Nurses’ Experiences of Practical Challenges Associated with Nurses’ Prescription: A Qualitative Study

Kurosh Jodaki, Mohammad Abbasi, Nahid Dehghan Nayeri


Background: Because nurse prescription has numerous benefits for the health systems, in many countries around the world, nurses are given the right to prescribe medication. In Iran, the role of nurses in prescription drugs is not well understood, and nurses face various challenges in this regard.

Materials and Methods: A qualitative content analysis methodology based on the Graneheim and Lundman model was used. Thirteen nurses working in medical wards of hospitals affiliated with the Tehran University of Medical Science were selected to participate in this study by purposeful sampling. Participants were interviewed via telephone using a semi‑structured tool. After thirteen interviews, data saturation was reached. Data collection was undertaken between April 2020 and April 2021.

Results: The results of this study are summarized in one theme, four categories, and ten subcategories. The theme extracted from the data analysis was “the practical challenges of nurse prescription,” which included four main categories: structure challenges, personnel‑related barriers, interprofessional separation, and society’s attitudes.

Conclusions: The results of this study explain the barriers and practical challenges of nurse prescription in Iran. Identifying these challenges and barriers provides the necessary evidence for policymakers to remove and adjust these challenges and barriers. Moreover, the elimination of identified challenges will help nurses better perform their new roles and develop the nursing scope and profession.


Iran, nurses, prescription, qualitative study

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