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Nursing - Emergency Nursing

The Postgraduate Diploma in Emergency Nursing – delivered in partnership with Beaumont Hospital – offers you the opportunity to work and learn in a dynamic and ever-changing environment.

As a student on this fully accredited one-year part-time programme, you will gain experience of caring for patients with a variety of complex needs and have the opportunity to work alongside our ANPs in services such as Rapid Access Treatment Service (RATS), Minor Assessment Treatment (MATU) and chest pain.

In addition, as Beaumont Hospital is a national referral centre, you will also gain knowledge and experience in caring for patients with specialist needs such as neurosurgery, neurology (interventional radiology), ENT, renal, vascular and urology, and have ample opportunity to learn from experts in these fields.

Learning outcomes

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

•Evaluate the holistic assessment of the patient and family who present to the emergency department (ED) in emergency and non-emergency situations.

•Explore the nursing management of patients with acute psychiatric disorders and alcohol related illness in the ED.

•Discuss the ongoing management and nursing interventions of patients with specific acute surgical illness.

•Evaluate the role of the nurse and the MDT in the provision of advanced trauma life support.

•Evaluate the nursing management of patients with medical and cardiac illness.

•Evaluate the role of the nurse in the management of patients who require advanced airway management and advanced cardiac life support.

Entry requirements

To be eligible for the programme you must:

•Be active on the Opens in new windowNMBI 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.


1 year part-time

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.

The programme modules are:

Module name Credits Assessment method

Advanced Research Methods 10 Assignment

Advanced Leadership - Professional & Clinical 10 Assignment

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

Fundamental Concepts of Emergency Nursing 10 Assignment

Medical, Cardiac, Neurological and Neurosurgical Emergency Nursing 10 Examination

Trauma and Surgical Emergency 10 Assignment

Course fee

Total fees: € 6,430

Please note:

•Your 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.

Sponsored students

If you are being fully-sponsored (100%) for your programme, please submit a copy of your funding letter to as soon as possible. We are unable to register you on your programme until this letter is received.

If you are being sponsored for a portion of your total fees, you will be required to follow the self-funding payment timeline above. Therefore, if you are 50% funded you can pay the remaining 50% of your fee in three instalments – we will be unable to register you until your funding letter is received and at least 40% of your portion of the fee is paid.

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