Prescribing practice: an overview of the principles

Br J Nurs. 2021 Sep 23;30(17):1016-1022. doi: 10.12968/bjon.2021.30.17.1016.


Nurse prescribing has become a well-established aspect of advanced clinical practice working alongside key NHS principles and drivers to address the increasing complexities in patient care and the demands on the health service. Prescribing practice is governed by ethical and legal principles to ensure a holistic patient-centred approach. It has been recognised as a valuable resource that could effectively transform healthcare services to reduce hospital admissions and long hospital stays and improve the quality of life for patients with long-term conditions and multiple comorbidities. This article will provide an overview of prescribing practice.

Keywords: Accountability; Advanced practice; Autonomy; Consultation; Prescribing practice.

MeSH terms

  • Drug Prescriptions*
  • Humans
  • Quality of Life*