Implementing a Competence Framework for Administering Medication: Reporting the Experiences of Mental Health Nurses and Students in the UK

Steve Hemingway, Jacqueline White, Hazel Baxter, George Smith, James Turner, Terence McCann

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Medicine administration is a high risk activity that most nurses undertake frequently. In this paper, the views of registered mental health nurses and final year student nurses are evaluated about the usefulness of the Medicines with Respect Assessment of the Administration of Medicines Competency Framework. A questionnaire using 22 items with closed and open response questions was distributed to 827 practising mental health nurses and 44 final year mental health nursing students. This article presents a content analysis of written replies to the open response questions. Four overlapping themes were identified in response to the open questions posed in the survey: (1) reasons for undertaking the Medicines with Respect Framework; (2) positive aspects; (3) negative aspects; and (4) service user benefits.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)657-664
Number of pages8
JournalIssues in Mental Health Nursing
Issue number10
Early online date27 Sep 2012
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2012


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