I saw this headline and I thought that it was a bit unfair.
The article states
“An independent review of drug prescribing by nurses and midwives has found that it is mostly safe and correct for the patient’s medical condition.
It also found that 90% of patients believed it cut their waiting time for treatment and most supported prescribing by nurses.
Dr Jonathan Drennan, School of Nursing, Midwifery and Health Systems at UCD said nurse prescribing was a positive development.
There are 112 nurses and midwives who have trained for prescribing drugs following legislation which came into effect in 2007 allowing nurses to prescribe independently for the first time here.
The review says that most nurses’ prescriptions were written to a high standard, although a small number of drugs prescribed had the potential to interact with other medications.
It recommends that the national roll-out of nurse prescribing continue and that the type of drugs that can be prescribed be extended to include more controlled drugs.”
The phrase “a small number of drugs prescribed had the potential to interact with other medications.” is the unfair bit. There is no mention how this compares to prescribing errors by doctors, both junior & experienced. Probably just another example of media looking for an exciting headline rather than just telling the story. I’m afraid that there is no sexy headline in “Nurse prescribing, saves money and gives patients better service.” Don’t get me started on why there is no pharmacist prescribing to further better service to patients and save the HSE money. But then the HSE could probably run a great health service if it wasn’t for all those pesky patients.
Roll on the revolution brothers (& sisters & those of undetermined gender). Well at least an election.