BSc (Hons) in Mental Health Nursing – ETB Kerry to MTU Kerry
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 and promote recovery 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.
Incorporating the Level 5 Nursing Studies with the BSc (Hons) Mental Health Nursing, will give learners the opportunity to start their preparation for the Mental Health Nursing degree programme in the FE sector leading to seamless transition to the third level college. Students will spend the first year of this programme in their local ETB in Kerry and on successful completion will undertake their four-year Nursing programme at MTU Kerry.
Provider Locations and Structure
Year 1 – Education and Training Board – Kerry College – Denny Street Campus, Tralee.
Years 2-5 – Department of Nursing and Healthcare Sciences, Munster Technological University, Kerry Campus, Sólás Nursing Building, Tralee, Co. Kerry.
Course Content – for all years
Year 1 – Level 5 Award – FE
|Human Growth & Development
|Anatomy & Physiology
|Nursing Theory & Practice
|Infection Prevention & Control
|Care of the Older Person
Year 2 – MTU
|Learning at Third Level
|Professionalism in Nursing Practice
|Health and Wellbeing
|Skills For Safe Practice
|Developing Competency in Mental Health Nursing Practice 1
|Principles of Mental Health Nursing Care 1
|Caring in Context
|The Sociology and Psychology of Health and Illness
|Developing Competency in Mental Health Nursing Practice 2
Year 3 – MTU
|Introduction to Health Informatics
|Developing Competency in Mental Health Nursing Practice 3
|Principles of Mental Health Nursing Care 2
|Fundamentals of Nursing Knowledge and Research
|Compassion and Integrity in Caring
|Therapeutic Relationships and Interventions
|Developing Competency in Mental Health Nursing Practice 4
|Principles of Mental Health Nursing Care 3
|Inter-Professional Education and Collaborative Practice
Year 4 – MTU
|Developing Competency in Mental Health Nursing Practice 5
|Appreciative Reflective Inquiry
|Law and Ethics for Practice
|Psychotherapeutic Approaches and Recovery
|Enabling Positive Ageing
|Principles for Nursing Care 4: Applied Pharmacology for General Nursing
|Nursing Research Methodology
Year 5 – MTU
|Safety Quality Accountability
|Leadership and Management
|Principles of Nursing Care 6: Clinical Decision Making
|Research for Evidence Based Nursing
|Developing Competency in General Nursing Practice 6
|Applied Nursing Research
Accreditation and Embedded Awards
- QQI Level 5 Certificate in Nursing Studies (5M4349).
- TL_NHSMN_C – Higher Certificate in Science in Health Studies (Mental Health), 120 credits
- TL_NHSMN_D – Bachelor of Science in Health Studies (Mental Health), 180 credits
- MT927 BSc (Hons) Mental Health Nursing, 240 credits (Stages 1,2, 3 and 4 successfully completed)
Planned intake (number of places)
Entry requirements and eligibility
Leaving Certificate with five subjects at grade O6; LCVP including maths or a distinction in Leaving Certificate Applied
QQI Level 4 award with a minimum of a merit grade
Mature applicants – (aged 22 on or before 1st January of the course commencement year). These applicants do not have to meet the minimum entry requirements listed here and are considered on an individual basis (previous education, work experience, and demonstration of competence to undertake the programme)
An applicant who is a minimum of 17 years of age with at least 2 years post Junior Certificate relevant experience. All applicants must demonstrate that they would qualify for the special rate of maintenance grant under the Student Grant Scheme (SUSI) and/or are in receipt of a Department of Social Protection (DSP) long-term means-tested social welfare payment and/or be from one or more of the priority groups or from any priority group identified as part of the next National Access Plan (2022-2028).
CERFL proficiency at B2 for access to Level 5 courses for those whose first language is not English.
- Self-declared medical statement signed by their GP
- Personal Statement
- Garda Vetting
This course requires students to be Garda vetted. Prospective students should also be aware that some aspects of this course are physically demanding and should satisfy themselves that they are physically fit enough to undertake it. All applicants will undergo a processing stage during which further information will be gathered in relation to their application.
Learner’s Desirable competencies and experience
Learners interested in undertaking this course should want to be part of an active and changing dynamic environment. They should, enjoy working with others and value caring for people. In addition, learners should have a special interest in mental health and recovery, be excellent communicators with problem-solving and critical thinking skills.
MSc Professional Nursing
MSc Advanced Practice Nursing
Gobnait Burke/Kathy Bradley
FET-HE Programme Development Coordinators