Short Courses

Short Courses

A Short Course normally comprises 3 modules, which you can complete in one year as a part time course of study. On successful completion you will be awarded 60 CATs points at Level 3, and you may be eligible to progress onto our degree programmes.

 

Course Aim

The Short Courses in Health Studies aim to prepare you to meet the changes and challenges of health care delivery within the health service and independent sector. Modules within each Short Course are practice focused, thus helping you acquire enhanced knowledge and clinical skills appropriate to your area of practice.  In addition, you will be provided with the opportunity to advance health care knowledge and develop analytical and academic skills.
 
Where a clinical skills component is included, there will be a requirement for support and supervision of an experienced practitioner in the student’s clinical area.
 
Please note that courses are subject to a minimum registration, so it is not usually possible to run all courses each year.
 

Duration

The Short Courses in Health Studies can normally be completed in 3 hours’ contact time per module per week for each 12 week semester over 2 semesters.
 

Entry Requirements

Candidates must normally hold a professional qualification. Note: Some modules require a specific professional qualification.  Candidates must have 120 CATs points at Level 1 and 120 CATs points at Level 2 for entry to Level 3 study. Applicants who do not meet the entry requirements should contact the School for advice.
 

How to Apply

Applications are now closed for 2017/18 entry. If you would like to be added to the mailing list for 2018 entry please email your details to: nur.registry@qub.ac.uk 

 

Courses available include:

 
 

Cardiac Surgery Intensive Care Nursing

This short course comprises three 20 credit modules:

  • Physiology: Homeostasis in Acute and Critical Healthcare NRS3008 (Available in Semester One)
  • Principles of Cardiac Surgery* Intensive Care Nursing NRS3065 (Available in Semester Two)
  • Multi-system Issues in Cardiac Surgery Intensive Care* NRS3066 (Available in Semester Two)

*Must be working in CSICU

This short course has been designed to provide the intensive care nurse with the knowledge and skills to effectively care for patients following cardiac surgery. Developments in research and technology have resulted in many positive changes for the person requiring surgical intervention for cardiac disease. An introductory module focusing on the physiology of the cardiovascular, respiratory, renal and nervous system will be complemented by two modules which focus on developing the practitioner's theoretical knowledge and practical skills in assessing and managing the critically ill person requiring multisystem support following cardiac surgery.

Cardiology Nursing

This short course comprises three 20 credit modules:

  • Physiology: Homeostasis in Acute and Critical Healthcare NRS3008 (Available in Semester One)
  • Clinical Cardiology* NRS3069 (Available in Semester Two)
  • Cardiology Nursing* NRS3070 (Available in Semester Two)

*Must be working in appropriate clinical area

This short course will address the specific needs of staff working in the continually evolving area of cardiology nursing. The first module focuses on the physiology of the cardiovascular, respiratory, renal and nervous system. The second module addresses clinical skills such as assessment of the cardiac patient, ECG interpretation, ABG analysis, investigative/interventional procedures and emergency care. Cardiology Nursing is designed for those working in general cardiology settings and focuses on the nursing management and rehabilitation of patients with a range of cardiac conditions.

Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT): an introduction

This course aims to adhere to NICE approved treatment using the stepped approach to care (Steps 1 and 2). You will learn about the more common mental disorders (anxiety and depression). Your CBT knowledge and skills development will begin with learning about formulation based assessment and evidence based, measurable interventions including: facilitated self-help, psychoeducation, behavioural activation, prolonged graded exposure and problem solving.

This short course comprises three 20 credit modules:
  • Fundamentals of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy HSN3026
  • Core Behavioural Strategies HSN3027
  • Core Cognitive Strategies HSN3028

Critical Care - Intensive Care and High Dependency Nursing for Adults

This short course comprises of a 20 credit module and a 40 credit (double) module:

  • Physiology: Homeostasis in Acute and Critical Healthcare (NRS3008) 20 credits
  • Critical Care Nursing (HSN3149) 40 credits

The Critical Care Nursing course is delivered over one academic year.  The course has been designed to provide nurses working in intensive care or high dependency nursing units with an opportunity to further develop their knowledge and skills in critical care nursing. The pathway comprises of an applied physiology module and a critical care double module.  The physiology module focuses on the physiology of the cardiovascular, respiratory, renal and nervous systems.  The critical care module focuses on the immediate assessment and evidence-based management of critically ill patients in ICU /HDU.  The course content underpins the National Standards for Critical Care Nurse Education (CC3N 2016) and the National Competency Framework for Critical Care Nurses (CC3N 2015).  The Step 2 & 3 competencies will be obtained through direct supervision and clinical support in practice.  As a result student applying to undertake the pathway must be working in either an ICU or HDU setting.  

