Implementation of an intravenous medication infusion pump system: implications for nursing
Article first published online: 4 FEB 2008
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Journal of Nursing Management
Volume 16, Issue 2, pages 188–197, March 2008
How to Cite
Bowcutt, M., Rosenkoetter, M. M., Chernecky, C. C., Wall, J., Wynn, D. and Serrano, C. (2008), Implementation of an intravenous medication infusion pump system: implications for nursing. Journal of Nursing Management, 16: 188–197. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2834.2007.00809.x
- Issue published online: 4 FEB 2008
- Article first published online: 4 FEB 2008
- Accepted for publication: 17 April 2007
- intravenous infusion pump technology;
- job satisfaction;
- medication error reduction
Aim To assess perceptions of nurses regarding the implementation of intravenous medication infusion system technology and its impact on nursing care, reporting of medication errors and job satisfaction.
Background Medication errors are placing patients at high risk and creating an economic burden for hospitals and health care providers. Infusion pumps are available to decrease errors and promote safety.
Methods Survey of 1056 nurses in a tertiary care Magnet hospital, using the Infusion System Perception Scale. Response rate was 65.43%.
Results Nurses perceived the system would enhance their ability to provide quality nursing care, reduce medication errors. Job satisfaction was related to higher ratings of the management team and nursing staff. Perceptions verified the pump was designed to promote safe nursing practices.
Conclusions It is important to consider relationships with job satisfaction, safe nursing practice and the importance of ratings of nursing staff and management teams when implementing infusion technology.
Implications for nursing management Infusion pumps are perceived by nurses to enhance safe nursing practice. Results stress the importance of management teams in sociotechnological transformations and their impact on job satisfaction among nurses.