Raising Awareness on High Alert Medications in Order to Reduce Error



In this two week developmental course, you will use critical thinking and communication skills to explore the interdisciplinary nature of the medication error problem and to be more aware of the sources and types of medication errors.  We will Relate theories and strategies to reduce medication errors especially those associated with High Alert Medications (HAM's)

 A learning centered approach will be taken by using a flipped classroom approach to teaching and engaging the students in role play and scenarios. Debriefing will take place at the end of the course.

Required Resources

We will be using journals to frequently reference techniques throughout the course. You will need to access the following articles/journals:

American Nurses Association (2015) Preventing high-alert medication errors in hospital patients.  
        American Nurse Today. May 2015 Vol. 10 No. 5

AMN Healthcare Education Services (2015) High alert medications: Best practices. RN.COM.    Retrieved from: https://lms.rn.com/getpdf.php/2161.pdf

Bohomol, E. (2014) Medication errors: Descriptive study of medication classes and high-alert

         medication. Escola Anna Nery Revista De Enfermagem. Vol 18. No. 2

Cohen, M., Smetzer, J, Westphal, J., Comden, S., (2012) Risk models to improve safety of  dispensing high-alert medications in community pharmacies. Journal of the American
        Pharmacist Association. Vol 52 No. 5.

Ellis, J. (2012) Preventing medication errors with high alert drug: Testing the iDoseCheck. Canadian Journal of Nursing Informatics. Vol 7, No 1

Videos/small group discussions

These methods of engagement will be incorporated within each weekly module.


A basic survey will be given to participants in the first classroom meeting. 


You will be given a pre test quiz consisting of 10-15 multiple choice questions to test your knowledge of the subject of High Alert Medications.

You will also be given a post test to test your understanding of this topic after discussions and this webquest tutorial.


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