Centre for Nurses Education





The Education Nurse Practice Development Unit (ENPDU) at the Bon Secours Hospital was established in June 2002 and evolved from the pre existing School of Nursing, which was an integral part of the hospital in Cork since 1923. Currently, we work in partnership with the Catherine McAuley School of Nursing and Midwifery, University College Cork for the education of undergraduate nurses.

We provide a wide range of high quality in-service education and training programmes, in accordance with the mission and values of Bon Secours Hospital and Health System.  All education and training programmes combine online/ theoretical/ and practical components and course / programme participants are provided with an opportunity to reflect and apply research based knowledge to their clinical practice.  The schedule of in-service education and on-going professional development programmes reflects the educational needs of staff. The educational and training needs of our healthcare assistants are also catered for.    


  • To facilitate a continuous process of improvements in the delivery of nursing care that is designed to promote increased effectiveness in patient centred care.  We will:
  • Provide support to all Nursing Staff including Health Care Assistants
  • Provide support to BSc Nursing Students
  • Support preceptors in providing an optimal learning environment for BSc Nursing Students, Registered Nurses and Healthcare Assistants
  • Promote evidence based practice ensuring the delivery of quality patient centred care
  • Develop best practice standards in collaboration with the multidisciplinary team
  • Promote and foster a culture of critical decision making governed by policies, procedures, guidelines and nursing diagnosis
  • Empower all staff to take personal responsibility in delivering excellence
  • Foster an environment of teamwork and togetherness, as together everyone achieves more
  • Promote and foster a culture of Care, Compassion and Commitment honouring the core values of Bon Secours
  • Current Educational Programmes Offered:


To facilitate a continuous process of improvements in the delivery of nursing care, a wide variety of programs (both mandatory and desirable) are delivered in the Education Nurse Practice Development Unit. Members of the Multidisciplinary Team collaborate to ensure that these programs consist of best evidence based practice and research.We also present programmes which are tailor made to meet the specific needs of staff as required.

  • Adaptation programme
  • Safer handling
  • CPR
  • Medication management
  • Health care assistant training
  • ACLS
  • Cannulation
  • Managing challenging behavior
  • PALS
  • Venepuncture
  • Medical gas training
  • Heartsaver AED
  • Preceptorship (Competency Assessment Document)
  • Rhythm recognition
  • New graduate nurses
  • Induction
  • Careful nursing and nursing diagnosis

Contact Details   

Name:  Eilis McGovern - Training & Development Co-ordinator 

Tel:  021 4941953

Email:  emcgovern@bonsecours.ie 


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