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Prescription of Ionising Radiation - X-Ray

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 Board Altranais, 2007).

We now have 3 programmes developed to meet the needs of nurses wishing to prescribe Ionising Radiation for Adults, Children, or both Adult and Children. This education programme is recognised at level 8 on the National Qualification Authority of Ireland (NQAI) framework.

It is designed to develop the professional knowledge base, practical skills and understanding of prescribing by providing nurses and midwives undertaking the programme with a structured learning programme that will facilitate the achievement of the competencies outlined by the Nursing and Midwifery Board Ireland (NMBI) in the Requirement and Standards for Nurse Education for Authority to Prescribe Ionising Radiation (X-Ray).

This programme is aimed at registered nurses who wish to become a nurse prescriber in ionising radiation (X-Ray) in his/her area of specialist practice and who have already completed a module in Health Assessment.

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 prescribe X-Rays in accordance with the Scope of Practice/list of X-ray examinations outlined in the module.

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.

The programme is run in collaboration with the Schools of Nursing, Midwifery & Health Systems and with the Diagnostic Imaging staff of the UCD School of Medicine.

Curriculum
The programme takes place over one semester. The programme is comprised of one module which comprises of theoretical and clinical elements. The clinical component runs over 26 weeks.

Entry requirements

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

•For X679 be registered on the Childrens division of the NMBI register or if working as a Neonatal Nurse must have the appropriate Neonatal Nurse qualification

•For X681 must be registered on the General NMBI register

•Currently employed as a nurse

•Have successfully completed a module in Health Assessment

•Have a minimum of 3 years post-registration clinical experience in the area in which prescribing is proposed

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

•Nomination and confirmation of a designated medical practitioner mentor

•Letter of recommendation from Line Manager

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

•Confirm his/her intention to practice as a nurse with authority to prescribe ionizing radiation (X-Ray) in the area of identified clinical need

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

•Applicants to X681 will be required to complete 50% of the clinical assessment with Adults and 50% with children.

Duration

Major Code: X706 (Adults)

1 semester part-time

Further enquiries

General Enquiries:
Tony Kynes
Executive Assistant
B105, UCD Health Sciences Centre
+353 1 716 6490
t.kynes@ucd.ie

Academic Enquiries:
Aine McHugh
Lecturer
B309, UCD Health Sciences Centre
+353 1 716 6433
Aine.McHugh@ucd.ie

Application date

Closing Date: November 2017

•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)

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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