What is the BNF and how can nursing students use it on placement?
The British National Formulary is the ‘bible’ for all prescribed medications. Find out how to access it and build your confidence to administer drugs safely
The British National Formulary (BNF) is essentially the bible for prescribed medication in the UK, with key information on the selection, prescribing, dispensing and administration of medicines.
A joint publication from the British Medical Association and the Royal Pharmaceutical Society, it aims to provide prescribers, pharmacists and other healthcare professionals with sound up-to-date information about the use of medicines. There is also a separate version for paediatrics, called the BNF for Children.
What is the BNF?
The BNF began as the