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Continuing professional development needs of nursing and allied health professionals with responsibility for prescribing.
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PMID:  25240679     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
BACKGROUND: Continuing professional development (CPD) for non-medical prescribers is recognised as being pivotal in maintaining up -to -date knowledge and skills influencing prescribing competence. This study was, therefore, designed to ascertain the aspirations, priorities and preferred mode of CPD for non-medical prescribers.
METHOD: Qualitative data were derived from semi-structured in-depth interviews and a focus group given by 16 allied health professionals working in primary and secondary care settings. A topic guide was used to cover clinical decision-making (including difficult decisions), legal aspects of prescribing and diagnostic issues. A content analysis of the verbatim transcripts enabled four key emerging themes to be identified, thus offering a basis for developing a greater understanding of the CPD needs of non-medical prescribers.
RESULTS: The four key emerging themes identified are the following: Theme 1: "Personal anxiety undermining confidence to prescribe", Theme 2: "External barriers and other factors that exacerbate anxiety", Theme 3: "Need for support identified through coping strategies", and Theme 4: "Preferred mode or style of learning".
DISCUSSION: The findings suggest that anxiety and lack of confidence in non-medical prescribing pose a significant challenge for CPD. Strategies that are most likely to improve prescribing confidence are through a blended learning approach. Local higher education and workplace employer collaboration is an appropriate step forward to achieve this.
Robert S Weglicki; Julie Reynolds; Peter H Rivers
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2014-8-27
Journal Detail:
Title:  Nurse education today     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1532-2793     ISO Abbreviation:  Nurse Educ Today     Publication Date:  2014 Aug 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2014-9-21     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8511379     Medline TA:  Nurse Educ Today     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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Copyright © 2014 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
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