Blanchflower J et al (2013) Breaking through the barriers to nurse prescribing. Nursing Times; 109: 31/32, 12-13
“A legislation amendment in 2012 has increased the role of independent nurse prescribers. However, both internal and external barriers still remain that prevent nurses from undertaking nurse prescribing training. This article discusses these barriers and offers suggestions for overcoming them and encouraging more nurses to undertake the training.”
This article examines the literature on nurse prescribing and suggests that internal factors, such as a lack of confidence and motivation, can influence nurses’ decisions not to undertake nurse prescribing training. More worryingly, it notes that conflict between professions and the attitudes of employers are also highly influential and studies have found that these factors are the reasons why some nurses do not undertake the training.
- Are you a nurse prescriber? Did you come up against any barriers when undertaking the training?
- What would put you off becoming a nurse prescriber?
- Does conflict between professions prevent nurses from furthering their career?
- Is your employer open to nurses undertaking further training?