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Nurse Prescriber

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€27k > 43
Nurse Prescriber
Salary Range
(thousands per year)*
€27 - 43
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Data Source(s):
HSE.ie

Last Updated: June, 2017

* The lower figures typically reflect starting salaries. Higher salaries are awarded to those with greater experience and responsibility. Positions in Dublin sometimes command higher salaries.
Shortage Indicator

The National Skills Bulletin 2016 reports skills shortages for nurses as follows:

  • Nurses – advanced nursing practitioners (e.g. intensive care, operation theatre, theatre nurse managers), registered nurses (e.g. general nurse, cardiovascular care, elder persons’ care, children’s care; intellectual disability care, mental health care) and clinical nurses.

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Occupational Category

Nurses & Midwives

Also included in this category:

Practice nurses; psychiatric nurses; staff nurses; nurse (clinical specialists); nurse-tutors; midwives; matrons (medical services)

Number Employed:

55,700

Part time workers: 24%
Aged over 55: 17%
Male / Female: 9 / 91%
Non-Nationals: 12%
With Third Level: 97%
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The prescribing of medicinal products is a new role for nurses and midwives in Ireland in order to meet the needs of patients/clients and the community in general.


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If you're interested in becoming a Prescriber have a look at this DVD: Nurse and Midwife Prescribing - A Prescription for Practice.

It features Nurse and Midwife prescribers from across the country, explains how candidates are selected and mentored, the work of the Drugs and Therapeutics Committee, and the impact being a prescriber has on patients.

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View this DVD in Chapters on the HSE's Youtube Channel


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The following is a list of the most commonly reported tasks and activities for this occupation

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Prescribe medication dosages, routes, and frequencies based on patient characteristics such as age and gender.

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Order, perform, or interpret the results of diagnostic tests, such as complete blood counts (CBCs), electrocardiograms (EKGs), and radiographs (x-rays).

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Analyze and interpret patients' histories, symptoms, physical findings, or diagnostic information to develop appropriate diagnoses.

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Develop treatment plans based on scientific rationale, standards of care, and professional practice guidelines.

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Diagnose or treat acute health care problems such as illnesses, infections, or injuries.

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Prescribe medications based on efficacy, safety, and cost as legally authorized.

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Counsel patients about drug regimens and possible side effects or interactions with other substances such as food supplements, over-the-counter (OTC) medications, or herbal remedies.

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Recommend interventions to modify behavior associated with health risks.

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Detect and respond to adverse drug reactions, with special attention to vulnerable populations such as infants, children, pregnant and lactating women, or older adults.

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Educate patients about self-management of acute or chronic illnesses, tailoring instructions to patients' individual circumstances.

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The following is a list of the most commonly reported work activities in this occupation.

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Assisting and Caring for Others: Providing personal assistance, medical attention, emotional support, or other personal care to others such as coworkers, customers, or patients.

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Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge: Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.

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Getting Information: Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.

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Making Decisions and Solving Problems: Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.

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Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings: Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems.

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Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events: Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.

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Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships: Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.

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Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work: Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.

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Training and Teaching Others: Identifying the educational needs of others, developing formal educational or training programs or classes, and teaching or instructing others.

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Processing Information: Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data.


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The following is a list of the five most commonly reported knowledge areas for this occupation.

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Medicine and Dentistry: Knowledge of the information and techniques needed to diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities. This includes symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug properties and interactions, and preventive health-care measures.

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Psychology: Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.

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Biology: Knowledge of plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment.

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English Language: Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

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Therapy and Counseling: Knowledge of principles, methods, and procedures for diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of physical and mental dysfunctions, and for career counseling and guidance.


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The following is a list of the most commonly reported skills used in this occupation.

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Science: Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems.

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Reading Comprehension: Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

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Active Listening: Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

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Social Perceptiveness: Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.

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Service Orientation: Actively looking for ways to help people.

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Critical Thinking: Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

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Monitoring: Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

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Instructing: Teaching others how to do something.

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Judgment and Decision Making: Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

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Speaking: Talking to others to convey information effectively.

Entry Routesheader image

To train as a Nurse Prescriber you must already be registered as a Nurse (RNID/RPN/RGN/RCN/RM) with the NMBI. You may then apply to undertake an education programme leading to registration as a Nurse Prescriber.

Further information is available from the Schools of Nursing in DCU, NUIG, RCSI, TCD, UCC, UCD and UL.

Last Updated: October, 2014


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Organisation: Irish Nurses & Midwives Organisation (INMO)
Address: The Whitworth Building, North Brunswick Street, Dublin 7
Tel: (01) 664 0600
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Organisation: An Bord Altranais/Nursing & Midwifery Board of Ireland (NMBI)
Address: 18-20 Carysfort Avenue Blackrock Co Dublin
Tel: (01) 639 8500 LoCall 1890 200 116
Email: Click here
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