HDip Nursing (Children's Nursing)

Graduate Taught (level 8 nfq, credits 90)

The Higher Diploma in Nursing (Children’s Nursing) programme aims to educate and prepare nursing students to be knowledgeable and competent professional practitioners - capable of acting independently while providing nursing care for children and their families. Clinical placements are designed to facilitate the learning of essential clinical skills and provide the nursing student with opportunities to develop her knowledge and gain experience in the care of children that is child centred and family focused.

How will I benefit? 
On successful completion of the programme, nursing students will be awarded a Higher Diploma in Nursing (Children’s Nursing) from the UCD School of Nursing, Midwifery and Health Systems. This is a highly regarded qualification in Children’s Nursing and increases the employment prospects of nurses who hold this qualification.

Programme Strengths

  • Particular strengths of the programme include:
  • Strong working relationship between UCD School of Nursing, Midwifery & Health Systems and the clinical partner in Children’s Health Ireland (CHI), at Crumlin;
  • A long history of producing high quality graduates many of whom are now working in CNS/Clinical/Educational Facilitator and CNM roles
  • Clinical and university-based lecturers (specialist nursing with national and international expertise from clinical, research and educational perspectives)
  • Clinical placements in a variety of settings which enable nursing students to learn from leading experts in children’s nursing
  • Extensive use of IT in supporting teaching, learning and assessment on the programme

Curricular information is subject to change

Full Time option suitable for:

Domestic(EEA) applicants: Yes
International (Non EEA) applicants currently residing outside of the EEA Region. No

The Higher Diploma in Nursing (Children’s Nursing) programme is offered in partnership with The School of Nursing, Midwifery and Health Systems, University College Dublin and Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin. This children’s nursing post-registration education programme extends over 52 weeks and awards academic accreditation at Level 8 National Qualification Authority Ireland framework.

At end of the Higher Diploma in Nursing (Children’s Nursing) programme students will:

  • Apply professional, disciplinary and interdisciplinary knowledge, skills and competencies and attitudes to deliver safe, high quality, and compassionate practice using the nursing process across the lifespan in diverse health care settings.
  • Employ critical, creative, reflective, independent thinking and problem solving to ensure clinical decision making and care is safe, effective, evidence based and child centred and family focused/person centred.
  • Be independent learners who value lifelong learning and will engage in continuing professional development throughout their career thus enabling them to be adaptive to the dynamically altering environment within society and health system environment
  • Critically analyse, evaluate and apply research findings in order to advance nursing/midwifery practice and health care delivery.
  • Communicate with relevant stakeholders in a manner that is respectful, effective and professional. This skilled communication is distinguished by timely, just and comprehensive engagement.
  • Collaborate effectively in partnership with service users, their families, the public, peers and other members of the interdisciplinary team in a competent,
  • compassionate and professional manner that respects autonomy, dignity and privacy.
  • Lead and effect change in their practice area, promoting innovation by managing and delivering evidence based care. The extent of their learning and how it impacts on healthcare delivery and outcomes is reflected upon and systematically evaluated.
  • Demonstrates professional behaviour and a critical awareness of the parameters for professional nursing practice within the relevant ethical, legal and regulatory frameworks.
  • Use technology effectively to facilitate adaptation to a dynamic societal and health systems environment.
  • Engage in the development of the profession to act as an advocate and demonstrate a social conscience and social responsibility.

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This programme enables nursing students gain a comprehensive understanding of relevant knowledge in caring for sick children. Emphasis is placed on supporting families to care for their children through a child centred and family focused approach to nursing care.

Programme structure 
This one year programme is run over 3 trimesters. It comprises seven theoretical modules and six clinical placement modules incorporating specialist clinical modules.
In the Autumn Trimester, students commence the Higher Diploma in Nursing (Children’s  Nursing) programme in UCD undertaking the first four theoretical modules in a 7 week block of full time study.

The four theoretical modules cover a range of subjects on:      

Principles and Practices in Children’s NursingNursing Children in the Acute setting (HDip)Nursing Children with Enduring Healthcare NeedsNursing Children with Diverse Needs

This is followed by two clinical placements in Children’s Health Ireland (CHI), at Crumlin. In the Spring Trimester, students undertake a second 4 week block of full time study in UCD focusing on the second three theoretical modules of:

  • Growth and Development in Childhood
  • Evidence Based Care of Children Across Range Settings (HDip)
  • Community Care and Services for Children (H Dip)                                             

In the Spring and Summer Trimesters, students complete the remainder of their clinical placements in addition to a number of specialist clinical placements. A range of assessment strategies are in place to assess knowledge of the six theoretical modules. These assessments include continuous and end of trimester assessments including written examinations. In addition addition, all clinical placements are assessed and a pass grade is required to successfully complete the programme.

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Post-registered nursing students are paid employees of Children’s Health Ireland (CHI), at Crumlin, and receive a salary plus increments. Fees are paid by the HSE for students undertaking this programme. Fees will be organised by the hospital when enrolment is complete. It is important to note, however, that the HSE will request repayment of fees, in the event that a student withdraws from the programme. Application is on line with an accompanying administration fee.

Students are advised to make allowance for the cost of books, photocopying and traveling expenses. The Programme Administrator will initiate the Registration procedure.

The following entry routes are available:

HDip Nursing (Children's Nursing) FT (X895)
1 Years
Full Time