Nursing - Children's Nursing

Introduction
The Higher Diploma in Children's Nursing will help you to qualify you as a Registered Children's Nurse (RCN) if you're already a registered nurse or you're involved with the provision of care to children but don't have a children's nursing qualification. As a student, you'll be equipped with the tools necessary to practice as a competent and professional registered children's nurse.

You'll build on the knowledge and skills developed during your pre-registration and post-registration nurse education and through experience as a qualified practitioner. You'll be encouraged to take responsibility for your own learning and to integrate the theory of children's nursing with practical experiences in the clinical setting.

The course aims to prepare you as nurse who is an innovative problem solver, thinks critically and creatively and has well-developed decision-making skills. With an emphasis on your personal and professional development, it also aims to foster skills for lifelong learning.

About the Course
This one-year, full-time course includes 12 weeks of lectures, 36 weeks of clinical experience and four weeks' holidays. All the lectures are delivered in the School of Nursing and Human Sciences at DCU with a three-week block at the beginning of the programme followed by two-days-per-week block release over a five-week period in semester one and a 12-week period in semester two.

Students will undertake the 36-weeks clinical practice within the clinical environment in Temple Street Children's University Hospital, attending partner services for specialist placements. The 36 weeks will be divided into two practice modules and will include four weeks holidays at a specified time.

For the course's duration, students will be employees of Temple Street Children's University Hospital, Temple Street, Dublin 1.

Upon completion of the course, students will be eligible to register with Bord Altranais agus Cna?imhseachais na hE?ireann (Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland) as a Registered Children's Nurse (RCN).

Entry requirements

Requirements

General Entry Requirements
Applicants must be:
A registered nurse or eligible to register with Bord Altranais agus Cnaimhseachais na hEireann (Nursing and MIdwifery Board of Ireland (NMBI)) as a Registered General Nurse, a Registered Psychiatric Nurse, Registered Nurse Intellectual Disability;

AND

Hold a Diploma in nursing or judged equivalent.

AND

Students must have at least six months post-registration clinical nursing experience.

Applicants who do not have a Diploma in Nursing (or judged equivalent) will have their prior certified learning assessed through a system of APEL (Approved Prior Experiential Learning) and will be advised to complete the access modules successfully. Each individual's application will be assessed by the APEL Board for evidence of prior certified learning and deficits in prior certified learning and deficits in prior certified learning to Diploma level.

Leaving Cert
There are no additional entry requirements for this programme apart from the general entry requirements for admission to the university.

GCE A Level
There are no additional entry requirements for this programme apart from the general entry requirements for admission to the university.

FET Level 5
No Entry Path

International Applications
International candidates are expected to have educational qualifications of a standard equivalent to those outlined above. In addition, where such candidates are non-native speakers of the English language they must satisfy the university of their competency in the English language.

Subjects taught

To view the current course structure, please visit the Provider's website.

Duration

1 year full-time.

Post Course Info

Career Areas:
Education
Healthcare Sector
Occupational Health
Private Hospital
Public Health

Qualified nurses who undertake the Higher Diploma in Children's Nursing course have greater opportunities in the vast area of public and private healthcare at home and abroad. You may also opt to continue your professional education to Master's level. You'll find career opportunities in:

Children's Nurse
Community Nurse
Education
General Nurse
Researcher

More details
  • Qualification letters

    H.Dip.

  • Qualifications

    Higher Diploma (Level 8 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Full time,Daytime

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    Course provider