Unit 5 – Prescribing in Practice

Unit 5 - Introduction

This unit is the culmination of the programme and it attempts to draw together all the main themes of the programme and to focus these on the practice of prescribing. It looks at prescription writing and the reporting of adverse effects. It also focuses on areas that will be crucial to your future practice areas, such as continuing professional development and management of change.

This unit is divided into seven sections:

The guided study contained within this unit you should enable you to:

  • Understand the sources of information, advice and decision support in prescribing practice
  • Articulate the boundaries of safe prescribing practice
  • Link prescribing practice with an evidence base, employer requirements and local formularies
  • Demonstrate the ability to undertake reflective practice and identify continuing professional development needs
  • Use adverse reactions reporting mechanisms.

It is recommended that you spend a minimum of 30 hours on this unit. This includes time for reflection, reading and writing.

Essential reading

Online resources

British National Formulary (BNF)

Department of Health (2006) Improving Patients’ Access to Medicines: A guide to implementing nurse and pharmacist prescribing within the NHS in England.

NMC Standards of Proficiency for Nurse and Midwife Prescribers (2006)

NMC Guidelines for the Administration of Medicines (2004)

Paper-based resources

Cooney, A. (1999) Reflection demystified: answering some common questions. British Journal of Nursing 8: 22, 1530-1534.

Courtenay, M. and Griffiths, M. (2004) Independent and Supplementary Prescribing: An Essential Guide. London: Greenwich Medical Media.

Greenstein, B. (2004) Trounce's Clinical Pharmacology for Nurses (17th Edition). Edinburgh: Churchill Livingstone.

Haigh, S. (2002) How to calculate drug dosage accurately: advice for nurses. Professional Nurse 18: 1, 54-57.

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