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Factors influencing paediatric nurses' responses to medication administration

Davis, Leigh M., Ware, Robert S., McCann, Damhnat, Keogh, Samantha, & Watson, Karen (2010) Factors influencing paediatric nurses' responses to medication administration. Quality and Safety in Health Care.

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Abstract

Objective: To evaluate the importance of contextual and policy factors on nurses’ judgment about medication administration practice.----------

Design: A questionnaire survey of responses to a number of factorial vignettes in June 2004. These vignettes considered a combination of seven contextual and policy factors that were thought to influence nurses’ judgments relating to medication administration.----------

Participants: 185 (67% of eligible) clinical paediatric nursing staff returned completed questionnaires.---------

Setting: A tertiary paediatric hospital in Brisbane, Australia.----------

Results: Double checking the patient, double checking the drug and checking the legality of the prescription were the three strongest predictors of nurses’ actions regarding medication administration.---------

Conclusions: Policy factors and not contextual factors drive nurses’ judgment in response to hypothetical scenarios.

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ID Code: 31806
Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: Medication Errors, Questionnaires, Pediatric Nursing, Factorial Vignettes
DOI: 10.1136/qshc.2008.028852
ISSN: 1475-3898
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > NURSING (111000) > Clinical Nursing - Secondary (Acute Care) (111003)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Nursing
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2010 the Authors
Copyright Statement: Produced by BMJ Publishing Group Ltd under licence
Deposited On: 16 Apr 2010 10:05
Last Modified: 01 Mar 2012 00:24

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