Comparing nurses’ and doctors’ views of nurse prescribing: a questionnaire survey
Courtenay, M. and Berry, D.C. (2007) Comparing nurses’ and doctors’ views of nurse prescribing: a questionnaire survey. Nurse Prescribing, 5 (5). pp. 205-210. ISSN 1479-9189
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Nurses have successfully adopted the role of prescriber in numerous health care settings in the UK. Existing research has not addressed how Nurse Independent and Nurse Supplementary Prescribers compare with doctors in terms of the perceived advantages and disadvantages of nurse prescribing, nor has the perceived importance of nurses providing patients with an explanation about their medicines been established. The current study utilized a random sample of 31 qualified Nurse Independent and Nurse Supplementary Prescribers and 30 general practitioners who self-completed a written questionnaire in an independent groups design. The study establishes nurses’ and doctors’ perceptions of the advantages and disadvantages of independent and supplementary nurse prescribing and provides some indication of the importance that nurses and doctors place on nurses providing an explanation about medicines, and the categories of information perceived to be important.