Post Registration Children’s Nursing (PRCN) Programme

Post Registration Children’s Nursing (PRCN) Programme

The PRCN (Programme) is provided by CHI at Temple Street, Children’s University Hospital in partnership with Dublin City University.

The PRCN (Programme) is delivered full time over a calendar year. In order to be eligible to apply for the programme, students must have completed an undergraduate programme in the following nursing disciplines: RGN, RNID & RPN and be registered or eligible to register with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland.

Students undertaking the programme are employees of the hospital and part of the nursing service while on clinical placements. Upon successful completion of the programme, students will be eligible to register with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland as a Children’s Nurse (RCN).

The programme comprises 36 weeks clinical experience, 12 weeks theoretical instruction and four weeks annual leave. The 12 weeks theoretical instruction is delivered in block and day release format in the School of Nursing and Human Sciences in DCU. Clinical placements are made up of 22 weeks nursing children with medical / surgical disorders, four weeks nursing children in the ED, two weeks nursing children requiring high dependency care and 8 weeks rotating in specialist placements to include operating theatre, maternity care, intellectual disability and community. Students will not be required to undertake specialist placements if already completed in a previous training and may be placed in a general medical / surgical / specialist ward instead.

The course advertised is in December for an intake the following September, all application details are contained therein. Following interviews in February 35 places are offered to successful candidates.

Course fees are currently fully funded by the HSE and students are paid at their incremental level for the year’s duration of the course.

Students have the option of applying for staff nurse positions within CHI at Temple Street towards the end of the course.

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We asked some graduates of the PRCN Programme to tell us about their experiences of undertaking the Programme and this is what they said….

‘I feel that the PRCN Programme opened doors for numerous work opportunities in the future. I especially liked the fact that no two placements on the Programme were the same. You also get a chance to witness all aspects of children’s nursing including the CHI at Temple Street specialities and you get to work alongside some of the best medical and surgical teams in CHI at Temple Street, while on the Programme. Overall CHI at Temple Street offers a very positive team environment which encourages you to learn and progress further’ Susan, PRCN Programme Graduate, 2017

‘When I first started the PRCN programme, I thought it was tough. I had just come from being a nurse in my own field with years of experience and all of a sudden I was a student again. However, it soon became apparent that the nurses you were working with just wanted to give you the very best experience and for you to become a key member of their team. This coupled with the support from DCU ensured that you soon became a valued member of staff with a wide range of knowledge so that you could take care of the children’ David, PRCN Programme Graduate, 2016

‘Coming from a psychiatric nursing background , the PRCN programme gave me the knowledge, skills and confidence to work as a children’s nurse. The placements at CHI at Temple Street were varied and provided experience in many specialities. I have since been given further opportunities for career development in my chosen area of theatre’ Sarah, PRCN Programme Graduate, 2013


The closing date for the programme (25/01/19) has now passed.


Please forward supporting documentation (that you have not uploaded in your application) to;

Nuala Clarke, Administrator,
Harry Clarke House,
6 North Frederick St,
Dublin 1
Email; .

For further information, please contact;

Louise Greensmith
Post Registration Co-ordinator
Department of Nurse Education
Temple Street Children’s University Hospital
Temple Street, Dublin 1

T: (01) 878 4739. Bleep 715

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