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Department of Nursing and Healthcare Sciences

Certificate in Emergency Nursing

NFQ Level:  8
Credits: 20
Award Type: Special Purpose
Application: Apply Now
Closing Date: 4.00pm on Friday, 13th May, 2022
Modules: View Modules

Course Description

The Certificate in Emergency Nursing endeavours to educate and guide emergency nursing practice, a speciality that is underpinned by expert knowledge, specialist education and clinical experience. It is envisaged that the knowledge and skills gained in this programme will prepare the ED nurse for progression onto the Post Grad Diploma in Specialist Nursing (Emergency).

Given the acuity of patients who present to Emergency Departments it is recognised that there is a need to develop additional clinical expertise among emergency nurses. A consortium of five Institutes of Technology/Technological Universities have developed and deliver this Level 8 Special Purpose Award in Emergency Nursing for nurses working in Emergency Departments or Local Injury Units.

This programme supports the commitment made by ONMSD HSE in association with the National Emergency Medicine Programme, to provide clinical education for nurses working in Emergency Department.


Triage in the Emergency Department

Wound assessment

Identification and assessment of the deteriorating patient

Diabetes – Type 1 and 2

Sepsis – recognition and management


Care of the acutely unwell child, the injured child, the pregnant woman, and unwell patient with ID

Cardiovascular Assessment and Respiratory Assessment

Trauma patient, Major emergency planning

Neurological Assessment and Abdominal Assessment

Overdose and poisoning, Mental Health legislation

Older person, Dementia, Falls, Frailty.


Self discharge and safe transfer of the critically ill patient

Sudden death

Pain management – Acute and Chronic


Stress management and future development needs

Entry Requirements

  • Registered General Nurses.
  • Currently employed in Emergency Department or Local Injury Unit for the course duration.


The programme will be delivered using a blended learning approach. Students will attend MTU Kerry Campus for 2 days over the 26 weeks, with online work undertaken between college days. The focus of the day in college will be skills development and acquisition.

Intakes: January each year (dependent on minimum applications) 


€950. Registered nurses and midwives directly employed either on a permanent or on a temporary basis (for three consecutive months) by the HSE are eligible to apply for funding support. Please see the Office of the Nursing and Midwifery Services Director website @ and follow the links.

Progression Opportunities

On successful completion of the programme you will have gained 20 credits at NFQ level  8 that can contribute to the progression to a Postgraduate Diploma in Specialist Nursing (Emergency).

Main Contact:

For any queries in relation to this course please contact the following departments.

Department of Nursing and Health Care Sciences   Tel: + 353 (0)66 7191694 Email: Nursing Dept (email)
Course Contact: Ms. Lisa Langan, Email: (email)
Admissions Office  Tel: (066) 7145638 Email: Admissions (email)

Lifelong Learning Department

Email: email
Phone: 066 7191701