Center for Professional Development

WHO wants to become a Good Prescriber?

An online course
1 contact hour

Course ID: GP

This course is online and available 24/7

Location: Online (Moodle)

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The ability to safely and rationally prescribe medication is a required competency for nurse practitioners (NONPF, 2014). In fact, a prescription for at least one medication is written during 70 percent
of all primary care visits in the United States (Cipher, Hooker, & Guerra, 2006). To appropriately write a prescription, a rational, methodical thinking process is required (deVries, et al., 1994). Nurse
practitioners must demonstrate knowledge, skill, and judgment (Mucklow, Bollington, & Maxwell, 2012) while navigating a complex healthcare environment.

The purpose of this course is to introduce critical concepts from the World Health Organizations' Guide to Good Prescribing to nurse practitioner practice. The six-step process described in this book is the most globally utilized (Kamarudin, 2013). Participants will complete three, 20-minute modules to improve their knowledge, skill, and clinical judgment. Upon course completion, participants will have an improved sense of confidence in their ability to prescribe.


1) Acknowledge challenges, barriers, and risk while prescribing.
2) Define rational v irrational prescribing behaviors.
3) Articulate the WHO six-step method of prescribing.
4) Practice utilization of knowledge, skill, and judgment.
5) Determine prescriber confidence before and after this course.



Online Course. - Access instructions will be emailed to you upon registration.


Molly J. Bradshaw APN, MSN, FNP-BC, WHNP-BC
Rutgers School of Nursing




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In support of improving patient care, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.


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