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Registered nurses, nurse specialists and physicians have a neutral to moderately positive view on nurse prescribing, though physicians still have patient safety concerns
  1. Merav Ben-Natan
  1. Pat Matthews Academic School of Nursing, Hillel Yaffe Medical Center, Hadera, Israel
  1. Correspondence to : Dr Merav Ben-Natan, Pat Matthews Academic School of Nursing, Hillel Yaffe Medical Centre, PO Box 169, Hadera 38100, Israel; meraav{at}

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Implications for practice and research

  • The process of assigning medical roles to nurses has to be gradual and stepwise.

  • The influence of this process on the consequences for the nursing and medical professions, and for the quality of care, should be investigated further.


The number of countries where nurses are legally permitted to prescribe medication has grown considerably. Physicians’ and nurses’ attitudes towards nurse prescribing vary. However, direct comparisons between the views of doctors and nurses are scarce and are …

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