Nursing - Perioperative 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 Perioperative Nursing offers nurses an opportunity to develop and enhance their professional knowledge and skills in this specialist area of practice.
Delivered in partnership with Beaumont Hospital, this one-year part-time programme allows you to gain valuable clinical exposure in a variety of specialist theatres (e.g. neurosurgery, emergency, colorectal, breast) with an option to specialise in operating, anaesthesia or post anaesthesia nursing.
These clinical practice placements will not only further develop your knowledge base, but provide you with an opportunity to engage in reflective practice, problem-solving, and clinical decision-making within a supportive learning environment.
This programme will provide you with the skills and knowledge to:
• Collaboratively manage and coordinate all phases of the perioperative experience of the surgical patient.
• Explore the principles of peri-operative nursing and the role of the nurse in providing care, based on standards of practice to the pre, intra and post-operative setting.
• Explore the disease process, surgical intervention and treatment options in the management of the surgical patient.
• Discuss the anatomy and physiology of the human body and the response to surgical intervention and anaesthesia.
• Discuss nursing theories in relation to clinical practice and the standards, protocols, and guidelines that support and guide evidence-based practice.
• Evaluate and apply specialist evidence based nursing knowledge and clinical skills to clinical practice within the specialist area.
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
• Elective and Emergent Perioperative Procedures 10 Assignment
• Core Components of Perioperative Nursing 10 Examination
• Consolidating and Advancing Practice in the Perioperative Setting (core) 10 Assignment and presentation
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.