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Medicines management: Is it safe for newly qualified nurses to be allowed to prescribe?

Allowing newly qualified nurses to prescribe from a limited formulary could give patients safer access to medicines, says medicines management expert Matt Griffiths. 
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Allowing newly qualified nurses to prescribe from a limited formulary could give patients safer access to medicines, says medicines management expert Matt Griffiths

As part of its overhaul of nursing education, the Nursing and Midwifery Council is considering allowing newly qualified nurses to prescribe from a limited formulary.

When I first heard this, I was concerned. I have pushed for nurse prescribing to be developed over the years, and was fearful of opening the floodgates to many more junior staff becoming prescribers.

But after further thought, I reviewed my position. What is being considered is a limited formulary, so why shouldn't newly qualified staff have limited prescribing rights?

Many of the things on the community nurse formulary are products such as dressings, catheters and creams, which most newly qualified staff

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