cope with their disabilities, thereby improving their quality of life. The intellectual disability nurse is involved in the day-to-day living of the individual's needs, including a wide range of activities: social, recreational, physical, arts, crafts, drama, to mention but a few. The work of the intellectual disability nurse involves using these activities as a therapeutic tool.  
 
In a day's work, the intellectual disability nurse could be involved in a whole range of caring interventions, from developing a programme to promote independence in feeding to caring for a very sick client confined to bed; and in between might go horse riding, swimming, or go shopping, assisting the client negotiate public transport, understand money, or choose an outfit. In the field of intellectual disability nursing, you will be working with people of all ages and abilities assessing patient's behaviour and psychological needs. Many clients will live at home and visit service centres daily; nurses will visit others at home. Some will require support only from time to time. Some will require continuous support in a supervised residential setting.  
 
Nurses (RNID) work in a wide range of areas such as:

  • Home based support and care  
  • Day care including assessments
  • Early intervention, pre-school and special education
  • Residential and respite care
  • Work in group homes
  • Community settings
  • Specialist settings
  • Vocational training, sheltered and supported employment
  • Pre-retirement settings
  • Palliative and hospice type care 

You will work along side all disciplines of the interdisciplinary team.

 


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You need to be self aware and very interested in people's behaviour. The ability to remain non-judgemental and objective is an important aspect of the role. You will need to be sensitive and tolerant when caring for clients and their families.  
 
It challenges you and will touch your emotions, therefore you need to have the ability to deal with stressful situation and remain calm and composed.  
 
It is important to have excellent communication: to be perceptive of verbal communication, body language and sensitivity.


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To work as a qualified nursing professional, you must first successfully complete a programme of nursing education, and then apply to register with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland (NMBI), the statutory body for regulation of the nursing profession in Ireland. 

1. Pre-Registration Degree Programmes Leading to Registration with NMBI

There are 5 pre-registration level nursing training programmes available, all of which are at Level 8 Honours Bachelor Degree, including the BSc in Intellectual Disability programme:

  • BSc in General Nursing (RGN) (4 Years Duration)
  • BSc in Children's and General Nursing (integrated) (4.5 years Duration)
  • BSc in Psychiatric Nursing (RPN) (4 Years Duration)
  • BSc in Intellectual Disability Nursing (RNID) (4 Years Duration)
  • BSc in Midwifery (4 Years Duration)

The programmes are offered through 13 Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) in association with the main Healthcare Agencies (Hospitals/Clinical Sites). Application is made through the CAO.

Intellectual Disability Nursing is available at:

DCU; Dundalk IT; Letterkenny IT; St. Angela's College Sligo; TCD; UCC; UL; Waterford IT.

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Getting into Nursing Training

To get into a nursing training programme applicants must:

(a) have obtained  a minimum grade of C3 in two higher level papers and a minimum grade of D3 in four ordinary or higher level papers in the Leaving Certificate, in the following subjects:

  • Irish or English
  • Mathematics
  • A Laboratory Science subject (Biology, Physics, Chemistry, Physics & Chemistry or Agricultural Science)
  • Three other subjects

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(b) have achieved the equivalent minimum educational attainments to the Leaving Certificate, as judged by the Higher Education Authority(HEA)

or

(c) meet the minimum educational requirements specified by the third level institution (HEI) concerned, for entry to the course, provided the requirements are not of a lower standard than those set out in (a) above.

(Note: Foundation Level Mathematics or Foundation Level Irish are not acceptable). 

Alternative Entry Routes:

Certain Specific FETAC Level 5 Certificate Programmes provide links to Nursing Degree Programmes. These currently are:

  • Nursing Studies (5M4349 / DCHSN)
  • Healthcare Support (5M4339 / DHSXXX)
  • Community and Health Services (5M4468 / DCHSX)

In all cases, applicants must have achieved distinctions in five components including;

  • Anatomy and Physiology (5N0749 / D20001)
  • Introduction to Nursing (5N4325 / D200012)
  • Human Growth and Development (5N1279 / D20032) or Biology (5N2746 / C20006)

See also: Getting into Nursing - Entry routes in Ireland and the UK

Always contact the Admissions Office of the individual HEIs or visit www.cao.ie or www.nursingcareers.ie to check for any changes.

For full detail see 'Nursing and Midwifery - A Career for You'

Last Updated: April, 2016


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