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RCSI launches Novel Post Graduate Certificate in Nursing/Midwifery for new Graduate Nurses and Midwives

29 January 2014

The Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) in conjunction with the Health Service Executive (HSE) today launched the country's first Post Graduate Certificate in Nursing/Midwifery specially aimed at newly qualified nurses and midwives. The programme was designed to provide a unique and major contribution to the professional development of graduate nurses and midwives employed in the Irish health services.

Nursing & Midwifery Cert Launch

Front left, Dr.Michael Shannon, Director of Nursing & Midwifery, HSE, Mary Wynne, Area Director, HSE, Aveline Casey, President of the Irish Associate Directors of Nursing & Midwifrey (IADNM), Prof.Hannah McGee, Dean of the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, RCSI, back row left, Prof.Zena Moore, Head of Department of Nursing & Midwifery, RCSI, Chanel Watson, Programme Director & Lecturer, School of Nursing, RCSI, James Hayes, RCSI, Ina Crowley, Associate Directors of Nursing (ADON), HSE, Tom O'Connor, Senior Lecturer School of Nursing, RCSI.


The programme, which is fully funded by the HSE, will be offered to up to 1000 graduate staff nurses & midwives nationwide. The programme will be run over two years and will enhance interdisciplinary and collaborative practice by providing students with the opportunity to rotate in different clinical settings.

Speaking at the launch, Professor Zena Moore, Head of the School of Nursing, RCSI said "This novel Post Graduate Certificate in Nursing and Midwifery will enable newly qualified nurses and midwives to develop the knowledge, leadership and clinical abilities which they need to support their early career development. Informed by health care service needs, it will provide graduates with an advanced level of knowledge and competence as well as serving as a platform for continuing professional development and for further postgraduate study."

Dr Michael Shannon, Director, Nursing and Midwifery Services, HSE said ‘I am confident that this programme is a robust model built on international experience and excellence to enable our graduate staff nurses and midwives in meeting service requirements and their individual continuous professional development'

The course will commence in March 2014. The programme is a Level 9 National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ) and it receives 30 European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS).

Founded in 1784, RCSI's mission is to develop healthcare leaders who make a difference worldwide. RCSI is a not-for-profit health sciences organisation which focuses on education and research to drive positive change in all areas of human health worldwide. RCSI is headquartered in Dublin and is a recognised College of the National University of Ireland.

Nursing & Midwifery Cert Launch

(L-R) Prof.Zena Moore, Head of Department of Nursing & Midwifery, RCSI, Mary O'Neill, Faculty of Nursing & Midwifery, RCSI, Deirdre Hyand, Senior Research Nurse, Director of Research Nurse Education, RCSI and Chanel Watson, Programme Director & Lecturer, RCSI.


Nursing & Midwifery Cert Launch

(L-R) Dean Flanagan, Student Officer, Irish Nurses & Midwives Organisation (INMO) Dr. Tom O'Connor, Department Head of School of Nursing, RCSI, Elizabeth Adams, Director of Professional Development, INMO and Barry O'Brien, Director of H.R, HSE.


Nursing & Midwifery Cert Launch

Dr.Michael Shannon, Director of Nursing & Midwifery, HSE, Sarah Mickan, Director of Nursing, Tallaght Hospital and Paul Gallagher, Director of Nursing, St. James's Hospital.