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The Textbook of Non-Medical Prescribing

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Title: The Textbook of Non-Medical Prescribing

Authors: Dilyse Nuttall & Jane Rutt-Howard

Publisher: Blackwell Publishing -2001

Reviewer: Julie Fawcett, specialist nurse, bladder and bowel service, South Tyneside Foundation Trust


What was it like?

This book is a great text book for all those undergoing the non-medical prescribing course in order to be able to prescribe safely and effectively. It is well laid out and has activities and case studies throughout, which are great for getting to grips with key concepts. Many books relating to this subject can be in too much detail and not always related to practice. This title, however, has a good mixture of information that you can relate to your own clinical practice. It has a useful contents page, enabling you to easily find the chapter you need without searching for the page you need. The activities sections at the end of each chapter also offer the reader further reading ideas, for example, websites to visit or points to consider, which is great for learning. I would thoroughly recommend this book to anyone like me who has found the non-medical prescribing a challenge.

All in all a really informative and applicable book, which is well written by two authors who are also nurses and nurse prescribers.


What were the highlights? 

Easy to read and well laid out.

Strengths & weaknesses:

Contents well laid out. Activities at each section. Looks at so many aspects of non-medical prescribing and the realistic challenges that may occur in clinical practice. As for the weaknesses - I honestly can’t see any.

Who should read it?

Any health professional that is planning or studying to be a non-medical prescriber.

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