Empowering Nurses to Address the Persistent Challenge of Medication Errors
Healthcare Informatics (11/15/16) Kenny, Katherine
Nurses spend more time with patients than any other member of the care team, with responsibilities including managing medications properly, improving transitions of care, preventing medication errors, and communicating effectively with patients and their at-home caregivers. Medication learning tools provide evidence-based, straightforward, unbiased, and up-to-date drug therapy and medication management recommendations. These tools can be more effective than a traditional database because they deliver the most relevant and current information in an easy-to-review format. Nurses also can access a more standardized system for medication therapy practices, which can reduce mistakes and variability of care. The technology allows nurses to communicate in a more consistent manner with patients and their at-home caregivers. In addition, medication learning tools provide valuable knowledge about medication therapies that nurses can share with their patients, including cost information and alternatives. Empowering nurses via access to resources like medication learning tools can help them become more effective and deliver better patient care. This is particularly important in a value-based care system where organizational success and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services reimbursements are measured by quality outcomes.