IJERPH, Vol. 17, Pages 2417: The Implementation Process of Nurse Prescribing in Poland —A Descriptive Study

IJERPH, Vol. 17, Pages 2417: The Implementation Process of Nurse Prescribing in Poland—A Descriptive Study International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health doi: 10.3390/ijerph17072417 Authors: Zimmermann Cieplikiewicz Wąż Gaworska-Krzemińska Olczyk The study aimed to investigate the situation of nurse prescribing, introduced in Poland in 2016, by analyzing the opinions of nurses, expected to be influential on nurses’ actual practices, in response to legislative change to enable nurses to prescribe and comparing this with actual nurse prescribing behaviours during the early years of the legislation. The paper fills a knowledge gap and provides baseline data analysis for subsequent research. Nurses’ opinions were collected during the period they were preparing themselves for prescribing. That data was compared with data on the character and extent of nurses’ actual prescribing practices over the first two years of implementation. The study showed the number of nurse prescriptions increased. Comparing the first and second years of nurse prescribing, the number of nurse independent prescriptions more than doubled. Over the same period, the number of nurse supplementary prescriptions increased almost six-fold. The implementation of nurse prescribing has increased the scope of nursing care, especially in the treatment of the infections, pain and chronic conditions in the elderly.
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