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Medicines management: As a community nurse, should I become an independent nurse prescriber?

For community nurses whose prescribing powers are limited, undertaking the independent nurse prescribing course can future-proof your qualification, says medicines management expert Matt Griffiths. 
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For community nurses whose prescribing powers are limited, undertaking the independent nurse prescribing course can future-proof your qualification, says medicines management expert Matt Griffiths

The community nurse formulary for v100 and v150 prescribers is currently being reviewed by Cardiff University and the British National Formulary (BNF).

They are undertaking research into the clinical requirements of district nurses, health visitors and school nurses who prescribe using this formulary, to see what medicines they are prescribing and if any areas for expansion can be identified.

However, any changes to the formulary need approval from the health minister and the Commission for Human Medicines, who advise ministers on the safety, efficacy and quality of medicinal products. This makes it difficult to add medicines onto

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