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Nursing - Renal Nursing

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.

Learning outcomes

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

•Explore the aetiology and pathophysiology of renal disorders and their physiological effects on other body systems.

•Evaluate the holistic assessment of the patient presenting with a diagnosis of renal disease.

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

•Explore the complications associated with renal replacement therapies including their management and prevention.

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

•Evaluate the effectiveness of the multidisciplinary team in the provision of a support network to the urological patient and their families.

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. 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

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

Care of the Nephrology Patient 10 Examination

Care of the Renal Transplant Patient 10 Assignment and presentation

Care of the Patient receiving Renal Replacement Therapy – or – Care of the Urology Patient 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.

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