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I would strongly advise you to do the Masters in Science Communication in DCU. It really gives you a feel for the different kinds of media and ways of explaining things. And it's a good place to make contacts, which is also useful.

I would also recommend that you read science books. Not textbooks, good popular science books are just as useful for this kind of work, as it's already been broken down into simpler language for you. And only read the ones that you're interested in - it shouldn't be a chore to read them.

But I would recommend reading outside your subject area, so if you're into physics, then read some books on biology and vice versa (everyone should read Stephen J. Gould).  However, the more knowledge you have, the more questions you'll be able to answer.

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AS130
Intellectual Disability Nursing

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Undergraduate awards typically reflect three to five years of study after secondary school and include Ordinary (Level 7) and Honours Bachelor Degrees and Higher Diplomas (Level 8's).

Undergraduate awards may be achieved directly or through a series of progression steps. Learners may choose to progress upwards from a Level 5 to a Level 6, Level 7 and finally a Level 8.

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Intellectual disability nurses work closely with people with an intellectual disability and their families throughout their lives, as assistants, practitioners, educators and facilitators

The programme is offered in conjunction with Cregg House and other Health Service Executive organisations and groups in the Western region. Modules are both theory and clinically based.  Two thirds of the theory component of the programme is devoted to nursing subjects, one sixth to science subjects and one sixth to the social sciences. 

The course is taught through lectures, seminars, group work, role play, workshops and practical skills training. Learning is asessed through essays; exams; posters; group presentations and by observing students completing a nursing skill. In each semester students will undertake at least one clinical module whereby time will be spent in Cregg House services, community houses or schools, learning how to support persons with an intellectual disability in their day to day living.  Students spend over half of the programme working in various areas where persons with an intellectual disability live, are educated, work and socialise. 

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St. Angela's College Sligo

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From a career perspective, this programme provides students with an academic and professional qualification that allows graduates to travel anywhere in the world and make a difference to the lives of people with intellectual disability.

Graduates can decide to work with individuals and groups with intellectual disabilities in the community or residential services or to work with families and other professionals. Intellectual disability nurses could gain employment in schools, respite services and supported employment agencies.

Graduate nurses often decide after they have gained some initial experience as an RNID to specialise and work with persons who have particular difficulties such as challenging behaviour, complex needs, autism spectrum disorders and dual diagnosis. Many RNIDs also chose to enter careers in research, teaching, or management.



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