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Rachel Berry


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  Rachel Berry
Consider your options carefully. It is likely that you are expecting top grades in your Leaving Certificate if you are considering pharmacy as a career so there will be plenty of doors open to you. Make sure you do plenty of work experience in different areas of pharmacy and if it is healthcare you are interested in then consider getting some work experience in medicine etc. I know quite a few people who have completed a pharmacy degree only to realise they actually want to do medicine!

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Realists like to find practical solutions to problems using tools, technology and skilled work. Realists usually prefer to be active in their work environment, often do most of their work alone, and enjoy taking decisive action with a minimum amount of discussion and paperwork.
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Mental Health Nursing

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Undergraduate awards typically reflect three to five years of study after secondary school and include Ordinary (Level 7) and Honours Bachelor Degrees and Higher Diplomas (Level 8's).

Undergraduate awards may be achieved directly or through a series of progression steps. Learners may choose to progress upwards from a Level 5 to a Level 6, Level 7 and finally a Level 8.

Undergraduate awards are awarded by the HETAC or Higher Education Institutes.

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3rd level Graduates are qualified for a wide range of occupations, and their education prepares them for roles involving specific skills, and for coordinating, supervising, managing, or training others. Examples include accountants, sales managers, computer programmers, teachers, chemists, environmental engineers, criminal investigators, and financial analysts.

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4 Years
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If you want to care for the psychological, social, physical and spiritual well-being of others becoming a mental health nurse is a good career choice. 

In this degree course you will learn to engage with those sufering mental distress or illness, as well as their families, in a positive and collaborative way empowering them to cope and recover.

Alongside a grounding in the academic disciplines students will also have clinical placements which help apply theory to practice and enable you to develop the required competencies to work in this field.

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From College Website...
DN453 - Mental Health Nursing

From Qualifax...
DN453 - Mental Health Nursing
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To view the Leaving Certificate minimum entry requirements for this course, Click Here [Source: Qualifax]

To view Mature Entry requirements, or alternative requirements, please visit Qualifax or the Colleges' website from the links available in the Course Details section above.

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PLC courses leading to the following QQI Major Awards may be used for entry into this course.

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Old Code New Code Award Title
DCHSN  5M4349  Nursing Studies
DCHSX  5M4468  Community Health Services
DHSXX  5M4339  Healthcare Support

Essential Module Requirements:

Must possess distinctions in 5 modules in the FETAC/QQI level 5/6 qualification which must include: 
D20001 or 5N0749
D20012 or 5N4325
D20032 or 5N1279 or C20006 or 5N2746

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Students have the option of a 12 week study period abroad in second year.

Qualifying as a mental health nurse opens up opportunities for travel and work abroad. Career prospects in Ireland are also increasing. Due to the evolving role of mental health nursing in modern healthcare systems, many nurses now choose to specialise in areas such as addiction, forensics and child mental health.

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