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Monday, December 10, 2012

What every parent should discuss . . . . . . . .

I came across T.E.D talks and discovered this wonderful speaker. Why don't we get the best out of people? Sir Ken Robinson argues that it's because we've been educated to become good workers, rather than creative thinkers. Students with restless minds and bodies -- far from being cultivated for their energy and curiosity -- are ignored or even stigmatized, with terrible consequences. "We are educating people out of their creativity," Robinson says. It's a message with deep resonance. Robinson's TEDTalk has been distributed widely around the Web since its release in June 2006. The most popular words framing blog posts on his talk? "Everyone should watch this." I would love your feedback

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Planning for the 19th April 2012

Happy St. Patrick's Day.

I am planning to organise a study day for the 19th April 2012. I want to show all the hard work that was performed in the 2011 "Setting Standards in Medication Management". The video recordings of each of the specialist presentations are presently being put together as an educational tool. For this study day I want to hold a workshop to demonstrate not only the work from the last years conference but other work that has been done. I am also to putting a workbook that will support nurses while administering medication in the clinical environment.
Any suggestions for this study day would be appreciated.

I need to promote the "first Irish phone App, that was designed by a nurse for a nurse" Dosage Calc for my Irish colleagues. Its bazaar the phone App has reached 106 thousand hits (Android phone) and about 40 thousand for the iphone.

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Still chipping away - trying to find the perfect solution to administering medications safely to patient's.

It is generally assumed that nurses undertaking drug administration have been adequately trained. Competence may be lacking both in the ability to perform requisite numerical calculations (medication calculation, intravenous regulation, and intake and output calculations) and in the ability to conceptualize the mathematical problem. While many nurses are aware of inadequacy in this area, they are unwilling to admit to it. The situation may be exacerbated in specialist areas (e.g., paediatrics) where more complex mathematics is required and where the consequences of miscalculating the dose are far more severe than in adults.

The administration of medication to patients is a significant part of a nurse’s role. Nurses frequently experience many interruptions during medication administration, which may lead to increasing errors. The causes of poor medication management are: Distractions and interruptions, Heavy workload, insufficient educational support and lastly Poor competence in calculations. Working as a Clinical Facilitator with newly qualified as well as experienced staff nurses, I feel that nurses need a lot more support with drug calculations. I consulted a friend of mine who is a computer programmer; we developed an application for mobile phones called “Dosage Calc”.

This application is designed as a ‘second checker’. The idea is that when the nurse is ‘single’ administering medication, she/he can use the application as a means to second check. The idea is that they can use the application to re assure themselves that they have got the correct answer. Among other things, the application covers tablet dosage, volume of liquids and dosage for body weight but also covers IV drop rates for infusions. The beauty of using this application is that it be used when mobile is in ‘flight mode’.