The course involves the study of theoretical and practice-based modules. Students will be exposed to classroom teaching and taught placements in a variety of clinical and non-clinical settings within the Longford/Westmeath Mental Health Services and the Laois/Offaly Mental Health Services. They will undertake 1740 hours of theoretical study and 2925 hours of clinical placement over the four-years.
This course prepares you for working in the Career Sectors below. Follow the links to get a fuller understanding of the sectors you are preparing for.
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Number of Reserved Places: 6 places
PLC courses leading to the following QQI Major Awards may be used for entry into this course.
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|Note: Information for 2019 Entry|
|Old Code||New Code||Award Title|
|5M3782||Health Service Skills|
|DCHSX||5M4468||Community Health Services|
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The Student - Career Interests
This course is typically suited for people with the following Career Interests. If these interests do not describe you, this course may prepare you for work you may not find satisfying.
The Social person's interests focus on interacting with the people in their environment. In all cases, the Social person enjoys the personal contact with other people in preference to the impersonal dealings with things, data and ideas found in other groups.
Many will seek out positions where there is direct contact with the public in some advisory role, whether a receptionist or a counsellor. Social people are motivated by an interest in different types of people and like diversity in their work environments. Many are drawn towards careers in the caring professions and social welfare area, whilst others prefer teaching and other 'informing' roles.
On successful completion of the course, and registration as a psychiatric nurse with An Bord Altrantais, you are qualified to apply for a range of psychiatric nursing posts and may apply for a position at staff nurse grade in the Irish healthcare sector, as well as seeking promotional posts in clinical nursing, nursing administration and nurse education.