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Peri-Operative Nursing

Graduate Diploma Peri-operative Nursing
Peri-operative nursing requires an advanced knowledge base, skilled assessment, prompt intervention and ongoing evaluation. This programme is designed to provide nurses with an opportunity to develop, enhance and maintain these specialist skills required to care for patients in the peri-operative environment. It also provides students with an opportunity for personal growth and professional development.

Who is the programme for?
This programme is for nurses who have a primary degree (or equivalent) in nursing or a related discipline with at least two year’s post-registration experience with one year’s experience in the peri-operative environment. Usually, applicants have experience in the areas of anesthesia, intra-operative, post-anesthesia care nursing. The programme is designed to expand the knowledge and clinical skills of nurses who already are engaged in the care of people within the peri-operative environment. Candidates must be employed in a peri-operative environment at the commencement of and for the full duration of the programme.

Programme aims
This programme aims to enable students to develop new knowledge and greater understanding of the principles and theories which underpin the various aspects of peri-operative nursing, including nursing theory and theory in the bio-psychosocial sciences.

How will I benefit?
This programme will enhance career prospects and provide the building blocks for lifelong self-directed learning. It will provide key knowledge and the critical skills required to be a more effective clinician and to innovate and lead in peri-operative nursing practice.

The emphasis throughout the programme is on practical application of specialist nursing knowledge and skills in peri-operative contexts. The programme comprises 6 credit-bearing modules.

Programme structure
Running over one calendar year, this three-semester specialist training programme consists of six modules of study. The modular structure offers flexibility and ease-of-access in order to best meet the educational needs of the students.

Entry requirements

•Hold a Primary Degree in Nursing or equivalent in a related discipline or apply for Recognition of Prior Learning

•Be entered onto the general division of the Nurses Register maintained by NMBI

•Have a minimum of two year’s post-registration experience in nursing

•Have at least one year’s experience in the peri-operative
environment within the last five year

•Normally, have a specified period of experience in the area of anesthesia/post-anesthesia nursing, and in the area of pre-operative, intra-operative and post-operative nursing

•Candidates must be employed in the peri-operative environment prior to commencing the course and for the duration of the course for a minimum of 75 hours per month

•Other criteria to be used in the assessment of the application include number of years and type of peri-operative experience, and evidence of ongoing professional development


•Original transcript(s) including date and grading of degree award (non UCD Graduates only) & notarised English translations where relevant
•A current photocopy of NMBI registration

•Copy of Birth Certificate or Personal Page of Passport

•Signed Declaration Form from Employer (original form)

•Two completed Professional Reference Forms (original form)

•Completed Clinical Competence Assessor Nomination Form signed by the nominee

•Completed Candidate Clinical Experience Record (non-partner Hospital sites)

•Evidence of proficiency in English language (applicants whose first language is not English)


1 year full-time.

Careers or further progression

Careers/where can I go?
With the Graduate Diploma in Nursing (Peri-operative Nursing) students have the requisite knowledge and clinical skills to work in a wide variety of peri-operative care settings, both in Ireland and internationally.

Further enquiries

General Enquiries:
Ms Lucia Suchorova
Executive Assistant
B105, UCD Health Sciences Centre
Tel: +353 1 716 6448

Academic Enquiries:
Ms Tara Breen
B207, UCD Health Sciences Centre
Tel: +353 1 716 6423

Subjects taught

Core modules
Research Methodologies (Semester 1)
Foundations of Anesthetic & Operative Nursing Care (Semester 1)
Theoretical Bases of Nursing (Semester 2)
Intra-Operative Nursing Care (Semester 2)
Anesthetic & Recovery Nursing Care (Semester 2)
Clinical Practicum (Semester 3)

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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