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Certificate in Nursing in Procedural Sedation (Special Purpose Award)

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

Why Study?: 

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

Click here to see Guest Lecturer profiles (PDF, 250KB).

Programme Modules: 

The course is NFQ level 9 and has two 5 credit modules:

1. Quality & Risk Management 2. Procedural Sedation


The module entitled Procedural Sedation will be delivered through a combination of online content through Moodle and with two one day lectures face to face *.

This will be supported in practice through the completion of a competency assessment workbook which is underpinned by the Domains of Professional Practice in Nursing.


The module entitled Quality and Patient Safety will be delivered entirely online through our Virtual Learning Environment (Moodle).

The content will be available on a weekly basis and the students will have an opportunity to engage with the lecturer through the chat/VC facility.

Career 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.

Entry Requirements: 

See "Essential Information" below

Other Essential Information: 

This programme is approved by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland and therefore funding may be available from local CNMEs.

Course Delivery

This programme is being offered through a blended - *online format.

This means that the material is delivered through a series of online presentations, file readings, and video tutorials, all of which you can study at your own pace;

video call meetings where lecturers will be available to meet with the student group to discuss material will be available, and 2 in-house days where students will physically attend at GMIT Castlebar.*

*The intention at present is to hold these sessions onsite in GMIT.


Course Dates

The course begins online in September 2021.

Induction is held online, date to be confirmed.

*The two contact days (10:30 – 17:00) in the GMIT Mayo Campus to be advised.


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


Online applications open on 6th April 2021 for September commencement
How to Apply

***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


Closing date for completed applications is 5pm on Friday, 14th May 2021.

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





Current fees are listed on our Fees Page

Discipline: Nursing and Social Care

Location: Mayo

NFQ Level: 9

Category: Part-time Accredited


For further information on the programme please contact:

Richard Holmes

Programme Chair, Department of Nursing, Health Sciences and Social Care


Places: 12