Medication Administration Map

Submitter Information

Author: Lisa Concilio, MSN-ED, RN, CCRN, PhD(c)
Title: Lecturer/Clinical Instructor
Institution: San Diego State Univesity

Competency Category(s)
Evidence-Based Practice, Safety

Learner Level(s)
Pre-Licensure ADN/Diploma, Pre-Licensure BSN

Learner Setting(s)
Clinical Setting

Strategy Type
General Strategy

Learning Objectives

Application of concept mapping as a visual thinking strategy teaches student how to use pharmacology and nursing knowledge to create clinical reasoning and decision-making as novice nursing students. By using a concept map for common medications, students are introduced to clinical decision making quickly and early in their education and gain confidence. This confidence translates to motivation and the courage to withhold or administer a medication using evidence-based rationales and assessment findings.

– Students will recognize subjective, objective assessment findings and laboratory data in order to withhold or administer medications ordered.
– Students will create clinical reasoning and decision-making to withhold or administer common medications found in the adult, acute care setting.

Strategy Overview

The most common medications novice nursing students are administering in their first clinical experiences are:
-anti infectives
– diuretics
– opioids
– mental health medications
– antihypertensives
– antidiabetics

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Evaluation Description

Based on the patient’s data, the student will complete a QSEN laboratory interpretation document, attached below.