An article was published on the PULSE website on 14th February titled:
'Nurse independent prescriber qualification has had little overall impact on prescribing' which looks at how nurse prescribing within Primary Care has changed following the introduction of qualifications, the number of nurses registered to prescribe and the number of prescriptions being issued.
The conclusion on findings quoted in the article are as follows:
'Our findings suggest that nurse prescribing is used where it is seen to have relative advantage by all stakeholders, in particular where it supports efficiency in nursing practice and also health promotion activities by nurses in general practice. It is in these areas that there appears to be flexibility in the prescribing role between nurses and general practitioners.’
BMC Health Services Research 2014
Interesting reading! Check out Barbara Stuttle CBE (Chair of Association of Nurse Precribers) thoughts on the research, take a look at the article in full for yourself using the following link and let us know your thoughts!