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Prescription of Medication & Ionising Radiation

This education programme for prescriptive authority contains the essential elements that facilitate the development of professional knowledge, skills, attitudes and competencies necessary to meet the needs of patients and service users within the area of practice expansion (An Bord Altranais, 2007). We now have 3 programmes developed to meet the needs of nurses wishing to prescribe Ionising Radiation for Adults, Children, or both Adults and Children. This education programme is recognised at level 8 on the National Qualification Authority of Ireland (NQAI) framework.

This programme is aimed at registered nurses who wish to become a nurse prescriber in medication & ionising radiation (X-Ray) in his/her area of specialist practice be it Adult, Children, or both Adult and Children.

This programme aims to provide you with strong theoretical and clinical foundation in prescribing practice. This programme will develop your professional knowledge base, practical skills and understanding of prescribing practice by providing you with a learning programme that will facilitate the achievement of the competencies for prescribing as outlined by the Nursing and Midwifery Board Ireland (NMBI). The development and implementation of the education programme for Nurse and Midwifery prescribing has occurred through collaboration between the HSE, Schools of Nursing, Midwifery & Health Systems, Medicine and the department of Pharmacology within UCD.

The purpose of this programme is to ensure that you have the knowledge, skills and competencies to prescribe safely and effectively on completion of the programme. The programme builds on your lifelong learning skills and understanding of the relevant regulatory documents and legislation. You will also develop skills in reflective practice, audit and monitoring.

How will I benefit?
Successful completion of this programme enables graduates to apply for registration as a Registered Nurse Prescriber with the Nursing and Midwifery Board Ireland (NMBI).

Information technology

It is essential that you have access to a personal computer, an email account and a reliable internet connection as communication with students is primarily undertaken by email. Lecture handouts/announcements are made available to students via Blackboard (a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) that supports online learning and teaching) and/or via email. Messages from the university regarding examination policy and procedures are also sent via email.

Entry requirements

•Be registered as a nurse on the live register with NMBI

•For X694 be registered on the Childrens division of the NMBI register or if working as a Neonatal Nurse must have the appropriate Neonatal qualification

•For X696 be registered on the General division of the NMBI register

•Be currently employed as a nurse

•For X696 the programme will require 5o% of the clinical assessment with Adults and 50% with Children.

In addition to the above applicants must 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

•Possession of competencies recognized at level 8 of the QQI framework

•Signed Site Declaration Form

•Nomination and confirmation of a designated medical practitioner mentor

•Support from employer to undertake programme

•Demonstration of continuous professional development and the ability to study at level 8

•Possess IT competencies

•Provided documented support of a designated clinical supervisor as agreed by the Local Implementation Group

•Signed declaration form by the Director of Nursing, Clinical Supervisor and Head of Radiology (Consultant Radiologist)


Major Code: X694 (Children)
Major Code: X696 (Adults and Children)

Duration: 1 semester part-time

Further enquiries

General Enquiries:
Tony Kynes
Executive Assistant
B105, UCD Health Sciences Centre
+353 1 716 6490

Academic Enquiries:
Aine McHugh
B3.09, UCD Health Sciences Centre
+353 1 716 6433

Subjects taught

The programme is run in collaboration with the Schools of Nursing, Midwifery & Health Systems, School of Biology and Biological Sciences and with the Diagnostic Imaging staff of the UCD School of Medicine and Medical Science. The core modules incorporate the syllabus/indicative content of the education programme identified by An Bord Altranais (2007).

The programme takes place over one semester
The programme is comprised of four modules as outlined below along with a 26 week clinical component:

•Health Assessment
•Holistic Approaches to Prescribing
•Context of Pracitice: Prescribing
•Prescribing Ionising Radiation

Application date

Closing Date: November 2017

Documents to be submitted with your application

•Certificates of nursing qualifications or validated copies of awards

•Original transcript(s) including date and grading of degree award (non UCD Graduates only) & notarised English translations where relevant

•A current photocopy of NMBI registration

•Copy of Birth Certificate or Personal Page of Passport

•Sealed envelope with the Professional Reference Form (original form)

•Evidence of proficiency in English language (applicants whose first language is not English)

•Signed by the Director of Nursing, Clinical Supervisor and Head of Radiology (Consultant Radiologist)

•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.

Enrolment and start dates

Next Intake: January 2018

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