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Oxford Handbook of Nurse Prescribing

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’This is an essential guide for any student non-medical prescriber and all qualified nurse prescribers.’

Title: Oxford Handbook of Nurse Prescribing

Edited by: Sue Beckwith and Penny Franklin

 Publisher: Oxford University Press

 Reviewer: Helen Reeves

What was it like?

The Oxford Handbook of nurse prescribing is a pocket-sized guide for all nurse prescribers. It provides advice and support on key topics for nurse prescribers, which ranges from pharmacology, to physical exams and taking a history and accountability. It is a quick reference, concise and practical handbook that could be used by nurses in every day practice. 

What were the highlights?

Prescribing is not undertaken without having fully assessed the patient before hand. Therefore the chapter on physical examination and history taking is a vital part of prescribing, which ensures that the prescriber is prescribing the correct medication. The inclusion of consultation models enables the reader to ensure the correct style of consultation is used for each patient to ensure an effective and safe encounter is had.

Strengths & weaknesses:

The handbook is user friendly and allows for quick access to information when required. The blank pages throughout the book allow the reader to write down pertinent questions that they feel need answering. I particularly like the chapter on prescribing for medical conditions. The handbook is set out so each medical condition is separate and identifies definitions, causes, advice and treatment. This provides a quick reference guide for nurse prescribers and allow suggests non-pharmacological interventions as well. While on the whole the content is concise and accurate there are sections where it may have been more beneficial to have provided further information. For example prescribing in palliative care could have expanded on medications and dosages used to provide nurse prescribers with some context. For me the book this edition of the book is becoming dated (last published in 2007) and would benefit from an update that would reflect all the changes that have occurred to nurse prescribing. I would be interested to compare the differences from the first and second editions.

Who should read it?

This is an essential guide for any student non-medical prescriber and all qualified nurse prescribers. Future editions may be better focused at non-medical prescribers as a whole instead of just nurses.

oxford handbook of prescribing for nurses second edition

oxford handbook of prescribing for nurses second edition


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