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The Development of mental health nurses as prescribers: quantifying the emergence

Hemingway, Steve and Harris, Neil (2006) The Development of mental health nurses as prescribers: quantifying the emergence. Mental Health Nursing, 26 (6). pp. 14-16. ISSN 2043-7501

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    Abstract

    Background prescribing by mental
    health nurses (MHN) is a reality and very much
    part of future care provision. However, there is
    little information which show the areas where
    nurses are developing as prescribers. The aim
    of this study was to get an impression of the
    characteristics of the emerging MHN
    prescribing population.
    A convenience sample of 46 MHNs who had
    completed or were undertaking the extended/
    supplementary prescribing course were asked
    to completed a questionnaire. The survey
    provided useful data across a range of
    variables, which indicate the demographic
    profile of nurse prescribers and develop an
    understanding of how this resource is being
    utilised within clinical practice. Cross
    tabulations display how demographic aspects
    played a part in MHNs developing as
    prescribers
    The results also show the emergence is
    mainly in the community and clinic settings.
    Age and experience seem to play a major role
    as to whether the MHN develops as a nonmedical
    prescriber. Experiential competence
    grounded by training seems to be the way
    ahead when planning for the new service in
    mental health care.

    Item Type: Article
    Subjects: R Medicine > RT Nursing
    Schools: School of Human and Health Sciences
    School of Human and Health Sciences > Ageing and Mental Health Research Group
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    Depositing User: Stephen Hemingway
    Date Deposited: 26 May 2011 10:34
    Last Modified: 26 May 2011 10:34
    URI: http://eprints.hud.ac.uk/id/eprint/10556

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