What is Nurse Prescriber:
Independent nurse prescribers are nurses who have successfully completed an NMC Independent Nurse Prescribing Course (also known as v200 or v300 courses). They are able to prescribe any medicine provided it is in their competency to do so. This includes medicines and products listed in the BNF, unlicensed medicines and all controlled drugs in schedules two – five.
Nurse Prescriber: salary / Pay
The salary of a non-medical independent Nurse Prescriber varies depending upon the following; Hours worked, experience, Education, how eager the organisation are in your skills, references, reputation, location, the list goes on…
Locum Meds have years of experience in accurately determining your pay rate, give us a call today to discuss either what you should be getting paid or what you should be paying a prospective or current employee.
Independent Nurse Prescriber Job Description:
Provide and maintain a high standard of nursing care for patients as well as providing nursing assistance to the doctors and the other members of the centre’s team. The duties will include all tasks normally undertaken by an experienced registered nurse and in addition, any roles agreed between the nurse and the doctors as appropriate, having regard to current training.
- Assist with the organisation and coordination of the provision of nursing services for the practice.
- Provide nursing treatment to patients in participation with general practitioners or independently agreed to protocols, including cervical smears.
- Provide general and specific health screening to the practice patients (within the agreed protocols) with referral to general practitioners as necessary.
- Be competent in the administration of childhood immunisation and travel vaccination. • Be competent and confident in managing people with long-term health conditions
- Assess, diagnose, plan, implement and evaluate treatment/interventions and care for patients presenting with an undifferentiated diagnosis
- Assess, diagnosis, plan, implement and evaluate interventions/treatments for patients with complex needs Proactively identify, diagnose and manage treatment plans for patients at risk of developing a long-term condition (as appropriate)
- Diagnose and manage both acute and chronic conditions, integrating both drug- and nondrug-based treatment methods into a management plan
- Prescribe and review medication for therapeutic effectiveness, appropriate to patient needs and in accordance with the evidence-based practice and national and practice protocols, and within the scope of practice
- Work with patients in order to support compliance with and adherence to prescribed treatments Provide information and advice on prescribed or over-the-counter medication on medication regimens, side-effects and interactions
- Prioritise health problems and intervene appropriately to assist the patient in complex, urgent or emergency situations, including the initiation of effective emergency care
- Support patients to adopt health promotion strategies that promote healthy lifestyles and apply principles of self-care.
- Implement and participate in vaccination and immunisation programmes for both adults and children
- Meet the needs of patients presenting for opportunistic wound care
- Utilise and demonstrate sensitive communication styles, to ensure patients are fully informed and consent to treatment
Delivering a quality service
- Recognise and work within own competence and professional code of conduct as regulated by the NMC Produce accurate, contemporaneous and complete records of patient consultation, consistent with legislation, policies and procedures
- Prioritise, organise and manage own workload in a manner that maintains and promotes quality
- Deliver care according to NSF, NICE guidelines and evidence-based care
- In partnership with other clinical teams, collaborate on improving the quality of health care responding to local and national policies and initiatives as appropriate
- Evaluate patients’ response to healthcare provision and the effectiveness of care
- Support and participate in shared learning across the practice and wider organisation
Administrative and professional responsibilities
- Participate in the administrative and professional responsibilities of the practice team.
- Take responsibility for own learning and performance including participating in clinical supervision and acting as a positive role model
- Support staff development in order to maximise potential
- Actively promote the workplace as a learning environment, encouraging everyone to learn from each other and from external good practice
- Take a lead role in planning and implementing changes in the area of care and responsibility • Contribute to the development of local guidelines, protocols and standards
- Create clear referral mechanisms to meet patient need
- Prioritise own workload and ensure effective time-management strategies are embedded within the culture of the team
- Work effectively with others to clearly define values, direction and policies impacting upon care delivery
- Discuss, highlight and work with the team to create opportunities to improve patient care
- Ensure accurate notes of all consultations and treatments are recorded adequately on the computer.
- Ensure acute completion of all necessary documentation associated with the patient healthcare and registration of the practice.
- Ensure collection and maintenance of statistical information required for regular and ad hoc reports.
- Assist in the formulation of practical philosophy, strategy and policy.
- Maintain a notice board in the waiting area designated for patient healthcare education.
Communication and key working relationships
- Director of Clinical Services/Deputy Director of Clinical Services
- Head of GPLHC
- Local Medical Director
- GP’s and Nursing team
- Patient Services Manager
The independent nurse prescriber post holder must maintain good working relationships with all personnel working within the Walk-in centre and the personnel working within the partnership practice. They must be able to demonstrate excellent communication and interpersonal skills at all times.
- Maintain continuing education by attendance at courses and study days as deemed useful or necessary for professional development.
- Disseminate learning and information gained by other team members in order to share good practice and inform others about current and future developments (eg courses and conferences
- Assess own learning needs and undertake to learn as appropriate
- Provide an educational role to patients, carers, families and colleagues in an environment that facilitates learning
General Responsibilities Of Nurse Prescriber
Staff must behave in a professional and discreet manner at all times.
- Patient and professional confidentiality is of prime importance. Any breach of confidentiality can result in immediate suspension/dismissal.
- Appropriate attire must be worn at all times in line with practice policy.
- Full details of conditions of employment are shown in the contract of employment.
Nurse Independent Prescriber Job Requirements
- Registered General Nurse
- Membership of a professional body
- To work in accordance with the UKCC Code of Conduct
- Ability to self-motivate, organise and prioritise workloads
- Excellent communication skills
- Good sense of humour
- Ability to motivate the nursing team
Other Duties Of Nurse Prescriber role
The non-medical independent Nurse prescriber may, from time-to-time, be asked to undertake other reasonable duties, with appropriate training. It is important that all members of staff are prepared to undertake additional or relinquish current duties to maintain service delivery to patients. It is expected that requests from the Partners will not be unreasonably refused.
Nurse prescriber Courses and Programmes:
Nurse prescriber programmes can be found in the following links:
Online Nurse Prescribing Courses
Online non-medical Nurse prescriber courses can be carried out, these are very far in between and recommend that you go with a qualification that is hands-on and practical.
Locum Meds also recommend that you choose a course which has the V300 Independent Prescribing qualification (Independent nurse prescriber and Supplementary Non-Medical nurse prescriber) incorporated within the course, or you can study this qualification alongside Nurse Practitioner qualifications, make sure you achieve a V300 Independent Prescribing qualification as this will determine your prescribing rights as shown on the NMC website for each individual nurse.
How to become a Certified Nurse Prescriber:
Pharmacists can attain two types of prescribing qualification: independent and supplementary. Independent prescribers, or non-medical independent nurse prescriber (NMPs), are in a position to give patients timely access to medicines and are ideally placed to optimise and individualise treatment. The NMP takes responsibility for the clinical assessment of the patient, including establishing a diagnosis and prescribing the necessary medicines. Supplementary prescribing, on the other hand, is a voluntary partnership between a doctor or dentist and a supplementary prescriber, who can prescribe medicines within an agreed patient-specific clinical management plan with the patient’s agreement