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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...

The medicines refrigerator and the importance of the cold chain in the safe storage of medicines

04 October 2017

Nursing Standard


The medicines refrigerator is a common piece of equipment found in clinical areas. It is used to ensure specific medicines are safely stored within a narrow...

Medicines optimisation: priorities and challenges

23 March 2016

Nursing Standard


Medicines optimisation is promoted in a guideline published in 2015 by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence. Four guiding principles underpin...

Safe storage and handling of vaccines

19 February 2014

Nursing Standard


Safe vaccine storage and handling is essential to ensure that the ‘cold chain’ that refrigerates the vaccine at a temperature between +2°C and +8°C is maintained...

Medicines optimisation

01 April 2013

Primary Health Care

Art & Science

In January 2012 the Royal College of Nursing’s advanced nurse practitioner (ANP) forum started a project to involve patients in prescribing decisions. It was evident...

Understanding the human and system factors involved in medication errors

18 July 2018

Nursing Standard

evidence and practice

Medication errors involving patients are a serious concern in healthcare practice. Nurses, more than any other healthcare professional group, are principally...

Reducing the risk of medication errors in cancer settings

01 February 2021

Cancer Nursing Practice

medication errors

There is a high incidence of medication errors across the NHS that results in significant harm to patients. There is also a lack of literature that explores the...

Improving medicine taking in epilepsy

13 November 2008

Paediatric Nursing


Many factors influence medicine taking in children and young people with epilepsy. Background knowledge of epilepsy and its management, an understanding of how...

Can community pharmacy practitioners support patients who take oral anticancer medication? Patients’ needs and views

06 December 2018

Cancer Nursing Practice

Service evaluation

As more oral anticancer agents are available community pharmacy practitioners (CPPs) may need to play a greater role in supporting people with cancer. This article...

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...