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How nurse prescribing is being used in diabetes services: views of nurses and team members

Carey, N., Stenner, K. and Courtenay, Molly 2010. How nurse prescribing is being used in diabetes services: views of nurses and team members. Journal of Nursing in Healthcare and Chronic Illness 2 (1) , pp. 13-21. 10.1111/j.1752-9824.2010.01043.x

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Abstract

Aim.  To explore the views of nurses, doctors, non-nurse prescribers and administrative staff on how nurse prescribing is being used in diabetes services. Background.  Nurse-led services enhance care and improve outcomes for patients with diabetes. Research indicates that care delivered by nurse prescribers can improve efficiency and support new ways of working. There is no evidence reported that explores nurses and team member views on how nurse prescribing is being used in diabetes services. Method.  A collective case study of nine practice settings across England in which nurses prescribed medicines for patients with diabetes. A thematic analysis of semi-structured interview data collected during 2007 and 2008. Participants were qualified nurse prescribers, administrative staff, doctors and non-prescribing nurses. Findings.  Nurse prescribing was reported to enhance and support a variety of models of diabetes care. It enabled nurses to work more independently and provide a more streamlined service. Maintaining a team approach ensured that nurses continued to learn and maintained good relationships with doctors. Conclusion.  Nurse prescribing is being successfully used to support and develop more streamlined services for patients with diabetes. Individual and organisational factors, as well as the interpretation of policy initiatives are reported to influence how prescribing is used in practice. Understanding the implications of these forces is important if the full potential of this new and developing role is to be realised. Relevance to clinical practice.  Nurses have an important role to play in the medicines management of patients with diabetes. Nurse prescribing supports and enhances established diabetes services. Prescribing allows nurses to develop diabetes services around the needs of the individual and introduce new ways of working such as the single review process.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Healthcare Sciences
Publisher: WileyBlackwell
ISSN: 1752-9816
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 07:58
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/70827

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