Orthopaedic Nursing

Nursing and midwifery

Course details

The Postgraduate Diploma in Orthopaedic Nursing will prepare you to exercise an advanced level of clinical judgment and practice – beyond what is required of a registered general nurse (RGN) – in your specialist area of orthopaedics.

The programme aims to assist you in taking a leading role in advancing and developing nursing and midwifery in this area, and effecting policy change in professional practice and health service provision.

The programme is delivered part-time over one year, with an option to complete the programme over a period of up to three years if necessary. Once you have successfully completed this postgraduate diploma you may decide to progress to Year 2 of the Masters in Science (MSc) Nursing, in your chosen specialist area.

Course code: C10701

Learning outcomes

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

  • Explore problem-solving skills in the area of planned orthopaedic nursing. 
  • Prepare a comprehensive care plan using advanced problem solving skills for a patient undergoing elective interventions for orthopaedic problems. 
  • Critically discuss the principles associated with the management of common orthopaedic traumatic injuries. 
  • Explore problem-solving skills in the area of orthopaedic trauma nursing. 
  • Consolidate knowledge in relation to the development of bone, its composition, development of muscle, fracture healing, the terminology used in musculoskeletal assessment, musculoskeletal anatomy and the implications for patients of specific investigations performed to evaluate a musculoskeletal condition or injury. 
  • Examine the role of the nurse with reference to planning care for patients with physical/intellectual disabilities, for patients of different ages and to recognise the psychological and sociological effects of orthopaedic conditions. 


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

The programme modules are:

Module name Credits Assessment method
Advanced Research Methods 10 Assignment
Advanced Leadership – Clinical & Professional 10 Assignment
Professional Critical Reflexivity and Competence 10 Assignment and clinical portfolio
Principles of Orthopaedic Nursing 10 Examination and assignment
Nursing the patient undergoing management of musculoskeletal issues by elective and conservative means 10 Case study and oral presentation
Nursing the Orthopaedic Trauma Patient 10 Examination