At the Mater Hospital, we are proud to be providing the highest levels of education and training to nursing staff for over 125 years.

A proud history of nursing education

Since the first class of 16 student nurses arrived for training in 1891, our hospital has seen almost 20,000 nurses graduate and go on to be at the forefront of many historic events, both nationally and internationally.

Our nurses have cared for the Irish population through national health crises such as the cholera, typhoid and smallpox epidemics of the 1800s and also the Spanish Flu and tuberculosis outbreaks of the early 1900s. They nursed and treated civilians and the injured fighting on both sides during the 1916 Rising in Dublin. Our nurses volunteered for service in Queen Alexandra’s Royal Army Nursing Corps in both World War I and II, working abroad in France, Salonika, Egypt and Palestine. Our nursing staff were also involved in providing specialised care to those affected by more recent events in Ireland, including the Dublin bombings, the Stardust tragedy and the 2006 Dublin riots. 

The first class of student nurses who arrived at the Mater Hospital in 1891 undertook three years of training in subjects such as anatomy, physiology, hygiene, sick room cookery as well as basic nursing care. Today, our nurses are offered a much wider range of courses and subjects with the Centre for Nurse Education providing for both undergraduate and postgraduate education with specialist postgraduate programmes and professional development. Following in the footsteps of their predecessors, the dedication, standard of care and  professionalism of the nurses in the Mater Hospital is a testament to the legacy of nursing education at the hospital. 

Our Centre for Nurse Education (CNE)

Through the Centre for Nurse Education (CNE) and clinical placements on the Mater Hospital campus, we provide a wealth of clinical expertise and rich clinical learning opportunities for nurses. Through our close partnership with UCD and DCU we provide a variety of postgraduate and undergraduate nursing programmes. Our central location on the hospital campus helps to ensure that our courses reflect and respond to current patient and service needs.

The CNE is a purpose-built building with a central focus on the provision of continuous professional nursing education, specialist nurse education, in-service days and professional education courses for registered general nurses and other health care professionals.A brief introduction to and overview of our courses is provided below for you.

For more information on any of our courses, please contact us in the Centre for Nurse Education on 01 803 2105.

Undergraduate education

Each year, the Mater Hospital provides clinical learning placements to BSc undergraduate nursing students from University College Dublin (UCD) and Dublin City University (DCU). Students from the BSc General and BSc Children’s and General Nursing courses complete the majority of their clinical learning placement placements here at the hospital. We also facilitate international nursing students as part of an exchange programme (Erasmus programme).

Postgraduate nursing education

At the Mater Hospital, we offer many specialist postgraduate programmes to our nursing staff,  in partnership with UCD. Please select any of the below to view more details on available programmes, modules and courses.

We offer many specialist postgraduate programmes facilitated by our specialist experts and run in partnership with UCD. These programmes are 1 year in duration. For information on these programmes, please click on any of the below links: 

  • Graduate Diploma Critical care Nursing: Cardiovascular Nursing 
  • Graduate Diploma in Cancer Nursing 
  • Graduate Diploma in Critical care Nursing: Intensive Care 
  • Graduate Diploma Peri-operative Nursing 
  • Graduate Diploma Emergency Nursing (Adult) 
  • Graduate Diploma Diabetes Care 
  • Graduate Diploma Pain Management 

We offer our nursing staff a suite of specialist continuing professional development modules. These modules are six months in duration and are connected to the above listed postgraduate programmes. The following modules are available: 

  • Introduction to Cardiovascular Nursing
  • Intensive Care Course
  • Diabetes Nursing
  • Gastrointestinal (GI) Endoscopy Nursing
  • Cardiothoracic and transplantation Nursing
  • Oncology & Haemotology Nursing
  • Peri-operative Nursing programme
  • Nursing the Acute Medical patient
  • Care of the Older Person
  • Spinal/Spinal Cord Injury Nursing
  • Developing Acute Pain Champions
  • Evidence Based practice and Research Champions
  • Introduction to Emergency Nursing
  • Haemotology Nursing
  • Interventional Radiology

The following classes and short courses are available:

  • Nursing Induction Programme
  • Clinical Skills Workshop using SiMMan
  • Mandatory Training Study day
  • COMPASS Programme
  • Managing Sepsis Workshop
  • Venepuncture & Cannulation
  • Non-Invasive ventilation Workshop
  • Preceptorship- Student Support & supervision
  • Enhancing and enabling well-being for the person with Dementia (2 days)
  • Responsive behaviours Workshop: Supporting and Understanding the Person with Dementia
  • Enabling and Enhancing Quality of care with the person with Dementia Acute Care Programme
  • Leading in Uncertain Times
  • Insertion of Fine Bore feeding tubes
  • Supplemental nutrition and Hydration workshop
  • Cancer Nursing education Programme for Registered Nurses working in the inpatient setting (NCCP)
  • Final Journeys Programme: Developing Awareness in End of Life Care
  • Dealing with Bad News: Communicating Difficult News
  • Continence promotion Workshop
  • Wound management Seminar
  • Presentation Skills
  • Poster design using Microsoft Powerpoint
  • Professional Portfolio Workshop

Healthcare assistants

The following professional development programmes are available for healthcare assistants:

  • Health Service Skills Award (Level 5)
  • Activities of Living Patient Care Module
  • Measurement and recording of vital signs using NEWS

Other available courses

  • Clinical Adaptation and Assessment (Pre-registration) programme: six week programme for nurses educated overseas in a non-EU country.
  • Transition to Acute Care Nursing: six week programme for qualified nurses transitioning to the acute sector.
  • Return to Nursing Practice programme: six week programme incorporating two weeks of theory and four weeks of clinical placement.