Critical Care Nursing

Nursing and midwifery

Course details

Delivered in partnership with Beaumont Hospital, the one-year part-time Postgraduate Diploma in Critical Care Nursing offers you the opportunity to enhance your knowledge, experience and clinical expertise in the challenging and dynamic environment that is critical care.

The role of the nurse as clinician, patient advocate, researcher, educator and innovator are all developed to meet the multiple and complex needs of the patient with critical illness.

Course details: C10631

Learning outcomes

This programme will provide you with the skills and knowledge to critically: 

  • Discuss, evaluate and demonstrate the management of patients who require advanced cardiac life support.  
  • Evaluate the inter facility and inter/intra hospital transportation of critically ill patients. 
  • Evaluate and demonstrate the holistic assessment of the patient presenting with organ failure 
  • Explore the aetiology and path physiology of organ failure in critical illness 
  • Evaluate and demonstrate nursing practice and interventions in the management of critically ill patients. 
  • Evaluate the nursing management of critically ill patients post major surgery. 


A blended learning approach is utilised in this programme, to promote lifelong learning and professional development for all nursing staff.

The first three modules are delivered in RCSI with the remaining three modules and clinical component delivered in Beaumont Hospital and affiliated sites.

The programme modules are:

Module name Credits Assessment method
Advanced Research Methods 10 Assignment
Advanced Leadership, Professional & Clinical 10 Assignment
Professional Critical Reflexivity and Competence
10 Assignment and clinical portfolio

Core Concepts of Critical Care Nursing

10 Assignment

Care of the Critically Ill Patient with Single and Multi-Organ Dysfunction

10 Examination
Consolidating and Advancing Practice in the Critical Care Setting
10 Assignment