At my clinic, I have 30 physicians that I renew Rx's for. There is a protocol by which I renew them, as I described above. My purpose is, and my position was created, to NOT bother the MD with the requests. The LPN gathers the information and presents it to me, and then I make the decision.
It is not prescribing as it is a renewal of an existing prescription.
The protocol by which I renew has been reviewed and agreed upon by all of my physicians that I work under. Naturally if there is a question about a dosage, etc, I can message the MD and get his/her opinion. But typically, the MD's don't see ANY requests - and they like it that way.
I can't renew any pain meds, except darvocet, and I can't renew antidepressants or sedatives or hypnotics. All other classifications are within my scope of practice.
Being as my background was strictly labor and delivery, since having this job I have learned almost all the medications inside and out. I also get quite a few lunches and other cute things from the drug reps. And it's Monday-Friday 9-5:30pm. No holidays, no weekends, no call. And a good job that is conducive to returning to school.