The module, which consists of 24 taught hours (four days), 26 reading hours and approximately 50 clinical hours includes a critical discussion on medicines assessment and chronic disease management, exploring and analysing the concepts of nurse prescribing in professional practice, with application of pharmacology, therapeutics, legal, socio-economic and social issues.
To be considered for entry you must:
- Must be a registered first level nurse with a Community Specialist Practice/ Specialist Community Public Health nurse qualification.
- Must be deemed competent by, and have the support of, the employer to undertake the programme.
- Must have a mentor/facilitator who is a qualified nurse prescriber
- Must provide evidence of the ability to study at level 3
Theoretical assessment (50%)
a) 10 numeracy questions (1 hour) which must all be correctly answered (pass mark 100%). Calculators may be taken in to the examination.
b) Written examination (2 hours) consisting of 20 short answer questions (pass mark 90%) to test pharmacological knowledge and two scenario questions to test understanding of ethical issues, legal issues, team-working, record keeping and prescription-writing (pass mark 40%). BNFs and calculators may be taken in to the examination.
Practice assessment (50%)
The attainment of two skills which demonstrate the use of the principles of safe prescribing utilising one patient/client contact for each skill.
a) A presentation to the PT of a case scenario which demonstrates safe prescribing practice
b) The submission of a concise portfolio which demonstrates the application of the learning outcomes in practice.
All components must be passed