Table 1 : Description of included studies and results.

Study Objective Design and population Main Findings Quality Score
Manias, Atiken& Dunning ; 2005
Graduate nurses’ communication with health professionals when managing patients’ medications
To investigate how nurses communicated
with other medical professionals about their medication management activities in the acute care settings
Participant observation and semi-structured interviews for 12 graduate nurses with university degrees employed in a metropolitan public hospital, in Melbourne, Australia Nurses communicated informally with physicians when reasons for prescribing certain medications required clarification in light of the patient’s medical condition. Nurses were observed to reserve the use of antihypertensive drugs in patients with unstable pulse and blood pressure and to convey this information to physicians. 10
Lewis & Tully; 2009
Uncomfortable prescribing decisions in hospitals: the impact of teamwork
To examine the effect that interdisciplinary team collaboration had upon United Kingdom hospital physicians' prescribing decisions Critical incident technique and in-depth interviews for 48 doctors of varying grades from four United Kingdom hospitals Physicians of all grades reported several incidents of uncomfortable prescription decisions related to pressure to prescribe from nurses in their early careers. 
Junior physicians discussed the pressure they felt from nurses to prescribe sedatives as it was easier for them to prescribe than to decline nurses’ requests.
Doctors reported that they became more likely to resist the pressure that nurses exerted on them to prescribe once they became registrars.
Jutel&Menkes; 2010
Nurses’ reported influence on the prescription and use of medication  
To report the set of activities senior nurses undertake which may influence the  prescription and use of medicines Parallel web- and paper-based surveys of 100 senior registered nurses employed by government-funded health boards in two distinct New Zealand regions 79% (74/94) recommended treatments or medication choices to prescribing physicians; 79% (74/95) provided counseling to patients about over-the-counter drugs; 77% (71/92) participated in the drafting and development of guidelines that included the use of drugs, checking charts and drug protocols, or discussing medications required for discharge. 9% (8/92) used generic names with professionals and both generic and commercial names with patients. 7.5
Edwards; 2011
Covering more territory to fight
resistance: considering nurses’ role in antimicrobial stewardship
To examine the extent of nurses’ contribution to the antimicrobial management within an in-patient health context Expert opinion in the United Kingdom Nurses can influence the physicians’ prescribing decisions by encouraging drug compliance, monitoring prescription decisions and reducing prescribing errors (Castledine, 2006; Jutel&Menkes, 2010).
Nurses’ introduction of non-pharmacological approaches and patient education to reduce pain has consequently decreased patients’ dependence on drugs (Wells-Federman et al, 2002).
Nurses may feel demoralized to participate in antimicrobial management programs due to lack of knowledge, which is closely related to construct of power, especially within acute care context (Hindess, 1996).
Prescribers may be reluctant to challenge the decisions and instructions of more senior colleagues, which refer to the “prescribing etiquette” (Lewis & Tully, 2009).
Chaaban et al.Journal of Nursing  2018 5:2DOI : 10.7243/2056-9157-5-2