Careers rarely develop the way we plan them. Our career path often takes many twists and turns, with particular events, choices and people influencing our direction.

We asked Mary Ita Heffernan from Health Service Executive to give some advice for people considering this job:

 

Mary Ita Heffernan

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  Mary Ita Heffernan

Whilst in secondary school, I changed my mind many a time regarding the career path I wanted to pursue! I always knew that I wanted to work with people but was unsure about the profession which would most suit my interests and skills in this regard.

While in school, I definitely found that being unsure about the type or area of work you want to pursue is a very difficult and confusing position to be in, especially given the array of career choices now available and the pressure one feels in trying to make one’s mind up.

To this end, I would strongly advise anybody in this position to research courses and job descriptions well in order to make the most informed decision possible at that time in your life. 

I recommend one tries to gain as much work experience as possible as it will provide you with valuable insight into your skills, ability, likes/dislikes for certain areas of employment!!!!

Also I would research the courses and job areas as much as possible so that you can make an informed decision regarding your choices. If you can't gain enough information in school, contact the college directly or arrange to talk to somebody who facilitates the course. In particular, it would be really valuable to talk to somebody in the profession to gain a realistic and practical insight into the job.

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GA880
General Nursing (Castlebar)

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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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420

2014 Points

420

Change from 2013: 

15

Points History:

2013 - 405*
2012 - 405
2011 - 400*
2010 - 400*
2009 - 390*
2008 - 350
2007 - 350
2006 - 365
2005 - 370
2004 - 400
2003 - 355
2002 - 330
2001 - 355

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Nursing involves providing professional care for people who are ill or unable to look after themselves.

This course is based in Galway University Hospital.


 
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GA880 - General Nursing (Castlebar)
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GA880 - General Nursing (Castlebar)
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This course does not appear to accept FETAC applicants. Please check with the college directly - sometimes this data is not published openly, or special arrangements may be available.

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Graduates are entitled to entry to the professional register of General Nurses maintained by An Bord Altranais and Chnáimhseachais na hÉireann. You will be able to apply for positions at staff nurse grade in the Irish healthcare sector.

As a registered general nurse you will also be able to travel abroad and work as a general nurse anywhere in the world. Check out the information booklet “Nursing, a career for you” available from ncc@nursingboard.ie



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