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Integrating Medicines Management Into Mental Health Nursing in UK

Snowden, Austyn



There is increasing concern that mental health nurses in UK are inadequately trained in medicines management. Recommended solutions entail proposals for further training to improve safety for service users. Although fundamentally important, these organizational approaches lack a conceptual framework to explain how individual practitioners develop competence in medicines management. This is important because applying knowledge of how individuals learn makes strategic interventions more effective. This article presents empirical evidence of how individual mental health nurse prescribers develop competence in prescribing within the context of the therapeutic relationship. It is proposed that these findings can then be extended to inform medicines management training relevant to all mental health nurses, whether prescribers or not.


Snowden, A. (2010). Integrating Medicines Management Into Mental Health Nursing in UK. Archives of Psychiatric Nursing, 24, 178-188.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date 2010-06
Deposit Date Aug 27, 2015
Print ISSN 0883-9417
Electronic ISSN 1532-8228
Publisher Elsevier
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 24
Pages 178-188
Keywords Mental health nursing; medicines management; nurse prescribers;
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