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Nyunt, Gudrun

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Ed.D. (Doctor of Education)

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Department of Counseling and Higher Education (CAHE)


Calculation of the correct dosages is a key factor for safe patient medication administration. For decades nurse educators have aimed to improve the knowledge and skills of the pre-licensure nursing students for medication administration. In a midwestern pre-licensure nursing school, a program was implemented using a curriculum wide approach for the teaching, remediation, and assessment of the math skills required for safe medication administration; known as the Math and Medication Administration Proficiency (MMAP) program. This dissertation evaluates the MMAP program using a logic model and mixed methods approach. Results indicated improvement in the pre-licensure nursing students’ success with the testing of calculations required for safe medication administration; and improved scores on national benchmarked testing completed by senior students. Subsequently, a survey was completed by the pre-licensure nursing faculty who teach in the clinical setting and/or the simulation lab. Survey responses indicated missed opportunities to reinforce the skills for safe medication dosage calculations at the bedside. Faculty survey also reported a lack of confidence in their abilities to teach students about safe medication dosage calculations. Findings of this program evaluation can guide undergraduate nursing faculty in the development of a curriculum wide program to improve mathematical calculations for safe medication dosages.


123 pages




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