Nursing - Neonatal Intensive Care
The Postgraduate Diploma in Neonatal Intensive Care Nursing will prepare you to exercise an advanced level of clinical judgment and practice – beyond what is required of a registered general nurse (RGN) – in your specialist area of neonatal intensive care.
The programme aims to assist you in taking a leading role in advancing and developing nursing and midwifery in this area, and effecting policy change in professional practice and health service provision.
The programme is delivered part-time over one-year; with an option to complete the programme over a period of up to three years if necessary.
Once you have successfully completed this postgraduate diploma you may decide to progress to Year 2 of the Masters in Science (MSc) Nursing, in your chosen specialist area.
This programme will provide you with the skills and knowledge to:
•Demonstrate advanced new-born resuscitation techniques.
•Compare and critically evaluate the management and nursing care (in relation to the pathophysiologies studied) provided for the ill term neonate, and underpin practice with relevant research.
•Evaluate the immediate nursing care required and long-term management that neonates with specific congenital anomalies may require.
•Relate the birth of an infant with a congenital anomaly to the impact on the infant's family and explore ways in which a supportive environment can be created within a neonatal unit.
•Critically assess, plan, implement and evaluate care of the sick preterm infant.
•Explore how preterm birth affects an infant's adaptation from the intra-uterine to the extra-uterine environment.
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.
To be eligible for the programme you must:
•Be active on the NMBI register
•Hold a Level 8 degree* or international equivalent demonstrated through a defined recognition of prior learning (RPL) process.
*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.
A blended learning approach is utilised in this programme, to promote lifelong learning and professional development for all nursing staff.
The programme modules are:
Module name Credits Assessment method
Advanced Research Methods 10 Assignment
Advanced Leadership - Professional & Clinical 10 Assignment
Clinical Practicum - Advanced Reflection and Competence 10 Assignment and clinical portfolio
Nursing care of the ill Term Infant 10 Assignment and examination
Nursing care of the Infant with a Congenital Anomaly and the Bereavement Process 10 Examination
Nursing Care of the Pre-Term Infant 10 Assignment and oral presentation
1 year part-time
Fees and funding
•Total fees: Fees are currently being reviewed for 2020/21 and will be released shortly.
•Your annual fees include the €45 NUI fee.
•There is a non-refundable online application fee of €50.
•Fees can be paid by bank transfer, cheque (made payable to 'RCSI') or bank giro. Full details on fee payment will be emailed to you shortly before the commencement of your programme.
•You can pay your fees in three instalments – one payment of 40% is due before you commence the programme, while the remaining payments can be paid in two 30% instalments in November and February of your year of study.
•If you meet the criteria for a Non-EU student please contact us for more information on fee payments