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Preventing Medication Errors: What Nurses Can Do (video with CE credit)

Product Specialist | Shield HealthCare
03/29/19  3:42 PM PST
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0.5 Contact hours of continuing nursing education credit is available for this course, Preventing Medication Errors: What Nurses Can Do.

Preventing Medication Errors: What Nurses Can Do

Medication errors are of the most frequent medical mistakes affecting both out- and inpatients. These errors in medication can cause reactions ranging from a minor adverse reaction to death. Although it is important for the entire medical team to know how to prevent medication errors, nurses are in the position to mitigate errors by ensuring that they are administered safely to the patient.

There are 12 types of errors that can happen with medication administration, including:

  • Prescribing
  • Missed dose
  • Incorrect time/dose
  • Incorrect medication
  • Incorrect administration
  • Expired medication
  • Compliance

It is important that nurses know these errors and be able to follow the 8 rights of medication safety, including:

  • Correct patient
  • Correct drug
  • Correct time/dose
  • Proper documentation

Learning Objectives 

  • Know the 12 types of errors that can occur along the path from ordering to delivering medications to patients.
  • Follow the medication safety recommendations by The Joint Commission as well as other organizations and agencies.
  • Describe the importance of involving patients themselves in the treatment process as a means of ensuring safer medication administration.
  • Enhance communication between patients and the hospital staff involved in their care.

After completing this course, the learner should be able to:

Who Should Take this Course 

  • Nurses
  • Professional caregivers
  • Family caregivers
  • Individuals/Patients
  • Home health agencies
  • Nursing homes
  • Hospice agencies
  • Assisted living facilities

How to Start

Create an account at www.medcomrn.com/shieldhealthcare. Once you’ve logged in, you will see the course listed in the center of the page. Select the course to begin.

Create an Account & Start the Course

Upon completion you have the option to take the course post-test. A score of 80% or higher will qualify you for your certificate of completion which you can print for your records.

Once you’ve created an account, you can use that login to take all other Shield-U courses that will be released this year. A history of completed courses will be kept for your convenience in your account.

Continuing Education Credit

0.5 contact hour of Continuing Nursing Education credit is provided by Medcom/Trainex, which is accredited as a provider of continuing education in nursing by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation*, the California Board of Registered Nursing (provider number CEP 9888), and the Florida Board of Nursing (provider # 50-1285).

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