Non-medical prescribing: learning in practice

Lack of time with their designated medical practitioners (DMPs) was identified as a problem by nurses and midwives who had recently completed the non-medical prescribing course in this small study. There also seemed to be advantages in the student choosing their own DMP, although some DMPs still appeared unprepared for the role, relegating some of the prescribing competencies to a less important status, and might benefit from more formal preparation. Perhaps it is unrealistic to expect any one DMP to be able to supervise all the competencies.

The authors conclude that managers are important in making supervision effective: they need to understand the requirements of the course and ensure that DMP support is suitable and that there is enough time for teaching and learning. Educators must also monitor the experience of DMPs and their students, and the students for their part need to make their learning needs clearer to their managers and DMPs.

McCormick E and Downer F. Students’ perceptions of learning in practice for NMPs. Nurse Prescribing 2012; 10(2): 85-90.

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