The BSc (Hons) in Nursing in General Nursing degree launches at Hibernia College. This programme — the first of its kind in Ireland — offers undergraduate nurse education through a blended learning model. The programme commences in February 2022.
The programme is 240 ECTS credits and culminates in a Level 8 degree award. Graduates will be eligible to register as a Registered General Nurse (RGN) with the Irish Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland (NMBI).
Admission to the first cohort is limited. There are 3 application pathways: Further Education, Mature Student and Leaving Certificate. Eligible applicants will be required to undertake an aptitude test, with shortlisted applicants then invited to interview. Review the requirements and request a link to start an application.
FLEXIBLE BLENDED LEARNING
The new programme is delivered through a blended learning design with a mixture of practical clinical learning, traditional classroom-based learning and online learning across four stages. Students will learn through a blend of face-to-face and online engagements, including specialised simulation laboratories for learning clinical skills.
Clinical placements for the initial cohort will be in Dublin and the North East region of the country. A total of 46 weeks of supernumerary clinical placements are distributed across the first three stages of the programme and a 36-week internship concludes the programme.
Course content includes video and audio clips/podcasts, journal articles and book chapters, interactive learning activities and quizzes, regular tutor and teaching webinars, and moderated discussion forums.
Reflective practice is a core element of the programme. Reflective activities include writing blog posts, keeping a reflective journal and building a Personal Professional Portfolio. Weekly tutor-led reflective webinars are built into each stage of the programme to enhance and support learning and development.
Competency-based assessment is a key feature of clinical learning and uses the national assessment framework. Assessment includes academic writing, including essays, projects and care plans; group projects and presentations; and a limited number of examinations.
CARE, COMPASSION & COMMITMENT
Hibernia College’s BSc (Honours) in Nursing in General Nursing is centred on care, compassion and commitment, with person-centred patient care and safety at its core. Graduates of this programme will have a deep understanding of the nature of care as well as a highly developed capacity to be exemplary in clinical practice.
With the addition of nursing to its suite of successful programmes, the College continues its legacy of providing professional education and practice-based learning for regulated professions.
Dr Rita Collins, Programme Director for Nursing, expresses, ‘It is wonderful to see that the ambitious vision conceived by the College has been realised. We now look forward to preparing Hibernia College nurses for the Irish healthcare system.’