Nursing in Procedural Sedation - Castlebar

ATU - Mayo Campus

Nursing in Procedural Sedation - Castlebar

Certificate in Nursing in Procedural Sedation - Level 9
12 week (Level 9, 10 credit, Special Purpose Award), developed in collaboration with Galway Clinic - provides Registered Nurses with the knowledge and skills to engage in safe practice with regards to procedural sedation within their scope of practice.

In line with International Accreditation Standards it is acknowledged that "Sedation and anaesthesia use are complex processes that must be integrated into patient care planning. Sedation and anaesthesia require complete and comprehensive patient assessment, continued patient monitoring, and objective recovery criteria." JCI (2014)

Expanded practice of a nurse as defined by NMBI Scope of Practice for Nursing and Midwifery (2015) "Expanded practice should occur in the context of quality person-centred safe care, service needs and national policy. There is no specific stage in the nurse's or midwife's clinical career at which expansion of practice occurs. The individual nurse or midwife's educational preparation and professional competence, and not the nature or degree of difficulty of the task, should determine role expansion (DoHC 2011)." NMBI (2016 p.27)

Recent literature directs us towards safe practice and that there is a requirement for certified training of staff directly involved in Procedural Sedation.

This provides justification for the upskilling of staff who wish to develop competence in:

•Pre sedation assessment, determining suitability of the patient

•Safe medication management

•Administration of sedation medication and management of patient during the procedure

•Emergency response to adverse events

•Quality and risk management

This programme is approved by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland

Subjects taught

The programme will consist of two 5 credit modules as follows:
•Procedural Sedation
•Quality & Risk Management

Modules will be delivered in a blended learning format, both in the classroom and online with two days of classroom attendance and the remainder online.

The use of Moodle and online resources will be optimised to complement class-based learning.

Entry requirements

Entry Requirements
Registered Nurse with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland

Currently employed and directly working in an environment where procedural sedation is undertaken

Approval by the Director of Nursing to undertake the programme

A current Basic Life Support Certificate and competence in Intravenous Cannulation (evidence required)

An admission checklist must be completed and signed by the Director of Nursing and a Consultant Anaesthetist prior to a place being offered

Application dates

Closing date for receipt of completed applications is 5pm on Monday, 14th August, 2023.

***Applications can be made online at, application type L9 ***.

This user guide contains step by step instructions on how to create and submit an online application.

If you have any queries, please email

Students should also complete the Procedural Sedation Applicant Checklist (PDF, 338KB)




12 weeks, part time, blended.


Fee: €1200

Details of course fees can be found with the course description in this prospectus or online. The fees indicated include examinations and internal assessments but do not include class materials unless otherwise indicated in the course details. Registration fees for professional bodies etc. are payable separately. An instalment plan, which is designed to give students the flexibility in paying their fees, will be offered.

Providing a place is still available on the course, your fee will be accepted and receipted in writing. In all cases, fees must be paid in full by second week of class.

Fee Payment
Once an application and fee is processed, a written receipt will be posted to the applicant using the postal correspondence address provided on the application form. Students are advised to keep this in a safe place and bring it with them on the first night of classes. For security reasons, the preferred methods of payment are credit or debit card, cheque, postal order or bank draft.

Credit or Debit Card
Payment can be made using credit or debit card details over the telephone or by post. For security reasons, please do not email credit or debit card details.

Cash – Not Accepted
In line with Institute policy, the Lifelong Learning Office can no longer accept cash.

Where the course fees are being paid for by an employer, the student should complete an application form and attach a letter of approval from the employer on company headed paper. Instead of a letter the employer may email the Life Long Learning office (attn.: Bridie Coleman) confirming their intention to pay the course fee to

Refund Policy
Cancelled courses
For a course to commence, a minimum number of student enrolments are required. If this number is not reached, the course is cancelled. When this occurs a full fee refund will be processed automatically and confirmation supplied by phone/email or web text.

Course Withdrawals
Accredited Programmes: If a student starts a programme and later decides to withdraw, a refund will be given in accordance with the GMIT Academic Regulations. A full refund is given up to 31 October, 2019. A partial refund is given up to 31 January, 2020. After these dates no refunds are given.

Single accredited module/course
If a student starts a course and later decides to withdraw, a full refund will be given if a request in writing (or email) is received by the Lifelong Learning office within 10 days from the start of the course. A 75% refund is given if requested up to three weeks from the start of the course, after this time refunds are not available.

Enrolment dates

Start date: September 2019
There will be a further intake in January 2020 (Dates to be confirmed)

Post Course Info

Job Opportunities
Graduates of this programme will be better equipped to gain employment and/or avail of promotional opportunities in their place of employment.

A feature of the proposed programme is the strong focus on 'practice' element for the purposes of skills development and assessment. This will enhance the students understanding of quality and safety in healthcare and core skills required for effective delivery of safe patient care.

More details
  • Qualifications

    Special Purpose Certificate (Level 9 NFQ)

  • Attendance type

    Part time

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