Children's and General Nursing

The role of the children’s and general nurse is to foster the health and wellbeing of individuals across the lifespan, taking into account their physical, psychological, emotional, social and spiritual needs. On successful completion of this degree, you can practice as either a children’s nurse or as a general nurse. The role of the nurse extends beyond clinical practice to encompass education, research and management.

Why is this course for me?

Are you drawn towards helping adults and children, and making a difference to their lives while they’re ill? Are you empathetic, resilient, reliable and a good communicator? Do you have an analytical, problem-solving mind? If so, this is the ideal career choice for you.


What will I Study?

Modules of theory are followed by clinical placements. Experienced lecturers and practitioners will facilitate your learning in a friendly and supportive environment where you attend lectures, workshops and tutorials in our state-of-the-art facilities in the UCD Health Sciences Centre. Clinical placements will help you to develop the required clinical competencies. Modules include:

First Year

  • Transition to University
  • Scientific Principles
  • Foundations of Nursing
  • Psychology
  • Interpersonal Skills

Second & Third Year

  • Caring for Children and Adults with Medical-Surgical Problems
  • Pharmacology
  • Applied Social Science
  • Specialty clinical placements include maternity care and caring for people with an intellectual disability

Fourth Year

  • Health and well-being – a sociological context for nursing
  • Management & Quality Improvement
  • Evidence-Based Practice in Healthcare
  • Clinical placement/internship

Assessment is through a combination of end-of-semester exams and continuous assessment, including assessment of performance on clinical placements.


Clinical Placement

The majority of clinical learning takes place in our affiliated partner hospitals: Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin, Mater Misericordiae University Hospital and St Vincents University Hospital.

Career Opportunities

Completing this degree qualifies you as both a Registered General Nurse and a Registered Children’s Nurse. Your future professional role can extend beyond clinical practice to encompass education, research and management. There are also excellent work and travel opportunities in Ireland and throughout Europe, North America, Australia and New Zealand. Your continuing professional education may also include studies at higher diploma, graduate diploma, master’s and PhD level.

International Study Opportunities

In fourth year you may study in a choice of locations in Europe for one semester.

Student Profile

"For me, a great advantage that I have as a C&G student is that I share subjects with our larger General Nursing class group, and then in the smaller Children’s Nursing class group I then learn about certain conditions from the paediatric nursing perspective.

Without hesitation I would say that the highlight of my C&G experience has been the clinical placement experience. Throughout the course, we students spend several months at a time learning directly from the clinical environment; by assisting in the care of both paediatric and general patients.

All in all, the Children’s & General Nursing programme is a wonderfully rewarding course that allows us students exposure to the clinical environment long before we become registered as both Children’s Nurse and a General Nurse.

If you are interested in promoting health, if you have a passion for caring for children, if you would like to make a difference and to help both children and adults recover from their illness, then I could not recommend this course highly enough to you."

Mollie Bruton


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