Assessment and Therapeutics in Health Care 2: 92433
Assessment One: Written report: Medication safety
Word Count: 1200 words
Due: Week 5
Intent: Medication errors can impact patient outcomes, therefore safe and appropriate administration of medicines is an important part of patient safety. The intent of the assessment is to:
• prepare students for clinical practice by developing their understanding of the types of medication errors and the reasons these occur,
• develop strategies for students’ own clinical practice to prevent medication errors
Objective(s): This assessment task addresses subject learning objective(s) A, B & D:
A. Perform a health assessment using validated assessment techniques to identify alterations in the functional health patterns and identify priorities for care according to the patient’s presentation and acuity of illness (NMBA 5).
B. Interpret data and use clinical judgment to implement appropriate interventions including beginning skills in the management of acute situations (NMBA 7). ?
D. Demonstrate an understanding of patient, environmental and organisational safety including risk management to support safe working environments and practices for self, patient and colleagues (NMBA 1 & 2).
This assessment task contributes to the development of graduate attribute(s):
Inquire critically to assess a body of evidence to inform practice (4.0)?
Competently apply knowledge and skills to ensure safe and effective nursing practice (5.0)
Group work: Individual
Task: In preparation for clinical practice, you are required to write a report to demonstrate your understanding of medication errors. Use the three peer reviewed journal articles provided in UTSonline, plus one that you find yourself, to identify three major reasons why medication errors occur. Explain why each of these reasons can lead to medication errors. Support your explanation with evidence from the articles. Conclude the assignment with how this information will inform your practice on your next clinical placement.
1 The layout of your report is to include
1. Brief introduction: background information on medication errors; significance of the problem
2. Main body: use subheadings, one for each of the three major reasons selected as to why medication errors occur.
3. Conclusion: summarise how the evidence will inform your practice on clinical placement and state three strategies that the nurse can use to prevent medication errors.
Criteria: A detailed marking criteria can be located in UTSOnline