The post registration Higher Diploma in Children's Nursing course (Level 8) takes place over one full year (52 weeks) commencing in September. The programme consists of 12 theoretical weeks divided over three semesters; Michaelmas Hilary and Trinity, 40 weeks clinical practice experience that spans medical / surgical nursing, high dependency, specialist nursing and community experience with 4 weeks annual leave. Students undertake eight compulsory modules; (five theoretical modules and three clinical modules) that are run sequentially throughout the year. All modules are grounded in a body of evidence-based caring knowledge that promotes excellence in children's nursing practice. The Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland (NMBI) requires 100% attendance (both clinical and theoretical) for all students pursuing the Higher Diploma in Children's Nursing Course.
More informationVisit official programme website
The purpose of the course is to enable students to develop essential nursing knowledge, skills and values necessary to care for and support children, young people and their families to the highest professional standards across the health care continuum in all healthcare settings.
Five theory modules are as follows:
- Fundamental Concepts of Children’s and Young People’s Nursing
- Evidence Based Nursing Care of Children, Young People and Families in Illness
- Contemporary Evidence and Research for Children, Young People and their families
- Evidence Based Approaches to Adolescent Health in Young People’s Nursing
- Evidence Based Approaches to Health, Well-being and Care in Children’s Nursing
- 12 months
Start dates & application deadlines
- Apply before
DisciplinesNursing View 72 other Masters in Nursing in Ireland
Nurses applying for the programme must satisfy the following entry criteria:
- Be on at least one of the following divisions of the register as held by The Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland: General Nursing, Psychiatric Nursing and Intellectual Disability Nursing.
- Be on the active register as held by The Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland.
- Have at least six months of full-time post-registration clinical nursing experience.
- Have relevant academic qualifications which satisfy admission requirements for the programme.
- Have Garda Clearance for working with children and adolescent.
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