Implementation of an intravenous medication infusion pump system: implications for nursing


Marlene M. Rosenkoetter
603 Chandler Ct
GA 30809


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.