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Nursing - Renal Nursing

NFQ Level 9 Major Award)

Programme overview:

The Postgraduate Diploma in Nursing (Renal or Urology) is designed to equip students with the theory and skills necessary to provide evidenced based, quality care to patients with renal/urological disorders in todays challenging healthcare environment. Using a blended learning approach, this programme allows students 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.

By undertaking a strand specific to their needs, students will develop as knowledgeable, skilled and reflective practitioners. 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.

Learning outcomes/aims:

On successful completion of this module, the student will be able to:

Critically explore the aetiology and pathophysiology of renal disorders and their physiological effects on other body systems.

Critically evaluate the holistic assessment of the patient presenting with a diagnosis of renal disease.

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

Critically explore the complications associated with renal replacement therapies including their management and prevention.

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

Critically evaluate the effectiveness of the multidisciplinary team in the provision of a support network to the urological patient and their families

Entry requirements

Students who wish to join this programme must be active on the NMBI register and have a level 8 qualification. Applicants who do not hold a level 8 qualification may still be eligable to join them programme through our pathway programme, please contact us for further information on this route.


The programme is offered part-time with an entry point each September.

Careers or further progression

What next?
On successful completion a student may progress to the 2nd year of the MSc Nursing, gaining an MSc Renal Nursing. Recommended: MSc Year 2

Further enquiries

More Information:
If you would like further information on this programme please contact:

Programme Coordinator: Ms. Ruth Kelly (
Programme Director: Ms. Mary O'Neill (
Hospital Programme Coordinator: Ms. Helen Dunne (
Hospital Contact: Mr. Paul Mahon (

Subjects taught

Programme Structure:

This programme is delivered in partnership with Beaumont Hospital. The first three modules are delivered in the RCSI with the remaining 3 modules and clinical component delivered in Beaumont Hospital. The programme is offered part-time with an entry point each September. Students may be interviewed for positions on this programme.

Module Name ECTS Credits Assessment Method

Advanced Research Methods 10 Assignment

Advanced Leadership, Professional & Clinical 10 Assignment

Clinical Practicum - Advanced Refection and Competence 10 Assignment & Clinical Portfolio

Care of the Nephrology Patient 10 Examination

Care of the Patient receiving Renal Replacement Therapy (Option A) 10 Assignment

Care of the Urology Patient (Option B) 10 Assignment

Care of the Renal Transplant Patient 10 Assignment & Oral Presenta

Application date

Applications for this programme are no longer available online, please contact for further information

Course fee

€5,645.00 per year (EU Fees)

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