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Identifying and managing adverse drug reactions to promote medicines adherence and safety

23 May 2022

Nursing Standard


Unpleasant side effects or adverse drug reactions (ADRs) caused by medicines can have significant effects on people’s quality of life and therapeutic outcomes....

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...

Role of the nurse in supporting patients to self-manage their medicines effectively

10 January 2022

Nursing Standard


Medicines are an integral element of the effective management of many clinical conditions. As people live longer, many of them will experience multiple long-term...

Role of medicines management in preventing falls in older people

26 January 2022

Nursing Older People

Falls prevention

Falls are common in older people and are a cause of preventable morbidity and mortality. As well as causing injury, falls can result in pain, distress, loss of...

Understanding and managing common drug interactions

29 June 2022

Nursing Standard


Drug interactions are common in clinical practice and have a direct effect on patients’ morbidity and mortality. However, with the appropriate knowledge they can be...

Involving older people in decisions about deprescribing in end of life care

10 October 2022

Nursing Standard

end of life care

It is essential for all healthcare practitioners, including nurses, to recognise and respond to people’s wishes and preferences for end of life care as part of a...

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...