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CPD modules

Reducing medication errors in nursing practice

  • RCN accredited
  • Peer reviewed
  • Certificate
  • Learning time: 02 hrs
  • Last updated: 2021
  • Link to RCNi portfolio

This module examines the factors that contribute to medication errors and how to prevent them. Factors include the safety culture of institutions but can also be more specific to nursing, such as patient acuity, nursing workload, distractions and interruptions during administration. The complexity of medication calculations and administration methods, and the failure of nurses to adhere to policies or guidelines, are also addressed.

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Please note that information provided by RCNi Learning is not sufficient to ensure competence in the skill. Assessment of competence should take place in line with local practice. Practice should always align with local protocols and procedures, latest guidelines and any regulatory code. All modules should currently be viewed together with available national and local Covid-19 guidelines. For advice, go to www.rcn.org.uk/covid-19/rcn-position

Linda Cloete, Lecturer, Faculty of nursing and health, Avondale College of Higher Education, Sydney, Australia.


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