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The Advanced Practice Registered Nurse as a Prescriber

The Advanced Practice Registered Nurse as a Prescriber

Marie Annette Brown (Editor), Louise Kaplan (Editor)

ISBN: 978-0-470-96325-8 December 2011 Wiley-Blackwell 284 Pages




A new era of opportunity is emerging for advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) to increasingly address gaps in access to quality healthcare.  APRNs must be prepared to practice to the full scope of their education and abilities.  As more and more states pass legislation enhancing prescriptive authority and fully autonomous practice for APRNs, a comprehensive resource on prescribing practices is needed.

The increasing demands of today's fast-paced healthcare environment require a new level of prescriber expertise. Knowledge about medication characteristics and effectiveness must be accompanied by an understanding of the context and process of prescribing. The Advanced Practice Registered Nurse as a Prescriber provides practicing APRNs and students with the information necessary to make fully informed, rational and ethical decisions as prescribers.

This book opens with an overview of the role of the APRN prescriber and moves on to discussing practical issues such as managing difficult patient situations, special considerations when prescribing controlled substances, the influence of pharmaceutical marketing, state regulation, and legal aspects of prescribing.  The book also examines barriers to prescribing, and the concluding chapter underscores key information to build cultural competence when prescribing.

An evidence-based resource for all APRNs and APRN students, The Advanced Practice Registered Nurse as a Prescriber provides a comprehensive and practical resource essential for APRNs in all advanced practice roles.


1 What Do APRN Prescribers Need to Understand?
Marie Annette Brown and Louise Kaplan

2 Embracing the Prescriber Role as an APRN
Nancy J. Crigger, Elizabeth K. Kessler, Louise Kaplan, and Marie Annette Brown

3 Creating a Practice Environment for Fully Autonomous Prescriptive Authority
Marie Annette Brown and Louise Kaplan

4 Strategies for Assessing, Monitoring, and Addressing Special Considerations with Controlled Substances
Pamela Stitzlein Davies

5 Managing Difficult Patient Situations
Donna Poole, Marie Annette Brown, and Louise Kaplan

6 The Influences of Pharmaceutical Marketing on APRN Prescribing
Elissa Ladd

7 Regulation of Prescriptive Authority
Tracy Klein

8 Legal Aspects of Prescribing
Carolyn Buppert

9 The Role of Cultural Competence in Prescribing Medications
Mary Sobralske, Louise Kaplan, and Marie Annette Brown


“This comprehensive resource is excellent for student, novice, and experienced advanced practice nurses. The book is intended to help APRNs adopt the role of prescribing with competence and expertise. The evidence-based data will help practitioners develop strong practices and provide patients with expert care.”  (Doody’s, 1 February 2013)


  • Provides an up-to-date, evidence-based resource for APRNs in a prescribing role
  • Assists with managing the special circumstances surrounding the prescription of controlled substances
  • Offers strategies that build expertise to meet the challenges of difficult patient situations
  • Examines approaches to addressing the barriers APRNs confront when prescribing medications
  • Prepares prescribers to navigate the complex regulatory, legal and ethical issues surrounding prescribing