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Innovations in Remote Learning; Electronic Prescribing and Medications Administration (EPMA) Systems in Nurse Education

Arnold, M, Lavery, JV, Murphy, M and Shemilt, K (2021) Innovations in Remote Learning; Electronic Prescribing and Medications Administration (EPMA) Systems in Nurse Education. In: The Royal College of Nursing Education Conference, Virtual Event.

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The introduction of an Electronic Prescribing and Medications Administration (EPMA) system to nurse education will be illustrated. The poster will highlight the next steps in enhancing future clinical practice education development at a large school of nursing. The innovative approach will support registered nurses to be prescriber ready (NMC, 2018).

LJMU has one of the largest schools of nursing in the UK. We had been using paper prescriptions for teaching purposes. However, many NHS trusts have now adopted EPMA software, which reduce medication errors and free up staff time for other activities (NHS, 2019). It is vital that we provide credible training to ensure nurses are familiar with the systems in clinical practice in order for them to be safe practitioners, fit for purpose on qualification (NMC, 2018). Clinical partners emphasise the need for nurses to be experienced at medicines administration.

Each learner is taught to both prescribe and administer medications in a virtual, real time, online demonstration. Learners can access their own simulated patients on the EPMA system. They can practise prescribing and administering medications in a virtual, safe setting, facilitating remote experiential learning (Kolb, 1984). This approach will enable skills development for students and staff redeployed, returning to practice or working remotely. It enables distance learning, ensuring that nurses continue to develop despite COVID-19 social distancing restrictions, educating the workforce in these challenging times.

The software will promote inter-professional learning. We are working with our other health schools to develop integrated scenarios were students can learn together. The poster will detail next steps, incorporating the innovative EPMA system across the skills modules in the second and third year of the pre- registration nursing programme and the post registration provision, including nonmedical prescribing.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Poster)
Subjects: R Medicine > RS Pharmacy and materia medica
R Medicine > RT Nursing
Divisions: Nursing & Allied Health
Pharmacy & Biomolecular Sciences
SWORD Depositor: A Symplectic
Date Deposited: 22 Jun 2022 10:49
Last Modified: 22 Jun 2022 10:49
URI: https://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/16946
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