Chapter 9. Nurse Prescribers Working as Part of a Team

  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.ch9

Nurse Prescribing in Mental Health

Nurse Prescribing in Mental Health

How to Cite

Jones, A. (2009) Nurse Prescribers Working as Part of a Team, in Nurse Prescribing in Mental Health, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444311624.ch9

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



  • psychiatric care today and nurse prescribers' role;
  • nurse-prescribing journey - better use of nurses' skills and knowledge within team;
  • prescribing responsibilities in teams;
  • proxy prescribing - use of pro re nata (as required) (PRN) medication;
  • teams - nurses, social workers, occupational therapists and psychiatrists;
  • teams as part of mental health services;
  • professional fragmentation;
  • mental illness and disability - models, muddles and medicine


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • What is all the fuss about?

  • So who does the prescribing now?

  • Nature of teams

  • Is teamwork effective?

  • Professional control

  • Professional fragmentation

  • Professional disputes and rivalry

  • Views on mental illness and disability: Models, muddles and medicine

  • What impact will nurse prescribing have on other team members and the functioning of the team?

  • Strategies to overcome team tensions

  • Using teams and team functioning to help improve medicines management

  • Conclusion