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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), Marie Murray manages the total nursing services at executive level.

Nursing Practice Development Coordinator - Susan Hawkshaw

Phone: 01 8092864 / Email:

Nurse Tutor - Colette Lyng

Phone: 018092132 / Email:

Senior Education Coordinator - Denise McKernan

Phone: 01 8092877 / Email:

Education Coordinator - Fiona Jacobs

Phone: 01 8092266 / Email:

Education Coordinator - Marie Hennigan

Phone: 01 8092559 / Email:

SALO - Sheila Enright

Phone 01 8092770 /

Clerical Support

Phone: 01 8092131 / Email:

Educational programmes provided by the Centre of Nurse Education:

We offer a wide range of programmes to develop academic and clinical skills including preceptorship, enhanced clinical skills, venepuncture and cannulation, specialist practice programmes. We also run a suite of level 9 postgraduate nursing programmes in conjunction with our academic partners the Royal College of Surgeons (RCSI) including;

  • Postgraduate Diploma in Cancer nursing
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Coronary care nursing
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Critical care nursing
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Emergency care nursing
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Gerontological nursing
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Neuroscience nursing
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Perioperative nursing
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Renal nursing

We have an open door policy for any enquiries with regard to education or career progression.