Nurse Prescribing Diploma

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Study method
Online, self-paced
10 Hours
Access to content
365 Days
No formal qualification
10 CPD hours / points
Additional info
  • Exam(s) / assessment(s) is included in price
  • Tutor is available to students

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The Nurse Prescribing Diploma course is ideal for those who are working in nursing who wish to gain an understanding of nurse prescribing procedures or how to work with a prescriber. This course also applies to pharmacists and other healthcare professionals who want to learn about independent prescribing. You will gain in-depth knowledge of prescription writing, record-keeping, labelling, administering controlled drugs, as well as how to provide palliative care and manage medicines in care homes.

Key Topics to Be Covered

  • Responsibilities of prescribers
  • Prescription writing requirements
  • Medicine labelling guidelines
  • Communication & record-keeping
  • Administering controlled drugs

Learning Outcomes

  • Excellent knowledge of nurse prescribing skills & responsibilities
  • An understanding of the requirements for writing prescriptions
  • An awareness of medication labelling guidelines in the UK
  • Knowledge of standards for record-keeping and administering
  • An ability to provide information to carers and patients
  • Gain the skills to care for people with anxiety, panic disorders and a range of mental health and physical illnesses


10 CPD hours / points
Accredited by The CPD Certification Service

Course media


Skills You Will Gain

  • Prescribing and administering medicine
  • Patient care
  • Communication
  • Attention to detail

Course Curriculum:

Module 01 - Introduction to Nurse Prescribing

Topics to be Covered:

  • What is Nurse Prescribing?
  • Nurse Prescribing in the UK
  • Nurse Prescribing in Different UK Regions
  • Nurse Prescribing: Bringing About New Ways of Working
  • Nurse Prescribing Across the World

Module 02 - Responsibilities of Nurse Prescribing

Topics to be Covered:

  • Individual Responsibilities as a Prescriber
  • Prescription-Writing Requirements
  • Generic Prescribing
  • Parallel Imports
  • Additives or Excipients in Medicinal Products or Appliances
  • Influences on Prescribing
  • To Prescribe or Not?
  • Reporting Adverse Drug Reactions
  • Quantities to Prescribe
  • Product selection and Patient Compliance
  • Labelling of Medicines
  • Lost Prescriptions and Disposal of Unwanted Medicines

Module 03 - Standards for Prescribing Practice

Topics to be Covered:

  • Practice Standard 1 – ‘Licence as a Prescriber’
  • Practice Standard 2 – Accountability
  • Practice Standard 3 – Assessment
  • Practice Standard 4 – Consent
  • Practice Standard 5 – Communication
  • Practice standard 6 – Record keeping
  • Practice standard 7 – Clinical Management Plans (Supplementary Prescribing)
  • Practice Standard 8 – Prescribing And Administration/Supply
  • Practice Standard 09 – Prescribing And Dispensing
  • Practice Standard 10 – Prescribing For Family And Others (Excluding Controlled Drugs – See Practice Standard 15)
  • Practice Standard 11 – Computer-Generated Prescribing By Nurses Or Midwives
  • Practice Standard 12 – Evidence-Based Prescribing
  • Practice Standard 13 – Delegation
  • Practice Standard 14 – Continuing Professional Development
  • Practice Standard 15 – Controlled Drugs
  • Practice Standard 16– Prescribing Unlicensed Medicines
  • Practice Standard 17 – Prescribing Medicines For Use Outside The Terms Of Their Licence (Off-Label)
  • Practice Standard 18 – Repeat Prescribing
  • Practice Standard 19 – Remote Prescribing Via Telephone, Email, Fax, Video Link Or Website
  • Practice Standard 20 – Gifts And Benefits
  • Legal Mechanisms To Supply Or Administer Medicines
  • Types Of Prescribers And Prescribing Limitations

Module 04 - Prescribing Controlled Drugs

Topics to be Covered:

  • Making and Recording Prescribing Decisions
  • Providing Information to People Taking or Carers Administering Controlled Drugs
  • Obtaining and Supplying Controlled Drugs
  • Administering Controlled Drugs

Module 05 - Neuropathic Pain in Adults: Pharmacological Management

Topics to be Covered:

  • List of All Recommendations
  • Treatment
  • Research Recommendations on Monotherapy Versus Combination Therapy
  • Research Recommendations on ‘Relationship between Symptoms, Cause of Neuropathic Pain and Its Treatment’
  • Research Recommendations on ‘Carbamazepine for Treating Trigeminal Neuralgia’
  • Research Recommendations on Factors Affecting Quality of Life
  • Research Recommendations on Potential for Dependence Associated with Pharmacological Drugs for Neuropathic Pain

