Pro re nata medication for psychiatric inpatients: time to act.

@article{Hilton2008ProRN,
  title={Pro re nata medication for psychiatric inpatients: time to act.},
  author={Michael F Hilton and Harvey Whiteford},
  journal={The Australian and New Zealand journal of psychiatry},
  year={2008},
  volume={42 7},
  pages={555-64}
}
Pro re nata (PRN; 'as needed') medication is an archetypal mainstay for managing acute psychiatric inpatient symptoms and behaviours. Psychiatric and mental health nursing practices have circumnavigated the development of a uniform medical-ethical standard for the administration of PRN psychotropic medication. This paper examines the evidence for administration of PRN psychotropic medications and, in the context of evidence-based best practice, current mental health policy and professional… CONTINUE READING