Nursing - Renal 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 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.

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

• Professional Critical Reflexivity and Competence 10 Assignment and clinical portfolio

• Holistic Care of the Patient with Disorders of the Renal System 10 Examination

• Care of the Renal Transplant Patient 10 Assignment and presentation

• Interdisciplinary Care of the Patient Receiving Renal Replacement Therapy (option) - or - Care of the Patient with a Urological Disorder (option) 10 Assignment

Entry requirements

To be eligible for the programme you must:
• Be an active RGN with NMBI.
• 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 part-time. Blended learning.

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  • Qualifications

    Postgraduate Diploma (Level 9 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Part time,Daytime,Blended

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