Prescribing in pregnancy: the role of independent and supplementary nurse prescribers
As nursing practice advances to encompass prescribing, it is important to have clarity around roles and responsibilities for different groups of patients and clients. This section focuses on the role of nurses, working in advanced nursing practice roles, and who usually hold the nurse independent prescriber qualification (NIP) in relation to prescribing medicines to pregnant and postnatal women. This section does not apply to midwives who hold a NIP qualification.
The RCN recognises the important contribution advanced nursing practitioners and others working at advanced level make to practice in the expanding health and social care system. This guidance provides principles of good practice to clarify the role and care for pregnant and postnatal women. See: Advanced Level Nursing Practice and Care of Pregnant and Postnatal Women.
The following resources are available from the RCN: