Intellectual Disability Nursing
Graduates develop careers as staff nurses, nurse managers, lecturers and researchers and can specialize in areas such as, children, autism, epilepsy and community development.
The School offers graduates a range of taught postgraduate clinical courses at Postgraduate Diplomas and Masters levels, including Masters in Nursing, Palliative Care, Gerontology and Dementia. The Intellectual Disability Nursing lecturers participate with the National Institute of Intellectual Disability to offer a Masters in Disability Studies.
Opportunities are also available to undertake postgraduate research training at Masters and PhD levels.
Careers options post qualification
Having an intellectual disability nursing degree opens doors in health and social care as this course allows for wide and varied types of employment, some of which are described here:
Staff nurses may work in many different settings. Nurses may care for and support clients who have multiple and complex disabilities or who may be elderly and infirm in large residential and village type services. They may also support people with intellectual disability to live and work in the community. In all that they do intellectual disability nurses strive to offer sensitively designed person centred holistic care. It is the predominant role of the nurse to enable each client to choose the life that they wish and to enable them to attain it, intellectual disability nurses therefore have not only to deploy technical skills that equip them to offer such support but also to communicate empathically and meaningfully with each client that they work with.
Clinical Nurse Manager
Nurse managers are responsible for the delivery of care to large numbers of clients with intellectual disability. Their role encompasses the day to day management of staff and also the design of new care pathways and leadership of large nursing teams.
Clinical Nurse Specialist
Clinical nurse specialists work in areas such as epilepsy, challenging behavior, communication and dementia care. As a clinical nurse specialist you may work to support nursing and allied healthcare staff to develop best practice in one of these clinical areas.
Postgraduate Courses available to Intellectual Disability Nurses
There are many courses that are available to qualified Intellectual Disability nurses. Some of these include:
- Higher Diploma in Children's Nursing
- M.Sc. in Gerontological Nursing
- M.Sc. / P.Grad. Dip in Nursing
- M.Sc. / P.Grad. Dip in Nursing - Child Health (subject to College Council approval)
- M.Sc. in Nursing - Clinical Health Sciences Education
- M.Sc. in Disability Studies
- M.Sc. / P.Grad. Dip. in Dementia
- M.Sc. / P.Grad. Dip. in Palliative Care
- M.Sc. / P.Grad. Dip in Mental Health
- M.Sc. / P.Grad. Dip. in Mental Health - Child, Adolescent and Family Strand