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Do a Level 5 FETAC health related course. The skills and qualities that are needed to do this type of work are a real sense of caring for other people, communication skills, listening skills, be able to take and give constructive criticism without causing or taking offence, patience a willing to give your best effort to your work.
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Nursing Studies

Course Code(s):  5M4349
QQI Award Code:  5M4349 Nursing Studies
Award:  National Framework of Qualifications level
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St. Conleth's Community College

St. Conleth's Community College
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Course overview

Course Code 5M4349
QQI Award Code 5M4349 Nursing Studies
Award National Framework of Qualifications level

Course Description

This is a full-time, one year course. The aim of this course is to introduce students to the academic and practical implications of following a career in Nursing. It is designed to develop communication, intellectual, practical and caring skills.

What will you Study?

Anatomy and Physiology
Nurse Theory and Practice
Care Provision and Practice 5N2705
Safety and Health at Work 5N1794
Human Growth and Development 5N1297
Understanding Mental Illness
Communications 5N0690
Nutrition
Work Experience 5N1356
Occupational First Aid 5N1207
Important Colleges may add/remove modules to keep the course updated and to meet demands. Almost all PLC courses have a Work Experience module, which requires students to find their own placement in an area directly related to their course.

Progression to CAO Courses

Higher Education Links Scheme (HELS)

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DCHSN 5M4349

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