Children’s Health Ireland is currently seeking applications for the Post-Registration Children’s Nursing Student Programme.

The Post-Registration Children’s Nursing Student Programme (Higher diploma in Children’s Nursing Award), is a one year fixed programme leading to registration with the Nursing & Midwifery Board of Ireland as a Registered Children’s Nurse. This programme is offered across the CHI by three clinical / academic partnerships:

Children’s Health Ireland (CHI) is leading on the clinical and operational transformation of acute paediatric healthcare and consists of hospitals at Crumlin, Temple Street and Tallaght. The three children’s hospitals and CHI’s Corporate Office transitioned from four separate, independently governed entities into one new single organisation on 1st January 2019 to govern and operate paediatric services in Dublin.

The post-holder will be an employee of the respective partner hospitals for the duration of the programme, and will receive a salary and incremental credit on the staff nurse scale.  It is a requirement of this academic programme to have a 100% attendance record. 

In collaboration with the Clinical Nurse Manager, Clinical Nurse Education Facilitators and under the appropriate level of supervision by a registered nurse commensurate with the post-holder’s stage on this programme, the post-holder will be responsible for the provision of safe and effective patient care on the ward.

Minimum Entry Requirements

Please Note: If your preference is to be a student of University College Dublin (partnered with CHI at Crumlin) there is an essential requirement that you must have undertaken a Level 8 Research Module (either stand alone or as part of a level 8 programme)

Please ensure that you have read the ‘How to Apply’ section on the job description. Applications will not be accepted without a cover letter

How to Apply

The closing date for submissions of CV’s and letter of application is February 7th 2024. Applications must be completed through the advertised post on by clicking ‘Apply for Job’. Applications will not be accepted through direct email or any other method.

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I really enjoyed my time as a Higher Diploma in Children’s Nursing Student here in Children’s Health Ireland at Crumlin. I received great support and was afforded plenty of good learning opportunities during my time on the programme. I have no regrets undertaking the course and it has given me a great foundation for a future career in paediatric nursing.

I really enjoyed my year as a student on the higher diploma in children’s nursing programme. The course offers great opportunity to work in a variety of different areas throughout the hospital which opened my eyes to a range of different specialities. CHI at Crumlin provides a brilliant learning environment, the nurses, preceptors and CPC’s are always on hand to answer any questions and help out a long the way!

The Higher Diploma in Children’s Nursing was the best year of my nursing career. Lecturers at Trinity College Dublin were dedicated and enthusiastic. This provided a supportive and interesting academic environment from which each student, from various nursing backgrounds could learn a new approach to nursing. From my clinical placements at CHI Tallaght and specialist placements, I gained confidence and competence in my clinical skills and ability to provide care to children and their families. I felt safe alongside and under the guidance of knowledgeable and experienced Children’s Nurses. While the year was challenging at times, I always felt supported both academically and clinically, and have made friends for life. The year helped me to gain confidence in myself and my nursing ability. I feel proud and privileged to have completed the Higher Diploma in Children’s Nursing and look forward to my children’s nursing career.