Higher Diploma in Paediatric Critical Care Nursing (PCCN)

doctor examining young girl

During the last decade, the challenges of development of new diseases and illness that include HIV/Aids, swine flu and reemergence of other diseases like tuberculosis and rift valley fever has led to an increasing need for specialised care and in specific critical care for children. This care is required across the whole continuum of critical care which has been described as the care required by any child who has a life threatening illness and injury.

Infant and child mortality are key indicators of child health and nurses trained in this area are will contribute to the countries millennium goals.

There is also the increasing need for reducing the cost of hospitalisation especially in intensive care units by reducing length of stay in the hospital and offering cost effective interventions by the critical care team. This too can only be achieved by having highly trained nurses and teams that are efficient and effective in these interventions.

Gertrude’s Institute of Child Health and Research becomes the first institution in Kenya to offer Paediatric Critical Care Nursing at higher national diploma level to help bridge this gap.

This course, therefore, is geared toward preparing specialised nurses to contribute at a variety of levels to this critical care continuum across the health services, from resuscitation, critical stabilisation, transfer and vigilant and responsive care through the often turbulent and dynamic period of critical illness to help reduce the child morbidity and mortality.

Main Objective

To optimise paediatric critical care nursing practice through training of proficient nurses who will promote health, prevent illness; alleviate pain and suffering, and restore health to reduce the morbidity and mortality of critically ill children


The facilitation team comprises of highly qualified and competent lecturers local and International with vast experience in Critical Care.

Course Outline

The course is divided into five modules as follows;

  • Module 1:  The role of the Paediatric Critical Care Nurse in the critical care environment
  • Module 2: Assessment and stabilisation along the Paediatric Critical Care continuum
  • Module 3: Core Paediatric Critical Care Nursing
  • Module 4: Advanced Paediatric Critical Care Nursing
  • Module 5: Research, Management and Teaching Methodology

Mode of Delivery

The course will be offered on full time basis by Lectures, Examinations, Continuous Assessment, Case studies and Research Project and Presentation

Eligible Applicants

The applicant must be a registered and licensed nurse (BscN, KRN, KRCHN) or equivalent from a state qualification recognised by the Nursing Council of Kenya.

Must have two (2) years post graduation working  experience.


The course will be offered at the Gertrude’s Institute of Child Health and Research, , Muthaiga.


The course will take a period of 1 year.

Scheduled Dates for Commencement:

April and September

Application Deadline:

February 28th and August 13th

Mode of Application:

Eligible applicants to return the application form through hand delivery or via posting to: trainingschool@gerties.org

Apply now to:

The Principal,

Gertrude’s Institute of Child Health and Research

Muthaiga Road

P.O.Box 42325 -00100

Nairobi Kenya

Tel: (+254) 759297589

Email: trainingschool@gerties.org