Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland Coláiste Ríoga na Máinleá in Éirinn

Postgraduate Diploma in Nursing/MSc in Renal Nursing (Beaumont Hospital)

(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
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 and 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 and oral presentation

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

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.

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

Programme Coordinator: Ms Ruth Kelly (ruthkelly@rcsi.ie)
Programme Director: Ms Mary O'Neill (moneill3@rcsi.ie)
Hospital Programme Coordinator: Ms Helen Dunne (helendunne@beaumont.ie)
Hospital Contact: Mr. Paul Mahon (paulmahon@beaumont.ie)

How to apply?

Applications for this programme are no longer available online, please contact nursing@rcsi.ie for further information  

Course fees €5,645 per year (EU Fees)
Application forms 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.