Numeracy standards: could do better?

This author, a course leader for independent and supplementary nurse prescribing courses, raises questions about how well the current numeracy standards work and whether a review of the way numeracy is taught and assessed in the prescribing programme is needed. More consistency in assessment methods, which vary widely, and continuing education in the clinical setting, could perhaps help reduce drug errors – and also increase the competence and confidence of prescribers.

Axe S. Numeracy and nurse prescribing: do the standards achieve their aim? Nurse Education in Practice 2010; in press.