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Clinical Nurse Manager 2

St. Michael's House

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Do your homework, ask about it - there is lots of infomation out there.  You need to be person centred, social, not afraid to mix and to have an understanding of disability or at least be prepared to learn about it. 

People with an Intellectual Disability  ARE NOT SICK , but they can get sick like everyone else and sometimes I feel people outside don't fully understand this. They don't just need Gods help. They need the help of qualified people that want to understand them so that their needs are met and they have chance to enjoy their life as much as is possible.

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Healthcare Support with Care of the Older Person

Course Code(s):  5M4339
QQI Award Code:  5M4339 Healthcare Support
Award:  National Framework of Qualifications level
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Castlebar College of Further Education

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Course overview

Course Code 5M4339
QQI Award Code 5M4339 Healthcare Support
Award National Framework of Qualifications level

Course Description

This course is designed to equip the learner with the academic knowledge and practical skills essential for working in a healthcare team. Its purpose is two-fold: (1) It is a stand-alone qualification for employment as a Care Assistant (2) It can also be used as a route to Third-Level Education. Experienced healthcare professionals instruct students in practical skills in our fully equipped ward. In addition, students must complete a period of work experience in a care setting. Garda vetting must be successfully completed for all courses in the Department of Health Services, Childcare & Youth Work.

What will you Study?

Care Skills 5N2270
Care Support 5N0758
Care of the Older Person 5N2706
Activities of Living Patient Care 5N3707
Infection Prevention and Control 5N3734
Intellectual Disability Studies 5N1652
Occupational First Aid 5N1207
Safety and Health at Work 5N1794
Personal Effectiveness 5N1390
Work Experience 5N1356

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