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

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

(NFQ Level 9 Major Award)

Programme overview:
The Postgraduate Diploma in Nursing (Emergency) run in conjunction with Beaumont Hospital is a year-long course that offers the student the opportunity to work and learn in this dynamic and ever changing environment. As a student on this programme, you will gain experience of caring for patients with a variety of complex needs and have the opportunity to work alongside our ANPs in services such as Rapid Access Treatment Service (RATS), Minor Assessment Treatment (MATU) and chest pain.

In addition to this, as we are a national referral centre, you will also gain knowledge and experience in caring for patients with specialist needs such as neurosurgery, neurology (interventional radiology), ENT, renal, vascular and urology, and have ample opportunity to learn from experts in these fields.

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

  • Critically evaluate the holistic assessment of the patient and family who present to the Emergency Department in emergency and non-emergency situations.
  • Critically explore the nursing management of patients with acute psychiatric disorders and alcohol related illness in the emergency department.
  • Critically discuss the ongoing management & nursing interventions of patients with specific acute surgical illness.
  • Critically evaluate the role of the nurse and the MDT in the provision of advanced trauma life support. 
  • Critically evaluate the nursing management of patients with medical and cardiac illness.
  • Critically evaluate the role of the nurse in the management of patients who require advanced airway management and advanced cardiac life support.

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 
Fundamental Concepts of Emergency Nursing  10 Assignment
Medical, Cardiac, Neurological and Neurosurgical Emergency Nursing  10 Examination 
Trauma and Surgical Emergency  10 Assignment

What next?
On successful completion a student may progress to the 2nd year of the MSc Nursing, gaining an MSc Emergency Nursing. Recommended: MSc Nursing 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 Cassandra Kelly (
Programme Director: Ms Rosemarie Derwin (
Hospital Contact: Mr Paul Mahon (

How to apply?

Applications for this programme will open in March 2019

Course fees Current fee information can be found here: Nursing Student Fee Information
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.