Nurse prescribing in secondary care

Nurses prescribing in secondary care believe that prescribing has clear benefits for patient care and that it is for experienced nurses, according to this study, which used a convenience sample of nurse prescribers. Those who are not prescribing have found finance arrangements between Trusts to be a barrier. Ongoing evaluation of nurse prescribing is needed, and the authors make recommendations about both education and practice.

Scrafton J, McKinnon J and Kane R. Exploring nurses’ experiences of prescribing in secondary care: informing future education and practice. J Clin Nurs 2012; 21(13-14):2044-53.