The Higher Diploma in Nursing (Children’s Nursing) programme is offered in partnership with The School of Nursing, Midwifery and Health Systems, University College and Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin, Dublin 12. This children’s nursing post-registration education programme extends over 52 weeks and awards academic accreditation at Level 8 National Qualification Authority Ireland framework.
The Higher Diploma in Nursing (Children’s Nursing) programme is offered in partnership with The School of Nursing, Midwifery and Health Systems, University College Dublin and Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin. This children’s nursing post-registration education programme extends over 52 weeks and awards academic accreditation at Level 8 National Qualification Authority Ireland framework.
The aim of this programme is to educate the post registered nurse for the award of Higher Diploma in Nursing (Children’s Nursing). On successful completion of this programme nurses are eligible to register as a Children’s Nurse with Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland. The focus of Children’s nursing is caring for the child within a child and family-centered careapproach taking into account their physical, psychological, emotional, social and spiritual needs. This involves the care of children from newborn to age 18 years.
The Higher Diploma in Nursing (Children’s Nursing) programme aims to educate and prepare nursing students to be knowledgeable and competent professional practitioners - capable of acting independently while providing nursing care for children and their families. Clinical placements are designed to facilitate the learning of essential clinical skills and provide the nursing student with opportunities to develop her knowledge and gain experience in the care of children that is child centred and family focused.
How will I benefit?
On successful completion of the programme, nursing students will be awarded a Higher Diploma in Nursing (Children’s Nursing) from the UCD School of Nursing, Midwifery and Health Systems. This is a highly regarded qualification in Children’s Nursing and increases the employment prospects of nurses who hold this qualification.
At end of the Higher Diploma in Nursing (Children’s Nursing) programme students will:
This programme enables nursing students gain a comprehensive understanding of relevant knowledge in caring for sick children. Emphasis is placed on supporting families to care for their children through a child centred and family focused approach to nursing care.
This one year programme is run over 3 trimesters. It comprises seven theoretical modules and six clinical placement modules incorporating specialist clinical modules.
In the Autumn Trimester, students commence the Higher Diploma in Nursing (Children’s Nursing) programme in UCD undertaking the first four theoretical modules in a 7 week block of full time study.
The four theoretical modules cover a range of subjects on:
Principles and Practices in Children’s NursingNursing Children in the Acute setting (HDip)Nursing Children with Enduring Healthcare NeedsNursing Children with Diverse Needs
This is followed by two clinical placements in Children’s Health Ireland (CHI), at Crumlin. In the Spring Trimester, students undertake a second 4 week block of full time study in UCD focusing on the second three theoretical modules of
In the Spring and Summer Trimesters, students complete the remainder of their clinical placements in addition to a number of specialist clinical placements. A range of assessment strategies are in place to assess knowledge of the six theoretical modules. These assessments include continuous and end of trimester assessments including written examinations. In addition addition, all clinical placements are assessed and a pass grade is required to successfully complete the programme..
Our graduates have opportunities to work with children and their families in the clinical and community settings both in Ireland and abroad. In addition, nurses with this diploma can avail of further study in a number of paediatric specialist areas such as Oncology, ICU, Neonatal care etc.
This programme is advertised in the National Newspapers as well as www.irishjobs.ie in January/February each year. Interested applicants should apply to the Director of Nursing, Children’s Health Ireland, (CHI) for an application form. Interviews are usually held in March/April in Children’s Health Ireland (CHI), Herberton, St James’s Walk, Rialto, Dublin 8 or another designated venue.
All applicants must:
• Hold a primary degree in Nursing or equivalent.
• Be currently registered as an RGN, RNID or RPN with the NMBI.
• Have at least six month’s post registered clinical nursing experience.
• Be successful in the hospital interviewing process.
Applicants should have undertaken a level 8 research module as either a standalone research module or as part of an undergraduate degree nursing programme or as part of access to a degree programme
Post-registered nursing students are paid employees of Children’s Health Ireland (CHI), at Crumlin, and receive a salary plus increments. Fees are paid by the HSE for students undertaking this programme. Fees will be organised by the hospital when enrolment is complete. It is important to note, however, that the HSE will request repayment of fees, in the event that a student withdraws from the programme. Application is on line with an accompanying administration fee.
There is a nominal sum charged for the provision of UCD workbooks and National Clinical Assessment Documentation. Students are advised to make allowance for the cost of books, photocopying and traveling expenses. The Programme Administrator will initiate the Registration procedure.
If English is not your native language, unless you have completed your primary degree through English in an English speaking country, an English language qualification is required for all programmes.
Applications should now be made through Children's Health Ireland (CHI) by clicking on the following link
Following acceptance of an offer of a place by Children’s Health Ireland (CHI), at Crumlin, successful candidates should contact the programme administrator in UCD and go online to apply.
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