Continuing education and training for practice nurses is informed by the healthcare needs of the practice population you work in. This is agreed in partnership with the GP.
The professional development coordinators for practice nursing (PDCPNs) can provide you with support and advice on educational programmes.
Contact your local PDCPN
Essential education and training
Basic Life Support (BLS) Provider
The BLS Provider programme is recommended every 2 years for all healthcare professionals. This 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.
Anaphylaxis: Treatment in the community (PDF, 55KB, 7 pages)
Practice nurses involved in the delivery of immunisation programmes are recommended to complete the Immunisation Foundation Programme available at 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 (HIQA.ie)
Health Care Associated Infection and Antimicrobial Resistance
It is essential that all registered nurses and midwives 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 the development and the delivery of the universal child health services provided to 0 to 2 year olds and the Nurture Programme focus is on the first 3 years or 1,000 days of childhood.
There are education modules available to support practice nurses in delivering this best practice care to children on HSELanD.
These modules are currently available:
- Growth monitoring in children
- 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)
Long-term conditions management
Training and education available to practice nurses on long-term conditions varies nationally.
Contact your PDCPN for more information.
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.
NMBI prescriptive authority: practice standards and guidelines
National Cancer Screening Programmes
Practice nurses should to be familiar with all cancer screening programmes, including:
National Cancer Control Programme - Healthcare Professional Information
National Prostate Cancer GP Referral Guideline (PDF, 1MB, 8 pages)
Chronic conditions management and support
General practice provides screening, diagnosis, ongoing care and self management support to people living with chronic conditions.
Education and training and resources are available to practice nurses on the management of chronic conditions.
These providers also offer long-term conditions management modules:
Contact your PDCPN for more information
Self management support for chronic conditions
Making Every Contact Count
HSE National Wound Management Guidelines (PDF, 4.4MB, 366 pages)
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
NMBI - Advanced Practice registration