Nursing - Renal Nursing

The Postgraduate Diploma in Renal/Urology Nursing is designed to equip students with the theory and skills necessary to provide evidenced-based, quality care to patients with renal/urological disorders in today's challenging healthcare environment.

Delivered in partnership with Beaumont Hospital, this one-year part-time programme allows you to explore a range of clinical and theoretical issues, whilst also fostering the skills necessary to function as team leaders and clinical resources to peers.

Learning outcomes

This programme will provide you with the skills and knowledge to critically:

•Explore the aetiology and pathophysiology of renal disorders and their physiological effects on other body systems.

•Evaluate the holistic assessment of the patient presenting with a diagnosis of renal disease.

•Demonstrate awareness of the holistic nursing care and management of the renal patient receiving renal replacement therapies.

•Explore the complications associated with renal replacement therapies including their management and prevention.

•Appraise the effects and side-effects of immunosuppressive therapy and their relationship to the long term management of the renal transplant recipient.

•Evaluate the effectiveness of the multidisciplinary team in the provision of a support network to the urological patient and their families.

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.

Entry requirements

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.

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.

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. By undertaking a strand specific to your needs, you will develop as a knowledgeable, skilled and reflective practitioner.

Students undertaking the Renal Strand complete the core modules of:

•Understanding and Managing Renal Disorders
•Understanding and Managing Renal Replacement Therapies
•Understanding and Managing Renal Transplant

The programme modules are:

Module name Credits Assessment method

Advanced Research Methods 10 Assignment

Advanced Leadership – Professional & Clinical 10 Assignment

Clinical Practicum - Advanced Refection and Competence 10 Assignment and clinical portfolio

Care of the Nephrology Patient 10 Examination

Care of the Renal Transplant Patient 10 Assignment and presentation

Care of the Patient receiving Renal Replacement Therapy – or – Care of the Urology Patient 10 Assignment


1 year part-time


Fees and funding
•Total fees: Fees are currently being reviewed for 2020/21 and will be released shortly.

Please note
•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

More details
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  • Qualifications

    Postgraduate Diploma (Level 9 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Part time

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