Cookie policy: This site uses cookies (small files stored on your computer) to simplify and improve your experience of this website. Cookies are small text files stored on the device you are using to access this website. For more information please take a look at our terms and conditions. Some parts of the site may not work properly if you choose not to accept cookies.

Join

Subscribe or Register

Existing user? Login

Get together and learn something new

So how can NMPs, who might feel quite isolated, create new learning relationships with those in similar roles?

One way NMPs at my trust do this is by participating in an NMP forum. Attending the quarterly meetings gives us the opportunity to learn from and share our experiences with fellow prescribers. The forum was set up to allow qualified NMPs and those still in training to discuss current issues in a relaxed and open environment. It has since proved to provide much more than this.

The forum includes NMPs from different clinical settings, such as the emergency department, urology, oncology and diabetes clinics, and the orthopaedic centre where I work. It encourages us to share the practices that have improved our service. Nurses from the orthopaedic centre who are doing their prescribing course will often shadow me, or the other orthopaedic pharmacist prescriber, for half a day as a work-based training session. We add value to these sessions by providing a pharmacist’s perspective of the drug chart as well as that of a prescriber. After meeting us at the NMP forum, other student nurse prescribers have asked to shadow us and this had led to new learning opportunities for us all.

There is often an educational component to our meetings. When changes in legislation or practice occur, such as the change in Controlled Drug legislation last year, those of us who have the best understanding of the area will inform the others. We also have external speakers who deliver training on topics that are beyond all of our expertise. A specialist dermatology nurse gave us some useful information on rashes and skin complaints — although many of us had not previously thought of this as a training need, it was extremely relevant to our roles.

The NMP forum has opened new doors to learning and networking across the trust. It has helped us form strong links, which have proved useful far beyond our roles as prescribers. I would advise independent prescribers, especially those who work alone, to get involved in similar forums. If one doesn’t exist, it’s well worth setting one up.

Citation: Clinical Pharmacist DOI: 10.1211/CP.2013.11116052

Have your say

For commenting, please login or register as a user and agree to our Community Guidelines. You will be re-directed back to this page where you will have the ability to comment.

Recommended from Pharmaceutical Press

  • Patient Care in Community Practice

    Patient Care in Community Practice

    Patient Care in Community Practice is a unique, practical guide for healthcare professionals or carers. Covers a range of non-medicinal products suitable for use at home.

    £22.00Buy now
  • Clinical Pharmacokinetics

    Clinical Pharmacokinetics

    A practical guide to the use of pharmacokinetic principles in clinical practice. Includes case studies with questions and answers.

    £33.00Buy now
  • Drugs of Abuse

    Drugs of Abuse

    A concise, easy-to-read guide for healthcare professionals who encounter drug abuse.

    £38.00Buy now
  • Pharmaceutical Toxicology

    Pharmaceutical Toxicology

    Explains the methodology and requirements of pre-clinical safety assessments of new medicines. Includes registration requirements and pharmacovigilance.

    £40.00Buy now
  • Pharmaceutical Calculations Workbook

    Pharmaceutical Calculations Workbook

    Pharmaceutical Calculations Workbook contains practice calculations and answers, similar to those in pharmacy exams and in practice.

    £27.00Buy now

Search an extensive range of the world’s most trusted resources

Powered by MedicinesComplete
  • Print
  • Share
  • Comment
  • Save
  • Print Friendly Version of this pagePrint Get a PDF version of this webpagePDF

Jobs you might like

Newsletter Sign-up

Want to keep up with the latest news, comment and CPD articles in pharmacy and science? Subscribe to our free alerts.