Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland Coláiste Ríoga na Máinleá in Éirinn

Nursing in Older Person Services: Key Perspectives and Best Practice

This short online programme provides registered nurses working in care of older persons services with up-to-date, evidenced-based knowledge to develop nurses’ theoretical understanding of the concepts relating to care of patients/clients/service users in older persons services.

It aims to support and enhance the confidence, skills and competences of participants and contribute to the delivery of safe patient safety.

The programme is accessible via the Faculty’s online platform, and delivered in seven units. Each unit contains four, one-hour presentations and the participant completes one unit every fortnight i.e. engage with two presentations per week. The programme will be delivered over a 14-week period and a weekly facilitated discussion forum will be available to participants.

Start date Monday, 14 May 2018
Entry requirements Registered nurses working with patients/clients/service users who are interested in developing their understanding around older persons and their nursing care needs, regulatory standards and new developments in older person services.
  • Nursing & Midwifery Board of Ireland (NMBI): CNMEUs pending
Assessment Four multiple choice questions (MCQs) on completion of each unit. A total of 28 over the programme (14 weeks)
  • Employed in an organisation affiliated to Nursing Homes Ireland: €100
  • Not employed in an organisation affiliated to Nursing Homes Ireland: €150
Programme registration On completion of the payment for this programme, a receipt is issued containing a transaction number.
Email a copy of the receipt for payment and your name and contact details to referencing 'Nursing in Older Person Services' in the email subject line.
The Faculty will then confirm receipt of this email.


Programme aims

  • To provide registered nurses with up-to-date, evidenced based knowledge to critically develop nurses’ theoretical and practical understanding of key concepts relating to care in older persons services.
  • To support registered nurses in enhancing their confidence, skills and competences with regard to key perspectives and best practice in older person services.

Learning outcomes

At the end of this CPD programme, participants will be able to:
  • Demonstrate a critical understanding of the prevalence and epidemiology of ageing, healthy ageing and frailty.
  • Demonstrate a critical understanding of the values and professional issues underpinning older person services and the role of regulators in this area.
  • Critically analyse key clinical issues in older person services, for eg, infection prevention and control, pain management, medication management, nutrition.
  • Critically discuss personal and professional development for nurses in older person services.
  • Critically discuss the role of registered nurses in terms of teaching and assessing students in older person services.
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