Support needs of supply nurses in rural and remote Queensland

Support needs of supply nurses in rural and remote Queensland Journal Article

Australian Journal of Rural Health

  • Author(s): Steven Fiore, Sanam Souzani, Rita D’Amore, Kieran Behan, Christopher Cutts, Adam La Caze
  • Published: 2005
  • Volume: 13

Abstract: Objective: The aim of this report is to discuss a needs analysis conducted with rural and remote nurses in Queensland undertaking supply of medications in public hospitals without a pharmacist. Design: Survey questionnaire. Methods: A questionnaire was faxed to 65 Queensland Health rural and remote hospitals using supply nurses. It contained six closed questions regarding previously identified medication ‘supply’ issues, and three open questions to determine additional information. Results: Of the surveys, 42 (65%) were returned. Major areas of interest included a safety checklist for medication supply (90%, 38/42), more information on medication labelling requirements (83%, 35/42) and timing of medications with regard to food (86%, 36/42). Requirements for patient counselling, increased access to consumer medication information (CMI) (76%, 32/42), and resources regarding doses, indications, interactions and adverse effects also rated highly (73%, 31/42). Thirty-three supply nurses highlighted at least one issue in the open questions: more information on the legal requirements of repackaging medications (39%, 13/42), increased access to CMI and counselling tools (36%, 12/42) and an efficient stock control system (30%, 10/42). Conclusions: This report highlights the need to broaden current support services available to nurses undertaking the supply of medications. It is vital that support programs, and the laws and guidelines related to supplying medications in rural and remote hospitals, support health care professionals providing quality use of medicines (QUM) and reflect the realities of rural and remote health care.

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Steven Fiore, Sanam Souzani, Rita D’Amore, Kieran Behan, Christopher Cutts, Adam La Caze, 2005, Support needs of supply nurses in rural and remote Queensland, Volume:13, Journal Article, viewed 13 June 2024, https://www.nintione.com.au/?p=12572.

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