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Flexible & Professional

Certificate in Nursing: Recognition and Management of the Deteriorating Adult

January 2025
12 weeks (1 Semester)

Fees (EU)



12 weeks (1 Semester)

Work Placement




NFQ Level


Discipline Area

Nursing & Midwifery

Course Type

Flexible & Professional

Study Mode


Course Overview

The aim of the programme are to provide learners with opportunities to develop their knowledge and skills in the recognition and management of the deteriorating adult/patients 

On completion of the course the graduates will be able to:

  • Critically evaluate the knowledge, skills and attitudes required to recognise and manage deteriorating adults within the health care setting.  
  • Demonstrate competence and critical thinking ability, which enhances assessment, planning, delivery and evaluation of nursing care through discursive knowledge, reflection and evidence-based practice.                         
  • Demonstrate evidence-based clinical practice skills and decision-making processes, essential for safe nursing practice. Perform a nursing assessment; plan and initiate care and treatment modalities within agreed interdisciplinary protocols to achieve patient/client-centred outcomes and evaluate their effectiveness.           
  • Utilise and demonstrate advanced knowledge and critical thinking in the performance of a comprehensive assessment of an acutely ill adult              
  • Adopt a holistic approach to nursing care and integrate evidence-based knowledge in the assessment, planning, implementation, and evaluation of the deteriorating adult.
  • Effectively manage the nursing care of the deteriorating adult. Determine priorities for care based on need, acuity and optimal time for intervention.              
  • Self-evaluate and take responsibility for continuing academic / professional development


What makes this course different

In Conjunction with HSE

This course was designed in conjunction with the Health Service Executive (HSE)

Blended Learning

Blended course delivery (online & in-class) to allow greater flexibility to learners as they manage full-time employment and part-time study.

Course Delivery and Modules

This programme is delivered on Wednesdays, typically students attend DkIT for  face to face workshops from 09.00 hrs to 16.30  for 3-4 days over the semester and live on-line classes (09.00hrs to 16.30 hrs) for 4-5 days over the semester.

  • Module Content (Indicative)

    • Anatomical and physiological organ systems: Discuss the structure and function of the various anatomical and physiological organ systems: Cardiovascular, Respiratory, Neurological, Digestive, Renal, Musculoskeletal
    • Integrate and synthesize knowledge of altered homeostasis: Homeostasis and altered homeostasis of the Cardiovascular system, chest pain, ECG monitoring, and analysis. Sepsis; Homeostasis and altered homeostasis of the Respiratory system. Respiratory failure; Non-invasive ventilation. Homeostasis and altered homeostasis of the Neurological system; seizures, FAST +; delirium. Homeostasis and altered homeostasis of Abdominal system; acute abdomen, major blood loss, renal. Homeostasis and altered homeostasis of Digestive and Renal systems; Renal insufficiency; Fluid Management Blood chemistry analysis
    • Develop skills in order to make accurate clinical judgements: Comprehensive Health History, Cardiovascular assessment, Respiratory assessment, Neurological assessment, Abdominal Assessment
    • Strategies for enhancing interdisciplinary collaboration: Holistic assessment and clinical judgement INEWS v2, ISBAR, Interdisciplinary collaboration

Fees and Funding

Please find information on fees and funding here:


EU Fees


Entry Requirements

You MUST be:

  • Be a registered Nurse with NMBI or equivalent
  • Be currently employed in a health care setting
  • All applicants will normally hold a relevant Level 8 qualification (or equivalent). Applicants who do not have a Level 8 qualification may apply for entry to the programme in accordance with the procedures outlined in the DkIT Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) Policy. Learn more about RPL at DkIT
  • Applicants may be called for interview

How To Apply

The next intake for this course is January 2025. Online applications will open in Autumn 2024. To register your interest please complete the form below.

Register Your Interest

Ask us a Question

If you have a question about the Certificate in Nursing: Recognition and Management of the Deteriorating Adult please ask it below and we will get back to you.

Dr. Briege King

Dept of Nursing Midwifery and Early Years


Dr. Geraldine O’Connor

Head of Section (Part time courses), School of Health and Science


Disclaimer: All module titles are subject to change and for indicative purposes only. All courses are delivered subject to demand and timetables are subject to change. Elective Module options will only run subject to student numbers. The relevant Department will determine the viability of each elective module option proceeding depending on the number of students who choose that option. Students will be offered alternative elective modules on their programme should their preferred elective option not be proceeding. Award Options for Common Entry Programmes: The relevant Department will determine the viability of each award option proceeding depending on the number of students who choose either option. If the numbers for one of the Award options exceed available places, students for this option will be selected based on Academic Merit (highest grades).