Working at the frontline of healthcare, Nurses combine clinical skills, critical thinking. knowledge and empathy to deliver extraordinary care for patients. As a profession, it is both challenging and rewarding; and as a career, it offers significant scope for professional and personal development, in addition to career advancement and diversification.
At the National Orthopaedic Hospital Cappagh, we have been setting high standards in nurse education since 1922. Over the years, medical advances have revolutionised nursing practice and we continuously review our educational programmes and employ the most-up-to-date teaching methods and course content for best-in-class healthcare provision. Moreover, we promote an agile mindset, encouraging students to adapt to and lead practice innovations that will contribute to better healthcare and outcomes.
We believe that nurse education is a lifelong commitment and a well-educated workforce leads to better patient outcomes. We offer accredited courses for nurses wishing to develop their knowledge, expertise and leadership skills, offering a Postgraduate Diploma in Nursing (Orthopaedic Nursing), a Professional Certificate in Musculoskeletal Casting & Splinting (Adults and Children) and Day Courses in Basic Casting Techniques.
Our ultimate goal is to equip our students with the skills and knowledge to excel, support their career progression, and empower them to be agents of change so that they can deliver exceptional patient-centred care.
National Framework of Qualifications Level 9
Acquire the knowledge and skills for advanced clinical judgement and practice in orthopaedic nursing and care. Offered by The National Orthopaedic Hospital Cappagh in partnership with the National University of Ireland and the School of Nursing, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, the Postgraduate Diploma in Nursing (Orthopaedic Nursing) comprises of 6 modules, and each module is worth 10 European Transfer Credits.
In accordance with Government and HSE social distancing recommendations to prevent the spread of the Covid-19 Coronvirus, we will not be conducting face-to-face interviews for this year’s applicants. Accordingly, we will conduct online interviews with candidates on 17th May 2022. A member of our team will be in contact with applicants to confirm a time and designated communication channel for interviews.
|Advanced Research Methods||10||Assignment|
|Advanced Leadership – Professional & Clinical||10||Assignment|
|Clinical Practicum, Advanced Reflection and Competence||10||Assignment and clinical portfolio|
|Principles in Orthopaedic Nursing||10||Multiple choice question examination and written assignment|
|Management of Conditions Impacting on the Musculoskeletal System from a Nursing Perspective||10||Care study and oral presentation|
|Nursing the Patient Undergoing Planned Orthopaedic Surgery||10||Care study and oral presentation|
1 year, part-time
Course participants must:
- hold a Level 8 Qualification*
- have a minimum of 1 years’ experience as a registered nurse, (with 6 months’ experience in orthopaedic nursing)
- be working in an acute clinic setting
- appear on the general division register maintained by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland
*Exemptions may apply, for more information contact:
Chanel Watson, Programme Director, RCSI
+353 (01) 814 0437
+353 (01) 814 0346
Email letter of application, curriculum vitae and transcript of Level 8 Qualification to:
Proposed Interview Date: Tuesday 17th May 2022
National Framework of Qualifications: Level 8/30 ECTS
Developed by the School of Nursing and Midwifery, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland and the National Orthopaedic Hospital Cappagh the Professional Certificate in Musculoskeletal Casting & Splinting (Adults & Children) is designed to enhance your skills and knowledge. Develop leadership skills that will enable you to advance your career and deliver best-in-class patient-centred care.
The course comprises of 3 modules:
- Module 1, Principles of Musculoskeletal Casting and Splinting is a written assignment and is equivalent to 10 European Credit Transfer System points (ECTS).
- Modules 2 & 3 Clinical Skills for Musculoskeletal Casting & Splinting are Assessment Structured Clinical Examinations worth 20 ECTS.
Students receive support from leading Clinical Preceptors who provide valuable guidance and assistance.
Course duration: 24 days. A 2-day release programme is run over a 12-week period, Class-based lectures integrate with clinical practice to enhance skills and consolidate learnings.
Course applicants must
- be a registered Nurse on the active register maintained by the Nursing & Midwifery Board of Ireland prior to commencing one of the programmes.
- have 900 hours verified experience
- work in the specialist area of practice during the programme
- provide a valid Manual Handling Certificate for the duration of the programme
Online Applications will be proceeded by the School of Nursing & Midwifery, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland.
Click here to apply online.
Ms Maura Shanahan, Clinical Facilitator, National Orthopaedic Hospital Cappagh
+353 (01) 814 0566
Ms Chanel Watson
Postgraduate Course Co-Ordinator (Orthopaedics)
School of Nursing
Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland
Modern Casting Educational Centre
The Hospital has a modern Casting Educational Centre where you can learn best-in-class casting, splinting and back slab techniques.
Casting courses are run by the National Orthopaedic Hospital Cappagh in conjunction with the Irish Institute of Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgery.
Application of a Back Slab
The course is ideally suited to Emergency Department Nurses and Non-Consultant Hospital Doctors on Emergency Department and Orthopaedic Training. You will learn how to apply a back slip splint for the safe and effective immobilisation of fractures and soft tissue injuries, allowing sufficient room for swelling.
Non-operative Fracture Management
Ideally suited to Non-Consultant Hospital Doctors (ST1 and ST2) working in Emergency and Orthopaedic Departments, this course will equip you with the skills and knowledge for basic cast and splint application.
For further details and upcoming dates, contact
Two Day Course
Casting & Splinting Courses are run by the National Orthopaedic Hospital Cappagh in conjunction with the Irish Institute of Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgery.
Basic Casting & Splinting
If your job entails the application or removal of splints, this 2-day course will help you to hone your skills. Designed to teach you about the safe, effective and comfortable application of casts and splints, this course is ideal for Registered Nurses working in Emergency Departments, Outpatient Departments and those specialising in Orthopaedic care. You will learn the principles and challenges of fracture management, explore the range of casting materials available and receive instruction on the most appropriate materials for use in the treatment of different parts of the body and medical conditions.
Ms Marua Shanahan
Each year we host The National Orthopaedic Nurses Conference at the Hospital. Introduced in 1998, the conference offers a full programme delivered by expert Nurses, Consultants and Medical Staff from disparate medical professions. The forum facilitates presentations and discussions on best-in-class standards and practices for healthcare delivery. Attended by more than 100 delegates from across the country, this event is a great opportunity for nursing staff to connect with peers from hospitals nationwide, to reconnect with former colleagues and to share valuable insights to benefit patient care and outcomes.
The National Orthopaedic Nurses Conference
It is with regret that we confirm The annual National Orthopaedic Nurses Conference 2021 is postponed in accordance with public health guidelines to prevent the spread of COVID-19. We hope to reschedule this event in 2022.
For more information, please contact:
Ms Rosemary Masterson
“Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood.”