May 25, 2011 by admin
The Association for Nurse Prescribing (ANP) has announced that it is cooperating with Mark Allen Healthcare to provide a new range of benefits for members, including an introductory reduced subscription to Nurse Prescribing, a free reflective practice continuing professional development (CPD) module and free copies of Independent Nurse, in addition to many of the existing benefits. See the Home Page for more information.
May 24, 2010 by admin
I work in the community and qualified as an independent supplementary prescriber four months ago. I have only just received my prescription pad and do not feel confident. I am also unsure whether there are continuing professional development (CPD) requirements for prescribers.
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January 20, 2010 by admin
‘CPD for non-medical prescribers: a practical guide’ is edited by Marion Waite (Senior Lecturer, School of Health and Social Care, Oxford Brookes University) and Jan Keenan (Consultant Nurse in Cardiac Medicine at Oxford Radcliffe Hospitals NHS Trust), has contributions by professionals from a range of backgrounds, is published by Wiley, and costs £27.99.
It is divided into three sections: the first looks at general principles of continuing professional development (CPD); the second looks at specific approaches that have been used to facilitate CPD, for example e-learning, journal clubs, and organising CPD for this group in general practice; and the third section contains a wide range of resources including usable documents.
October 30, 2009 by admin
This article describes a training needs analysis of the provision of continuing professional development (CPD) for non-medical prescribers within a Strategic Health Authority. Short courses, of one or two days, specific to the role of non-medical prescriber were considered popular and useful in, but they need to be advertised at least six weeks in advance, with relevant information provided to allow informed choice. Confidence emerged as a key issue for respondents and being able to prescribe tended to improve job satisfaction.
The training needs analysis made a number of recommendations, including a review of pharmacology within nursing curricula. The non-medical prescribers identified the following training gaps: eczema and skin updates, diabetes, hypertension, infections and antibiotics, legal issues about prescribing, prescribing updates, interpreting statistics particularly to understand data from pharmaceutical companies, basic pharmacology updates and clinical skills training related to scope of practice.
A total of 270 returned postal questionnaires from non-medical prescribers were analysed (response rate was 23%) and telephone interview conducted with 11 key stakeholders including clinical managers.
Green A et al. Provision of continued professional development for non-medical prescribers within a South of England Strategic Health Authority: a report on a training needs analysis. J Nursing Management 2009; 17: 603-614.
June 21, 2009 by admin
Three-quarters of nurses replying to a recent survey about prescribing said that they had CPD needs specifically related to pharmacology, more than 50% to assessment and diagnosis and 44% to knowledge of conditions. Their preferred method for undertaking CPD was e-learning.
The survey took the form of an online questionnaire e-mailed to members of the Association for Nurse Prescribing (ANP), and 62% replied (546 in total). The authors point out that members of the ANP may be particularly likely to be actively prescribing and to be keen to access prescribing support and education.
Nurses reported prescribing for a broad range of conditions, with large numbers of nurses saying that they are now prescribing for pain, respiratory conditions and sexual health - in addition to areas identified in previous work such as dermatology - and these areas were among those with most respondents reporting that they had CPD needs.
The authors comment that these results provide useful pointers for those developing and delivering CPD for nurse prescribers and involved in undergraduate training.
Courtenay M and Gordon J. A survey of therapy areas in which nurses prescribe and CPD needs. Nurse Prescribing 2009; 7(6): 255-262.