Exciting and Progressive Nursing Studies Course
The full-time Nursing studies course is designed to prepare students who intend to pursue a career in nursing or in a health related field. This year’s students had many practical activities throughout the year which they found very insightful and beneficial for their chosen career.
In their practical classes the students learned many hands on care skills such as how to do a bed bath, feed a patient, how to perform a urinalysis, how to take a temperature, pulse and respiratory rates, as well as how to use a nebuliser. They also learned how to dress a wound, identify and prevent pressure sores and take blood pressure using a sphygmomanometer and a stethoscope.
The nursing students in North Kerry College were also given the opportunity to learn the correct patient moving and handling techniques as well as the use of moving equipment such as sliding sheets and hoist.
The students in the Nursing studies course are also given the opportunity to get extra certification in practical skills. This year each students successfully completed a Manual Handling and Patient Moving and Handling course. They also completed a First Aid course with Joe O’ Sullivan and they are now qualified First Aiders with invaluable skills in CPR and the use of AED’s (Defibrillators).
The course co-ordinator Louanne Hussey organised many guest speakers such as Kathleen Herlihy, Homecare Co-ordinator with the Alzheimer’s Society of Ireland who gave a talk on the many challenges when caring for patients with Dementia. Staff from Home Instead, Tralee and Carebright, Limerick discussed recruitment options within the nursing and healthcare sector.
The nursing students do work experience one day a week and have the opportunity to work in various settings working with different groups including the elderly, adults and children with intellectual disabilities or working with adults who have mental health issues. Work experience also gives the students the opportunity to make contacts in the community to secure future employment.
On successful completion of the Nursing studies course students are qualified to work as a nursing/health care assistant in a number of health and community care settings. Nursing students who want to progress with their studies can apply through their PLC points for nursing in the areas of General, Mental Health, Intellectual Disability, Children’s Nursing or Midwifery as well as Health Related Sciences and Applied Social Studies in a number of Institutes of Technology and colleges in Ireland. Students also have the opportunity to apply to colleges in the UK.