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Collaboratively planning for medicines administration: a survey evaluation

Hemingway, Steve, Baxter, Hazel, Smith, George, Rebecca, Burgess-Dawson and Dewhirst, Kate (2011) Collaboratively planning for medicines administration: a survey evaluation. Journal of Nursing Management, 19 (3). pp. 366-376. ISSN 09660429

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        Aims This survey evaluated the experiences of mental health nurses who had
        undergone assessment of their competence in the administration of medicines using
        established assessment frameworks.
        Background Medicines management activities have at times been widely criticized.
        Joint collaborations between Higher Education Authorities and the National Health
        Service in education and training can start to address some of these criticisms.
        Method A questionnaire using 22 closed and open response questions was distributed
        to 827 practising mental health nurses and 44 graduate mental health nurses.
        Results A total of 70 registered and 41 graduate mental health nurses who had
        completed the assessment of administration competency frameworks responded to
        the survey. Response rates were 24 and 96%, respectively. The assessment frameworks
        were received positively. Environmental factors were perceived as the main
        barrier to medicines safety; however, this was not reflected in how this aspect of the
        competency framework was perceived.
        Implications for nursing management The administration of medicines is an area of
        mental health and all fields of nursing practice that needs attention. The use of
        competency frameworks as outlined in the �Medicine with Respect Project� is one
        strategy to achieve the improvement in this essential clinical skill.
        Keywords: competence, medication management, medicines administration, mental
        health nursing, survey evaluation

        Item Type: Article
        Subjects: R Medicine > RT Nursing
        Schools: School of Human and Health Sciences
        School of Human and Health Sciences > Ageing and Mental Health Research Group
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        Depositing User: Stephen Hemingway
        Date Deposited: 26 May 2011 11:47
        Last Modified: 31 May 2011 11:11


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