nurse-prescribing

nurse-prescribing

A change in medical practice in 1994, authorized by The Medicinal Products: Prescribing by (Nurses Act (1992) that allows registered nurses, health visitors and midwives to prescribe drugs from within an agreed formulary. Nurses who have completed the extended nurse prescribing course are entitled to prescribe hundreds of drugs, many of which are prescription-only medication. From April 2003, nurses were empowered to prescribe more products and treat a wider range of conditions than ever before.
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Frances Hughes, who had been appointed Chief Nurse Advisor, MOH in 1997, noted, "We were making suggestions from the Ministry to the Government, because Council had not dealt with nurse-prescribing.
Some nurses suggested that nurse-prescribing was a sly move by policy-makers to institute "cheap doctoring", or at the very least, it was a practice that would "taint" the essence of nursing (Beekman & Patterson, 2003; Making us cheap doctors, 1992; Stodart, 1992).
To identify and resolve issues relating to the implementation of a nurse-prescribing practicum.