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Nurses' perceptions of their pharmacology educational needs.
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PMID:  14756833     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
BACKGROUND: Pharmacology education in nursing has become increasingly important as nurses' roles in administering, prescribing and educating patients about their medications have grown. Some authors have expressed concern at the lack of science teaching in nurse education, and others have suggested that there is a theory-practice gap in this area of the curriculum. AIM: This paper reports a study to explore nurses' pharmacology education needs by identifying nursing roles that require pharmacology knowledge, and nurses' preparation for practice from preregistration pharmacology education. METHOD: A qualitative approach was used to collect data from a purposive sample of 10 qualified nurses from an emergency admissions unit in a city in the north of England. Semi-structured interviews were transcribed verbatim and categorized using Burnard's 14 stages. FINDINGS: This study revealed a limited understanding of the subject, and dissatisfaction with the teaching of pharmacology, with resulting anxiety on qualifying. Nursing roles identified as requiring pharmacology knowledge included drug administration, patient assessment, nurse prescribing, and patient medication education. CONCLUSION: The findings suggest that, although nurses have a limited understanding of pharmacology, they recognize the need for pharmacology knowledge in practice. Improved pharmacology teaching might increase nurses' confidence in performing drug administration, patient education, and nurse prescribing, and decrease anxieties related to these roles.
Rachel L King
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Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of advanced nursing     Volume:  45     ISSN:  0309-2402     ISO Abbreviation:  J Adv Nurs     Publication Date:  2004 Feb 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2004-02-03     Completed Date:  2004-04-06     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7609811     Medline TA:  J Adv Nurs     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  392-400     Citation Subset:  IM; N    
Emergency Admissions Unit, Royal Hallamshire Hospital, Sheffield, UK.
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MeSH Terms
Attitude of Health Personnel*
Clinical Competence / standards
Education, Nursing / standards*
Emergency Service, Hospital
Needs Assessment*
Nurse's Role
Nursing Staff, Hospital / psychology
Pharmacology / education*
Qualitative Research

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