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NR566: Week 7: RX Writing Assignment

February 28, 2021
Brenda I. Belcher

Purpose 

The purpose of the assignment is to provide an opportunity for students to practice writing prescriptions before they start their practicum rotation. Understanding how to accurately write a prescription helps to minimize medication errors and adverse events. 

Activity Learning Outcomes 

Through this assignment, the student will demonstrate the ability to: 

  1. Identify the components of a prescription. (CO 4) 
  2. Identify abbreviations that are approved and acceptable to be used. (CO 4) 
  3. Accurately write a prescription based on a given patient scenario. (CO 4) 

Due Date 

Sunday 11:59 p.m. MT at the end of Week 3 & 7  

 Total Points Possible:  45 points 

Requirements: 

Prior to starting this assignment, student should read and familiarize themselves with the following resources: 

In week 3 & 7, faculty will present to you a case scenario and you will accurately write a prescription(s). 

  1. Each assignment is worth 45 points and follows the RX writing assignment rubric. 
  2. Prescriptions must be written or typed on the template provided and submitted by Sunday, 11:59 p.m. MT. 
  3. Each prescription must be written on the corresponding RX Template.

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Transcript

Week 7 Scenario:

Maggie Little (DOB 8/17/1994) is here for her annual gynecological exam and she needs a refill on her oral contraception. She has been taking Loestrin FE 1.5/30 for 5 years without problems and there are no contraindications for continued use. You plan to see her back in 1 year. Her address is 769 Fox Valley Circle, Dayton, OH 45415. Your NP license number is 05347. Your NPI number is 18621459.

ASSIGNMENT CONTENT 
Category Points % Description 
Patient & Provider Information  10 22.2% The following components are completed accurately:  Provider name Patient name Patient address Patient’s DOB Date prescription is written Prescriber license and NPI Number Prescriber signature in the correct location in the “Dispense as written” or “Generic substitution permitted” box (7 required elements) 
Medication Information  10 22.2% The following components are completed accurately: Medication name Medication strength Medication dosage form Abbreviations, symbols and dose designations are compliant with the Institute of Safe Medication Prescribing (ISMP) list of error-prone abbreviations (4 required elements) 
Medication Directions  20 44.4% The following components are completed accurately: Prescribing amount Route Frequency Duration Dispensing quantity Number of refills (6 required elements) 
 40 89% Total CONTENT Points= 40 pts 
ASSIGNMENT FORMAT 
Category Points % Description 
Prescription Format  5 11.1% Written on the RX template Organized in standard RX format Legible 
 5 11% Total FORMAT Points= 5 pts 
 45 100% ASSIGNMENT TOTAL=  45 points 

Rubric

NR508_565_566 RX Writing_UPDATED

CriteriaRatingsPts
This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomePatient & Provider InformationThe following components are completed accurately:

Provider name

Patient name

Patient address

Patient’s DOB

Date prescription is written

Prescriber license and NPI Number

Prescriber signature in the correct location in the “Dispense as written” or “Generic substitution permitted” box

(7 required elements)
10 ptsExcellentAll 7 critical elements are present.9 ptsV. Good6 critical elements are present.8 ptsSatisfactory4-5 critical elements are present.4 ptsNeeds Improvement2-3 critical elements are present.0 ptsUnsatisfactory0-1 critical elements are present.10 pts
This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeMedication InformationThe following components are completed accurately:

Medication name

Medication strength

Medication dosage form

Abbreviations, symbols and dose designations are compliant with the Institute of Safe Medication Prescribing (ISMP) list of error-prone abbreviations

(4 required elements)
10 ptsExcellentAll 4 critical elements are present.9 ptsV. Good3 critical elements are present.8 ptsSatisfactory2 critical elements are present.5 ptsNeeds Improvement1 critical elements are present.0 ptsUnsatisfactory0 critical elements are present.10 pts
This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeMedication DirectionsThe following components are completed accurately:

Prescribing amount

Route

Frequency

Duration

Dispensing quantity

Number of refills

(6 required elements)
20 ptsExcellentAll 6 critical elements are present.18 ptsV. Good5 critical elements are present.17 ptsSatisfactory4 critical elements are present.10 ptsNeeds Improvement2-3 critical elements are present.0 ptsUnsatisfactory0-1 critical elements are present.20 pts
This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomePrescription FormatWritten on the RX template

Organized in the standard RX format

Legible
5 ptsExcellentThe prescription is written on the RX template, organized in the standard RX format, and legible4 ptsV. GoodThe prescription is written on the RX template, is only partially organized in the standard RX format OR partially legible3 ptsSatisfactoryThe prescription is written on the RX template and is not organized in the standard RX format BUT is at least partially legible2 ptsNeeds ImprovementThe prescription is written on the RX template and is not organized in the standard RX format and is not legible0 ptsUnsatisfactoryThe prescription is NOT written on the RX template, is not organized in the standard RX format AND is not legible5 pts
This criterion is linked to a Learning OutcomeLate penalty deductions0 ptsLate penalty deductionsStudents are expected to submit assignments by the time they are due. Assignments submitted after the due date and time will receive a deduction of 10% of the total points possible for that assignment for each day the assignment is late. Assignments will be accepted, with penalty as described, up to a maximum of three days late, after which point a zero will be recorded for the assignment. Quizzes and discussions are not considered assignments and are not part of the late assignment policy.0 ptsNo Marks0 pts
Total Points: 45

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