Title

Medication Administration Education for Unlicensed Assistive Personnel in a Residential School Environment

First Advisor

Patricia Cullen

Second Advisor

Lora Claywell

College

Rueckert-Hartman College for Health Professions

Degree Name

Doctor of Nursing Practice

Document Type

Thesis - Open Access

Number of Pages

76 pages

Abstract

Nurse supervised unlicensed assistive personnel (UAP) medication administration is a frequently completed health related activity in the school environment (National Association of School Nurses [NASN], 2017). Students face potential adverse outcomes impacting the school experience from medication errors (Clay, Farris, McCarthy, Kelly, & Howarth, 2008). School nurse supervised and directed training for UAP is essential to ensure the mitigation of risk in this vulnerable population. UAPs themselves have been noted to be uncomfortable with the task and expressed a lack of understanding of policy and procedures (Canham et al., 2007; Price, Dake, Murnan, & Telljohann, 2003). It is the role and responsibility of the professional school nurse to provide oversight, supervision and training of UAP and ensure safe medication delivery to students (State of Maine, Department of Education [DOE], 2017). The discussed project is an online medication administration module, which streamlined the staff education process in a small residential school. The project findings demonstrated increased knowledge and comfort level after the training intervention supporting ongoing education of UAP in this setting.

Date of Award

Spring 2018

Location (Creation)

Denver

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