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Archived Version 2020 - 2021

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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 consolidate the students learning over the previous 3 years. This module prepares 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 across the lifespan in a variety of settings. The module pays particular attention to the intellectual disability nursing contribution to health and social care.

Learning Outcomes

1. Domain 1: Professional values and conduct of the nurse competences Knowledge and appreciation of the virtues of caring, compassion, integrity, honesty, respect and empathy as a basis for upholding the professional values of nursing and identity as a nurse.
2. Domain 2: Nursing practice and clinical decision making competences Knowledge and understanding of the principles of delivering safe and effective nursing care through the adoption of a systematic and problem-solving approach to developing and delivering a person-centred plan of care based on an explicit partnership with the person and his/her primary carer.
3. Domain 3: Knowledge and cognitive competences Knowledge and understanding of the health continuum, life and behavioural sciences and their applied principles that underpin a competent knowledge base for nursing and healthcare practice.
4. Domain 4: Communication and inter personal competences Knowledge, appreciation and development of empathic communication skills and techniques for effective interpersonal relationships with people and other professionals in health care settings.
5. Domain 5: Management and team competences Using management and team competences in working for the person’s wellbeing, recovery, independence and safety through recognition of the collaborative partnership between the person, family and multidisciplinary health care team.
6. Domain 6: Leadership potential and professional scholarship competences Developing professional scholarship through self-directed learning skills, critical questioning/ reasoning skills and decision-making skills in nursing as the foundation for lifelong professional education, maintaining competency and career development.

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Laboratory18clinical nursing skills
Independent Study154student self direction
Online activity10Looking Through Materials on Loop
Group work40Presentation 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
Intellectual disability contemporary issues including: advocacy, health, community engagement, supported living, work, education, therapy, social inclusion and emerging concerns in current practice

Clinical Topics
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, death and dying, palliative care, care of people with cancer and acute and chronic conditions in primary, secondary and tertiary settings

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 importance of personal, and professional development over the course of their professional career, safe practice, raising concerns, MDT, working with family/carers

Models of learning and service change.
Ways of learning in practice and engaging in service change

Preparing for the Internship
Preparing for the internship/practice placements, policy and legal issues, management, organisation and administration, leadership and case management skills of different care settings

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
  • Bob Gates: 2014, Learning Disability Nursing: Modern Day Practice, 1st, CRC Press, 978-14822155
  • Bob Gates, Debra Ferns & Jo Welch: 2015, Learning Disability Nursing as a Glance, 1st, Wiley-Blackwell, 978-111850613
  • Whitehead. B. & Brown. M.: 2017, Transition to Nursing: Preparation for Practice, Open University Press,
  • Mouriere. A.: 2017, Integrating Intensive Interaction: Developing Communication Practice in Services for Children and Adults with Severe Learning Difficulties, Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulties and Autism, 2017, Routledge, UK.,
  • Chaplin & Hardy: 2016, An Introduction to Supporting the Mental Health of People with Intellectual Disabilities: A Guide for Professionals, Support Staff and Families, Pavilion Publications, London,
  • Hemmings Colin: 2018, Mental Health in Intellectual Disabilities A complete introduction to assessment, intervention, care and support, 5th edition, Pavilion, London,
  • Moulster G, Iorizzo J, Ames S & Kernohan J: 2019, The Moulster and Griffiths Learning Diisability Nursing Model, Jessica Kintgsley Publishers,
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