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Certificate in Nursing / Midwifery Medicinal Product Prescribing

Course Points
30
Course Duration
2 Semesters
Course Level
Level 8
Course Places
10 Places
Course Start Date
January 2021

One great reason to consider this course

  • This course is of particular interested to Registered Nurses and Midwives who wish to expand their role to include nurse/midwifery prescribing.

Course Summary

This programme allows nurses and midwives to expand their role to include nursing/midwifery prescribing. In addition, nurse and midwife prescribing is a requirement of the HSE for educational programmes for Advanced Nurse and Midwife Practitioners.

The aim of the nursing/midwifery Medicinal product prescribing programme is to enable the experienced registered nurse/midwife to develop knowledge and skills as a prescriber in physical and psychosocial assessment and in the prescription of medication and to integrate this knowledge in their practice.

This programme was developed in consultation with our clinical partners and has the potential to be incorporated as an elective option in taught MSc in Nursing and Midwifery programmes.

The aim of the nursing/midwifery medicinal prescribing programme is to enable the experienced registered nurse/midwife to develop knowledge and skills as a prescriber in physical and psychosocial assessment and in the prescription of medication and to integrate this knowledge in their practice

This course will be delivered over two semesters with face to face lectures and online/blended learning content.

This programme was developed in consultation with our clinical partners and has the potential to be incorporated as an elective option in taught MSc in Nursing and Midwifery programmes.

  • Be registered as either RGN, or RPN, or RCN, or RNID, or RM or RPHN on the live register maintained by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland (NMBI)
  • Currently employed as a nurse or midwife in a clinical area where a robust clinical governance structure is in place to support nurse/midwife prescribers
  • Have a minimum of 3 years post-registration clinical experience (within the past 5 years) with at least one year in the area in which prescribing is proposed.
  • Provide evidence of Continuing Professional Development and the ability to study at Level 8
  • Signed Site Declaration Form
  • Nomination and confirmation of a designated medical practitioner mentor.
  • Applicants may be interviewed.
  • Due to the blended learning delivery within this course students should have access to a PC /Mac, a headset with a mic, and a broadband internet connection from home, so as to be able to fully participate in the course.
  • Basic IT skills essential

For the duration of the programme, the candidate must have direct involvement in the particular speciality in which the nurse/midwife will be practising and prescribing. Clinical competence is assessed throughout the programme.

Supervision of clinical practice is negotiated with relevant health professionals on an individual basis for each candidate. The Department of Nursing, Midwifery and Early Years require that students submit written confirmation of support from their Director of Nursing/Midwifery and Medical Mentor through the Site Declaration Form. Each clinical site, which agrees to facilitate the student undertaking this programme, will be required to complete a clinical site audit, in advance of the student being accepted onto the programme.

Students must also complete the continual professional development form prior to being accepted onto the programme. This should clearly state that the student will be engaged in appropriate clinical practice for the duration of the programme.

The Department of Nursing, Midwifery and Early Years also requires that students submit written confirmation of the availability of clinical supervision for the duration of the programme. This clinical supervision is provided by medical consultants/ practitioners. The Programme Director will work closely with medical colleagues in order to ensure the optimum learning experiences for students, in order to ensure that
the clinical environment provides the conditions for the development of nurse and midwife prescribing practice.

All information regarding the programme content, delivery, and assessment will be provided to the Mentor. The Mentor will also be made aware of their requirements and responsibilities of the role.

The clinical element is a must pass element and failure to pass this element of the programme means a student cannot pass the programme and cannot be eligible to register as a nurse or midwife prescriber with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland.

This course is of particular interested to Registered Nurses and Midwives who wish to expand their role to include nurse/midwifery prescribing.

Dr. Geraldine O’Connor (Head of Section (Part time courses), School of Health and Science)
Phone: +353 42 9370200 Ext 2736
Email: geraldine.oconnor@dkit.ie

Course ID TBC
Level 8
Duration 2 Semesters
Credits 30
Places 10
School School of Health & Science
Department Nursing, Midwifery and Early Years
Awarding Body Dundalk Institute of Technology
Fees To be confirmed.
Starting Date January 2021
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