British Association of Critical Care Nurses position statement on prescribing in critical care

Bray, Kate, Dawson, Deborah, Gibson, Vanessa, Howells, Heather, Cooper, Heather, McCormick, Joanna and Plowright, Catherine (2009) British Association of Critical Care Nurses position statement on prescribing in critical care. Nursing in Critical Care, 24 (5). pp. 224-234. ISSN 1362-1017

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1478-5153.2009.00343.x

Abstract

Background
Nurses in the UK are now one group of non-medical staff who can prescribe. This practice is evolving for critical care nursing staff who care for critically ill patients during their stay in hospital through ward and outpatient follow-up after admission to critical care.

Aim
The purposes of this paper were to present existing information regarding prescribing to support nurses in critical care currently prescribing and to inform those who are intending to prescribe.

Methods
To develop the position statement, a search of the literature was conducted using key databases. To ascertain the current level and type of prescribing in critical care, a short questionnaire was sent by email to British Association of Critical Care Nursing members, and the results of this are presented in Appendix A.

Outcomes/Results
Evidence was found in relation to the history, context in critical care, educational requirements and issues of consent related to non-medical prescribing.

Conclusions
The position statement is based upon evidence from the literature, National Health Service policy and the Nursing and Midwifery Council regulations. It takes account of the critical care patient pathway before, during and after an admission to critical care.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: independent prescriber, nursing, professional practice
Subjects: B700 Nursing
Department: Faculties > Health and Life Sciences > School of Health, Community and Education Studies > Healthcare
Depositing User: EPrints Services
Date Deposited: 05 Aug 2010 10:47
Last Modified: 10 Aug 2015 11:41
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/963

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