Using the World Wide Web to improve medication calculation skills

Stillman, Gloria, Alison, Justine, and Croker, Felicity (1999) Using the World Wide Web to improve medication calculation skills. Innovations in Education & Training International, 36 (1). pp. 17-25.

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Pharmacological therapeutics have advanced in recent years. As a consequence of this, the complexity of calculations required by health-care professionals has increased concomitantly. The continuing incidence of medication errors reported in the literature indicates that, in order to maintain competence in calculating medications from drug order sheets, undergraduate and registered nurses need opportunities to practise and review this skill. Identifying this need, an interdisciplinary team at James Cook University involving nursing, education and computer science staff developed a computer-assisted learning (CAL) package. This allows nurses to practise in a supportive environment, at their own pace, receiving immediate feedback. The purpose of the paper is fourfold. First, it discusses the reasons why practice in medication calculations was delivered as a CAL package on the World Wide Web. Second, it describes the development of the package including design features, constraints and cost effectiveness. Third, an evaluation of the use of the package by undergraduate nurses is presented. Finally, several issues related to the use of CAL and the World Wide Web as a transport medium are discussed.

Item ID: 45136
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1469-8420
Keywords: nurses, maths, medication calculation, computer assisted learning, CAL
Funders: James Cook University (JCU)
Projects and Grants: JCU Teaching Learning and Development Grant, JCU Merit Research Grant
Date Deposited: 29 Aug 2016 02:47
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1110 Nursing > 111099 Nursing not elsewhere classified @ 40%
13 EDUCATION > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130209 Medicine, Nursing and Health Curriculum and Pedagogy @ 40%
10 TECHNOLOGY > 1099 Other Technology > 109999 Technology not elsewhere classified @ 20%
SEO Codes: 93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9302 Teaching and Instruction > 930203 Teaching and Instruction Technologies @ 20%
93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9303 Curriculum > 930399 Curriculum not elsewhere classified @ 20%
92 HEALTH > 9202 Health and Support Services > 920210 Nursing @ 60%
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