MedicaMAP: A Simulation Design to Examine Nursing Students’ Skills for Identifying Medication Errors

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Tarhan M., Doğan P., Kürklü A.

Gümüşhane Üniversitesi Sağlık Bilimleri Dergisi, vol.13, no.2, pp.514-523, 2024 (Peer-Reviewed Journal)


The aim of this study is to examine nursing students' skills in correctly identifying medication errors using a Level-0 simulation design as a pilot study for another study. The cross-sectional observational study was conducted by 47 senior nursing students studying at a university. Considering the 10 rights of medication safety, a medication quiz consisting of five MedicaMAPs was designed. Students identified a medication error on MedicaMAP by comparing the consistency of information on essential elements. None of the students correctly identified the five medication errors. Six students could not correctly identify any medication errors (12.8%). The students correctly identified three medication error types at the highest rates in the medication quiz: wrong medication 15 out of 19 (78.9%), wrong patient 23 out of 38 (60.5%), and wrong dose 23 out of 48 (47.9%). The students' mean satisfaction level was found to be 8.51 ± 1.28. MedicaMAP can help nurse educators increase nursing students' safe medication administration skills, particularly with the 10 rights. Keywords: Medication Errors, Patient Safety, Simulation Training, Baccalaureate Nursing Education