Differences in medication knowledge and risk of errors between graduating nursing students and working registered nurses: comparative study.
Approach to Improving Safety
Setting of Care
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.