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Centre of Nurse Education

Education and the Professional Development of nurses are key priorities for Beaumont Hospital. In the Centre of Education our focus is the provision of nurse education that is underpinned by evidence-based research. Staff in the Centre work closely with the Practice Development and Learning and Development Units.

We endeavour to provide education that is responsive to shifting service need in the light of demographic changes and a rapidly changing health care environment. Collaboration with the interdisciplinary team is the key to our continued success. Expertise from both the academic and clinical settings are utilised to facilitate the provision of education and the integration of theory and practice. A culture of teaching and life long learning is promoted within the Hospital with the purpose of delivering quality patient care and enhancing the professional development of all staff. Through education, training and development we strive to assist nurses to achieve a high standard of patient care by promoting the continuing professional development of each individual nurse through education in tandem with clinical exposure and experience. A range of teaching and learning strategies which embrace adult learning are used within the Centre of Education, these are used to build on the nurse’s previous knowledge and experience. Many of the Programmes are accredited by RCSI and NUI. All programmes are accredited by An Bord Altranais and quality assurance mechanisms are in place to ensure their validity and reliability.


It is our belief that education increases knowledge and enhances nursing skills in the clinical area. It promotes and encourages evidence based practice through research. Education programmes are developed and run in response to service needs which have been highlighted by clinical staff and managers.

Facilities in the Centre of Education:

The Centre comprises a number of classrooms:

  • One large examination hall which can also be used as a classroom providing seating for up to 120 people.
  • One conference room with seating for 24 people.
  • Three classrooms with seating for 35 people each.(one with a telesynergy system)
  • One smaller classroom with seating for 25 people.
  • One clinical room which can seat 20 people.
  • Computer training facility with 9 terminals.

All classrooms have audio visual facilities, white boards, power point, overhead projectors, most rooms have internet access.  Laptops, slide projectors, anatomical models, video machines, photocopying, laminating and binding services are available within the Centre.

A comprehensive selection of textbooks and journals covering all aspects of nursing are accessible in the RCSI library adjacent to the Centre of Education. Access to RCSIs extensive list of online databases and electronic journals is also available at ward level to all Beaumont Hospital staff. Computers are available in the library’s microcomputer room with a range of word processing and other software packages. Library staff provide training on how best to use the library databases and ejournals.

In addition, there is a comprehensive selection of reference books available in the Centre of Education. All staff are provided with their own hospital email account.

Nurses undertaking programmes with RCSI have access to Moodle - Virtual Learning Environment and can access all databases from the hospital and their own homes.

Management of the Centre of Nurse Education

The Director of Nursing (DON), Ms. Sheila McGuinness manages the total nursing services at executive level.


Senior Education Coordinator: Paul Mahon

Education Coordinator: Fiona Jacob

Education Coordinator: Marie Hennigan

Clerical Support

Educational programmes provided by the Centre of Nurse Education:

We offer a number of specialist programmes for nurses wishing to develop their skills, advance their knowledge and gain qualifications that enable them to further their careers.  These include:

Post Graduate Diplomas in Nursing in partnership with the Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery RCSI:

  • Coronary Care Nursing
  • Emergency Department Nursing
  • Gerontological Nursing
  • Intensive Care Nursing
  • Neuroscience Nursing
  • Cancer Nursing
  • Operating Theatre Department Nursing
  • Renal Care

Nursing Modules (delivered at level 8 and level 9 in partnership with the Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery RCSI)

  • Breast Disease
  • Colorectal Disease
  • Heart Failure Nursing
  • Haemodialysis Nursing
  • Major Adult Cancer
  • Renal Transplant Care
  • Urology Care

Post Registration Specialist Practice Programmes

  • Adult Cancer Nursing
  • Gerontological Nursing
  • Emergency Department Nursing
  • Haematology Nursing
  • Intensive Care Nursing
  • Medical /Surgical Nursing
  • Neuroscience Nursing

Nurses seeking skill enhancements, clinical updates and continuing professional development opportunities will find study days that suits their needs. We welcome nurses working in local and national hospitals, nursing homes and within primary care on most of our single study days. These include

Study Days

  • Academic Writing and Research Appraisal 1/year
  • Acute Coronary Syndrome 1/year
  • Cannulation Programme 9/year
  • Cardiac Management 2/year
  • Care of the Older Person 2/year
  • Care of the Patient with Dementia 1/year
  • Challenging Behaviour 6/year
  • Clinical Assessors Education & workshop 1/year
  • Early recognition and Management of Shock 2/year
  • Early Warning Score Compass Training 1/week
  • ECG Interpretation 4/year
  • Gastro-intestinal and Related Topics Management 2/year
  • Heart Failure Management 1/year
  • Intravenous Drug Therapy 1/month
  • Neuroscience, Endocrine and Renal Management 2/year
  • Orientation Programme for new nurses
  • Preceptorship Programme 8/year
  • Respiratory Management 2/year
  • Stroke Programme 1/year
  • Surgical Nursing Care 2/year
  • Traumatic Brain Injury 1/year
  • Venepuncture Programme 9/year


The themes of our conferences change on a yearly basis.


We welcome enquiries from staff working outside Beaumont Hospital to participate on study days and our formal Programmes. Requests are facilitated whenever possible. A range of programmes are provided throughout the year and dissemination of the details is provided in the prospectus “Nursing Education and Professional Development Programmes” which is produced at the beginning of the year and in a monthly memo sent to each Hospital area. A number of other study days are organised to meet service needs within the hospital and primary care.

Further information can be obtained from the Centre of Education.