Care or self-care? Self-administration of medication in hospital

Authors

  • HELEN BAKER RN, BNurs (Hons), CSIC, CQA, FRCNA,

    Corresponding author
    1. Research Fellow-Clinical Nursing, Deakin Institute of Nursing Research, Professorial Nursing Unit, The Geelong Hospital, Geelong, Victoria, Australia
      Helen Baker, Deakin Institute of Nursing Research, The Geelong Hospital, PO Box 281 Geelong, Vic. 3220, Australia
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  • ALAN PEARSON RN, ONC, Dip.NEd, DANS, MSc, PhD, FRNCA, FRCN

    1. Professor of Nursing, University of New England, Armidale, New South Wales, Australia
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Helen Baker, Deakin Institute of Nursing Research, The Geelong Hospital, PO Box 281 Geelong, Vic. 3220, Australia

Abstract

Summary

  • One of the stated objectives of the Professorial Nursing Unit at The Geelong Hospital was to promote self-care in all patients who were capable. This included self-administration of medication.
  • Two years later the implementation of the programme, although approved by the administration of the hospital and actively promoted by the nursing staff, had not occurred.
  • The barriers to achieving the implementation of self-medication have largely concerned the need for control by various groups within the hospital community. This case-study traces the story to date.

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