Date of Paper/Work

5-2014

Type of Paper/Work

Scholarly project

Degree Name

Master of Science in Nursing

Department

Nursing

Advisor(s)

Emily Nowak

Abstract

Literature indicates that when entering the workforce, the graduate nurse is underprepared to apply pharmacological theory to manage medications safely (Banning, 2003, Cordeau, 2010, Meechan, Jones, & Valler-Jones, 2011). The registered nurses’ (RN) knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSA) of safe medication management, including the theoretical application of pharmacology and the ability to communicate with interprofessional team members is necessary to assure positive patient outcomes, particularly in an environment where complexity continues to increase (Garbee et al., 2013; Meechan et al., 2011). This project is an innovative approach to embed an applied learning activity addressing safe medication management and interprofessional communication in one undergraduate nursing program in the upper Midwest.

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