Discover a Career in Children’s Nursing with the Post-Registration Children’s Nursing Student Programme

Post-Registration Children’s Nursing Student Programme

Children’s Health Ireland (CHI) 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:

CHI at Crumlin and
University College Dublin

CHI at Temple Street and
Dublin City University

CHI at Tallaght and 
Trinity College

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.

Minimum Entry Requirements

  • Students undertaking the programme must be nurses whose name is recorded on the General, Psychiatric or
    Intellectual Disability division of the NMBI register
  • 6 months post-registration nursing experience relevant to your registration (within the last 2 years)

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)

Application & Closing Date

Closing date of applications will be Friday 31st January 2020.
Please note that interviews will be held in CHI on the week of 23rd– 27th March 2020.

For general enquires please contact Suzanne Cullen, Nursing Workforce Lead at CHI Suzanne.cullen1@nchg.ie

Pamela Allen, 
Staff Nurse PICU

Graduated from Programme 2018

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.

Deirdre Claffey,
Staff Nurse Children’s Heart Centre

Graduated from Programme 2018

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!

Maeve Ledden, 
CHI at Tallaght

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.