So if the problem is that you are trying to decrease medication errors through

So if the problem is that you are trying to decrease

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intervention so that you can see an outcome. So if the problem is that you are trying to decrease medication errors through a training program, the PICOT might look like this:Does implementing a two nurse verification process with medications on a medical/surgical unit (you need to be specific) decrease the incidence of medication errors when compared to current practice over a 3 month period?Population will be nursesIntervention will be implementing a two nurse verification processControl/comparison will be nurses that utilize current practiceOutcome will be decrease in medication errorsTime is over a 3 month period.ReplyAs nurses, we are trained to defer to the providers and physicians. Their educational level is more advanced, and as such, their responsibility is greater than nurses. With that said, nurses bear a responsibility to take the initiative in recommending treatment options to the physicians. As nurses areon the frontline, it is essential that we are congnizant of the patient's status, and response to present treatment. Nursing practice concerns itself with the patient's symptoms and how we can improve the outcome by providing alternative ways of doing things. This is in our scope of practice. Where I am employed, the providers depend on the nursing assessments to provide accurate treatment and interventions. They are sensitive to which nurses employ nursing diagnosis and assessments and will defer to that nurse over one who is only able to provide cursory information into the patient's status. Nursing practice is focused on signs and symptoms that nurses are able to address in a fashion that does not involve medication or a prescribed treatment.
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