GMIT Prospectus 2021/22

Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Psychiatric Nursing (Level 8)

Code: GA882 Level: 8

Why study Psychiatric Nursing? This four-year BSc (Hons) in Psychiatric Nursing offered in conjunction with HSE West and the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland (NMBI) has been developed in response to the changing mental health needs of the Irish population. The role of the mental health nurse is to foster the health and well-being of individuals experiencing changes in their mental health status. All places are offered on this programme subject to satisfactory Garda vetting clearance and health screening.

What are my career opportunities? Successful completion of the course and registration as a psychiatric nurse with NMBI is nationally and internationally recognised. Due to the evolving role of the mental health nurse in modern mental health care systems, many nurses now choose to specialise in areas including addictions, forensic care and child and adolescent mental health services. Nursing graduates may seek promotional opportunities in clinical practice, management, education and research.

Student experience

What will I study? Year 1: • The Nature of Nursing

Maria Staunton I graduated from the BSc (Honours) in

Psychiatric Nursing programme in November, 2018. Following this, I commenced work in Mayo Mental Health Services as a staff nurse. I am currently working in the Acute Mental Health Unit within Mayo University Hospital. Although challenging at times, I thoroughly enjoyed my course. The module I enjoyed most throughout the four-year programme

• Mental Health/Psychiatric Nursing Practice Studies • Psychosocial Approaches in Mental Health Care • Learning and Innovation Skills • Biological Science for Fundamental Nursing Knowledge and Skills • Personal Professional Development for Mental Health/Psychiatric Nursing 1 • Sociological Perspectives on the Human Person • Practice Placement 1 Year 2: • Mental Health/Psychiatric Nursing Practice Studies 2 • Nursing Research and Informatics • Psychology and its Application to Nursing • Biology in Mental Illness 1 • Sociology Applied to Nursing and Healthcare • Personal and Professional Development for Mental Health/Psychiatric Nursing • Practice Placement 2 Year 3: • Biology in Mental Illness • Mental Health/Psychiatric Nursing Studies 3 • Law and Ethics for Psychiatric Nursing • Enquiry in Nursing Practice • Personal and Professional Development for Mental Health/Psychiatric Nursing 3 • Practice Placement 3 Year 4: • Personal and Professional Development in Psychiatric Nursing

was the clinical practice placement module. This module consisted of work experience in various mental health settings, ranging from inpatient to community facilities. I also enjoyed the Biological Science module, as it linked theoretical learning to both nursing practice and clinical skill development. What stood out most for me was the welcoming nature of GMIT Mayo across all areas. I involved myself a lot with the different clubs and societies during my college experience. I had many great days out at different competitions and events, all while making life-long friends.

• Quality and Patient Safety in Nursing • Research Skills in Nursing Practice • Advanced Skills for Mental Health/Psychiatric Nursing • Mental Health/Psychiatric Nursing Studies 4 • Opportunity to Undertake One Five Credit Elective • Internship

Department of Nursing, Health Sciences and Social Care

Places 26

Duration 4 years

Campus Mayo

Talk to us: Rosaleen Murray, Programme Chair Tel: +353 94 9043270 | E-mail:


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