Is interprofessional prescribing education feasible?

Joint prescribing courses for medical students and nurses could help overcome resistance from doctors to nurse prescribing and help mutual understanding of the different roles, according to this research which invited participants to share their experiences of interprofessional education. One issue was that medical students (third-years) had broad pharmaceutical knowledge whereas that of nurses was focussed on their specialist areas; this acted as a barrier to learning and teaching methods that encourage knowledge sharing should be considered.

Courtenay M. Interprofessional education between nurse prescribing and medical students: A qualitative study. J Interprof Care 2012; 1 October, published online ahead of print.