Nurse prescribing in Spain: The law and the curriculum

Angel Romero-Collado, Marta Raurell-Torreda, Edurne Zabaleta-Del-Olmo, Carolina Rascon-Hernan, Erica Homs-Romero

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    © 2017 John Wiley & Sons Australia, Ltd. In this cross-sectional study, we explored course content related to pharmacology and/or healthcare products and supplies in all nursing degree programs in Spain. Changes in nurse-prescribing legislation in Spain require that nurses take a certification course before prescribing over-the-counter products and medications. Using a cross-sectional descriptive study, between July and September 2014, the degree programs of all centers that offer a degree in nursing in Spain were examined, selecting those with course information available online. All centers offered at least one pharmacology course. One-third of the required courses had content related to pharmacology and healthcare products/supplies. The analysis showed that the course content and training received during the current nursing degree program provides the knowledge and skills needed to prescribe healthcare products/supplies and medications that do not now require a doctor's prescription, without the need for additional training and certification. It is essential that government regulation of nursing education be aligned with nursing competencies, curriculum standards, clinical practice, and evidence-based research to provide the maximum level of confidence for nursing professionals and their patients.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)373-380
    JournalNursing and Health Sciences
    Issue number3
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Sept 2017


    • cross-sectional descriptive study
    • curriculum
    • nursing education
    • pharmacology
    • prescription
    • professional competence


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