Nursing Theory & Practice

QQI Level 5 (course code: 5N4325)

his course is designed for:

  • Carers currently employed in a healthcare setting
  • Those planning a career in a healthcare setting who require a formal qualification
  • Students hoping to access 3rd level nursing courses

Learners who successfully complete this course will:

  • Outline the history and development of nursing
  • Acquire a knowledge of the structure and function of the health care service in the Republic of Ireland
  • Know the various disciplines and specialities within nursing
  • Understand the nursing process
  • Appreciate the models of care
  • Be aware of nursing ethics and etiquette in care situations
  • Communicate effectively in ways that are consistent with the carer's role
  • Avoid occupational hazards

The course covers the following:

  • The development of nursing as a profession
  • The structures of the health care service in the Republic of Ireland
  • The functions of each structure
  • The effects of European Union directives on nursing
  • Identifying the members of the primary, secondary and tertiary health care teams
  • The specialities within the health care profession
  • The stages of the nursing process
  • The 'Code of Practice' for nurses
  • Emphatic behaviour  of the care worker
  • The use of the senses in observation
  • Commonly occurring infections, causes, transmission and prevention
  • Nursing and medical terminology and medical abbreviations
  • The importance of precision in admistering drugs and correct recording procedures
  • Accurate measurement of vital signs


Assessment will be split between a skills demonstration and a theory based exam. 


On successful completion of this course the student will be awarded a QQI Level 5 (Component) Certificate in Nursing Theory and Practice 5N4325. This is a compulsory module for the Major Award in Nursing Studies 5M4325 and is an optional module for Healthcare Support 5M4339.

Related/Additional Training:

  • Care of the Older Person
  • Infection Prevention and Control
  • Occupational First Aid

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