The Lived Experiences Of Undergraduate Nursing Students Learning Drug Dosage Calculation | 108056
Journal of Community & Public Health Nursing
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Competence in dosage calculation represents a challenge that seems
to be almost insurmountable for nurses as well as nursing students.
The lived experiences of nursing students in the context of learning drug
dosage calculation have not been explored for description and interpretation.
The purpose of this study was to gain more insight about undergraduate
nursing students??? lived experiences in learning drug dosage calculation.
A purposive sample was selected to investigate the following question:
what are the lived experiences of undergraduate nursing students studying
medication dosage calculation? Data were collected through face-to-face
semi-structured interviews, which the researcher transcribed verbatim, and
the participants reviewed for validation. The combined interpretive and
descriptive method of van Manen guided the characteristics of the thematic
data analysis conducted to determine the findings. The related themes of
signifying, repeating, analyzing, verifying, maintaining consistency are tied
to the overarching theme of assuring safety, which emerged as the essence
of the participants??? lived world of learning drug dosage calculation. This
study contributed, to some extent, to filling the empirical gap identified in
the literature review. These participants gave rich, in-depth accounts of how
they embodied drug dosage calculation to attain competence that they need
to administer correct dosage of medications to their patients. The researcher
identified implications for nursing practice, nursing education, and nursing
Marie-Bernard Lazare has been a Nurse for 32 years. She has completed her PhD in Nursing in 2016 from Barry University. She was inducted into the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society from two different Universities. Her Doctoral Research article is published in a peerreviewed journal and the Virginia Henderson Repository. She is an experienced Nurse Leader and Educator with background as Dean of Nursing, Associate Dean of Nursing, Nursing Program Director, Clinical Coordinator, and Hospital Nurse Educator. As a Leader in Nursing Academia, she strives to serve with compassion and excellence.