Effectiveness of a computer based medication calculation education and testing programme for nurses.

Abstract:

:The aim of the study was to evaluate the effect of an on-line, medication calculation education and testing programme. The outcome measures were medication calculation proficiency and self efficacy. This quasi-experimental study involved the administration of questionnaires before and after nurses completed annual medication calculation testing. The study was conducted in two hospitals in south-east Queensland, Australia, which provide a variety of clinical services including obstetrics, paediatrics, ambulatory, mental health, acute and critical care and community services. Participants were registered nurses (RNs) and enrolled nurses with a medication endorsement (EN(Med)) working as clinicians (n=107). Data pertaining to success rate, number of test attempts, self-efficacy, medication calculation error rates and nurses' satisfaction with the programme were collected. Medication calculation scores at first test attempt showed improvement following one year of access to the programme. Two of the self-efficacy subscales improved over time and nurses reported satisfaction with the online programme. Results of this study may facilitate the continuation and expansion of medication calculation and administration education to improve nursing knowledge, inform practise and directly improve patient safety.

journal_name

Nurse Educ Today

journal_title

Nurse education today

authors

Sherriff K,Burston S,Wallis M

doi

10.1016/j.nedt.2011.01.020

subject

Has Abstract

pub_date

2012-01-01 00:00:00

pages

46-51

issue

1

eissn

0260-6917

issn

1532-2793

pii

S0260-6917(11)00040-2

journal_volume

32

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