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Views on implementing nurse prescribing in a specialist children's hospital

Carey, N, Stenner, KL and Courtenay, M (2009) Views on implementing nurse prescribing in a specialist children's hospital Nurse Prescribing, 7 (5). pp. 205-2010.

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This study aimed to explore the views of health care professionals on the implementation of nurse prescribing in a specialist children's hospital. An intrinsic case study approach was taken using thematic analysis on semi-structured interview data collected during 2006 and 2007. Participants were seven children's nurses who were qualified nurse prescribers, 11 doctors and three clinical leads in one specialist children's hospital. Nurses varied in their actual and desired levels of autonomy, and this was reflected in the way that prescribing was used in practice. Some nurses tended to treat existing patients, had less assessment and diagnostic skills and felt little need for support. The original selection of nurses focused around the needs and wishes of individuals, but was quickly superseded by the adoption of a more strategic approach. Nurses' expectations of prescribing may influence the extent to which they use their prescribing qualification and their subsequent support needs. Adopting a strategic approach to workforce planning and preparation should help ensure that the full potential of nurse prescribing is realized.

Item Type: Article
Authors :
Carey, N
Stenner, KL
Courtenay, M
Date : May 2009
Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 28 Mar 2017 14:59
Last Modified : 31 Oct 2017 14:16

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