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The Nurse's Role in Medication Safety, Second Edition

A collection of research and advice on nursing and medication administration

January 2012. 165 pages.

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Edited by Laura Cima, R.N., M.B.A., N.E.A.-B.C., F.A.C.H.E. and Sean Clarke, R.N. Ph.D., F.A.A.N. 
Written especially for nurses in all disciplines and health care settings, this second edition of The Nurse's Role in Medication Safety focuses on the hands-on role nurses play in the delivery of care and their unique opportunity and responsibility to identify potential medication safety issues. 
Several dozen nurses and nurse researchers who provided multiple evidence-based practices on a number of topics related to medication management processes and procedures, all aimed at helping nurses to improve systems in the organizations in which they practice to create safer medication administration environments. 
This second edition of The Nurse’s Role in Medication Safety updates and expands on the concepts of the first edition and provides an international perspective on medication safety practices as well. In this edition, readers can consider anew the ever-growing availability of technology and its implications for the nurse’s role in medication safety. They can get fresh insight into risk management concerns with medication administration and subsequent errors. 
Key Topics:
  • The causes of medical errors
  • Reporting of medication errors in a safe and just culture
  • Human factors solutions for medication management issues and the implementation of programs to reduce medication errors
  • Technology (such as smart pumps and computerized provider order entry) to improve medication safety
  • Special issues of medication safety in disciplines such as obstetrics, pediatrics, geriatrics, and oncology 
  • The lessons learned from medication reconciliation processes and tips to improve the processes 
Key Features:
  • Expert advice
  • Suggested medication reconciliation processes 
  • Best practices and error-avoidance strategies in medication management
  • “Focus” features that highlights a medication safety issue in one or more non-hospital settings as it relates to high-alert medications, technology, transitions in care, or patient and staff education
Standards: Medication Management (MM), Nursing (NR)
Settings: Hospitals, nursing care centers, home care, ambulatory and office-based surgery, behavioral health care, and critical access hospitals
Key Audience: Nurses in all disciplines
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