In brief: Nurse prescribers need more support

Lack of specialist training and of support in practice are two of the factors hindering supplementary nurse prescribing for skin conditions. Questionnaires were completed by 580 qualified supplementary nurse prescribers who prescribed for skin conditions, 90 per cent of whom worked in primary care. Only a minority used supplementary prescribing to treat skin conditions, those with specialist dermatology training using this mode of prescribing most often. The researchers cited several factors, including lack of peer support and clinical management plans, as reasons why such prescribing was not more widespread.
Carey N, Courtenay M, Burke J. J Clin Nurs 2007; Epub ahead of print.

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