Nursing - Neuroscience 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.
The Postgraduate Diploma in Neuroscience Nursing offers suitably qualified nurses the opportunity to develop specialist knowledge and skills in the exciting and often fascinating area of neurosciences.
Delivered in partnership with Beaumont Hospital, this one-year part-time programme offers you the opportunity to apply theory to practice during clinical placements in the areas of neuroscience intensive care, neuromedicine and neurosurgery.
Through this mix of clinical and classroom learning experiences, students will develop as critical and reflective practitioners with the clinical judgement, problem-solving, communication and team skills necessary to care for patients with complex neuroscience conditions.
This programme will provide you with the skills and knowledge to critically:
• Discuss the advanced nursing management of the neuroscience patient with altered respiratory and cardiovascular status.
• Review and reflect upon the ongoing management and nursing interventions of patients with regard to the following neurological conditions: Cerebrovascular disorders; neuroendocrine disorders; traumatic head injury and intracranial pressure monitoring; and central nervous system infections.
• Discuss the ongoing management and nursing interventions of patients with specific chronic neurological disorders (e.g. multiple sclerosis, motor neuron disease, myasthenia gravis).
• Discuss the interdisciplinary management of patients in the post-acute phase of a neuroscience illness.
• Discuss the concept of clinical learning environment learning.
• Discuss the anatomy and physiology of the nervous system.
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.
*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 first three modules are delivered in RCSI with the remaining three modules and clinical component delivered in Beaumont Hospital.
The programme modules are:
Module name Credits Assessment method
Advanced Research Methods 10 Assignment
Advanced Leadership - Professional & Clinical 10 Assignment
Professional Critical Reflexivity and Competence 10 Assignment and clinical portfolio
Core Concepts of Neuroscience Nursing 10 Assignment
Care of Patients with Acute, Complex Neuroscience Conditions 10 Examination
Consolidating Practice within the Neuroscience Setting 10 Case study and poster presentation
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