The Professional Diploma Prescription of Medication prepares the nurse or midwife for registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland (NMBI) as a Registered Nurse Prescriber (RNP) or a Registered Midwife Prescriber (RMP). This is a 20 ECTS* credit, level 8 NFQ** special purpose award. Candidates registering to this programme must have sucessfully completed a level 8 NFQ Health Assessment module.
This programme provides the nurse or midwife with the requisite knowledge, skill and competence to prescribe medicines safely and effectively in accordance with legal and professional regulatory frameworks and standards. It is delivered in collaboration with lecturers from the Department of Pharmacology, UCD School of Medicine.
The Office of the Nursing and Midwifery Services Director HSE funds all registered nurses and midwives employed in the HSE to undertake this education programme.
* ECTS - European Credit Transfer System ** NFQ - National Framework of Qualifications
This programme is for any nurse or midwife who feels the extention of the authority to prescribe will enhance their role and improve the quality and standard of patient care. This extened role must be discussed and approved in advance with your Director of Nursing/Midwifery/Public Health.
This programme is for any General, Psychiatric, Children's, Intellectual Disability Registered Nurse or Midwife or Registered Public Helath Nurse, who has three years post registration clinical experience (within the past five years) with the equivalent of one year full time experience in the specific area of practice in which they wish to prescribe.
At the end of the programme the candidate will be able to:
The programme commences in January and runs over two trimesters. It is comprised of three modules:
January - May (Trimester 2 - Spring)
January - End of July (Trimester 2 & 3 - Spring/Summer)
All modules use a blended approach to teaching and learning. This blended approach offers greater flexibility and choice about when, where and how you want to learn. Blended learning requires a high level of personal motivation, self-discipline and an aptitude for self-directed learning. Brightspace (a web-based virtual learning environment) is used extensively. Access to broadband and proficiency in computer skills are essential.
All classroom teaching is delivered on UCD Belfield campus and is scheduled on a Wednesday. Candidates received no less than 28 days (168 hours) theoretical instruction (to include self-directed study and exams).
The clinical component runs over a minimium 26 week period. Candidates receive no less than 12 days (96 hours) of clinical instruction under the supervision of a named medical practitioner. All candidates must be working in the area where the clinical practicum will occur for the duration of the programme. Discretionary practice placements may be selected based upon individual student identified needs.
You must submit the following documents:
Applications are made online through UCD Applications. Applicants may be required to undertake an interview (either face-to-face or via telecommunication) as part of the admission process.
Please note that all applicants are required to pay a €50 application fee. Your application cannot be processed fully unless the application fee has been paid.
Employees of Health Services Executive Voluntary and Statutory Services
The Office of the Nursing and Midwifery Services Director HSE funds all registered nurses employed in the HSE to undertake this education programme. Applicants are required to pay the 50 euro application fee.
All Other Applicants
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