Medication administration in nursing homes: A qualitative study of the nurse role
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Original versionNursing Open. 2018, . 10.1002/nop2.216
Aims: The objective of this study was to expand the knowledge of the nurse role dur‐ ing medication administration in the context of nursing homes. The following re‐ search question guided the study: How can the nurse role during medication administration in nursing homes be described? Design: A QUAL–qual mixed study design was applied. Methods: Data were collected using partial participant observations and semi‐struc‐ tured interviews of all staff members involved in medication administration. An in‐ ductive content analysis was performed. Results: Medication administration is a pervasive process ingrained in the day‐to‐day activities of providing care to the patients. The nurse role is compensating, flexible and adaptable. There is a dynamic interaction between several contributory factors, those being shifting responsibility, a need for competence, invisible leadership, vary‐ ing available competence, staff stability and vulnerable shifts.