HSE 2017 Student Public Health Nurse Recruitment Scheme Graduate/Postgraduate Diploma (Nursing/Public Health Nursing)

Ref: NRS04880


It is strongly recommended that you read the “Additional Campaign Information” document which outlines the terms and conditions attached to this sponsorship course, who can apply, the HSE eligibility criteria, the HEI eligibility criteria and the Geographical Area of the clinical placements for the duration of the sponsorship / the offer of a permanent position as a PHN in the sponsoring geographical area.


The purpose of this sponsorship programme is to meet future service requirements for Public Health Nurses nationally.


The HSE will offer permanent employment on qualification for nurses who successfully complete the Public Health Nursing course. Successful candidates must commit to a minimum of 18 months, in a full-time or part- time/pro rata capacity, as a PHN. Please note that full-time/part time assignments arising out of this training programme will be targeting the areas with the greatest service need. The majority of vacancies will be in the greater Dublin Area. The initial assignment as a full time or part time pro rata time capacity Public Health Nurse will be undertaken in the sponsoring geographical area.


The Public Health Nursing service provides a wide range of personal, health and social care to families, individuals, and communities underpinned by the principles of equity, quality, accessibility and accountability. The Public Health Nursing service focuses on a geographical area, meeting the preventative and curative nursing needs of the population. It provides a broad based integrated prevention, education and health promotion service and acts as co-ordinator in the delivery of a quality service that enhances the health status of the population.


HSE services are delivered through multi-disciplinary Primary Care Teams which are integrated with hospital services, voluntary agencies and other interagency bodies.  The reform programme outlined for the Health Services may impact on this role and as structures change the job description may be reviewed. 


Please see tab below "A Day in the Life of a Public Health Nurse" for further information.


Application Process: Please visit www.pac.ie to apply for this sponsorship.

Closing date for receipt of application form is no later than 12 noon Friday 12th May 2017

Closing date for receipt of supplementary forms and supporting documents is no later than 12 noon Friday 12th May 2017


Further information on the public health nurse course is available on the links below.



National University of Ireland, Galway  Informal enquires, Ms Clare Quinn Tel: 091493580 / Marcella Kelly Tel: 091-495036 / John Quinlivan Tel:   091495387

Details online: http://www.nuigalway.ie/courses/taught-postgraduate-courses/  



University College Cork  Informal enquires: Mr Lloyd Philpott Tel: 021 4901509 / Ms. Sheila Hedderman Tel: 021-4901560  Details online: http://www.ucc.ie/


UCD (University College Dublin)  Informal enquires to Dr Gillian Paul Tel: 01 7166406 / Ms. Lucia Suchorova   Tel: 01 7166448   Details online http://www.ucd.ie


Commencement Dates:


UCD                                       28th August 2017

NUIG                                     4th September 2017

UCC                                       4th September 2017


The availability of Maternal and Child Health modular clinical placements is as follows:


National University of Ireland Galway

  • Mayo University Hospital Castlebar, Co. Mayo
  • Portiuncula University Hospital, Ballinasloe, Co. Galway
  • University Hospital Galway
  • Sligo University Hospital, Sligo 
  • Letterkenny University Hospital, Co. Donegal


University College, Cork



Cork University Maternity Hospital, Wilton, Cork


University College Dublin

  • National Maternity Hospital, Holles Street, Dublin


  • Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, Drogheda, Co. Louth
  • Wexford General Hospital, Wexford


  • St. Luke's Hospital, Kilkenny
  • Rotunda Maternity Hospital, Dublin


  • Midland Regional Hospital Portlaoise
  • Midland Regional Hospital, Mullingar
  • Cavan General Hospital






Every effort will be made to facilitate your identified college preference(s) on the basis of availability of college places.

Where vacancies arise for which proficiency in Irish is a management requirement, the HSE will offer such posts in order of merit to the candidate who has successfully passed an Irish assessment.  This assessment will be on a pass/fail basis and will not disturb the marks awarded in the selection process.

If you wish to make informal enquiries about our Community Public Health Nursing teams, details are available in the “Additional Campaign Information” document .


Please see our Frequently Asked Questions document which will address any queries you may have. If your query relates to the verification of service form please email recruitment.phnsponsorship@hse.ie


The HSE is an equal opportunities employer and supports a non-smoking policy. Continuing education and professional development are actively encouraged.

Please see relevant associated documents attached by clicking under Related Attachment.

Job Specification

Additional Campaign Information

Recruitment and Selection Procedures


Examples of Good Practice

A day in the life of a PHN