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GMIT Mayo Nursing Procedural Sedation

Certificate in Nursing in Procedural Sedation

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

Discipline: Nursing Health Sciences and Social Care

Location: Mayo

NFQ Level: 9

Mode of Study: Part time

Application Route: Apply direct to GMIT

Entry Requirements: See "Essential Information" below

Places: 12


Current fees are listed on our Fees Page

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 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.

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.

Essential Information: 

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


The next intake for this programme is September 2021.


Entry Requirements

  1. Registered Nurse with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland
  2. Currently employed and directly working in an environment where procedural sedation is undertaken
  3. Approval by the Director of Nursing to undertake the programme
  4. A current Basic Life Support Certificate and competence in Intravenous Cannulation (evidence required)
  5. An admission checklist must be completed and signed by the Director of Nursing and a Consultant Anaesthetist prior to a place being offered


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 receipt of completed applications is 5pm on Friday, 28th May, 2021.

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

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Contact Us

For further information on the programme please contact:

Richard Holmes

Programme Chair 


Tel: +353 (0)94 904 3196