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Mental Health Nurses as Non-Medical Prescribers-entering uncharted territory

Jones, Steve, Hemingway, Steve and Williams, Barry (2007) Mental Health Nurses as Non-Medical Prescribers-entering uncharted territory. Mental Health Nursing, 27 (1). pp. 14-17. ISSN 2043-7501

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    Non-medical prescribers face increased
    levels of responsibility relating to the range
    of medicines available for them to prescribe.
    However, the increasing range of drugs
    available to prescribe highlights the need to
    assimilate legal knowledge - for example
    capacity and consent - to practise safely.
    The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC,
    2004) directs nurses to work within their
    sphere of practice. Non-medical prescribers
    must have a firm knowledge of the NMC and
    National Prescribing Centre (NPC) guidelines,
    but it is just as important that common law
    and statute law should underpin practice
    before prescribing can commence. This
    paper will explore the background legislation
    specific to nurses acting in the non-medical
    prescribing role, and further highlight the
    challenges in knowledge within the legal
    concepts of consent and capacity. The
    paper will set out the historical perspective
    of non-medical prescribing legislative
    influences, with a focus on capacity and
    consent legislation.

    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 10:39
    Last Modified: 26 May 2011 10:39


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