How To Become a Nurse in Ireland

Nurse with patient

It is no secret that nurses are in high demand, no matter what part of the world you live in. Hospitals and doctor's offices need nurses as part of their support staff. Without them, patients would not get care as a doctor or other medical professional would only be allowed to see a minimum number of patients in one day. In order to be a nurse one needs to have a high level of dedication, a lot of compassion and the ability to be energetic for a significant period of time. Many nurses easily put in a ten- to twelve-hour shift in any given day, especially those working in the hospitals.

The student will also need to do training in a nursing skills center. Ireland has nursing centers to help the student learn skills. The center has simulations allowing for a realistic training environment. The center duplicates health care settings for both undergraduate and post graduate students.

  • University College Dublin offers School of Nursing, Midwifery&Health Systems.
  • Trinity College Dublin offers Nursing in Psychiatric, Mature, Children and Adelaide.
  • The University of Limerick offers Nursing and Midwifery.
  • Queens University in Belfast also offers Nursing and Midwifery.

One can see that there are plenty of options available for nursing education in Ireland.

With modern technology so widely available nursing students are now using a video recorder to record themselves doing procedures in the training centers for becoming a nurse in Ireland. By watching themselves in action they are able to see what procedures they are excelling at as well as the areas that will need improvement.

To get the most out of the nursing education one will want to practice in an area that has a high dependency rate. Doing so will allow the student to plan and use highly needed problem solving techniques. In this section of the training facility the students will learn the machine mechanics as the patients are computerized to act just like real people who are in need of help.

The next step in the nursing training is to practice in the general ward. Here the student will learn to assess the patients, identify the problems, evaluate their effectiveness of care and set their goals. The student will practice on the same mannequins, just as they do in the dependency ward. Here the student will also learn patient nutrition, hydration, oxygen therapy, and patient hygiene.

Next the student will want to learn holistic care to help those patients that have special requirements. Those patients could be those with disabilities and mental health problems. In this area of the training facility the mannequins are set in a simulated apartment setting.

While in the classroom the student will need to learn to correlate theoretical components of nursing with the practical skills that were learning in the training facility. The student will also want to learn good communication skills to be able to have effective communication between patients, other nurses, doctors, and other staff member.  Once the school and training have been completed the student will go on to graduation.  Once student has graduated from college he or she must pass the board exam for Registered Nurses; it's also a good idea to pick up regular supplemental online nursing courses to make sure your skills are always sharp.


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