Dishing the drugs: a qualitative study to explore paediatric nurses'attitudes and practice related to medication administration

Davis, Leigh M., Keogh, Samantha J., Watson, Karen, & McCann, Damhnat (2005) Dishing the drugs: a qualitative study to explore paediatric nurses'attitudes and practice related to medication administration. Collegian, 12(4), pp. 15-20.


Aims. the objectives of this study were to identify nurses' attitudes toward medication policies and the perceived factors that influence nurses' adherence to the medication policy or their ability to follow policy in the clinical environment of a tertiary paediatric hospital. Methods. Using a focus group methodology, data were collated from a group of 32 nurses working in eight clinical areas of a tertiary paediatric hospital. Each discussion was transcribed and the data were subjected to a qualitatively based content analysis. Results/findings. Four main categories emerged from the data includingaccessibility of information, time constraints, practice issues and professional conflict. Conclusions. Medication administration is a complex area of paediatric nursing practice. In an innovative attempt to assist in understanding nursing medication practice, this research has directly obtained nurses' perceptions of the factors that may influence their adherence to medication policy in the clinical environment. These results will inform future risk management strategies related to nursing medication practice.

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ID Code: 9395
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: medication administration, focus groups, policy adherence, nurse perceptions, nursing practice
ISSN: 1322 7696
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > NURSING (111000)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Centre for Health Research
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2005 Royal College of Nursing Australia
Deposited On: 14 Sep 2007 00:00
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 13:31

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