Postgraduate Diploma in Specialist Nursing - Perioperative
Course Code: DPTNM-SNUR-1SNU
Duration: 2 years part-time
Next Intake: September annually
Closing date for applications: 30th June
Location: 24 D'Olier Street, Dublin 2
Professional nursing in the perioperative department requires specialist knowledge, along with clinical and technical expertise and interpersonal skills, in order to provide comprehensive, physical, emotional and spiritual support to the patient during surgical intervention.
Students must pass all modules in order to achieve the Postgraduate award and progress to the second year of the MSc programme during which they complete a dissertation. Students may opt to exit at the end of year one and be awarded a Postgraduate Certificate* or a Postgraduate Diploma.
If all elements of the course have been passed the student has the option to return to undertake year two within four years. The specialist courses are taught in partnership between the School of Nursing and Midwifery and the associated Health Service Providers. The specialist strands offered are listed above
*For further information on the Postgraduate Certificate exit point, please contact course personnel.
As part of this course students will be facilitated to undertake one of the following advanced strands:
- Anaesthetic/ Recovery
- Paediatric (please note that the paediatric stand is only available in conjunction with AMNCH)
To undertake these strands the applicants must specifically have experience in the chosen strand e.g. paediatric, theatre/ surgical or anaesthetic/ recovery in the past two years. Each student who successfully achieves the academic and clinical requirements in year one will be awarded a P. Grad. Dip. in Specialist Nursing (Perioperative) and students who continue into and successfully complete year two will be awarded a M. Sc. in Specialist Nursing.
This course maintains a very strong emphasis on the practical skills necessary to enable nurses to care for patients in a holistic way. It is of utmost importance that the focus of any new course must be on the acquisition of research-based knowledge which informs practice.
The learning opportunities offered by this course are designed to integrate the many facets of patient management during anaesthetic/recovery and surgical procedures. Through supervised clinical practice and appropriate academic input, the student develops responsibility for holistic patient care and personal accountability.
Year 1 Modules
- NU7551 Principles of Perioperative Nursing
- NU7552 Nursing Management of the Perioperative Patient
- NU7553 Perioperative Department Management
- NU7554 Supervised Practice Placement (Peri-op)
- NU7013 Theory & Practice of Enquiry Methods for Healthcare
- NU7011 Leadership & Quality Improvement in Healthcare
Clinical Placements and Student Support
Each student will receive a planned clinical placement timetable for the duration of the course. During the course educational and clinical facilitators will offer personal and professional support to each student.
Each module will be assessed by the successful completion of an academic assignment. The assessment of clinical competence will focus on the acquisition of specialist competencies and the clinical assessments will be carried out throughout the clinical placements.
All applicants whose first language is not English and who have not been educated through the medium of English must present one of the following qualifications in the English language:
Minimum Level Required
|TOEFL||230 computer-based 570 paper-based 88 internet-based|
|Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English||Grade C|
|Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English||Grade C|
|Pearson Test of English||PTE Academic: a minimum score of 63 (with no section score below 59)|
Please note that test scores are only valid for two years.
For further details on these English Language Proficiency Tests, please contact the appropriate organisation directly.
Ms Frances Ryan, T: +353 1 8963925
Lecturer and Educational Facilitator
School of Nursing and Midwifery
Trinity College Dublin
D'Olier Street, Dublin 2
Dr. Fintan Sheerin, Course Co-ordinator, T: +353 1 896 4072
Postgraduate Course Team, E: PGT.Nursing.Midw@tcd.ie, T: +353 1 8963005