Nurses To Prescribe Medicine - page 4

My Mom lives in New Zealand and she sent this article to me. She thinks NZ nurses are starting a trend that will eventually end up here. What do you all think? Today In New Zealand News ... Read More

  1. by   RN auditor
    A number of years ago I was a hospital corpsman in the US Navy and as a 19 year old with 6 weeks training I was allowed to examine, diagnose, and prescribe medication to other sailors under the supervision of a physician or PA. I was too young to be intimidated by it but without an advanced degree now I wouldn't even consider it. There was too much potential for misdiagnosis, wrong dosage, side effects, etc.
  2. by   acaringnurse
    i think ok for otc meds.
  3. by   woundnurse
    As a wound care specialist I often recommend treatments at physicians request but have to wait for days in order to get implemented. In some situations (and depending of area of speciality) I think its very appropriate. In my case I would only feel qualified to order topicals. Am currently in MSN program but will still not be considered advanced practice.
    Cory RN, CWOCN
  4. by   karenG
    well I am a nurse practitioner and independant nurse prescriber- can prescribe a limited number of drugs including antibiotics for strictly limited conditions. It is making a difference to the way I work and no they dont pay me enough!!!