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Nursing - Intensive Therapy Nursing

Post Graduate Diploma in Nursing/MSc in Intensive Therapy Nursing (Beaumont Hospital)

(NFQ Level 9 Major Award)

Programme Overview:
The Postgraduate Diploma in Nursing (Intensive Care) offers the student the opportunity to enhance their knowledge, experience and clinical expertise in the challenging and dynamic environment that is critical care. The role of the nurse as clinician, patient advocate, researcher, educator and innovator are all developed to meet the multiple and complex needs of the patient with critical illness. The programme takes place over one year and uses a blended learning approach to the delivery of theoretical content. Assessment is carried out using a combination of written and practical assignments.

Learning Outcomes/Aims:
On successful completion of this module, the student will be able to:

Critically discuss, evaluate & demonstrate the management of patients who require advanced cardiac life support.

Critically evaluate the inter facility and inter / intra hospital transportation of critically ill patients.

Critically evaluate and demonstrate the holistic assessment of the patient presenting with organ failure

Critically explore the aetiology and path physiology of organ failure in critical illness

Critically evaluate and demonstrate nursing practice & interventions in the management of critically ill patients.

Critically evaluate the nursing management of critically ill patients post major surgery.

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

On successful completion a student may progress to the 2nd year of the MSc Nursing, gaining an MSc Respiratory Care in Nursing Practice. Recommended: MSc Nursing Year 2

Further enquiries

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

Programme Coordinator: Ms Cassandra Kelly (

Programme Director: Ms Rosemarie Derwin (

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

Foundation Knowledge and Core Skills of Intensive Care Nursing 10 Assignment

Fundamental Concepts of Critical Care Nursing 10 Examination
Advanced Critical Care Nursing 10 Assignment

Application date

Applications for this programme will open in March 2019.

Enrolment and start dates

How To Apply
Applications are accepted via the link above. A €50 application fee is required when applying. You will also be required to upload transcripts of prior education during the application process.

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