Evaluating nurse prescribers' education and continuing professional development for independent prescribing practice: Findings from a national survey in England

Latter, S; Maben, J; Myall, M; Young, A; (2007) Evaluating nurse prescribers' education and continuing professional development for independent prescribing practice: Findings from a national survey in England. Nurse education today, 27 (7). pp. 685-696. ISSN 0260-6917 DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.nedt.2006.10.002

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Background: The number of nurses able to independently prescribe medicines in England has risen steadily in recent years. Aim: To evaluate the adequacy of nurses' educational preparation for independent prescribing and to describe nurses' experiences of their continuing professional development as prescribers in practice. Design and method: Postal questionnaire survey. Participants: Random sample of 246 nurses registered as nurse independent prescribers with the Nursing and Midwifery Council. Results: The majority of nurses considered that the initial taught course element of their education programme met their needs, either to some extent (61% 151/246), or completely (22% 54/246). Most nurses (77% 190/246) received the specified 12 days support from their supervising medical practitioner and most were satisfied and positive about this experience. Nearly all of the nurses (>95%) reported that they were able to maintain a range of specified prescribing competencies in practice. Two thirds (62% 152/246) of the sample reported that they were receiving support/supervision for prescribing. Ninety five per cent (233/246) of the sample also reported that they engaged in setf-directed informal continuing professional development, but only half of the sample had experience of formally provided professional development opportunities. Approximately half (52% 127/246) of the sample identified needs for continuing professional development. Conclusion: This first national survey of the education and professional development experiences of nurse independent prescribers in England provides evidence which highlights areas in which national policy is working welt, and also points up issues which may need addressing as the rot[ out of nurse prescribing continues. The study also highlights characteristics and issues that health care policy makers and nurse educationalists internationally may wish to consider in developing and refining their own nurse prescriber education programmes. (C) 2006 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Attitude of Health Personnel, Clinical Competence, standards, Curriculum, Delegation, Professional, Drug Monitoring, nursing, Education, Nursing, Continuing, organization & administration, England, Humans, Needs Assessment, Nurse Clinicians, education, organization & administration, psychology, Nurse Practitioners, education, organization & administration, psychology, Nurse's Role, psychology, Nursing Assessment, Nursing Education Research, Nursing Methodology Research, Pharmacology, education, Pharmacopoeias as Topic, Physician-Nurse Relations, Prescriptions, Drug, nursing, Professional Autonomy, Questionnaires, Self Efficacy, Social Support
Faculty and Department: Faculty of Public Health and Policy > Dept of Health Services Research and Policy
PubMed ID: 17123668
Web of Science ID: 250026100004
URI: http://researchonline.lshtm.ac.uk/id/eprint/8550


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