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Barriers to accurate drug calculations

22 March 2006

Nursing Standard

Art & Science

Aim To examine the drug calculation skills of nursing students. Method A mathematics test and a structured questionnaire were used to determine level of skill and...

Medication issues for nursing older people (part 2)

01 March 2007

Nursing Older People

CPD

This article aims to raise awareness about professional responsibility and accountability in medication issues that impact on older people. Nurses must recognise...

Medication issues for nursing older people (part 1)

01 February 2007

Nursing Older People

CPD

This article aims to raise awareness about professional responsibility and accountability in medication issues that impact on older people. Nurses must recognise...

Improving the numeracy skills of nurse prescribers

21 March 2007

Nursing Standard

Art & Science

With the expansion of nurse prescribing to include the whole British National Formulary, it is essential that all prescribing nurses can accurately calculate and...

Numeracy and patient safety: the need for regular staff assessment

10 March 2010

Nursing Standard

Art & Science

The ability to perform calculations competently is a basic requirement for all nurses. Calculations are used in everyday tasks such as working out drug doses, body...

Numeracy and drug calculations in practice

01 June 2009

Primary Health Care

Continuing professional development

Recent focus on numeracy in the pre-registration curriculum has resulted in the requirement for specific drug calculation assessment in practice. Some mentors and...

Reducing medication errors in nursing practice

09 February 2015

Cancer Nursing Practice

CPD

Medication errors remain one of the most common causes of unintended harm to patients. They contribute to adverse events that compromise patient safety and result in...

The role of nurses in medicine administration errors

03 July 2013

Nursing Standard

Art & Science

This article explores the commonly held belief that nurses are to blame for the high rate of medication administration errors in health care. The article argues for...

Prescribing unlicensed medicines to children

09 July 2009

Primary Health Care

General

One in ten children managed in primary care is given unlicensed or off-label medicines. New guidance aims to minimise the potential pitfalls associated with this...

Undertaking drug calculations for oral medicines and suppositories

11 October 2017

Nursing Standard

CPD

Nurses are required to demonstrate knowledge and competence in undertaking drug calculations as part of their practice. This article aims to assist nurses in...