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Training resources for nurses

The professional development coordinators for practice nursing (PDCPNs) provide support and advice on educational programmes.

Essential education and training

Basic Life Support (BLS) Provider

The BLS Provider programme is recommended every 2 years for all healthcare professionals.

The programme covers:

  • adult, infant and child BLS
  • use of the Automated External Defibrillator (AED)
  • removal of foreign body airway obstruction

Contact your PDCPN for information about BLS training


The management of anaphylaxis is an essential skill for all healthcare personnel working in general practice.

Initial anaphylaxis training must be face-to-face. Further updates can be completed online at HSELanD.

See: Anaphylaxis - treatment in the community (PDF, 55KB, 7 pages)


Practice nurses delivering immunisation programmes are recommended to complete the Immunisation Foundation Programme available on HSELanD.

Other HSELanD modules:

  • Medication management module
  • HPV immunisation module
  • Flu vaccination

Visit HSELand to access these modules.

Contact your PDCPN for information about immunisation training


Guidelines for vaccinating in general practice (PDF, 56pages, 1.4MB)

National Immunisation Office - information for healthcare professionals

Hand hygiene and infection prevention

There are national standards for the prevention and control of healthcare associated infections. It is recommended that all healthcare professionals are fully informed on how to follow these standards.


National Hand Hygiene 'How-to' Guide (PDF, 683KB, 20 pages)

National Standards for infection prevention and control in community services (

Health Care Associated Infection and Antimicrobial Resistance

eLearning for nurses and midwives

HSELanD is the HSE's online learning portal, providing over 170 learning programmes for nurses and midwives.

The Office of the Nursing and Midwifery Services Directory (ONMSD) have a dedicated nursing and midwifery hub providing online programmes and access to a digital professional development plan (PDP)

CPD for nurses and midwives

As a nurse or midwife, you can improve your knowledge, skills and competence through continuing professional development (CPD).

The Office of the Nursing & Midwifery Services Director (ONMSD) provides options and resources to help you with your CPD.

Find programmes to meet your:

  • short-term goals, such as maintaining your practice or meeting your professional requirements
  • long-term goals, such as furthering your career or changing career direction

Children First

All registered nurses and midwives must complete the Children First training. This is available on HSELand.


Venepuncture is a core skill for practice nurses. There are courses available on HSELand and INMO Professional.


Guiding Framework for the Education, Training and Competence Validation in Venepuncture and Peripheral Intravenous Cannulation (PDF, 9.5MB, 204 pages)

Recommended training resources

The National Healthy Childhood and Nurture Programmes

Many general practices provide free care to children under 6.

The National Healthy Childhood Programme focuses on developing and delivering:

Universal Child Health services - 0 to 2 year olds
Nurture programme - the first 3 years of childhood

Best practice in child care training modules are available on HSELanD.

These modules include:

  • Growth monitoring in children
  • Nutrition
  • Breastfeeding
  • Child safety


My Pregnancy Book (PDF, 7.8MB, 228 pages)

My Child: 0-2 years (PDF, 8.1MB, 228 pages)

My Child: 2-5 years (PDF, 8MB, 148 pages)

Registered nurse prescriber (RNP)

Practice nurses can undertake the medicinal product educational module. This registration will enhance clinical practice and the management of chronic conditions. The PDCPN supports practice nurse candidates as the prescribing site co-coordinator.

See: NMBI prescriptive authority: practice standards and guidelines

National cancer screening programmes

Practice nurses should be familiar with all cancer screening programmes.

These include:


Cancer education programme for registered nurses

National Prostate Cancer GP Referral Guideline (PDF, 1MB, 8 pages)

Chronic conditions management and support

Providers offering long-term conditions-management training modules:

Contact your PDCPN for more information


Advanced practice roles

Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS)

There is no division on the register with NMBI for CNS. If you want to become a CNS contact your PDCPN for more information.

Advance Nurse Practitioner (ANP)

To become an ANP you must successfully complete a level 9 advanced practice module. You will then be eligible to make an application for registration as an Advanced Nurse Practitioner (ANP).

Contact your PDCPN for advice and support

See: NMBI - Advanced Practice registration

Practice nursing professional development coordinator (PDCPN)

You can contact your local practice nursing professional development coordinator (PDCPN) for guidance and direction as a practice nurse.

The PDCPN can also help you with continuing professional development (CPD) and role development.

Donegal, Sligo, Leitrim, Cavan, Monaghan (CHO 1)

Kathy Taaffe

Phone: 087 132 1424 / 074 918 9014

Galway, Mayo, Roscommon (CHO 2)

Kathy McSharry

Phone: 094 904 2164 / 087 120 6184

Clare, Limerick, North Tipperary/East Limerick (CHO 3)

There is currently no PDCPN in this area.

Practice nurses can contact a PDCPN from any other area for advice.

Kerry, Cork, North Lee, South Lee and West Cork (CHO 4)

Marie Courtney

Phone: 021 492 7468 / 086 787 2408

South Tipperary, Carlow, Kilkenny, Waterford and Wexford (CHO 5)

Patricia McQuillan

Phone: 056 778 5613

Wicklow, Dun Laoghaire, Dublin South-East (CHO 6)

There is currently no PDCPN in this area.

Practice nurses can contact a PDCPN from any other area for advice.

Kildare, West Wicklow, Dublin West, Dublin South City, Dublin South-West (CHO 7)

Rita Lawlor

Phone: 01 460 9686 / 086 383 7432

Laois, Offaly, Longford, Westmeath, Louth, Meath (CHO 8)

There is currently no practice nursing professional development coordinator in this area.

Dublin North, Dublin North Central, Dublin North West (CHO 9)

Rhonda Forsythe

Phone: 01 890 8740 / 087 219 8098

Page last reviewed: 20/11/2020
Next review due: 20/11/2023