State policies regarding nursing delegation and medication administration in child care settings: a case study.

Rhonda T. Heschel, Sally Cohen, Sally S. Cohen

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Medication administration is an essential component of quality child care, and nurses play a central role in assuring high-quality training of child care providers. Through key informant interviews and review of public documents, this case study explored the development of state statutes and regulations for medication administration training of child care providers in the state of Connecticut, nursing liability issues related to the definition of this activity, and the role of the Connecticut State Board of Examiners for Nursing. This article also examines the interpretation of the nursing role within this context as delegation versus professional activity and the impact of such designation on nursing practice, child care providers' access to medication administration training by nurses, and children's health status in child care settings. As a result of this case study, the Connecticut State Board of Examiners for Nursing revised its policies, demonstrating an exemplar linkage among research, practice, and policy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)86-98
Number of pages13
JournalPolicy, Politics, and Nursing Practice
Volume6
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - May 2005

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State policies regarding nursing delegation and medication administration in child care settings : a case study. / Heschel, Rhonda T.; Cohen, Sally; Cohen, Sally S.

In: Policy, Politics, and Nursing Practice, Vol. 6, No. 2, 05.2005, p. 86-98.

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