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Archived Version 2016 - 2017

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NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 10
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None

The aim of the module is to bring together and consolidate the students learning over the previous 3 years.This module will prepare the student for their internship. The student will have an opportunity to critique and respond to the current trends in caring for people with intellectual disability. The student will pay particular attention to the intellectual disability nursing contribution to health care.

Learning Outcomes

1. Appraise contemporary issues affecting individuals with intellectual disability and their families paying particular attention to the nursing contribution to these issues.
2. Demonstrate the ability to develop, implement and evaluate nursing care plans for individuals with intellectual disability across the lifespan in a variety of settings based on the best available evidence.
3. Consolidate the nursing skills required to be an effective intellectual disability nurse across the lifespan in a variety of settings.
4. Examine health issues in intellectual disabilities in particular intellectual disability nursing roles and responsibilities.
5. Justify the role and contribution of intellectual disability nursing within health care services locally and nationally.
6. Appraise different ways of learning in practice and consider how self-development can contribute to good practice in ID nursing.

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Laboratory18clinical nursing skills
Independent Study154student self direction
Online activity10Looking Through Materials on Loop
Group work40Care Planning Workshop, presentation on contemporary issues and teaching a clinical skill
Total Workload: 250

All module information is indicative and subject to change. For further information,students are advised to refer to the University's Marks and Standards and Programme Specific Regulations at: http://www.dcu.ie/registry/examinations/index.shtml

Indicative Content and Learning Activities

Contemporary issues
This section will cover a number of intellectual disability contemporary issues including: Health, community living, work, education, therapy and social inclusion.

Clinical Topics
Care Planning; consolidate clinical skills knowledge; teaching clinical skills to junior colleagues and pharmacology in ID.

Health in Intellectual Disability
Explore health issues current in the literature; care of the elderly,palliative care and care of people with cancer.

The future development of intellectual disability nursing
Creating a vision for the future of intellectual disability nursing

Personal Development, a key to professional development
The student will have the opportunity to consider the importance of self-development within their professional career.

Models of learning:
Ways of learning in practice

Preparing for the Internship
Practice placements for the internship; policy and legal issues; management of a unit for people with ID

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment% Examination Weight%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
Reassessment Requirement
Resit arrangements are explained by the following categories;
1 = A resit is available for all components of the module
2 = No resit is available for 100% continuous assessment module
3 = No resit is available for the continuous assessment component
Indicative Reading List

  • Helen Ahterton and Debbie Crickmore: 2011, Learning disabilities, 6, All, Churchill Livingstone, London, 9780702051876
  • Corinne Smith, Lisa Strick,: 2010, Learning Disabilities: A to Z, Revised, Free press, London, 978-1439158692
  • edited by Bob Gates: 2006, Care planning and delivery in intellectual disability nursing, Blackwell Pub., Boston, 978-1405131223
  • McKimm Swanick,: 2010, Clinical Teaching Made Easy, Quay Books, 978-1856424080
  • Jade Deverill: 2013, Preparing for your nursing interview workbook, CreateSpace, 978-1482632965
  • Musthafar Giwa Oladosu: 2006, Health Facilitation and Health Action Planning, Createspace, 978-1452896274
  • Sue Reed and Hilary Brown: 2005, Palliative Care and Learning Disabilities, Quay Books, 978-1856422185
  • Sue Read: 2007, Bereavement Counselling for People with Learning Disabilities, Quay Books, 978-1856423014
Other Resources

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