Nursing

The aim of mental health nursing is to promote mental health and wellness, to plan with, support and provide nursing care to people who suffer from mental illness and mental distress, and
to support families and communities in dealing with mental health challenges.

This care can be provided in acute care facilities such as hospitals, in peoples own homes and community care settings. Supporting on-going mental health recovery is an important role of being a mental health nurse. Our graduates work with individuals, families and communities to prevent mental health problems so that as many people as possible can live full lives in community settings. At the heart of the role of the mental health nurse is the ability to establish therapeutic relationships with individuals and their families.

The course consists of 76 weeks of classroom-based theory and practical learning, interspersed with 81 weeks of clinical placements. A 36-week continuous rostered clinical placement is also included. This can take place either locally or internationally and encompasses a very broad range of clinical settings, including acute mental health, care of the older person, specialist care, adult general nursing and working with voluntary and statutory bodies.

When you complete this course, you will be eligible to have your name entered into the Psychiatric Division of the Register of Nurses maintained by Bord Altranais agus Cnáimhseachais na hÉireann.

Our nursing programmes are taught in the purpose-built Sólás building at the North Campus. This state-of-theart facility has technology enhanced classrooms, lecture halls, practical skills laboratories and computer suites. Our partnership with the HSE offers students a wide range of exciting clinical placement facilities across counties Kerry and Cork. Throughout this programme, you will get great support from the Institute and from clinical staff, both in the classroom and on placement.

ERASMUS opportunities are available in Oxford Brookes University in England for students studying mental health nursing at IT Tralee.

Nursing offers exciting opportunities to develop valuable specialist knowledge and skills that are in demand both nationally and internationally.

Registered Psychiatric Nurses can develop career pathways in a number of ways, including:

  • Clinical practice: specialisation in a wide range of clinical practice areas, e.g. forensic psychiatry, community psychiatric nursing, counselling, etc;
  • Management: progression in nursing and health care management structures
  • Research: joining the fast developing field of nursing and health care research
  • Education: becoming lecturers in nursing in third level or health care institutions

Former IT, Tralee nursing students have worked across Europe and in America, Canada, Australia, Africa, Saudi Arabia and other middle-eastern countries. This course is of 4 years duration and consists of 76 weeks of classroom-based theory and practical learning interspersed with 81 weeks of clinical placements. A thirty-six week continuous rostered placement is included.

Clinical placements include:

  • Acute Mental Health
  • Care of the Older Person
  • Specialist Care
  • Adult General Nursing
  • Voluntary and statutory bodies
  • Community

Students go on nursing placements in Tralee, Dingle, Killarney, Caherciveen, Rathmore and many other sites. International placements are also available.

The Institute's nursing courses are taught in the purpose-built Sólás building at the North Campus. This state-of-the-art facility has technology enhanced classrooms, lecture halls and practical skills laboratories, interpersonal skills and computer suites. Our partnership with the Health Service Executive and Bon Secours Hospital in Tralee offers students a wide range of exciting clinical placement facilities.

Opportunities to collaborate with other students from health and social care are available through the Centre for the Advancement of Interprofessional Education.

 

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Tel: + 353 (01) 639 8500
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