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Nurse education
Use of an educational board game intervention may assist medication knowledge acquisition for nursing students
  1. Amanda McIntyre,
  2. Richard Booth
  1. Arthur Labatt Family School of Nursing, Western University, London, Ontario, Canada
  1. Correspondence to Dr Richard Booth, Western University Arthur Labatt Family School of Nursing, London, Ontario, Canada; rbooth6{at}

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Commentary on: Chang YS, Hu SH, Kuo SW, Chang KM, Kuo CL, Nguyen TV, Chuang YH. Effects of board game play on nursing students’ medication knowledge: a randomized controlled trial. Nurse Educ Pract. 2022 Aug;63:103412. doi: 10.1016/j.nepr.2022.103412.

Implications for practice and research

  • The use of an educational board game can be used as a pragmatic teaching-learning intervention to assist students with medication knowledge acquisition and retention.

  • Further research should continue to explore the use of gameplay or other gamified activities, as potential strategies to support student learning of complex phenomena.


Proper medication prescribing, management and administration is essential to ensure patient safety by reducing medication errors. A lack of medication knowledge with respect to recognition, indications for use, side effects and proper administration has been shown to cause medication errors.1 Given nurses’ integral role in medication administration, it is necessary to prepare students with the knowledge, skill and judgement for this undertaking. …

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  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Commissioned; internally peer reviewed.