Nursing - Emergency Nursing - Children

UCD School of Nursing, Midwifery & Health Systems In partnership with Our Lady's Children's Hospital and the Children's University Hospital.

Who should apply?
Full Time option suitable for:

Domestic(EEA) applicants: Yes
International (Non EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. No

The Graduate Diploma in Emergency Nursing(Children) is either one-year(full-time) or 2 years (part-time), which 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 your professional awareness, commitment, responsibility, and accountability in paediatric emergency care nursing.

It will build on your existing knowledge and skills in caring for acutely ill or injured children who present to the emergency department

It will provide you with the requisite knowledge, skills, attitudes, and professional values for the advancement of your role in the care of children and their families in emergency care, including critical analysis, creative thinking, decision making, and communication

On successful completion of the programme, you will receive a Graduate Diploma in Paediatric Emergency Nursing from UCD's School of Nursing, Midwifery and Health Systems. The programme is recognised nationally and internationally and is a highly regarded qualification. With it, you will be well positioned to work in a variety of paediatric emergency care settings both nationally and internationally. Many of our graduates are now working in diverse roles such as nurse managers, educators, researchers and advanced practitioners.

Subjects taught

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


You will complete six modules in total, including two core modules and four specialist modules.

Core Modules:

NMHS42230 - Leadership and Organisational Dynamics (Autumn Trimester)

NMHS43270 - Research Methods Applied to Healthcare (Spring Trimester)

Specialist Modules:

NMHS42470 Acutely Ill Child (Autumn Trimester)

NMHS42430 Acutely Injured Child (Spring Trimester)

NMHS42470 Child with Specific Needs (Spring Trimester)

NMHS42480 Clinical Practicum (Paed EN) (Autumn and Spring Trimester)

Specialist Modules:

NMHS42470 Acutely Ill Child (Autumn Trimester)

NMHS42430 Acutely Injured Child (Spring Trimester)

NMHS42470 Child with Specific Needs (Spring Trimester)

NMHS42480 Clinical Practicum (Paed EN) (Autumn and Spring Trimester)

Entry requirements

Registered with NMBI 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.

Other criteria include previous experience and evidence of ongoing professional development.

Every application is reviewed on an individual basis – extra clinical placements may be required.

*If you are an RGN - you must identify a Preceptor/Mentor in your own clinical site who has an RCN qualification/who has completed a Higher/Graduate Diploma in Paediatric Emergency Nursing.

Documents Required

Transcript(s) including date and grading of degree award (non UCD Graduates only) & notarised English translations where relevant

Nurse applicants: A current photocopy of NMBI registration

Nurse applicants: Completed Clinical Competence Assessor Nomination Form signed by the nominee

Other health care professionals: A current photocopy of registration with professional registration body

Photocopy of Birth Certificate or photocopy of Personal Page of Passport

Signed Declaration Form by Employer

Completed Professional Reference Form

Evidence of proficiency in English language (applicants whose first language is not English)

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

RPL may be granted in respect of individual modules if applicants can demonstrate that the modules' learning outcomes have been achieved through prior credentialled or experiential learning. In some cases, where an applicant does not meet the prerequisites for entry to a programme, an RPL application may be considered. Further information can be found in respect of this here.

Application dates

The following entry routes are available:

Grad Dip Emergency Nursing (Children) FT (X615)
Duration 1 Years
Attend Full Time
Deadline Rolling*

* Courses will remain open until such time as all places have been filled, therefore early application is advised


1 year full-time, 2 years part-time.

More details
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  • Qualifications

    Postgraduate Diploma (Level 9 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Full time,Daytime

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