Give and keep up an elevated requirement of nursing care for patients as well as providing nursing assistance to the physicians and other members of the team. The duties will include all tasks normally undertaken by an experienced RGN and in addition, any roles agreed between the nurse and the Physicians as appropriate, having regard to current training.
Prescribing is no longer the sole province of Physicians and dentists. There are now about 20000 nurse prescribers in the UK. And other healthcare professionals who are or are due to become prescribers include pharmacists, chiropodists and podiatrists, dieticians, occupational therapists, optometrists, orthoptists, physiotherapists, prosthetists and orthotists, radiographers, speech and language therapists.
- Provide advice, consultation and data about a scope of health conditions and minor ailments, referring to other members of the practice team as essential.
- Performing investigatory procedures.
- Performing minor operations.
- Conducting first-registration checks.
- Setting up and running facilities for conditions, for example, asthma, diabetes and skin issue and additionally well-lady/man centers.
- Giving contraceptive advice and fitting contraceptive devices;
- Offering cervical smear and pregnancy tests.
- Taking blood and urine samples, other specimens and swabs.
- Performing routine procedures, such as ear syringing, eye washing, applying and removing dressings, and treating wounds, etc.
- Offering specialist information and advice in areas such as blood pressure, weight control, smoking cessation, heart conditions, etc.
- Administering infant injections and vaccinations.
- Offer a holistic approach to travel health, providing comprehensive advice to patients prior to travel including administering travel immunisations and medicines, safe sex, food hygiene and sun protection.
- Offering first aid and emergency treatment, as required.
- Advising patients in respect to their continuing medical and nursing needs.
- Re-stocking and maintaining clinical areas and consulting rooms.
- Taking accurate and legible notes of all consultations and treatments and recording these in patients’ notes according to NMC guidelines.
- Updating/amending the clinical computer system with details of patient and treatments.
- Liaising with other practice nurses, GPs, reception and office staff.
- Offer advice about childhood and adult vaccinations.
- Guarantee familiarity with statutory and nearby clinical security methods, including frameworks of referral. Ability to recognise signs of and symptoms of child/adult abuse.
- Ability to obtain and document informed consent (either verbal or written).
- To be an Infection Control champion.
Benefits Of Nurse Prescribing
The benefits of nurse prescribing identified by the review included:
- Enhancement of RN’s ‘skills’ and facilitating continuity of patient care.
- Improved access to timely treatment including medications.
- Improved cost effectiveness.
- Potential for improved relationships among RNs, medical practitioners and pharmacists.
- Opportunities for nurses to have increased professional recognition and respect, enhanced career development and increased nursing autonomy.
- nurse prescribing had not affected national costs.
- most nurse prescribing substituted for prescribing by General Practitioners.
- General Practitioners continued to be responsible for prescribing the vast majority of items in the Nurse Prescribers’ Formulary and their associated costs.