Nurses´ attitudes to single checking medications : before and after its use

O`Connell, Beverly, Crawford, Sharyn, Tull, Andrea and Gaskin, Cadeyrn J. 2007, Nurses´ attitudes to single checking medications : before and after its use, International journal of nursing practice, vol. 13, no. 6, pp. 377-382.

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Title Nurses´ attitudes to single checking medications : before and after its use
Author(s) O`Connell, Beverly
Crawford, Sharyn
Tull, Andrea
Gaskin, Cadeyrn J.
Journal name International journal of nursing practice
Volume number 13
Issue number 6
Start page 377
End page 382
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Ltd
Place of publication Carlton, Vic
Publication date 2007
ISSN 1322-7114
1440-172X
Keyword(s) hospitals
medication errors
medication systems
nurses
single checking
Summary We report nurses' attitudes towards the single checking of medications before and after the implementation of this procedure in an acute health-care setting. Data from a pre-implementation survey confirmed that some nurses held strong views against single checking. Following this survey, the hospital's medication administration policy was revised, a single checking resource manual was developed, 1–2 h nurse education sessions were held, the competencies of nurses to single check and to administer medications were assessed, and single checking was successfully piloted before hospital-wide implementation. Data from a survey conducted 18 months after the implementation indicated that nurses welcomed the single checking medication procedure, felt more confident using single checking and perceived that it made them more accountable for administering medications. The findings provide evidence that nurses' attitudes to single checking change remarkably in favour of its use with education and experience using this procedure.
Language eng
Field of Research 111003 Clinical Nursing: Secondary (Acute Care)
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2008, Blackwell Publishing Asia Pty Ltd
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30007460

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Nursing and Midwifery
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