Mental Health Nurse Prescribing: Challenges in Theory and Practice

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This article addresses the historical context of mental health nursing and its relationship to nurse prescribing.; examines some of the theoretical and philosophical forces that have molded modern mental health nursing, discussing the tensions between the medical model and the psychosocial models favoured by many mental health nurse academics and practitioners over the last forty years; and finally discusses the issues and challenges around commencing prescribing in practice, especially when nurse prescribing is not integral to the practitioner’s role. The article intends to examine the theoretical basis for mental health nurse prescribing, to discuss some of the theoretical tensions which are implicit; and describes briefly the author’s own experience as a recently qualified nurse prescriber.

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Evans D., (2009) “Mental Health Nurse Prescribing: Challenges in Theory and Practice”, Mental Health and Learning Disabilities Research and Practice 6(1). doi: https://doi.org/10.5920/mhldrp.2009.6197

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