GMIT Prospectus 2022/23

GMIT Science and Health

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

Code: GA880 Level: 8

Why study General Nursing? General nursing involves caring for people of all ages in both hospital and community settings. This course combines classroom-based teaching, practical sessions in the clinical skills laboratory and a variety of practical nursing placements which are facilitated largely in the Mayo, Roscommon, and Galway region. This may require periods of travel or residency outside of the Castlebar area. Students undertake a 36-week paid internship in their final year during which they will gain significant clinical experience. Graduates are eligible for entry into the professional register of General Nurses maintained by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland. All places are offered on this course subject to satisfactory Garda vetting clearance and health screening.

Year 4: • Clinical Practice and Patient Safety • Development of Management and Leadership Skills • Quality and Patient Safety in Nursing • Change and Education in Nursing Practice

• Research Skills in Nursing Practice • Professional Practice in Health Care • Internship Electives: • Humanities and Nursing • Alternative and Complementary Therapies within Contemporary Health and Social Care Settings What are my career opportunities? Graduates can apply to practice as Registered General Nurses in Irish or international healthcare settings thereby affording them opportunities to travel and work overseas. Irish nursing graduates may seek promotional opportunities in clinical nursing, nursing management or nursing education. A range of post-graduate nursing courses are available to Registered General Nurses. Additional information about nursing careers is available at

What will I study? Year 1: • Biological Science for Fundamental Nursing Knowledge and Skills • Applied Social Science Perspectives on the Human Person • Fundamental Nursing Knowledge and Skills • The Nature of Nursing • Self-Development and Interpersonal Skills • Learning and Innovation Skills • Practice Placement 1 Year 2: • Biological Science for Nursing the Adult with Major Illness

Student experience

• Nursing Care of the Adult with Major Illness • Sociology Applied to Nursing & Healthcare • Psychology and its Application to Nursing • Nursing Research and Informatics • Integrated Community Care • Practice Placement 2 Year 3: • Philosophy and Ethics: Theory and Application • Oncology, End of Life and Palliative Care • Person-Centred Care • Legal and Accountable Nursing Practice • Enquiry in Nursing Practice • Promoting Health • Acute Presentations in Nursing Practice • Practice Placement 3

Luke Cunningham I am a qualified Staff Nurse working in the Bon Secour Hospital in Cork after qualifying from the Bachelor of Science (Hons) in General Nursing course in GMIT Mayo. My GMIT Mayo journey began in 2014 when I was offered a place after completing my pre-Nursing course. Being so far from home, my plan was to transfer to Cork once my first year had ended in Mayo. Within a week of

arriving I knew I had found somewhere special that I wouldn’t want to leave. The College itself is quite small which meant that I was able to mix with people from all courses and from all walks of life. Smaller class sizes meant that lecturers got to know us as individuals and by name. Time was always made for us to speak with lecturers and practical classes were almost individualised. GMIT Mayo was the most unique, fulfilling and exciting experience in my life. All members of staff are warm, welcoming and supportive. I am proud to say that I am a graduate of GMIT MAYO.

Department of Nursing, Health Sciences & Social Care

DURATION 4 years



Talk to us: Dr Teresa Bruen, Course Chair Tel: +353 94 9043265 | E-mail:


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