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Anaesthesia/Recovery Room Care for Nurses and Midwives

Key Facts

Course Code: DPWNM-ARRN-1M03

To register your interest please contact Postgraduate Course Team,, T: +353 1 896 3021

Award: Award is 10 ECTS at NFQ Level 8
The module is approved as a Supplemental Award by the NMBI

Duration: 12 Weeks

Next Intake: September 2018

Applications will be opened from 13th July 2018 to 3rd August 2018

Location: Classes will be delivered in the College of Anaesthetists Ireland, 22 Merrion Square N, Dublin 2.

Fees: Further information on course fees can be found at Academic Registry.


The foundation module in anaesthesia/recovery room care for nurses and midwives will commence in Septermber 2018. The module has been developed collaboratively by School of Nursing and Midwifery TCD, the College of Anaesthetists Ireland and the National Clinical Programme for Anaesthesia.

Structure & Delivery

The module will be delivered three times a year. The module will start in September, January and March/April each year. Each intake requires compulsory attendance at two study days, one day in the classroom and one day attending practical workshops.

Additional course material is available online.

The course assessment has three components:

1. 100% attendance at both study days
2. Submission of a written case study (1,500 words)
3. Submission of a continuous assessment of practice document

Course Content

NU9001 Foundation Module for Anaesthesia/Recovery Room Nursing for Nurses/Midwives (10 ECTS)

The course content will be covered in ten units including:

  • Types and Principles of Anaesthesia
  • Preparation of the Environment
  • Preparation of the Patient for Theatre
  • Circulation & Haemodynamic Monitoring
  • Airway Management and Intubation
  • Positioning of the Patient
  • Postoperative Patient Care
  • Anaesthesia for Specific Conditions
  • Anaesthesia for Surgical Specialty
  • Anaesthesia for Outlying Areas

Entry Requirement

The criteria for admission are:

  • current registration on the live register held by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland
  • currently working in anaesthesia/recovery room
  • HSE employees require a letter of support from the Director of Nursing/Midwifery confirming support to attend and the availability of a clinical mentor in practice

Documentation required to complete application

  • copy of current NMBI registration
  • letter from the Director of Nursing/Midwifery confirming support to attend and the availability of a clinical mentor in practice


HSE employees accepted onto the module will not normally be required to pay tuition fees. Trinity College Dublin will seek payment directly from the HSE on behalf of eligible applicants. Tuition Fees for Non-HSE applicants are €1000. Please note: priority will be given to HSE employees.

FAQs re Level 8 foundation programme for anaesthesia/recovery room care




How do I apply?
Online application system [insert link]
To complete your application correctly please read our guidance document on: 
Anaesthesia/Recovery Room Care for Nurses and Midwives Application Guidance Notes


What is the closing date?

Please see Key Facts for closing date


How many places are there? [50]


When the places are full, is there a waiting list? [yes]


When the places are full, am I automatically offered a place on the next scheduled course? No, you need to re-apply for the next course

Applications – entry requirements

What are the entry requirements?
1. NMBI registration
2. Letter from DON/M confirming employment in HSE, eligible for funding, will be released to do the course, working in anaesthesia/recovery room and availability of a clinical mentor

Applications- supporting documents

What supporting documents are needed to support my application?
NMBI registration certificate and letter from DON/M


Is the course funded?
Yes, if you are a HSE employee
If you work in a private hospital you will have to negotiate funding directly with your employer.


Who do I contact to arrange funding?


If I am funded by the HSE, how are the fees paid by the HSE to TCD?
TCD will invoice the HSE once you have been offered a place


If I am not funded by the HSE, how do I pay the fees to TCD?
Your financial services department can pay the fee online for you or you can pay using your credit card


What are the course contents; what subjects are covered?
See course content

Structure, duration, time commitment

What are the details of duration, structure – what dates do I need to apply for study days? How many days do I have to attend classes? Where do I have to attend classes? See Key Facts
100% attendance is required. There are two study days one theoretical and one practical.

Structure, duration, time commitment – clinical hours

In terms of staff experience and exposure to clinical experiences as part of the course, will rotation to specific theatre suites to participate in specific anaesthetic procedures be required? If you have concerns completing your clinical competencies this can be discussed with the course co-ordinator.

Structure, duration, time commitment – clinical mentors

What are the requirements to be a mentor?
A Mentor is identified as:

  • A Nurse/ Midwife working in anaesthesia/recovery room care, who has completed a Preceptor Course and an accredited Perioperative Programme; and will take responsibility to complete the Clinical Skills Assessment and Competency Achievement Record.
  • A Perioperative Clinical Nurse/Midwife Manager who will take responsibility to complete the Clinical Skills Assessment and Competency Achievement Record.
  • A nominated Consultant Anaesthetist can complete Clinical
    Skills competency Assessment, in collaboration with either of the above, who have taken responsibility to complete the Competency Achievement Record.

Photographs from study day for the September intake