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Nurse Education

Nurse Education

CHI at Temple Street Children’s University Hospital educate children’s nurses at both undergraduate and post graduate level.

Undergraduate Nursing:

The Bachelor of Science in Children’s & General undergraduate nursing programme is run in conjunction with Dublin City University (DCU) – The 4.5 year programme is divided between the theoretical education programme in DCU and the practical component in TSCUH and affiliated services. Throughout the programme, students undertake a variety of clinical experiences alongside a registered nurse.

The range of experiences includes: education and development of the child, education and development of the adult, disorders of human behaviour, acute nursing, and specialist placements (as per Requirements and Standards for Nurse Registration Education Programmes, An Bord Altranais, 2005).

Applications for the undergraduate programme are made through the Central Applications Office (CAO): ( Information regarding application process can be found in Nursing / Midwifery A Career for you ( This document includes criteria for application for leaving cert students, mature applicants, and healthcare workers sponsorship scheme (, (HSE HR Circular No. 09/2010 Sponsorship for Public Health Service Employees wishing to Train as Nurse Midwives). Candidates who qualify for registration with An Bord Altranais ( and who satisfy the requirements of the University may apply to be conferred with degrees in Children’s Nursing and in General Nursing.

Our aim is to develop student’s knowledge, skills, attitudes and professional values in preparation for their role as competent, responsible, accountable RCN and RGN.To this end,

nursing students are treated as responsible, mature, and capable individuals, who are active in their learning as opposed to being passive recipients of information.

Postgraduate Nursing:

Full details here. 

For further information please see

NMBI Children’s Nursing Post Registration Standards and Requirements

Graduate Programmes:

The Graduate Diploma Paediatric Critical Care Nursing course aims to build upon and advance the registered nurse’s repertoire of knowledge, skills, attitudes and professional values, in order to prepare the nurse to assume the role of a nurse specialist in this area of care. This course is delivered in partnership with University College Dublin (UCD) and Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital Crumlin. The course aims to develop the practitioner’s capacities for caring and competent practice in paediatric intensive care nursing, in order to prepare the nurse to provide a patient-centred service within health care.

This course is designed to meet the professional development needs of Registered Nurses who wish to specialise in Paediatric Critical Care Nursing.  Specifically applicants should be registered as an RCN, RCN/RGN with a minimum of one year’s experience in Paediatric Nursing. Applicants registered as an RGN with a minimum of 2 years experience in Paediatric Nursing may be considered for the programme.

Teaching methods.

A wide range of teaching methods are used, which includes large group and small group lecturing, seminars and tutorials. Clinical teaching is undertaken by specialists in the clinical area who work with the students to assist them in applying theory to practice. Clinical Placements provide students with excellent opportunities to learn from experts in other hospitals and/or within their own hospitals; students attend multidisciplinary team meetings, tutorials and engage in supervised practice.

Programme structure .

The course may be taken over 1 year full-time or 2 years part-time programme, broken down into two semesters. Assessments are varied (assignments / short examination questions / MCQ / case presentation / practical examination) and occur at intervals throughout and at the end of the semesters. Students will attend college on one day per week and learning experiences are also undertaken in planned block weeks of study, at local hospital sites.


Six modules in total, to include two core modules and four specialist modules.

Core Modules:

  • Research Methodologies (Semester 1)
  • Theoretical Bases of Nursing (Semester 2)

Specialist Modules: Care of the Infant / Child with Altered Respiratory Function

  • Care of the Infant / Child with Altered Cardiovascular Function
  • Care of the Infant / Child with Multi-organ Dysfunction
  • Clinical Practicum (Paediatric Critical Care Nursing)

Applications for this course are made online at

Paediatric Critical Care

Anne Waters
Tel.: (01) 716 6491 (am only)

Informal enquiries welcome; please contact:
Maria Brenner, UCD
Tel.: (01) 716 6470

Anne Marie Cullinane
CHI at Temple Street
Tel.: 087 949 1809

Graduate Diploma Paediatric Emergency Nursing

This one-year, part-time Graduate Diploma is designed to meet the professional educational needs of registered nurses caring for children and adolescents within the emergency department setting. It aims to advance the individual’s professional awareness, commitment, responsibility and accountability in paediatric emergency care nursing.

  • It will build on existing knowledge and skills in caring for acutely ill or injured children who present to the emergency department
  • It will provide the individual with the requisite knowledge, skills, attitudes and professional values for the advancement of his / her role in the care of children and their families in emergency care, including critical analysis, creative thinking, decision making and communication
  • This course is delivered in partnership with University College Dublin (UCD) and Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital Crumlin. Specialist modules and clinical placements are offered in close partnership with the Emergency Departments of Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital (OLCHC), CHI at Temple Street, Children’s University Hospital (TSCUH) and other acute care delivery sites. This facilitation of access to different hospital sites results in valuable learning opportunities for our students.

Programme structure: A wide range of innovative teaching methods including lectures, workshops and online media are used. This programme spans one academic year and includes six modules.

Semester 1

Module 1: Research Methodologies

Module 2: Care of the Acutely Ill Child

Module 3: Clinical Practicum Spans both semesters

Semester 2

Module 4: Theoretical Bases of Nursing

Module 5: Care of the Acutely Injured Child

Module 6: Care of the Child with Specific Needs

Entry requirements: 

All applicants must be

  • Registered with An Bord Altranais as a Registered General Nurse* or Registered Children’s Nurse.
  • Have at least 12 month’s experience in emergency nursing care.
  • Currently employed in an ED where children also attend.
  • Every application is reviewed on an individual basis – extra clinical placements may be required.
  • Other criteria include previous experience and evidence of ongoing professional development.

Applications for this course are made online at

Dr. Asmahan McCambridge
Tel.: (01) 7166 490

Informal enquiries welcome; please contact:  
Dr. Felicity Johnson UCD
Tel.: (01) 716 6413

Stand Alone Modules:

A number of contemporary practice focused modules have been developed by CHI at Temple Street, Children’s University Hospital in association with Dublin City University to respond to the educational needs of nurses and other healthcare professionals. They provide an opportunity for registered nurses, working in the field of paediatric healthcare both in the hospital and community setting to gain insight and deeper understanding of a number of childhood conditions for example diabetes, asthma, inherited metabolic disorders. The content includes such areas as underlying pathology, treatment modalities, nursing/medical management and current research.

  • NS485 Care of Children and Adolescents with Diabetes.
  • NS443 Nursing Care of Children with Renal Disease
  • NS465 Nursing the Child with Airway Dysfunction
  • NS480 Nursing Children with an Inherited Metabolic Disorder.
  • NS483 Nursing Care of Children with Asthma.
  • NS486 Care of Children with Neurological Disorders

Participants obtain 5 credits (NFQ, Level 8) from Dublin City University on successful completion of any of these modules.

Further information regarding each module is available at

Application forms are available from
Ms. Emer O’Hara
Faculty of Science and Health
Dublin City University
Dublin 9
Tel.: (01) 700 8975

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