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Factors influencing paediatric nurses' response to medication administration


Davis, L and Ware, RS and McCann, DE and Keogh, S and Watson, K, Factors influencing paediatric nurses' response to medication administration, BMJ Quality & Safety, 19, (e4) EJ ISSN 1475-3898 (2010) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1136/qshc.2008.028852


Objective To evaluate the importance of contextual and policy factors on nurses' judgement 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' judgements 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' judgement in response to hypothetical scenarios.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Nursing
Research Field:Acute care
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Provision of health and support services
Objective Field:Nursing
UTAS Author:McCann, DE (Ms Damhnat McCann)
ID Code:67155
Year Published:2010
Web of Science® Times Cited:2
Deposited By:Health Sciences B
Deposited On:2011-02-26
Last Modified:2011-05-04

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