Nursing & Midwife Prescribing

Ulster University - Belfast

Nursing & Midwife Prescribing

For registered nurses who need to prescribe in their nursing role, this programme will equip you with the knowledge, skills, attitudes, and competencies to meaningfully contribute to patient care in a safe and professional manner.

You will develop the knowledge and skills to:

• Demonstrate understanding of the legislation regulating nurse prescribing

• Review the implications for your professional practice of undertaking the extended roles of prescribing and practice within a framework of professional accountability and responsibility

• Use diagnostic reasoning skills on the data acquired from history and health assessment to achieve appropriate diagnoses

• Apply knowledge of pharmacology in prescribing appropriate drugs to achieve defined health outcomes

You will be prepared to:

• Prescribe safely, appropriately, and cost-effectively within administrative arrangements

• Evaluate and document the effectiveness of drug therapy

• Empower patients/clients, their carers and families through education for safe and effective self-management of drug therapy

• Apply knowledge of pharmaco-therapeutics, legal and ethical issues, and health assessment to the practice of person-centred prescribing

Work placement / study abroad

Students will complete a minimum of 90 hours in clinical practice and evidence how they have achieved the competencies within the Nurse-Midwife Prescribing Practice Assessment Document (NMP PAD).

For further course details please see "Course Web Page".

Entry requirements

Standard entry conditions

To apply to our postgraduate taught programmes, you must meet the University’s General Entrance Requirements and any course-specific requirements.

Applicants must satisfy the University’s general entry requirements and specific requirements for the course are detailed here with further conditions of application available on pre-course information available from the HEI

i) a pre-registration degree in Nursing or Midwifery, a post-registration degree in Nursing, Midwifery or Health Studies/Sciences or an Honours or non-Honours degree in another relevant subject area from a University of the United Kingdom or the Republic of Ireland, from the Council for National Academic Awards, the National Council for Educational Awards, the Higher Education and Training Awards Council or from an institution of another country which is recognised as being of an equivalent standard; or

(ii) An equivalent standard in a Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma or an approved alternative qualification; and provide evidence of the skills for evidence-based practice;

Applicants must also

1) Hold current registration with the NMC either as a registered nurse (level 1), a registered midwife or Specialist Community Public Health Nurse (SCPHN) with a minimum of one year's experience in the area in which they intend to prescribe

2) Be employed or self-employed (including NHS and non-NHS settings) as a registered nurse/midwife and also provide confirmation that the necessary governance structures are in place, in the student's employment (including clinical support, access to protected learning time and employer support where appropriate) to enable students to undertake, and be adequately supported throughout, the programme.

Application dates

Your Application

Application is through the University's online application system (see "Application Weblink").

More details
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  • Qualifications

    Postgraduate Certificate at UK Level 7

  • Attendance type

    Part time

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