Quantitative analysis of mental health nurse prescribers in Scotland

Authors


A. Snowden
1 Knochdhu Place
Gourock, PA19 1DP
Scotland
UK
E-mail: austyn.snowden@uws.ac.uk

Abstract

The UK parliament approved legislation expanding prescribing rights for all registered nurses in 2006. Mental health nurses do not appear to be embracing prescribing to the same degree as their colleagues. For example, mental health nurses represent 14% of the UK nursing population, but only 3% nurse prescribing population. In order to explore this disparity, the paper discusses quantitative analysis of the following objectives: (1) describe the impact of nurse prescribing on nurse prescribers in NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde; and (2) identify differences between mental health nurse prescribers and other nurse prescribers in NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde. Following online pilot study, a 26-item questionnaire was posted to 668 nurse prescribers in NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde. A total of 365 questionnaires were returned (55.4%). Significant differences were found between mental health nurse prescribers and others in terms of age, gender, prescribing practice, academic achievement, method of prescribing, workplace, experience and attitude to prescribing. Possible reasons for these differences are suggested and form the basis of further planned research.

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