Evaluation of the Drug Dosage Calculation Guide on the Registered Nurses' Multi-Step Calculation Scores on an Orientation Medication Assessment

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http://hdl.handle.net/10755/151757
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Presentation
Title:
Evaluation of the Drug Dosage Calculation Guide on the Registered Nurses' Multi-Step Calculation Scores on an Orientation Medication Assessment
Abstract:
Evaluation of the Drug Dosage Calculation Guide on the Registered Nurses' Multi-Step Calculation Scores on an Orientation Medication Assessment
Conference Sponsor:Sigma Theta Tau International
Conference Year:2008
Author:Sumner, Laura, MEd, MSN, MBA
P.I. Institution Name:Massachusetts General Hospital
Title:Clinical Educator/Nurse Practitioner
Co-Authors:Gail Alexander, BSN, CCRN, RN; Mary C. McAdams, RN, BSN, MEd
[Research Paper or Poster Presentation] Safe administration of medications and the development of strategies that will decrease errors and increase accuracy are needed. Assessing nurses' medication knowledge and performance of simple and complex drug dosage calculations using learning tools that address this concern may reduce medication error rates. Evaluating knowledge acquisition of common and complex components of medication administration introduced during nursing orientation will help clinical staff identify knowledge deficits and participate in interventions to improve accuracy. The purpose of this study is to evaluate the impact of a self-directed guide to complex drug dosage calculations on medication assessment scores in a sample of registered nurses during hospital - nursing orientation. A convenience sample of 250 registered nurses attending hospital-nursing orientation provided data for this descriptive, pre / post test study design. The pre test consisted of asking nurses to respond to 10-calculation problems. Consented subjects took the pretest (Day I of orientation). They are all given the Calculation Guide and asked to complete a similar posttest on Day 3 of orientation. Results suggest a significant difference in pre / posttest scores (p= 0.05) on complex calculations. For five of the ten complex questions on the medication assessment, there was a significant difference (p< 0.05) on pre/posttest scores when compared with years of nursing experience. Use of ôDrug Dose Calculation Guideö was found to reinforce learning, clarify complex calculation processes, and improve performance. The results of this study support medication calculation assessment. Providing nurses with a drug dose calculation guide significantly improves competency in performing multi-step calculations and increases accuracy. This has implications for decreasing medication errors and increasing patient safety.
Repository Posting Date:
26-Oct-2011
Date of Publication:
17-Oct-2011
Sponsors:
Sigma Theta Tau International

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dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleEvaluation of the Drug Dosage Calculation Guide on the Registered Nurses' Multi-Step Calculation Scores on an Orientation Medication Assessmenten_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/151757-
dc.description.abstract<table><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-title">Evaluation of the Drug Dosage Calculation Guide on the Registered Nurses' Multi-Step Calculation Scores on an Orientation Medication Assessment</td></tr><tr class="item-sponsor"><td class="label">Conference Sponsor:</td><td class="value">Sigma Theta Tau International</td></tr><tr class="item-year"><td class="label">Conference Year:</td><td class="value">2008</td></tr><tr class="item-author"><td class="label">Author:</td><td class="value">Sumner, Laura, MEd, MSN, MBA</td></tr><tr class="item-institute"><td class="label">P.I. Institution Name:</td><td class="value">Massachusetts General Hospital</td></tr><tr class="item-author-title"><td class="label">Title:</td><td class="value">Clinical Educator/Nurse Practitioner</td></tr><tr class="item-email"><td class="label">Email:</td><td class="value">lsumner@partners.org</td></tr><tr class="item-co-authors"><td class="label">Co-Authors:</td><td class="value">Gail Alexander, BSN, CCRN, RN; Mary C. McAdams, RN, BSN, MEd</td></tr><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-abstract">[Research Paper or Poster Presentation] Safe administration of medications and the development of strategies that will decrease errors and increase accuracy are needed. Assessing nurses' medication knowledge and performance of simple and complex drug dosage calculations using learning tools that address this concern may reduce medication error rates. Evaluating knowledge acquisition of common and complex components of medication administration introduced during nursing orientation will help clinical staff identify knowledge deficits and participate in interventions to improve accuracy. The purpose of this study is to evaluate the impact of a self-directed guide to complex drug dosage calculations on medication assessment scores in a sample of registered nurses during hospital - nursing orientation. A convenience sample of 250 registered nurses attending hospital-nursing orientation provided data for this descriptive, pre / post test study design. The pre test consisted of asking nurses to respond to 10-calculation problems. Consented subjects took the pretest (Day I of orientation). They are all given the Calculation Guide and asked to complete a similar posttest on Day 3 of orientation. Results suggest a significant difference in pre / posttest scores (p= 0.05) on complex calculations. For five of the ten complex questions on the medication assessment, there was a significant difference (p&lt; 0.05) on pre/posttest scores when compared with years of nursing experience. Use of &ocirc;Drug Dose Calculation Guide&ouml; was found to reinforce learning, clarify complex calculation processes, and improve performance. The results of this study support medication calculation assessment. Providing nurses with a drug dose calculation guide significantly improves competency in performing multi-step calculations and increases accuracy. This has implications for decreasing medication errors and increasing patient safety.</td></tr></table>en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-26T11:12:43Z-
dc.date.issued2011-10-17en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-26T11:12:43Z-
dc.description.sponsorshipSigma Theta Tau Internationalen_GB
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