District nurses prescribing as nurse independent prescribers

Br J Community Nurs. 2010 Jul;15(7):348-52. doi: 10.12968/bjcn.2010.15.7.48774.


Nurse prescribing has been established in the UK since 1994, however, limited focus has been placed on the experiences of district nurses adopting this additional role. This phenomenological study explores the experiences of district nurses prescribing as nurse independent prescribers across the West of Scotland. A qualitative Heideggarian approach examined the every-day experiences of independent prescribing among district nurses. A purposive sample was used and data collected using audio taped one-to-one informal interviews. The data was analysed thematically using Colaizzi's seven procedural steps. Overall these nurses reported that nurse prescribing was a predominantly positive experience. Participants identified improvements in patient care, job satisfaction, level of autonomy and role development. However, some of the participants indicated that issues such as support, record keeping, confidence and ongoing education are all major influences on prescribing practices.

MeSH terms

  • Community Health Nursing / legislation & jurisprudence*
  • Humans
  • Interviews as Topic
  • Job Satisfaction
  • Nurse's Role*
  • Prescriptions / nursing*
  • Professional Autonomy
  • Scotland