Course Description

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.

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 nurses or midwifes clinical career at which expansion of practice occurs. The individual nurse or midwifes 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

CollegeAtlantic Technological University
Course LocationCastlebar, Mayo
Course CategoryMedicine, Medicine & Healthcare
Course TypeBlended Learning - Mix of Classroom & Online
Course QualificationAward / Certificate
Course Start Date13th January 2025
Course Duration1 year
Entry RequirementsRegistered 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
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Atlantic Technological University

ATU Galway Campus, Dublin Rd. Galway H91 T8NW, ATU Mayo Campus Westport Rd. Castlebar Co. Mayo F23 X853, Galway City, Galway, Ireland

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Atlantic Technological University
ATU Galway Campus, Dublin Rd. Galway H91 T8NW
ATU Mayo Campus Westport Rd. Castlebar Co. Mayo F23 X853, Galway City, Galway
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