The University Certificate 'Prescription of Medication and Ionising Radiation (X-Ray)' prepares the nurse for registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Irelands (NMBI) medicines prescribing register as a Registered Nurse Prescriber (RNP) . It also prepares the nurse to prescribe ionising radiation (x-ray). Candidates can choose from three ionising radiation (x-ray) module options: Adults or Child or Adult and Child. This is a 40 ECTS* credit, level 8 NFQ** minor award.
This programme provides the registered nurse with the requisite knowledge, skill and competence to prescribe 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 and the Department of Radiography & Diagnostic Imaging, UCD School of Medicine.
The Office of the Nursing and Midwifery Services Director HSE funds all registered nurses 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 registered in the General Nurse Division of the Register with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland (NMBI) 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. Registered Childrens's Nurses may undertake the childrens programmes.
It is recommended that candidates have 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 this programme the candidate will be able to:
Prescription of Medication
Prescription of Ionising Radiation X-Ray
This programme commences in September and runs over three trimesters. It is comprised of five modules:
September - December (Trimester 1 - Autumn)
January - May (Trimester 2 - Spring)
January - End of July (Trimester 2 & 3 - Spring/Summer)
* Advanced Health Assessment is NFQ Level 9
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.
Prescription of Ionising Radiation (X-Ray)
This one module is comprised of both theoretical and clinical components.
Prescription of Medication
The prescription of medication is comprised of four theoretical modules and one clinical module.
Validated copies of Certificate/Diploma/Degree awards in Nursing
Original transcript(s) including date and grading of degree award (non UCD Graduates only) & notarised English translations where relevant
A current photocopy of your NMBI registration
A copy of your birth certificate or personal page of current passport
Evidence of proficiency in English language (applicants whose first language is not English)
Site Declaration Form Prescribing of Ionising Radiation signed by the Director of Nursing, Clinical Supervisor and Head of Radiology (Consultant Radiologist).
Site Declaration Form Prescribing of Medication signed by the Director of Nursing/Midwifery and Medical Mentor (Prescribing).
Clinical Site Audit Tool Prescribing of Ionising Radiation signed by the Director of Nursing and Chair of Local implementation Group.
Clinical Site Audit Tool Prescribing of Medication signed by the Director of Nursing/Midwifery and Medical Mentor (Prescribing).
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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