Acute mental health nursing and prn medication administration: a review of the literature

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This literature review examines the culture of prn medication within acute inpatient mental health settings. Administering medication on a prn basis largely falls to the judgement of qualified nurses. The themes explored are an overuse and reliance on prn medication, poor documentation surrounding this practice and the need for a standardised assessment. The implications of these are deliberated, including accountability, public image and media coverage (including the Francis Inquiry Report).
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages3
Specialist publicationMental health Nursing
Publication statusPublished - 2014
Externally publishedYes


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