An exploration of pediatric nurses' compliance with a medication checking and administration protocol

Fenella Gill, Victoria Corkish, Jeanette Robertson, Janet Samson, Brenda Simmons, Dianne Stewart

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Abstract

Purpose. This study examined nurses' reported compliance with the medication administration protocol and explored reasons for noncompliance. Design and Method. A mixed-methods design incorporated a questionnaire (n= 72) and focus groups (n= 24). Results. Differences were found between the level of experience and protocol compliance. Noncompliance was widespread in the checking of identification bands and double-checking medications. Key factors influencing compliance were ward culture, type of drug, familiarity with patient and drug, and workload. The reported realities of practice were found to influence compliance with the medication administration protocol. Practice Implications. The discrepancies between protocol and practice in this setting underscore the need to more widely investigate compliance with medication administration protocols in other settings.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)136-146
Number of pages11
JournalJournal for Specialists in Pediatric Nursing
Volume17
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2012

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