Date of Award

2013

Document Type

Capstone

Degree Name

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

First Advisor

Janice Neil

Abstract

The purpose of this capstone project was to increase knowledge and confidence among nursing faculty assisting pre-licensure nursing students with the medication administration process. The project administrator designed a one day Safe Medication Practices seminar that included a Medication Administration Toolkit to increase knowledge and confidence in faculty members about safety and efficiency in giving medications with multiple students on any clinical day. This toolkit included high-fidelity simulation medication scenario case examples as a teaching pedagogy, as well as other teaching strategies to utilize in the clinical environment. Bandura's Social Learning theory provided the framework for this capstone project. The Safe Medication Practices Seminar and Toolkit project provided role modeling behaviors as a strategy to share knowledge in order to orient clinical nursing faculty. The capstone project included a pre-post survey descriptive design. Data were collected using project administrator developed surveys to assess knowledge and confidence among nursing faculty before and after attending a safe medication practice seminar and access to a medication administration toolkit. The results showed that there were significant differences between pre-survey and post-survey knowledge and confidence among nursing faculty attending the seminar and utilization of the toolkit. Eighty percent of the faculty rated knowledge and confidence as improved after attending the seminar. At the end of the seminar faculty also felt fewer students should administer medications on a clinical day.

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