Medication administration practices of school nursesThe Journal of school health
NLM Title AbbreviationJ Sch Health
AbstractThis study assessed the medication administration practices of school nurses. From a random sample of 1,000 members of the National Association of School Nurses, 649 (64.9%) completed the survey developed for the study. These school nurses report that during a typical day, 5.6% of children receive medication in school, with 3.3% receiving medications for ADHD. Almost all the school nurses follow written guidelines for administering medication. Potential problems were identified in documenting side effects of medications, storage of medications, student self-administration practices, and appropriate authorization of nonprescription drug use. Most nurses (75.6%) delegate medication administration to unlicensed assistive personnel (UAP), with secretaries (66.2%) the most common UAP. Discomfort with delegation and confusion over state nurse practice laws were noted. Errors in administering medications were reported by 48.5% of the school nurses, with missed dose (79.7%) the most common error. Factors identified as contributing to errors included use of UAP and responsibility for large numbers of students.
- Drug Administration Schedule,
- Drug Therapy,
- Health Care Surveys,
- Medication Errors/statistics & numerical data,
- Medication Systems,
- Physician's Practice Patterns,
- Practice Guidelines as Topic,
- School Nursing/organization & administration,
- United States
Published Article/Book CitationThe Journal of school health, 70:9 (2000) pp.371-376.
Citation InformationAnn Marie McCarthy, M. W. Kelly and D. Reed. "Medication administration practices of school nurses" The Journal of school health Vol. 70 Iss. 9 (2000) p. 371 - 376 ISSN: 0022-4391
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/ann_mccarthy/13/