Faculties' and nurses' perspectives regarding knowledge of high-alert medications

Tsai Feng Lo, Shu Yu, I. Ju Chen, Kai Wei K. Wang, Fu In Tang*

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The incorrect administration of high-alert medications can have serious consequences. A previous study by the authors of this study developed and validated 20 true-false questions concerning high-alert medications and suggested that the topic be taught to nurses. The perspectives of faculty and nurses, however, needed to be assessed before such teaching could be implemented. The aim of this study was to understand the views of faculty and nurses about training in high-alert medications: its importance, the frequency with which it is provided, and the ideal stage at which it should be provided. A cross-sectional study was conducted in 2008 in Taiwan. A questionnaire was used to determine whether the 20 questions are important, whether its content was being taught, and the ideal time for teaching it. Snowball sampling and descriptive statistics were used. A total of 136 faculty and 199 nurses participated. From the perspectives of faculty and nurses, all 20 questions regarding high-alert medications were important (faculty vs. nurses: 4.65 ± 0.35 vs. 4.45 ± 0.67) but the issues to which they related were insufficiently taught (faculty vs. nurses: 3.88 ± 0.87 vs. 3.06 ± 0.94). Faculty believed that the ideal stage at which to provide training on high-alert medications was during formal, in-school nursing education (94.3%) while nurses believed that the ideal stage was during in-hospital continuing education (48.9%). For training in high-alert medications, the researchers recommended the inclusion of classes on the subject as part of formal, in-school nursing education, as well as of hospital-based continuing education. The instrument's questions highlight the important concepts concerning high-alert medications which should be taught to nurses and nursing students.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)214-221
Number of pages8
JournalNurse Education Today
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 2013


  • Faculty
  • High-alert medications
  • Knowledge
  • Medication errors
  • Nurses


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