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Nursing - Operating Department Nursing

The Postgraduate Diploma in Operating Theatre 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.

Learning outcomes

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.

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 Refection and Competence 10 Assignment and clinical portfolio

Fundamental Concepts in Perioperative Nursing 10 Assignment

Foundation Knowledge & Skills in Perioperative Practice 10 Examination

Advanced Practice in Operating Nursing – or – Advanced Practice in Anaesthesia and Post Anaesthesia Care Nursing 10 Assignment and presentation

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.

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