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Certificate in Nursing (Nurse/Midwife Prescribing)

Course Details

Award: Postgraduate

Qualification: NFQ Level 8

Faculty: Education and Health Sciences

Course Type: Taught Professional/Flexible

Fees: For Information on Fees, see section below.


Dr Liz Kingston
Department of Nursing and Midwifery, University of Limerick

Brief Description

The purpose of this education programme for prescriptive authority is to ensure that upon successful completion the nurse/midwife is equipped with the knowledge, skills and competence to prescribe safely and effectively.

Applications for this programme will open in the autumn.  For more information https://www.ul.ie/nm/course/certificate-nursing-nursemidwife-prescribing 

The overall aim of the programme is to develop the nurse/midwives’ professional knowledge and understanding of the professional role within nurse/midwife prescribing.  It aims to develop a nurse/midwife who is competent in medication management within the expanded role of the nurse/midwife. This includes prescribing within the statutory, professional and interdisciplinary framework and achievement of the required learning outcomes and competencies for prescriptive authority as laid out by the Nursing & Midwifery Board of Ireland (NMBI)

Programme Content (Semester by semester):

Semester 1

NS5251 Professional, Ethical, Legal and Interpersonal Dimensions to Nurse/Midwife Prescribing

NS5261 Drug Action and Prescribing

NS5271 Systematic Assessment and Evaluation in Patient Care

NS5281 Clinical Practicum in Nurse/Midwife Prescribing 1

Semester 2

NS5282 Clinical Practicum in Nurse/Midwife Prescribing 2

Entry Requirements:

1              Registration as nurse or midwife on the live register of the Nursing & Midwifery Board of Ireland.

2              Minimum of 3 years post-registration clinical experience (the required clinical practice experience must have been gained within the past 5 years with at least one year in the area in which prescribing is proposed and excludes time spent undertaking further post registration programmes).

3              Possession of competencies recognised at Level 8 of the NQAI framework.

4              Demonstration of continuous professional development and ability to study at Level 8.

5              Support from employer and completed Site Declaration Form, signed by the Director of Nursing/Midwifery/Public Health

6              Nomination and confirmation of a designated medical practitioner mentor (completed site declaration form signed by the Medical Practitioner / Mentor) who will provide the student with supervision support and opportunities including shadowing opportunities during the period of the programme.

Fees: €3,000