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Nurse education
Nurses need quality education and supportive work environments to enhance medication safety
  1. Michelle Acorn1,
  2. Gillian Adynski2
  1. 1 NP/Nursing, Faculty of Nursing, University of Toronto Lawrence S Bloomberg, Janetville, Ontario, Canada
  2. 2 Duke University School of Nursing, Durham, North Carolina, USA
  1. Correspondence to Dr Michelle Acorn, NP/Nursing, University of Toronto Lawrence S Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing, Janetville, ON K9V0A9, Canada; drnpmichellegray{at}

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Commentary on: Fernandez R, tenHam-Baloyi W, Mathew E, Secginli S, Bahar Z, Jans C, Nahcivan N, Torun G, Lapkin S, Green H. Predicting behavioural intentions towards medication safety among student and new graduate nurses across four countries. J Clin Nurs. 2022 Apr 26. doi: 10.1111/jocn.16330. Epub ahead of print.

Implications for practice and research

  • Preregistration and early career nurse education and training should focus on improving nurses’ attitudes towards medication management, their perceived behaviour control and self-assessment in their ability to safely administer medication.

  • Research advancement examining education and early career training to improve nurses’ competency and confidence to practice medication safety would be beneficial.


Unsafe medication practices and medication errors are leading causes of avoidable harm in health systems worldwide, with errors estimated at US$42 billion annually.1 Medication errors can be caused by ineffective medication management systems, working environments, staff shortages, inadequate …

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  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Commissioned; externally peer reviewed.