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Using the British National Formulary best practice for nurse prescribers

21 September 2011

Nursing Standard

Art & Science

This article explains how the British National Formulary (BNF) should be used to facilitate safe, effective and appropriate prescribing. It also outlines, by use of...

Prescription for change

25 April 2006

Nursing Standard

General article

With a shortage of doctors to mentor nurse prescribing students, a call to allow experienced nurses to take on the role is the subject of an RCN congress resolution....

Using the British National Formulary effectively

Nursing Standard

evidence & practice

Nursing students, nurses and other healthcare professionals involved in prescribing, dispensing, administration and monitoring of medicines should be able to...

Freedom pass

28 November 2006

Nursing Standard

General Article

Earlier this year, suitably trained nurses started prescribing from virtually the entire British National Formulary

Non-medical prescribing using the British National Formulary

23 January 2008

Nursing Standard


This article explores how to maximise efficient use of the British National Formulary (BNF) within the context of non-medical prescribing. It provides an overview of...

Open AccessRole of nurses in supporting proactive deprescribing

14 January 2019

Nursing Standard


Deprescribing is the term used to describe the discontinuation of medicines. It can be either ‘reactive’, for example in response to an adverse event or therapeutic...

Understanding the pharmacology of the side effects of medicines for effective prevention of adverse drug reactions

16 December 2021

Nursing Standard


Most common adverse drug reactions (ADRs) are linked to pharmacology. No medicine has a single physiological effect, and many cause unwanted side effects in addition...

Optimising the absorption of medicines

29 June 2020

Nursing Standard


The speed and extent of medicine absorption in the human body are affected by numerous interrelated pharmacokinetic factors. To maximise therapeutic benefit and...

Medicines management in children and young people: pharmacokinetics, drug calculations and off-label drug use

22 April 2024

Nursing Children and Young People


Medicines management in children and young people presents specific challenges because children differ from adults in their response to medicines. The way in which...