Module 06 - Generalised Anxiety Disorder in Adults

Topics to be Covered:

  • Stepped Care for People with GAD
  • Step 1: All Known and Suspected Presentations of GAD
  • Step 2: Diagnosed GAD That Has Not Improved After Step 1 Interventions
  • Step 3: GAD with Marked Functional Impairment
  • Step 4: Complex, treatment-refractory GAD

Module 07- Tackling Panic Disorder in Adults

Topics to be Covered:

  • General Management for Panic Disorder
  • Stepped Care for People with Panic Disorder
  • Step 1: Recognition and Diagnosis of Panic Disorder
  • Step 2: Offer Treatment in Primary Care
  • Step 3: Review and Offer Alternative Treatment If Appropriate
  • Step 4: Care in Specialist Mental Health Services

Module 08 - Headaches in Over 12s: Diagnosis and Management

Topics to be Covered:

  • Assessment Procedures
  • Diagnosis of Headaches
  • Proper Management to Get Rid of Headaches
  • Possible Treatment Options

Module 09 -Depression in Adults with a Chronic Physical Health Problem

Topics to be Covered:

  • What is Depression?
  • Providing Information and Support, and Obtaining Informed Consent
  • Effective Delivery of Interventions for Depression and Supporting Carers
  • Stepped Care
  • Step 1: Recognition, Assessment and Initial Management in Primary Care
  • Step 2: Persistent Subthreshold Depressive Symptoms
  • Step 3: Mild to Moderate Depression with Inadequate Response to Initial Interventions
  • Step 4: Complex and Severe Depression

Module 10 - Palliative Care for Adults

Topics to be Covered:

  • Introduction
  • Prescribing Recommendations
  • Patient-Centred Care

Module 11 - Respiratory Tract Infections (Self-Limiting): Prescribing Antibiotics

Topics to be Covered:

  • Respiratory Tract Infections (RTI)
  • Patient-Centred Care
  • Guidance on Prescribing

Module 12 - Prescribing and Managing Medicines in Care Homes

Topics to be Covered:

  • Develop a Medicines Policy
  • Medicines Reconciliation
  • Prescribing for Care Home Residents
  • Medication Review
  • Help Residents to Take Their Medicines Themselves

Module 13 - Pneumonia (Hospital – Acquired) Antimicrobial Prescribing

Topics to be Covered:

  • Managing Hospital-Acquired Pneumonia
  • Choice of Antibiotic
  • Antibiotic Prescribing Strategies

Module 14 – Prostatitis (Acute): Antimicrobial Prescribing

Topics to be Covered:

  • What is Acute Prostatitis?
  • Managing Acute Prostatitis
  • Table on Antibiotics for Adults Aged 18 Years and Over
  • Efficacy, Safety and Choice of Antibiotics

Module 15 - Sinusitis (Acute): Antimicrobial Prescribing

Topics to be Covered:

  • What is Acute Sinusitis?
  • Managing Acute Sinusitis
  • Antibiotics for Adults Aged 18 Years and Over
  • Antibiotics for children and young people under 18 years
  • Self-care, Efficacy and Safety of Antibiotics in Treating Acute Sinusitis

Module 16 - Drug Misuse in Over 16s: Opioid Detoxification

Topics to be Covered:

  • Providing Information, Advice and Support
  • Assessment for Detoxification
  • Pharmacological Interventions in Opioid Detoxification

Module 17- Future Challenges for Nurse Prescribers

Topics to be Covered:

  • Increased Patient Choice and Involvement
  • Connecting the Future Labour Market to Service Improvement
  • Be Political to Affect Implementation
  • Patient Safety
  • To Sum Up

Assessment Process

Once you have finished the learning stages in the course, your abilities will be assessed by an automated multiple-choice question session, after which you will receive the results immediately.

Showcase Your Accomplishment of New Skills: Get a Certification of Completion

Upon passing the assessment, you will receive proper certification that is recognised all over the UK as well as internationally. The PDF certificate is free of cost which you can download instantly upon completing the assessment or you can order it via online. You can also receive an original printed copy of the certificate for showcasing your achievement anywhere and everywhere, which will be sent to you by post. The postal fee for this printed copy is only £5.99, with no additional fees or expense.

Who is this course for?

Is This Nurse Prescribing Diploma Course Right for You?

This course is ideal for aspiring nurses and nurse prescribers but is also ideal for pharmacists and those in other related professions where medicine is administered and prescribed. There are no specific entry requirements for this course, which can be studied on a full-time or part-time basis.

Career path

The salary range for a nurse prescriber in the UK is £24,214 to £43,772 per annum. Once you have completed this course and passed the assessment, you too will receive an internationally-recognised certification to kickstart your career in a range of professions in this field.

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