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Nurse and midwife medicinal product prescribing

The Office of Nursing and Midwifery Services Director (ONMSD) is responsible for leading the national implementation of nurse and midwife medicinal product prescribing in Ireland.

The Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland (NMBI) provides professional regulation for registered nurse/midwife prescribers (RN/MPs).

The prescribing of medicinal products is an expanded role following successful completion of an approved education programme and registering with the NMBI as a registered RN/MP (See how to register in resources section below).

RN/MPs must adhere to:

  • legislation
  • professional regulation
  • National and Local Health Service Provider Policies, Procedures, Protocols and Guidelines (PPPGs)
  • Each RN/MP is responsible for keeping up-to-date with advances in medicinal product prescribing


Publications to support nurse and midwife medicinal product prescribing:

Programme sponsorship

The Certificate in Nursing/Professional Diploma (Nurse/Midwife Prescribing) is currently funded by the Health Service Executive (HSE) for all registered nurses and registered midwives who are employed in the HSE or a HSE funded agency (Section 38) and registered nurses employed by the Irish Prison Service (IPS) who meet the entry criteria.

Related topic

Sponsorship of nurse and midwife medicinal product prescribing


eNetworks is an electronic communication network for RN/MPs, prescribing site coordinators (PSCs) and other relevant staff.

The purpose of these networks is to enable RN/MPs/candidates/PSCs support and assist each other by providing them with an opportunity for discussion, collaboration and communication relating to nurse midwife prescribing matters.

Registration Process for eNetworks

Register as a RNP or candidate prescriber on eNetwork

Register as a prescribing site coordinator on eNetwork

Clinical audit

Audit of nurse and midwife prescribing is essential to support best practice in the delivery and evaluation of their practice.

Sample tools to assist in the audit process for nurse/midwife medicinal product prescribing:


Clare Mac Gabhann - National Lead and HSE South, Director of Nursing and Midwifery (Prescribing)


Administration Building

St Marys Health Campus



T23 X440

Phone: 021 492 1210 or / 087 931 7025


Ruth Hoban - HSE West, Assistant Director of Nursing and Midwifery (Prescribing)

Centre of Nurse and Midwifery Education

St Marys Campus

Westport Road


Co. Mayo

F23 XE 39

Phone: 094 904 2067 or 087 747 9260