Safe administration of medication

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Before administrating medications to a patient, health-care professionals need to assess the benefits and risks of giving the medication, as well as provide the patient and their family with information about the drug. The individual registered nurse has a legal and professional responsibility for the safe administration of medications. The responsibility and authority of the registered nurse to administer medications and delegate effectively are often compromised in the work environments in which nurses practice. To ensure patient safety in her/his work setting and avoid detrimental effects from unsafe medication administration, the individual nurse requires understanding of the legal, clinical, and ethical standards involved in the administration and/or supervision of the administration of medications.

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