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Exclusive: Newly qualified nurses should have limited prescribing powers, draft NMC plans reveal

Graduating nurses in the UK will be given limited prescribing powers, according to the Nursing and Midwifery Council's draft education plans as seen by Nursing Standard.
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Graduating nurses in the UK will be given limited prescribing powers, according to Nursing and Midwifery Council's (NMC) draft education plans as seen by Nursing Standard

The unpublished plans, called Standards for Registered Nurse Education, are under consideration by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) in its 'radical' overhaul of nursing education.

The document offers much more detail on the skills nurses should have at the point of registration than the current guidelines.

Nurses will be able to prescribe from an 'agreed formulary', according to the standards, and should also complete a lengthy list of intravenous procedures, including venepuncture, cannulation and various intravenous therapies.

It is not clear how similar the final document will be to its current

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