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Nurse independent prescriber qualification has had little overall impact on prescribing


I think the biggest issue causing nurses not to take up IP is due to lack of practice recognition of this qualification which is not reflected in their pay! --- For many practices it doesn't really decrease workload for the GP employers and they become vicariously liable for a very exposed area of medicine. We wouldn't want one of our nurses to undertake this because we're not convinced that the courses and training cover prescribing in anywhere near the depth required for safe prescribing. I know that this will generate howls of protest from the nurse prescribers (who may well be very safe) but, in our opinion, it still falls far short of the level of pharmacology and prescribing experience that a new GP registrar would have and the risks don't outweigh the benefits. Finally, I suspect a very large proportion of the nursing population wouldn't want the additional responsibility that goes with this role anyway.

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17 Feb 2014

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