Registered Nurse Prescribing Education: Safe and Ethical Practice

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The new Registered Nurse Prescribing Education Program: Safe and Ethical Practice at Georgian College is approved by the College of Nurses of Ontario . RNs who successfully complete Council approved RN-prescribing education will have information added to their registrant profile on CNO’s public Register, Find a Nurse, to communicate their authority to prescribe medications and communicate diagnoses for the purpose of prescribing specified in regulation.

Course description

To support the safe and ethical practice for Registered Nurse Prescribers, this online, self-directed course provides students with the knowledge, skills and clinical judgement required to safely and effectively meet the Registered Nurse Prescribing Entry to Practice Competencies identified by the College of Nurses of Ontario. The course consists of four primary subject areas: Introduction of Registered Nurse (RN) Prescribing - Professional Responsibilities and Accountabilities; Professional and ethical responsibilities of the Registered Nurse (RN) prescriber; RN Prescribing: Assessment and diagnosis; and Pharmacotherapy and other therapeutic interventions in client care. This course addresses theoretical knowledge, application of knowledge to practice scenarios and evaluation of knowledge (both summative and formative). A clinical component, within the RN’s current work environment and supervised by a prescriber (physician or nurse practitioner), provides students with the opportunity to apply knowledge in practice-based scenarios/environments. A minimum of 20 client interactions resulting in a prescription, assessed and validated by the prescribing mentor, is required for successful course completion. <



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  1. RN in good standing with College of Nurses of Ontario (CNO) – CNO number is required at registration
  2. Employment in a health care setting where RN prescribing is sanctioned by employer
  3. Evidence of secure placement and supervising prescriber within current workplace

Note: Items 2 and 3 can be in a letter from the employer.

DOCUMENTATION REQUIRED: Please note that at the time of registration, students must provide the following supporting information: 1) confirmation of good standing with the College of Nurses of Ontario (CNO), 2) valid CNO number, 3) evidence of employment in a RN prescribing sanctioned environment (letter for upload), and 4) commitment from supervising prescriber within current workplace (must include name, title and contact information – address, email and phone number). Students who register without providing this documentation will be removed from the waitlist without notice. Upon acceptance into the program, students will receive a confirmation of enrollment with instructions on how to access the course.

This course was designed and developed by Nurse Practitioners who have extensive knowledge and experience in the areas of prescribing, Registered Nurse scope of practice and the College of Nurses of Ontario standards and guidelines. Georgian College is proud to partner with PharmAcheive and NurseAchieve in the development of this education program.

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For more information, please contact Continuing Education