Nursing - Gerontological Nursing

Why study nursing and midwifery at RCSI Dublin?
Educating future leaders in healthcare delivery and related research is at the core of the mission of the RCSI School of Nursing & Midwifery. The School aims to develop caring, reflective nursing and midwifery practitioners who can seek out and use research-based knowledge to improve patient care.

We are committed to providing students with outcome-focused curricula shaped by innovative teaching and learning practices. We have a long association with postgraduate nursing and midwifery education and are the largest such school in Ireland.

We aspire to become recognised leaders in the provision of health sciences education, both nationally and internationally. The suite of programmes we offer nurses and midwives in pursuit of postgraduate education is continually evolving in response to the needs within the healthcare service.

Our goal is to empower nurses and midwives to be able to demonstrate the difference they make to practice, and in doing so, to be able to respond accordingly to the leadership and professional challenges that they face every day.

Course Details
The one-year part-time Postgraduate Diploma in Gerontological Nursing offers you the theoretical knowledge and the practical skills necessary to provide evidence-based, quality care to our older population, whether in the acute setting, residential care or rehabilitation.

Strand A is delivered in partnership with Beaumont Hospital. The first three modules are delivered in RCSI and the remaining three modules are delivered in Beaumont Hospital and affiliated sites. All modules of Strand B are delivered in RCSI.

Course codes
• Strand A (RCSI/Beaumont): C10691Beaumont
• Strand B (RCSI only): C1069RCSI

Learning outcomes
This programme will provide you with the skills and knowledge to critically:
• Discuss the older person and living with chronic illness and disability.
• Discuss the importance of the social approach to care in the extended care setting.
• Evaluate emerging health and social policy in relation to older adults from a national and international perspective.
• Evaluate the available demographic information on older adults and its influence on policy formation.
• Discuss person-centred care for older persons in the acute care setting based on knowledge that reflects the unique characteristic, needs and responses for older people.
• Discuss and demonstrate an understanding of multiple co-morbidities and the older adult.

Subjects taught

A blended learning approach is utilised in this programme, to promote lifelong learning and professional development for all nursing staff.

The first three modules are delivered in RCSI with the remaining three modules and clinical component delivered in Beaumont Hospital and affiliated sites.

The programme modules are:
Module name - Type: Credits, Assessment method

Advanced Research Methods - Anchor: 10, Assignment
Advanced Leadership - Clinical and Professional - Anchor: 10, Assignment
Professional Critical Reflexivity and Competence - Anchor: 10, Assignment and clinical portfolio
Contemporary Approaches in Gerontological Nursing - Strand A: 10, Assignment
Specialist Gerontological Practice in the Acute Care Setting - Strand A: 10, Examination
Integrated Approaches to Care of the Older Person - Strand A: 10, Assignment
Rehabilitation of the Frail Older Person - Strand A (optional): 10, Assignment
Biopsychosocial Perspectives of Older Persons: A Person-Centred Model of Care - Strand B: 10, Assignment and video submission
Dementia and Mental Health Disorders in Older Adults - Strand B: 10, Assignment
Contemporary Issues, Legislation and Quality Improvement in Older Persons Services - Strand B: 10, Assignment

Entry requirements

Entry requirements
To be eligible for the programme you must:
• Be an active RGN with the Opens in new windowNMBI.
• Hold a NFQ level 8 qualification such as a BSc or equivalent.
• Be currently working in the speciality area.

Please note:
*If you do not hold a level 8 qualification, you may still be eligible to join the programme through our pathway programme, please contact us for further information on this route.


1 year
Delivery: Part-time

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  • Qualifications

    Postgraduate Diploma (Level 9 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Part time,Blended

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