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Syringe Driver Competency Training

Welcome to the HNZ Syringe Driver

Competency Training Programme

The aim of the programme is to assist Registered Nurses to obtain the theoretical and practical knowledge and skills they require to manage syringe drivers in their place of practice and for enrolled nurses to be competent in checking syringe drivers.

Syringe Drive Full Competency Workshop

This education is being delivered in a two-step process:

  • Online – Theory and Assessment………2hrs
  • In-person – Practical Assessment……1.5 hrs

Step One: You will complete a 2-hour online module through PalEd. This is an online learning tool that is available to staff in care facilities and community-based providers. The online training consists of 6 modules of theory with short quizzes at the end of each module. You will then complete a theory assessment where you need to achieve a pass mark of 80% and a drug calculations assessment where you need to achieve a pass mark of 100%.

To register for a username and password please CLICK HERE to sign up.

Please note: We recommend using a device with a Windows operating system. Some people have reported issues while using Apple devices.

Any new registrations are approved from Monday – Thursday only.

Hospice Waikato has developed an online learning package called PalEd. If you are a registered or enrolled nurse employed within the Lake Taupō region you can enrol to complete the Syringe Driver Competency Programme online. This programme is endorsed by Hospice New Zealand and will take around 2 hours to complete.

Step Two: Once you have passed the online theory and assessment you will be required to book with Lake Taupō Hospice for a 1.5 hr practical assessment session, these are held on-site at Izard Hospice House (see dates below).

  • Thursday 7 July 2022 – 9am -11am
  • Thursday 1 September 2022 – 9am – 11am
  • Thursday 3 November 2022 – 9am – 11am

To book into these sessions please email:

Please note: The practical assessment session needs to be booked within three months of completing the online modules. You will only be able to book into the practical session once the online modules have been completed and you have passed the assessments.

Step Three: A certificate will be issued once you have completed both the Online Theory and Assessment and the In-person Practical Assessment (a total of 3.5hrs of training).

Frequently Asked Questions

How often do I need to complete the Syringe Driver training?

  • For regular users, we recommend completing the online training and workshops every two years.
  • For infrequent users, we recommend completing the online training every two years and completing the workshop annually.

How can I redo my online training?

Unfortunately, you will need to create a new PalED account in order to redo your online training. If you would like to use the same email address used for your current PalED account, please contact Waikato Hospice (, (07) 859 3836) to close your account so that you can sign up using your email address again.