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Proposals for registered nurse prescribing: perceptions and intentions of nurses working in primary health care settings

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posted on 2023-02-22, 22:55 authored by Jillian WilkinsonJillian Wilkinson
INTRODUCTION: In 2013, the Nursing Council of New Zealand consulted on a proposal for introduction of registered nurse (RN) prescribing at two levels (specialist and community) within the designated class of prescriber. The proposal builds on the success of the diabetes nurse specialist prescribing project and the experience of other countries where RN prescribing is well established. AIM: To describe the views and intentions of nurses who work in primary health care (PHC) settings about the two levels of RN prescribing proposed. METHODS: The study involved a self-reported survey using a non-probability sample of RNs working in PHC settings (N=305). Quantitative and qualitative data were analysed descriptively. RESULTS: The respondents were experienced nurses. Overall, 82.3% expressed interest in becoming a community nurse prescriber, and 62.6% expressed interest in the specialist prescriber level. RN prescribing was expected to improve efficiency and access to medicines for high-needs populations, clarify accountability and improve nurses' autonomy. The education requirements for the specialist level were viewed as appropriate but too onerous for many. Requirements were viewed as inadequate for the community level. Concerns were raised about funding for education and support for RN prescribing roles. DISCUSSION: Nurses were positive about the proposals and see a potential to meet significant unmet health need. Nurses are already engaged in the provision of medicines to patients and prescribing authority would ensure they are suitably qualified to engage in these tasks. A clear policy platform will be needed if the proposed levels of RN prescribing are to be successfully implemented. KEYWORDS: New Zealand; prescribing; primary health care; registered nurses

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Wilkinson, J. (2015). Proposals for registered nurse prescribing: perceptions and intentions of nurses working in primary health care settings. Journal of Primary Health Care, 7(4), 299-299. https://doi.org/10.1071/hc15299

Journal title

Journal of Primary Health Care

Volume

7

Issue

4

Publication date

2015-01-01

Pagination

299-299

Publisher

CSIRO Publishing

Publication status

Published

Contribution type

Article

Online publication date

2015-12-01

ISSN

1172-6156

eISSN

1172-6156

Language

en