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Intellectual Disability 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.

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Intellectual disability nurses work closely with people with an intellectual disability and their families throughout their lives, as assistants, practitioners, educators and facilitators

The programme is offered in conjunction with Cregg House and other Health Service Executive organisations and groups in the Western region. 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. 

The course is taught through lectures, seminars, group work, role play, workshops and practical skills training. Learning is asessed 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 Cregg House services, community houses or schools, learning how to support persons with an intellectual disability in their day to day living.  Students spend over half of the programme working in various areas where persons with an intellectual disability live, are educated, work and socialise. 

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From College Website...
AS130 - Intellectual Disability Nursing
St. Angela's College Sligo

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AS130 - Intellectual Disability Nursing
Qualifax - The National Courses Database
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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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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 level 5/6 qualification which must include: 
D20001 or 5N0749
D20012 or 5N4325
D20032 or 5N1279 or C20006 or 5N2746

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From a career perspective, this programme provides students with an academic and professional qualification that allows graduates to travel anywhere in the world and make a difference to the lives of people with intellectual disability.

Graduates can decide to work with individuals and groups with intellectual disabilities in the community or residential services or to work with families and other professionals. Intellectual disability nurses could gain employment in schools, respite services and supported employment agencies.

Graduate nurses often decide after they have gained some initial experience as an RNID to specialise and work with persons who have particular difficulties such as challenging behaviour, complex needs, autism spectrum disorders and dual diagnosis. Many RNIDs also chose to enter careers in research, teaching, or management.

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