Medication administration is something we all perform many, many times per shift. It has become so routine that most times we don’t even think about what we are doing. This assignment has given me the opportunity to break down how much thought actually goes into one simple medication administration, and reminds us how important this task really is.
I work at St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital as a full time RPN in continuing care. Here my patients tend to stay a bit longer, and I get to know them more personally. Although this is one of my favourite parts of the job, there is a danger here. There is great risk of medication error because we become so familiar with our patients and what medications they take that sometimes we forget to simply stop and double check. This assignment was a great reminder to me to do simply that.
Below is a word flow chart I created. I found it very useful, and a great reminder of our basic nursing duties.
As you can see, the majority of thought occurs before you even retrieve the medication. There are so many factors involved in this process and I am sure I have forgotten some. So lets all remember to slow down (easier said then done ;)) to ensure patient safety.