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Nurse prescribers need training focus

I refer to your article ‘New nurse prescribing fear' (News, 17 October). We have to get nurse prescribing clear.

Independent prescribers are just that. They do not require supervision. If they require supervision they should not be independent prescribers but supplementary prescribers.

A key skill of an independent prescriber is to recognise when something is outside their expertise and ask for help – this is not the same thing as supervision.

I remain a fan of nurse prescribing but realistically the training of nurse prescribers still focuses excessively on the touchy-feely stuff rather than hard facts.

Until this is properly addressed nurse prescribing will continue to be cautious and require supervision – neither of which is helpful. Even then, support from experienced clinicians will always be necessary.

Dr Paul Charlson, Brough, East Yorkshire

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