The purpose of this study was to increase awareness and educate undergraduate nursing students and clinical faculty regarding the importance of missed or omitted Parkinson’s disease medications during care transitions. To improve quality and safety among this vulnerable population, an innovative, simulated unfolding case study focusing on incomplete medication reconciliation and omission of time-sensitive medications was conducted. Second-degree BSN students (n = 94) and clinical faculty (n = 7) participated in the study. Pretest/posttest results were compared. Findings indicated increased understanding among students and faculty regarding the impact of medication reconciliation and the timely administration of Parkinson’s disease medication.
About the Authors Diane M. Ellis, MSN, RN, CCRN, is a clinical assistant professor, Villanova University M. Louise Fitzpatrick College of Nursing, Villanova, Pennsylvania. Shelley Hickey, MSN, RN, is a clinical assistant professor, Villanova University M. Louise Fitzpatrick College of Nursing. Patricia Prieto, MBA, RN, is a simulation specialist, Learning Resource Center, Villanova University. Adeline Doyle and Meghan Galvin were nursing students (2019), Villanova University M. Louise Fitzpatrick College of Nursing. Gwyn Vernon, MSN, CRNP, University of Pennsylvania Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorders at PAH, is national director, Edmond J. Safra Visiting Nurse Faculty Program at the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation. Melissa O'Connor, PhD, RN, MBA, is an associate professor, Villanova University M. Louise Fitzpatrick College of Nursing. For more information, contact Diane M. Ellis at Diane.Ellis@villanova.edu.
The authors have declared no conflict of interest.