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Journal Article

Differences in medication knowledge and risk of errors between graduating nursing students and working registered nurses: comparative study.

Simonsen BO, Daehlin GK, Johansson I, et al. BMC Health Serv Res. 2014;14:580.

Nursing skill mix and training may be linked to patient outcomes, and one study showed lower inpatient mortality rates for a variety of surgical patients in hospitals with more highly educated nurses. In this study, practicing nurses had greater medication knowledge than graduating nursing students, but both groups had serious deficiencies, particularly in their ability to perform drug dose calculations correctly.