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.

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Administrative people are interested in work that offers security and a sense of being part of a larger process. They may be at their best operating under supervisors who give clear guidelines, and performing routine tasks in a methodical and reliable way.

They tend to enjoy clerical and most forms of office work, where they perform essential administrative duties. They often form the backbone of large and small organisations alike. They may enjoy being in charge of office filing systems, and using computers and other office equipment to keep things running smoothly. They usually like routine work hours and prefer comfortable indoor workplaces.
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General Nursing - DK870

This four year programme prepares students for their role as a registered nurse working with adults with a range of illnesses both in hospital as well as community based health care settings. 

All modules integrate theory and practice and include practice placements mainly throughout the North East region. These placements are offered in partnership with the HSE (North East), St. John of God North East Services, and other agencies which may be used for clinical placements.

Our programme consists of theory and practice placements, alternating throughout the semesters. The programme ends with a 36 week internship placement.


The subjects that you will study over the course of the four years can be grouped into five main themes to include:

  • Health Science
  • Exercise Science
  • Communicating the Health Message
  • Health Research

Supervised work placement is an essential component of this programme. The third year involves full-time placement in a general setting; Health Promotion Units within the HSE, Local Sports Partnerships, Health and Human Performance Laboratories, Sporting Organisations.


As a student on this programme you will develop the professional knowledge, skills and attitude needed to meet the specific needs of all groups of people with intellectual disability. Nurses who work with persons with intellectual disability have a diversity of roles, from intensive physical nursing of profoundly disabled individuals, to supportive guidance in the management and habilitation of children, adolescents and adults

Students are trained in St. Marys, Drumcar, Dunleer, Co. Louth.

Midwifery - DK877

As a student on this programme you will develop the professional knowledge, skills and understanding needed to fulfil the role of a midwife. 

This course will equip students with the knowledge to: 

  • Provide competent, safe midwifery care to women, their babies and, where possible, their wider family circle.
  • Demonstrate respect for the individuality of each woman and support shared decision-making throughout the woman’s childbirth experience.
  • Promote and support lifestyle choices that enhance the health and well- being of women, their families and the wider community.
  • Recognize the scope of midwifery practice, initiate appropriate referrals to other healthcare providers and provide emergency care when required.
  • Take responsibility for maintaining a level of knowledge and clinical skills that is based on the best available evidence


The programme contains the essential elements that facilitate the development of professional knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to meet the nursing needs of individuals experiencing a range of feelings, problems and conflicts. 

The primary objective of psychiatric nursing is to facilitate the maximum development of the mental health of the individual who has psychiatric problems and to promote mental health in the wider community. 


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