Comparing nurses’ and doctors’ prescribing habits

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Abstract

Funnell F et al (2014) Comparing nurses’ and doctors’ prescribing habits. Nursing Times; 110: 29, 12-14.

Background

Nurses’ prescribing activity in a mental health trust prompted examination of whether nurse prescribers replicate their mentors’ prescribing habits.

Aim

To explore nurses’ and medical mentors’ prescribing habits to inform nurse-prescribing strategy.

Method

The trust’s 14 most-active nurse prescribers and nine of their medical mentors were interviewed. Transcripts underwent phenomenological analysis.

Results

64 themes emerged showing nurses and doctors approach prescribing differently. Themes were grouped into four categories.

Discussion

Nurse prescribers tend to have greater holistic awareness of patients but are also more risk averse.

Conclusion

Greater strategic vision is required to incentivise nurse prescribing; on its current trajectory it will not meet identified prescribing needs.

•This article has been double-blind peer reviewed

Nurses’ prescribing behaviour at a mental health trust was compared with that of their medical mentors to assess similarities and differences

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▸ Nurses' views on prescribing

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▸ Doctors' views on nurse prescribing

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▸ Differences and similarities between nurses' and doctors' views

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