Effect of Simulation on Nursing Students' Medication Administration Competence

Published on Jan 1, 2018in Clinical Simulation in Nursing1.713
· DOI :10.1016/J.ECNS.2017.08.001
Melissa Jarvill3
Estimated H-index: 3
(ISU: Illinois State University),
Sheryl Jenkins8
Estimated H-index: 8
(ISU: Illinois State University)
+ 3 AuthorsPeggy J. Jacobs1
Estimated H-index: 1
(ISU: Illinois State University)
Abstract Background Medication errors may be prevented by improving medication administration education and nurse competence. Medication administration is a significant responsibility of nurses; yet, it remains one of the most difficult skills for nursing students to master. The purpose of this experimental two-group pre–post test study was to examine the effect of an individual simulation experience on nursing student medication administration competence. Sample Eighty-five baccalaureate nursing students enrolled in their first semester of nursing courses participated in the study. Methods Nursing students were randomly assigned to an individual simulation experience or a traditional practice session. Medication administration competence was assessed using the Medication Administration Safety Assessment Tool. The NLN Jeffries Simulation Theory guided the study and simulation intervention. Results The individual simulation experience improved nursing student medication administration competence. Conclusion Nurse educators may consider simulation as a useful strategy in preparing nurses for safe medication administration practice.
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