Midwives soon to prescribe drugs
Qualified senior nurses overseas have been ordering and administering drugs safely for years and soon their Australian counterparts will be doing the same. By Mardi Chapman
Midwives are another step closer to getting approval as PBS prescribers with the commencement of the first accredited course in administering scheduled medicines. About 120 midwives have signed up for the Graduate Certificate in Midwifery at Flinders University, which started in July. Jen Byrne, acting course co-ordinator for midwifery programs at Flinders, says the milestone is long overdue. "The profession has been wanting prescribing rights since the '90s if not before. We strongly feel midwives should be able to prescribe in the normal course of their role." She says midwives in other...
Tuesday, 31 July 2012
I have prescribing rights but I dont need to use that privilege too much because birth is a normal life process and prevention is always better than cure which midwives prescribe to. I dont believe I will ever use an opioid out in the community for example women during labor. There are side effects with any drug and midwives tend to gravitate towards natural therapies. Nevertheless endorsement to prescribe is a boost to our profession and good to have those drugs around in case of a rare emergency. All the very best to the first cohort of prescribing midwives!
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