Educational strategies aimed at improving student nurse's medication calculation skills: a review of the research literature

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Stolic, Snezana. 2014. "Educational strategies aimed at improving student nurse's medication calculation skills: a review of the research literature." Nurse Education in Practice. 14 (5), pp. 491-503. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.nepr.2014.05.010
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Educational strategies aimed at improving student nurse's medication calculation skills: a review of the research literature

ERA Journal ID14139
Article CategoryArticle
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AuthorStolic, Snezana
Journal TitleNurse Education in Practice
Journal Citation14 (5), pp. 491-503
Number of Pages13
Year2014
PublisherElsevier
Place of PublicationUnited Kingdom
ISSN1471-5953
1873-5223
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1016/j.nepr.2014.05.010
Web Address (URL)https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1471595314000596?via%3Dihub
Abstract

Medication administration is an important and essential nursing function with the potential for dangerous consequences if errors occur. Not only must nurses understand the use and outcomes of administering medications they must be able to calculate correct dosages. Medication administration and dosage calculation education occurs across the undergraduate program for student nurses. Research highlights inconsistencies in the approaches used by academics to enhance the student nurse's medication calculation abilities. The aim of this integrative review was to examine the literature available on effective education strategies for undergraduate student nurses on medication dosage calculations. A literature search of five health care databases: Sciencedirect, Cinahl, Pubmed, Proquest, Medline to identify journal articles between 1990 and 2012 was conducted. Research articles on medication calculation educational strategies were considered for inclusion in this review. The search yielded 266 papers of which 20 meet the inclusion criteria. A total of 5206 student nurse were included in the final review. The review revealed educational strategies fell into four types of strategies; traditional pedagogy, technology, psychomotor skills and blended learning. The results suggested student nurses showed some benefit from the different strategies; however more improvements could be made. More rigorous research into this area is needed.

KeywordsStudent nurse, Medication calculation, Integrative review, Educational strategies
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020420599. Nursing not elsewhere classified
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Byline AffiliationsQueensland University of Technology
Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
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