Explain the appropriate use of a medication.
Create a one-page patient education tool that explains usage of a medication and factors that can affect outcomes. Then, write 2–3 pages in which you explain how the tool promotes patient safety and quality outcomes, and adheres to the principles and practices of cultural competence.
By successfully completing this assessment, you will demonstrate your proficiency in the following course competencies and assessment criteria:
- Competency 1: Apply practice guidelines and standards of evidence-based practice related to pharmacology for safe and effective nursing practice.
- Explain the appropriate use of a medication.
- Explain how a patient education tool promotes patient safety related to pharmacology.
- Competency 2: Explain the relationship between quality patient outcomes, patient safety, and the appropriate use of pharmacology and psychopharmacology.
- Identify specific factors that may affect the efficacy of a medication.
- Describe possible chemical reactions, side effects, or other negative reactions a patient may experience from a medication.
- Explain correct handling, storage, and disposal of a medication.
- Competency 3: Apply the principles and practices of cultural competence with regard to pharmacological interventions.
- Explain how a patient education tool adheres to the principles and practices of cultural competence.
- Competency 4: Communicate in a manner that is scholarly, professional, and consistent with the expectations of a nursing professional.
- Write content clearly and logically with correct use of grammar, punctuation, and mechanics.
- Correctly format paper, citations, and references using current APA style.
Imagine your supervisor has asked you to develop a patient education tool for new medication starts in your current area of practice. This tool needs to provide important information to the patient, yet be concise enough to require no more than one page.
Review the suggested list of possible topics in Part 1 of the Requirements and then search the Capella library and the Internet for supporting resources. You will need to provide support for the information you choose to include in the patient education tool.
Complete both Part 1 and Part 2 of this assessment. You may submit both parts in one document or submit them as separate documents. Be sure you complete both parts!
Submit a total of 4–5 pages. Write no more than one page for Part 1. Write 2–3 pages, plus a separate reference page, for Part 2.
Part 1: Patient Education Tool
Complete the following:
- Choose one of the following topics as the basis for your patient education tool:
- Antibiotics (Amoxil/Amoxicillin) for pediatric ear infections.
- Statin therapy (Zocor/Simvastatin) for a newly diagnosed patient with hypercholesterolemia.
- Antihypertensive (ACE inhibitors/Lisinopril/Zestril) for a patient who was discovered to have hypertension at a health screening at work.
- Drugs for treating gastric acidity (Proton pump inhibitors/antacids/H2 blockers) for a patient complaining of chronic indigestion and heartburn.
- Ear drops or eye drops (or both) for an elderly patient.
- Any newly released medication for a patient in your area of practice. This might be a new drug for diabetes, hypertension, or arthritis or a new antibiotic.
- Include the following in your patient education tool:
- Explain appropriate use of the medication.
- Identify specific factors (age, access, culture, and so on) that may affect the efficacy of the medication.
- Describe possible chemical interactions, side effects, or other negative reactions patients need to be aware of.
- Explain correct handling, storage, and disposal of the medication.
- Include any other information you feel would be beneficial and promote patient safety and quality outcomes.