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Vancomycin administration: mistakes made by nursing staff

04 June 2008

Nursing Standard

Art & Science

Aim To identify the number and types of errors made by assistant and technical nurses when administering intravenous (IV) vancomycin. Method Preparation and IV...

Mental health nursing and the pharmaceutical industry

01 October 2003

Mental Health Practice


There has been an increased emphasis recently on the role of the mental health nurse in the prescription, administration, titration and advice given to clients...

Aripiprazole: a new option for people with schizophrenia

01 May 2007

Mental Health Practice


Schizophrenia is a complex mental disorder characterised by a range of positive, negative and cognitive symptoms (Box 1). Positive symptoms are associated with...

Effects of interruptions to nurses during medication administration

03 February 2010

Nursing Management


Medication errors can occur at any stage of the medication process including prescribing, dispensing, preparation, administration and monitoring (Vincent et al...

Basic pharmacology of non-opioid analgesics

06 April 2010

Nursing Standard

Art & science

Non-opioid analgesics, such as aspirin, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and paracetamol, are widely used in the treatment of pain, pyrexia and inflammation....

Independent and supplementary prescribing and PGDs

31 August 2005

Nursing Standard

Art & Science

Types of prescribing for non-medical staff are discussed and clarifications made regarding the current overlap in six forms of prescribing and administration of...

Administration of medicines part 1: the law and nursing

24 September 2003

Nursing Standard


The authors outline the legal and professional consequences for nurses of failing to adhere to the law relating to the administration of medications. Part 2, next...

Delivery of intravenous therapy

09 January 2002

Nursing Standard


The complexity of intravenous therapy practice today demands a higher level of expertise and training than ever before (Weinstein 2001). In this article, Lisa...

Chemical restraint in nursing older people

01 April 2008

Nursing Older People


The inappropriate and over-prescribing of medication is an area of nursing fraught with legal and ethical considerations. It can lead to people being chemically...

Nurse prescribing in addiction services:client benefits

15 August 2006

Nursing Standard

Art & Science

Recent changes to prescribing regulations mean that nurse independent prescribers and supplementary prescribers are now able to prescribe any licensed medicine for...