Chapter 4. How to Get Nurse Prescribing to Work Safely

  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.ch4

Nurse Prescribing in Mental Health

Nurse Prescribing in Mental Health

How to Cite

Jones, A. (2009) How to Get Nurse Prescribing to Work Safely, in Nurse Prescribing in Mental Health, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444311624.ch4

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



  • getting nurse prescribing to work safely;
  • supplementary prescriber to independent prescriber;
  • reduced level of prescribing;
  • access to continuous professional development;
  • traditional role of nurse as direct ‘caregiver’ opposed to ‘treatment provider’;
  • legal responsibilities of nurse prescribing and fear of litigation;
  • making nurse prescribing happen;
  • getting yourself a good mentor;
  • growth of nurse-prescribing activity


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Reasons why nurses are not prescribing

  • Making nurse prescribing happen

  • Tensions with independent prescribing

  • Transitions along the prescribing competency line

  • General principles of safe prescribing

  • Conclusion