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

Emily-May Barlow

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Abstract

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
Pages13-15
Number of pages3
Volume34
No.6
Specialist publicationMental health Nursing
Publication statusPublished - 2014
Externally publishedYes

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