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10 Rights of Medication Administration

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Rights of Medications Administration

You’ve heard of the ‘5 Rights of Medication Administration’, some experts claim this should be expanded to the ’10 Rights of Medication Administration’.

When it comes to the safe administration of medications you can never be too careful, especially as up to 10% of patients experience unwanted side-effects or reactions and research shows that administration errors make up 60% of all drug errors. The rights of medications administration are there not only to reduce

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The rights of medications administration are there not only to reduce harm caused by medications errors but also protect the interests of the patient and the Nurse administering.

The 10 Rights of Medications Administration

1. Right patient

  • Check the name on the prescription and wristband.
  • Ideally, use 2 or more identifiers and ask patient to identify themselves.

2. Right medication

  • Check the name of the medication, brand names should be avoided.
  • Check the expiry date.
  • Check the prescription.
  • Make sure medications, especially antibiotics, are reviewed regularly.

3. Right dose

  • Check the prescription.
  • Confirm appropriateness of the dose using the BNF or local guidelines.
  • If necessary, calculate the dose and have another nurse calculate the dose as well.

4. Right route

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  • Again, check the order and appropriateness of the route prescribed.
  • Confirm that the patient can take or receive the medication by the ordered route.

5. Right time

  • Check the frequency of the prescribed medication.
  • Double-check that you are giving the prescribed at the correct time.
  • Confirm when the last dose was given.

6. Right patient education

  • Check if the patient understands what the medication is for.
  • Make them aware they should contact a healthcare professional if they experience side-effects or reactions.

7. Right documentation

  • Ensure you have signed for the medication AFTER it has been administered.
  • Ensure the medication is prescribed correctly with a start and end date if appropriate.

8. Right to refuse

  • Ensure you have the patient consent to administer medications.
  • Be aware that patients do have a right to refuse medication if they have the capacity to do so.

9. Right assessment

  • Check your patient actually needs the medication.
  • Check for contraindications.
  • Baseline observations if required.

10. Right evaluation

  • Ensure the medication is working the way it should.
  • Ensure medications are reviewed regularly.
  • Ongoing observations if required.

Points 1 to 5 are the ‘5 Rights of Medication Administration’ as per the NMC and Nice Guidelines in the UK. Points 6-10 are unratified checks that have been suggested by multiple US nursing boards and research panels to enhance patient safety. 

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Student nurses to receive ‘political lobbying lessons’

The session is designed to equip students with practical skills and knowledge they can use to develop a good relationship with their local MP.

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Nursing students will learn how they can work with MPs to promote the nursing profession in a new training session organised by the RCN.

Members of the RCN’s student committee and student information officers – the RCN’s representatives in universities – will learn their way around the UK parliament and the government from the UK Parliament Outreach and Engagement Service.

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The session is designed to equip students with practical skills and knowledge they can use to develop a good relationship with their local MP.

The RCN’s public affairs team will talk through the college’s approach to engaging with parliamentarians, especially the crucial role members can play. The team will explain different tactics and approaches students can take as well as what they can ask MPs to do to show their support for nursing staff in their constituencies.

Janet Davies, chief executive and general secretary of the RCN, said: “To work effectively, any union must be able to engage MPs and ministers.

“We know our members make the most powerful advocates for the profession. When frontline nursing staff sit in front of parliamentarians, you can see they listen.

“It’s through the hard work of members that vital issues such as safe staffing, harassment and health policy reach the top of the agenda.

“When nursing faces challenges on every front, the RCN wants to make sure our advocates are fully-equipped.”

Charlotte Hall, chair of the students’ committee, said: “Student nurses represent the future of the profession. Learning to engage with MPs is vital if we are to effectively shape that future and ensure the best possible care for patients.

“With these skills, committee members and student reps will be able to help other nurses make their voices heard on behalf of the profession and patients.”

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Nurse apprenticeships to introduced at nine more universities

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Nursing apprenticeships are to be introduced at nine more universities in England by September 2018.

Nine universities are to be given part of a £4.9 million grant by the Higher Education Funding Council for England to devise their training programmes for nursing apprenticeships over the next year.

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This is the second wave of investment from HEFCE’s Degree Apprenticeship Development Fund, designed to produce 4,500 apprentices from the following higher education establishments.

  • Coventry University.
  • Keele University.
  • Leeds Trinity University.
  • University of Cumbria.
  • University of Suffolk.
  • Southampton Solent University.
  • Birmingham City University.
  • Sheffield Hallam University.
  • Middlesex University.

Madeleine Atkins, HEFCE Chief Executive, congratulated the universities provided with funding;

“They will now work with employers to develop new degree apprenticeship provision across a variety of sectors. This will help more people to access higher education, and to follow their chosen career, while closing the skills gaps in the economy”.

Last year, in its first wave of apprenticeship funding, HEFCE gave money to four universities so they could offer nurse apprenticeships from September 2017.

Alongside this plan, Health Education England revealed last month it intends to train up to 45,000 new nursing associates by 2027.

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RCN introduces new infection prevention course

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The RCN has announced an innovative new course which will provide nurses working in infection prevention and control (IPC) with the skills to lead the fight against antimicrobial resistance.

The RCN Professional Development Course for Infection Prevention and Control is an introductory module designed for nurses working in the NHS, independent and social care sectors.

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The course will prepare nurses working in or have an interest in IPC for the current and future challenges to their work resulting from antimicrobial resistance. It will be piloted in Spring 2018.

Resistance to antibiotics in health and care settings is increasing globally as well as in the UK. Public Health England’s campaign, “Keep Antibiotics Working”, recently highlighted the key role nurses can play in the fight against antimicrobial resistance. Infection prevention and control and the work of IPC nurses is pivotal in reducing the need for antibiotics and combatting this threat in all care settings.

On the programme, participants will develop clinical and leadership skills in the prevention of infection, learn how to lead a service improvement project in their workplace and the most effective ways to manage and sustain change.

Rose Gallagher, RCN Professional Lead for Infection Prevention and Control, said:

“The UK is leading the fight against antimicrobial resistance and the prevention of infection. Antibiotic resistance is a very real risk whereby simple infections are prolonged or become untreatable.

“Nurses have paved the way as clinical leaders in the prevention and management of infection and this course is responding to their current and future training needs. It will focus on practical work-based learning and develop specialist nurses that can adapt to changes in clinical practice and service provision in line with changes to health systems.

“It’s important we focus on the prevention of infection everywhere, not just in hospitals. The role of IPC nurses is constantly evolving and this course will help direct improvements to combat the rising threat of antimicrobial resistance in all settings.”

Further details about the course will be published in the New Year and expressions of interest can be registered on the RCN website.

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