Unsupervised medication administration by nursing students
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Unsupervised medication administration by nursing students

Kerri Wright Senior lecturer, Primary care, University of Greenwich, London

Nursing students need sufficient practical experience to qualify with the full range of skills required for effective practice. One area of nursing practice that needs to be addressed is the practical experience given to nursing students in the administration of medication. It is recommended that universities and NHS trusts review their policies to allow final year students to administer medication unsupervised to gain the necessary skills and experience to become competent administrators of medication. A contractual arrangement between the university and NHS trust for each student is proposed to ensure that nursing students are deemed competent and safe to administer medication unsupervised.

Nursing Standard. 19, 39, 49-54. doi: 10.7748/ns2005.



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