Lecturers with vast experience in children's nursing practice, education and research
State-of-the-art clinical education facilities
Diverse range of clinical placements in partnership with the Children's Health Ireland
Friendly, supportive clinical and educational environment
Online environment that enables you to access electronic teaching and learning materials
Children's Nursing (Higher Diploma)
The course is designed to enhance the knowledge and skills that have been developed during pre-registration and post-registration nurse education and through experience as a qualified practitioner. You will be encouraged to take responsibility for your own learning and to integrate the theory of children's nursing with practical experiences in the clinical environment. The Higher Diploma in Children's Nursing course aims to prepare nurses to be innovators, to think critically and creatively and to have well-developed decision-making and problem-solving skills. It also aims to foster skills for lifelong learning, as this course places an emphasis on your personal and professional development.
Children's Nursing is the professional practice of protection and promotion of health and independence, the prevention of illness, the facilitation of healing and the alleviation of suffering through diagnosis and empirical treatment modalities to children, young people and their families. Children's nursing also involves acting as an advocate in the care of children, young people, families, groups, communities and populations and assisting these vulnerable populations in a professional, caring and empathic manner.
The Higher Diploma in Children's Nursing aims to provide optimum clinical and academic learning environments that stimulate and enable students to become compassionate, competent, safe, critically aware and reflective children's nurses. Professional competence as a children's nurse is achieved through an interactive process of skill acquisition and the synthesis of knowledge. The course recognises the multidisciplinary nature of healthcare and the national and global dimensions of contemporary nursing practice, and is delivered at Level 8 National Qualifications Authority in Ireland (NQAI, 2005).
The Higher Diploma in Children's Nursing is designed to meet the needs of registered nurses who wish to register as a Children's Nurse (RCN) or for those who are currently involved in the provision of care to children who do not have a children's nursing qualification. The aim of the course is to ensure that students are equipped with the knowledge and skills necessary to practice as a competent and professional registered children's nurse.
Academic learning and learning in practice go hand-in-hand and you will be encouraged to reflect on your experiences as you progress through the course.
Garda vetting is a requirement for all students, who throughout their training have supervised access to vulnerable population groups. You must successfully pass the Garda vetting process in order to complete the process of registration.
This one-year, full-time course will include 12 weeks of lectures, 36 weeks of clinical experience and four-weeks' holidays. All the lectures are delivered at DCU with a three-week block at the beginning of the course followed by two days per week block release over a five-week period in Semester 1 and a 12-week period in Semester 2.
You undertake the 36 weeks' clinical practice within the clinical environment in Children's Health Ireland at Temple Street, attending partner services for specialist placements. The 36 weeks will be divided into three practice modules and will include four-weeks' holidays at a specified time. For the duration of the course, you will be an employee of Chilren's Health Ireland at Temple Street.
Upon completion of the course, you will be eligible to register with An Bord Altranais agus Cnáimhseachais na hÉireann (Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland) as a Registered Children's Nurse (RCN).