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Emergency Nursing - Children

UCD School of Nursing, Midwifery & Health Systems In partnership with Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital and the Children’s University Hospital.

Who is the programme for?

This one-year, part-time Graduate Diploma is designed to meet the professional educational needs of registered nurses caring for children and adolescents within the emergency department setting. It aims to advance your professional awareness, commitment, responsibility and accountability in paediatric emergency care nursing.

It will build on your existing knowledge and skills in caring for acutely ill or injured children who present to the emergency department.

It will provide you with the requisite knowledge, skills, attitudes and professional values for the advancement of your role in the care of children and their families in emergency care, including critical analysis, creative thinking, decision making and communication.

How will I benefit?
On successful completion of the programme, you will receive a Graduate Diploma in Paediatric Emergency Nursing from UCD’s School of Nursing Midwifery and Health Systems.

The programme is recognised nationally and internationally and is a highly regarded qualification. With it, you will be well positioned to work in a variety of paediatric emergency care settings both nationally and internationally. Many of our graduates are now working in diverse roles such as nurse managers, educators, researchers and advanced practitioners.

Entry requirements

Registered with NMBI as a Registered General Nurse* or registered Children’s Nurse.

Have at least 12 month’s experience in emergency nursing care.
Currently employed in an ED where children also attend.
Other criteria include previous experience and evidence of ongoing professional development.

Every application is reviewed on an individual basis – extra clinical placements may be required.

*If you are an RGN - you must identify a Preceptor/Mentor in your own clinical site who has an RCN qualification/who has completed a Higher/Graduate Diploma in Paediatric Emergency Nursing.

Please Note - The Deadline For Submission Of Application Documents Is August 15, 2017

•Original transcript(s) including date and grading of degree award (non UCD Graduates only) & notarised English translations where relevant
•Nurse applicants: A current photocopy of NMBI registration
•Nurse applicants: Completed Clinical Competence Assessor Nomination Form signed by the nominee
•Other health care professionals: A current photocopy of registration with professional registration body
•Photocopy of Birth Certificate or photocopy of Personal Page of Passport
•Signed Declaration Form from Employer (original form)
•Completed Professional Reference Form (original form)
•Evidence of proficiency in English language (applicants whose first language is not English)


1 year full-time

Further enquiries

General Enquiries:
Ms Lucia Suchorova
Executive Assistant
Room B1.05
+353 1 716 6448

Academic Enquiries:
Dr Felicity Johnson
Room B3.27
+353 1 716 6413

Subjects taught

Programme structure
We use a wide range of innovative teaching methods including lectures, workshops and online media. This programme spans one academic year and includes six modules.

Semester 1 runs from Sept.-Dec: Semester 2 runs from the middle of Jan. to early May.

Semester 1

Module 1: Research Methodologies
Dates: 2-5pm Mondays x 12; Sept- end of Nov.
Assessments: (i) In class test*(ii) MCQ*(iii)Written exam*- Dec. *Subject to change

Module 2: Care of the Acutely Ill Child
Dates: Study week start of term- Sept.
Clinical placement days x 3 -Oct.
Assessments: (i) Workbook - early Dec. (ii) Nursing Rounds – Nov.

Module 3: Clinical Practicum
Dates: Spans both semesters
Assessments: CCAT

Semester 2

Module 4: Theoretical Bases of Nursing
Dates 2-5pm every 2nd Monday x 6; Jan.-end of April
Assessments: (i) Team debate* (ii) Group project* (iii) Written exam* *Subject to change

Module 5: Care of the Acutely Injured Child
Dates: Study week start of term – Jan. Clinical placement days x 3-March/April
Assessments: (i) Workbook* (ii) Written exam.* – May *Subject to change

Module 6: Care of the Child with Specific Needs
Dates: Clinical placement days x 2 - April/May. Study week in March.
Assessments: (i) Case Presentation - April (ii) Written rationale- April


Teaching and Learning
Specialist modules and clinical placements are offered in close partnership with the Emergency Departments of Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital (OLCHC), the Children’s University Hospital(CUH) and other acute care delivery sites. This facilitation of access to different hospital sites results in valuable learning opportunities for our students.

You will have key support and guidance by two experienced ED Clinical Facilitators who are based in these two Eds.

We use a range of teaching methods including lectures, workshops and seminars and our assessment methods are diverse and student-oriented.

Clinical teaching is undertaken by specialists in the clinical area with particular emphasis on assisting students in applying theory to practice.

The clinical placements provide students with excellent opportunities to learn from experts in other hospitals; students attend multidisciplinary tutorials and engage in supervised practice in order to develop and refine specific clinical skills.

Some basic computer knowledge, such as word processing and accessing the internet is needed as communication with our students is primarily by e-mail. You will be allocated a UCD e-mail address on registration. Lecture handouts and announcements are available to students via Blackboard (a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) that supports online learning and teaching) and/or via email. Messages from the University regarding examination policy and procedures are also sent via email.

Application date

Applications are made online through UCD Applications. ​Applicants may be required to undertake an interview (either face-to-face or via telecommunication) as part of the admission process.

Enrolment and start dates

Next Intake: 2017/2018 September.

* Courses will remain open until such time as all places have been filled, therefore early application is advised.

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