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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 (PPPEach RN/MP is responsible for keeping up-to-date with advances in medicinal product prescribing

Each RN/MP is responsible for keeping up-to-date with advances in medicinal product prescribing

Resources

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 nurses and midwives who are employed by the voluntary and statutory services of the HSE and nurses employed by the Irish Prison Service (IPS) who meet the entry criteria.

Related topic

Sponsorship of nurse and midwife medicinal product prescribing

Data collection system

The nurse and midwife prescribing data collection system is a web application for the retrospective recording of prescription information.

It is not a prescription system, nor should it be used for recording clinical or patient information.

Login to the system is restricted to registered to RN/MPs and authorised users who have been provided with a password to accompany their username, which is their NMBI PIN.

User guide for the nurse and midwife prescribing data collection system

eNetworks

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:

Contacts

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

NMPDU HSE South

Administration Building

St Marys Health Campus

Gurranabraher

Cork

T23 X440

Phone: 021 492 1210/087 931 7025

Email: clare.macgabhann@hse.ie

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

Centre of Nurse and Midwifery Education

St Marys Campus

Westport Road

Castlebar

Co. Mayo

F23 XE 39

Phone: 094 904 2067/ 087 747 9260

Email: maryruth.hoban@hse.ie

Maureen Nolan - HSE Dublin Mid-Leinster Medicinal Product Prescribing and Director of Nursing, National Lead for the Implementation and Audit of Nurse and Midwife Referral for Radiological Procedures

HSE Suite 5, First Floor

Vista Primary Care Centre

Ballymore Eustace Road

Naas

Co. Kildare

Phone: 086 601 2195

Email: maureen.nolan1@hse.ie