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Specialist nursing support: The role and nurse prescribing 

Specialist nursing support: The role and nurse prescribing
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Specialist nursing support: The role and nurse prescribing
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10.1093/med/9780198831426.003.0021
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date: 09 May 2021

Rheumatology nurse specialists are key to the delivery and the sustainability of rheumatology services. They provide nurse-led clinics utilizing advanced expert knowledge and clinical skills to ensure patients receive evidence-based quality care using a shared decision-making approach; they educate and empower patients; refer and signpost patients to other services/agencies; keep patients safe; and demonstrate improved health outcome and cost-effective use of healthcare resources. This chapter describes the different components of the nurse specialist role. It then goes on to discuss the principles and methods of nurse prescribing, including managing drug interactions. The chapter ends with a section on the role of nurse specialists in rapid access to specific services (such as early arthritis clinics).

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