Perioperative Children's Nursing

Nursing and midwifery

Course details

The Postgraduate Diploma in Perioperative Children’s 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 perioperative children’s nursing.

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: PGDPOCN1

Learning outcomes

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

  • Critically discuss the principles of peri-operative nursing and the care and management of the Paediatric patient and family in theatre during the peri-operative period. 
  • Identify the specific needs of children and their family undergoing surgery. 
  • Demonstrate proficiency in the preparation for a paediatric patient undergoing anaesthesia. Examine the nursing management of the child and family in the peri-operative environment. 
  • Appraise proficiency in the nursing management of the patient in the department encompassing the range of patient profiles, surgical management and age spectrum. 
  • Discuss the anatomy and physiology of the human body relating to anaesthetics and surgical intervention. 
  • Examine the anaesthetic and recovery room nursing management of the child and family in the peri-operative environment. 


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 - Professional & Clinical 10 Assignment
Professional Critical Reflexivity and Competence
10 Assignment and clinical portfolio
Core Concepts in Children’s Perioperative Nursing
10 MCQ and assignment

Core Concepts in Anaesthetic/Recovery Room Children’s Nursing

10 MCQ and assignment
Children’s Surgical Modalities (optional module) 10 Assignment and presentation
Advanced Anaesthetic/Recovery Room Children’s Nursing (optional module) 10 Assignment and presentation