Chapter 10. Ethical and Legal Issues in Mental Health Nurse Prescribing

  1. DR Adrian Jones RN, BN (HONS), PHD Nurse Consultant Visiting Reader in Psychiatric Nursing1,2

Published Online: 1 JUL 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444311624.ch10

Nurse Prescribing in Mental Health

Nurse Prescribing in Mental Health

How to Cite

Jones, A. (2009) Ethical and Legal Issues in Mental Health Nurse Prescribing, in Nurse Prescribing in Mental Health, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444311624.ch10

Author Information

  1. 1

    North Wales NHS Trust, UK

  2. 2

    Glyndwr University, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 1 JUL 2009
  2. Published Print: 20 MAR 2009

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405170925

Online ISBN: 9781444311624



  • ethical and legal issues in mental health nurse prescribing;
  • clinical situations and serious consequences for patient;
  • Bolitho Test - problem for nurse prescribers;
  • supplementary prescribing and clinical management plan;
  • utilitarian approach - nurse prescribing decisions and the greatest good for people;
  • accountability and freedom to act;
  • delegated responsibility within supplementary prescribing framework;
  • beneficence and iatrogenisis and poor prescribing practice


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Legal framework

  • Expanding practice

  • When situations go wrong

  • Liability

  • Negligence

  • Ethical theory

  • Autonomy

  • Accountability and freedom to act

  • Delegation

  • Paternalism

  • Beneficence

  • Privilege

  • Knowledge and confidence

  • Mental Health Act

  • Capacity and consent

  • Pharmaceutical industry

  • Conclusion