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Intellectual Disability Nursing AS130

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Intellectual Disability Nursing - AS130

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.