Adult Learner Considerations in Training Unlicensed Assistive Personnel as a Strategy to Decrease Medication Errors in Schools

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Patterson, James
school nurse; medication; unlicensed assistive personnel; adult learning
project description
This scholarly project examines the reported incidence of medication errors in schools and the associated impact on students. Factors described in the literature that contribute to those medication errors include the use of unlicensed assistive personnel (UAP) and minimal or no training of the UAP. Consideration of adult learning needs may lead to more effective learning and therefore behaviors by the UAP that would decrease medication errors in schools, resulting in increasing student safety and academic achievement. Recommendations are made to use evidence-based learning strategies for adult learning to result in effective psychomotor training and cognitive and affective domain education for the UAP who are delegated to perform medication administration in the schools.