Nurses and swine flu: prescribing, NMC statement, and DH tools

Up-to-date information on prescribing Tamiflu and Relenza for nurse prescribers can be found here.

The NMC has made clear that all nurses and midwives must practice within their competency levels and should seek advice or supervision from a “competent practitioner” if faced with an aspect of practice outside their competency or registration area: they remain answerable at all times for their actions and omissions. The full NMC position statement on the role of registered nurses and midwives during an influenza pandemic can be found here – it also states that nurses and midwives will not be professionally compromised “provided they are competent (and have been assessed as such) to carry out duties being requested by the employer”.

The Department of Health has issued a swine flu clinical package containing a set of tools that can be used by frontline healthcare professionals in a pandemic.