Current Curriculum Of Medication Administration Essay

761 Words Nov 21st, 2016 4 Pages
Medication administration is an essential component of nursing skills which require critical thinking ability to ensure patient safety, quality care, and prevention of medication administration errors. “A medication error is any preventable event that may cause or lead to inappropriate medication use or patient harm while the medication is in the control of the health care professional or consumer” (National Coordinating Council for Medication Error Reporting and Prevention, 2006). Currently, errors of medication exist due to interruptions and distractions during this procedure. The authors of this article are Carolyn Hayes, RN, Deborah Jackson, Ph.D., RN, Patricia M Davidson, Ph.D., RN, FAAN, and Tamara Power, Ph.D., RN. The purpose of this article is to explore the current curriculum of medication administration and, identify gaps when managing distractions and interruptions taken place during the medication administration process. A quality improvement project to reduce the amount of injuries and deaths related to medication errors is an essential goal that must be implemented into nursing practice. Any distraction can lead to a mistake during the process of medication administration and have serious consequences of the patient’s wellbeing. Distraction strategies and teaching methods to reduce errors during medication administration may enhance the nurses’ ability to navigate through situations where interruptions and distractions are inevitable (Hayes, Jackson,…

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