Professional Ethical Legal Communication Issues informing NM Prescribing Clinical Pract- Micro-credential

12 weeks
6   Places


This course qualifies for a 50% subsidy from the EU Fee under the HCI Fees Subsidy. The amount of fee subsidy for eligible Non-EU learners may vary.

Please refer to the fees section for details and eligibility criteria.

Who should take this MC?  

• This micro-credential is for registered nurses and midwives who prescribe medications within their service, prescribers working in other jurisdictions who wish to come and work in Ireland and prescribe.

• Successful completion of this micro-credential addresses the mandatory regulatory requirements for registration as a Nurse/Midwife Prescriber with NMBI in relation to the Professional, Ethical, Legal and Communication Issues informing Nurse/ Midwife Prescribing and Clinical Practicum.

Why should I take this Micro-credential?  

• This micro-credential will facilitate learners to explore their role as prescribers and the factors that influence this role in context of their role, function and responsibilities as a nurse or midwife.

• We will cover content relating to professional accountability and responsibility in relation to nurse prescribing. Learners will explore legislation relevant to the practice of nurse prescribing and learn how to make decisions around prescribing, as a multi-professional team member.

When can I start this MC?

• There is one intake annually in January

What do I need? 

Entry requirements:

• Professional registration with Nursing and Midwifery Board of Ireland or equivalent in another jurisdiction.

• The applicant must be an accredited nurse/midwife prescriber in another jurisdiction and require only this one module from the Certificate in Nurse/Midwife Prescribing Programme in order to register with the NMBI. They do not require the other two modules on that programme.  

• Honours degree in a relevant discipline (however, relevant experience will also be taken into account- Evidence of completion of non-medical prescribing programme and practice experience of prescribing medicinal products is essential).

Prerequisite documents:

• Curriculum Vitae

• Transcript

• NMBI Registration

What will I learn? 

Learning outcomes will include developing capacity to:

• Understand and apply safe practice within the framework of professional accountability and responsibility in relation to nurse/midwife prescribing and health policy.

• Understand and demonstrate the ethical principles and concepts in their prescribing practice to identify values at risk and values to be nurtured in the nurse/midwife prescriber’s role.

• Demonstrate an understanding and the application of legislation relevant to the practice of nurse/midwife prescribing.

• Participate as a member of the MDT in the assessment, communication and documentation of findings to clients or carers and provide them with online face-to-face appropriate education and information to enable them to actively participate in decision making.

What will I do? 

• Learning modes will include lectures, seminars, tutorials, online resources, clinical visits, and community interaction.

• Topics covered in this micro-credential include:

1. Professional accountability and responsibility in relation to nurse prescribing.

2. Ethical principles and concepts and challenges in prescribing practice professional judgement and deal with moral challenges with greater confidence.

3. Legal liability and clinical indemnity for prescribing in the context of the expanded nurse/midwife role.

4. Communicating assessment findings to clients or carers and provide them with appropriate education and information to enable them to actively participate in decision making.

How will this MC be delivered? 

• This micro-credential is taught using a blended learning approach - 2-3 days in person, and 2-3 days online and offers a learning experience that is both structured and flexible.  

• Lectures will be co-streamed and delivered on designated days to facilitate attendance by micro-credential learners. Online lectures will be available for students to access live or as pre-recorded sessions. Online resources for directed learning will be available to learners to facilitate flexibility and increase access.

How is this MC assessed? 

This micro-credential is assessed through a written assignment. The assignment will take the form of reflective case study, where the application of the learning outcomes of the micro-credential are demonstrated.


Course Details



Number of Places

6   Places

Next Intake


Course Coordinator

Hellen Fennell -

Course Director

Course Director: Catherine McCabe -

Closing Date

1st December 2023

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Admission Requirements

• Applicants must have an undergraduate degree transcripts and parchment or evidence of relevant recognised prior learning.
• Applicants must hold current registration with the relevant professions’ regulatory body or otherwise satisfy the course committee they can complete and benefit from the course.
• CV , Transcript, and NMBI registration                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    

Course Fees

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HCI Fees Subsidy - Candidates who meet the eligibility criteria may qualify for a 50% fee subsidy, subject to the availability of subsidized places. For eligibility details, please refer to the Eligibility Criteria -

Please note that this course has a different fee for Non-EU learners. If you meet the eligibility criteria and are paying the Non-EU fee, your subsidy will vary. Contact to confirm what fee is payable.


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Get in Touch

General Enquiries:

MC Coordinator: Hellen Batista -

Course Director: Dr Catherine McCabe –

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