Haematology & Bone Marrow Transplantation

This short course comprises one 40 credit module and one 20 credit module:

  • Haematology and Bone Marrow Transplantation (double module) NRS3077 Available in Semester One
  • Clinical Skills in Haematology and Bone Marrow Transplantation NRS3078 Available in Semester Two

With the incidence of haematological malignancies steadily increasing in the western world, this short course has been designed to help the nurse meet the challenges of understanding the range of haematological conditions presenting and the complex treatment regimes they require, through a programme of theoretical and practice focused modules.

Neonatal Studies

This short course comprises three 20 credit modules:

  • Aetiology and Pathophysiology of Neonatal Illness MID3015 Available in Semester One
  • Principles and Practice of Intensive and High Dependency Care of the New-born MID3015 Available in Semester Two
  • Principles and Practice of Special Care of the New-born MID3015 Available in Semester Two

*Must be working in a neonatal unit.

This short course will facilitate the further development of an enquiring and creative approach to the study of neonatal care and related issues in a reflective and critically aware manner. Nurses and midwives involved in the care of sick infants are confronted daily by their medical problems. In order to provide quality care in the intensive and special care environment, they must have an in-depth understanding, not only of foetal and neonatal physiology, growth and development, but also the pathological processes concerned with neonatal illness. The course will focus on the needs of the sick new-born infant requiring Level 1, Level 2 or Level 3 nursing care. Students will be encouraged to develop their knowledge and skills in the planning, implementation and evaluation of nursing care for the sick new-born infant, and to reflect on approaches to nursing care that are individualised, family-centred and underpinned by evidence-based practice.

Nursing Care of the Critically Ill Child

This short course comprises three 20 credit modules:

  • Physiology: Homeostasis in Acute and Critical Healthcare NRS3008 Available in Semester One
  • Care of the Critically Ill Child HSN3040 Available in Semester Two
  • Practice to Theory HSN3054 Taught over both semesters

This short course is intended to enable registered nurses to extend and develop their knowledge, skills and attitudes towards achieving evidence based standards for the care of the critically ill child and family. A successful outcome for the critically ill child depends on the quality of care received. This starts from the initial presentation of illness or injury, and includes timely diagnosis and treatment interventions. The ability to recognise the child with the potential to deteriorate rapidly challenges clinical expertise and decision making skills. The course will foster an active process of learning and will endeavour to enhance student’s enthusiasm and sustained commitment through lectures, tutorials, seminars, exposure to e-learning and to practical applications using simulated conditions.

Orthopaedic and Trauma Nursing across the Lifespan

This short course comprises three 20 credit modules:

  • Fracture Trauma Nursing HSN3152 Available in Semester 1
  • Orthopaedic Nursing HSN3151 Available in Semester 2
  • Musculoskeletal Care: Skills and Principles HSN3153 Taught over both semesters

This short course addresses the needs of the patient across the life span presenting with either an orthopaedic condition or fracture trauma injury. It aims to provide the registered nurse (adult and child field) with the opportunity to develop and apply the specific evidence based knowledge and skills necessary to provide high quality holistic care to all patient types within all healthcare settings.

Renal Nursing

This short course comprises three 20 credit modules:

  • Nephrology Introductory Module HSN3073
  • Renal Nursing HSN3074
  • Renal Replacement Therapies HSN3075

The aim of this short course is to facilitate registered nurses in developing the practical skills necessary to function effectively in any adult renal care setting and to underpin their practice with an in-depth knowledge of current evidence based care management principles. The emphasis throughout the course will be on developing a knowledgeable and clinically competent nurse, who can care for renal patients and their families in a holistic manner within the context of a multidisciplinary team approach to care. The course addresses issues in relation to general nephrology nursing, peritoneal dialysis and transplantation and issues relevant to effective management of both acute and maintenance haemodialysis.

Tissue Viability

This short course comprises three 20 credit modules:

  • Tissue Repair and Regeneration HSN3013 Available in Semester One
  • Lower Limb Ulceration and Associated Conditions HSN3014 Taught over two semesters
  • Prevention and Management of Pressure Ulcers NRS3072 Taught over two semesters

This short course focuses on nursing and clinical assessment, health promotion and health education in three main areas: general principles of wound management, leg ulcer management and the prevention and management of pressure ulcers. Integral to each module will be a clinical skills component, which requires practice and supervision in the student’s clinical area.