Full Title:Fundamentals of Prescribing for Nurses and Midwives
Language of Instruction:English
Module Code:56999
Credits: 7.5
Valid From:Semester 2 - 2019/20 ( February 2020 )
Module Delivered in 1 programme(s)
Module Description:This module prepares nurses and midwives for their prescribing role by exposing them to the process of prescribing, the legal framework underpinning prescribing and the practice standards they will adhere to when they become registered prescribers.
Learning Outcomes:
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to
  1. Evaluate the professional regulations and guidelines underpinning the safe prescribing of medicinal preparations including medication error and near miss.
  2. Discuss professional accountability and responsibility as it pertains to the principles of the prescribing process and medication management.
  3. Discuss prescribing policies in the context of the wider health system with a particular emphasis on cost – benefit analyses and the principles of pharmaco-economics.
  4. Show understanding of the legislation for nursing/midwifery prescribing and medication management.
  5. Demonstrate understanding of legal liability and clinical indemnity for prescribing in the context of the expanded nurse/midwife role.
  6. Discuss the relevant ethical principles which guide prescribing practice.
  7. Discuss the importance of documentation/record keeping with regard to medication management and prescribing.
  8. Complete a draft of their collaborative practice agreement.

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Introduction to the core discipline of Nurse and Midwife Prescribing
• Review of professional regulations and guidelines • Accountability and responsibility for prescribing practice • Critical review skills and self auditing • Utilising the Prescribing Data base • Risk management in medication management • Public Health issues for prescribing • Evidence-based practice and clinical governance in relation to prescribing • Legislation for nursing/midwifery practice and medication management • Legal liability and clinical indemnity for prescribing in the context of the expanded nurse/midwife role • Informed consent of patient / client for treatment • Awareness and reporting fraud • Budgetary considerations • Licensing of medicinal products • Documentation requirements of prescribing • Influence on and psychology of prescribing • Steps of prescribing process • Consultation skills • Patient/ client education and preventative healthcare advice • Decision making framework for Nurse and Midwife prescribing • Practice standards for Nurses and Midwives with Prescriptive Authority • Development of collaborative practice agreement
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work100.00%

Part Time

Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Marks Out Of Pass Marks Assessment Date Duration
Other Students will present a case study relevant to their area of practice with a reflective section utilsing a reflective model and have a draft of their collaborative practice agreement as an appendix 1,2,3,4,5,7,8 80.00 100 50 Week 14 0
Short Answer Questions An etivity related to a theme relevant to the module 1,2,4,5,6,7 15.00 100 50 Week 6 0
Other Online discussion 1,2,3,4,5,6,7 5.00 100 50 n/a 0
No Project
No Practical
No End of Module Formal Examination
Reassessment Requirement
No repeat examination
Reassessment of this module will be offered solely on the basis of coursework and a repeat examination will not be offered.

DKIT reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload & Resources

This course has no Full Time workload.
Workload: Part Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture No Description 1.00 Every Second Week 0.50
Online Learning (non contact) No Description 2.00 Every Second Week 1.00
Directed Reading No Description 50.00 Once per semester 3.33
Independent Study No Description 92.00 Once per semester 6.13
Total Weekly Learner Workload 10.97
Total Weekly Contact Hours 0.50
Recommended Book Resources
  • Dilyse Nuttall (Editor), Jane Rutt-Howard (Editor) 2015, The Textbook of Non-Medical Prescribing, 2nd Ed., Wiley UK
Recommended Article/Paper Resources
Other Resources

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
1365 Certificate in Nursing/Midwifery Medicinal Product Prescribing 1 Mandatory