An exploration of why qualified mental health nurse prescribers do not prescribe

Date

2019-02-05

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Journal Title

Journal ISSN

ISSN

2052-496X

Volume Title

Publisher

MAG Open

Type

Article

Peer reviewed

Yes

Abstract

This article is an exploratory study of perceptions in mental health nurses who are qualified to prescribe yet choose not to do so. In-depth semi-structured face-to-face interviews, field notes and analysis of documents were used to investigate the perceptions of the non–prescribing nurse prescriber. A mapping exercise was conducted to identify potential participants. Interview data analysis was based on the principles of descriptive phenomenology and the research was theoretically framed within concepts of power, structure/agency and culture. This study has contributed to understanding the views of non‑prescribing mental health nurse prescribers on why they do not use their prescribing qualification. The findings from this study suggest that there are complex, interlocking factors: power and knowledge; culture; and structure and agency, which may enable or prevent mental health nurse prescribers from independently prescribing.

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Keywords

Mental health nurses, Prescribing

Citation

Oldknow, H., Gillibrand, W., and Clifton, A. (2019) An exploration of why qualified mental health nurse prescribers do not prescribe. British Journal of Mental Health Nursing, 8 (1), pp. 41-48

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Research Institute

Institute of Health, Health Policy and Social Care