Prescription for change

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With a shortage of doctors to mentor nurse prescribing students, a call to allow experienced nurses to take on the role is the subject of an RCN congress resolution. But not everyone is convinced.

▸ From May 1, nurses will be able to prescribe any licensed product from the British National Formulary, apart from controlled drugs.

▸ Physiotherapists, optometrists and radiographers are among other groups with prescribing powers.

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