Nursing & Midwifery

Nurse Prescriber’s Formulary, 1999

Display No. 91

Nurse prescribing, where nurses are allowed to prescribe medicines, was introduced to the UK in 1998. Initially there were significant restrictions on how nurses could prescribe and they had to use the Nurse Prescribers’ Formulary rather than the British National Formulary used by doctors and pharmacists.

As nurse prescribers were quickly able to demonstrate the value and quality of their work, restrictions were reviewed. The last edition of the Nurse Prescriber Formulary was published in 2005 and qualified nurse prescribers have used the British National Formulary since 2006.

Nurse Prescribers’ Formulary, 1999. Florence Nightingale Museum Collection.

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