Non-medical prescribers: prescribing within practice

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McHugh, A, Hughes, M, Higgins, A, Buckley, T, Cashin, A, Casey, M & Rohde, D 2020, 'Non-medical prescribers: prescribing within practice', Journal of Prescribing Practice. vol. 2, no. 2, pp. 68-77.

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Since its inception in Ireland in 2007, the Nurse Prescribing Programme has prepared registered nurses and midwives to prescribe from a limited formulary in their area of clinical speciality. However, registration numbers have declined in recent years, prompting changes to the registration processes. This article present the findings of a study conducted on the prescribing behaviours, practices and confidence of registered nurse/midwife prescribers following these changes, reporting the findings from the qualitative arm of a larger mixed-method study. Interviews with participants (n=6) explored their prescribing behaviours, practices and confidence. The findings suggest that organisational and professional factors influence prescribing. Scope of practice and expert decision-making is seen to influence engagement with treatment. Interprofessional cooperation continues to develop in making prescribing decisions. There is a clear need for interprofessional education to increase cooperation between health professionals in making prescribing decisions and including national competencies for all prescribers.

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